Mayor to proclaim Aug 9 Amish Monkeys Day in Pittsburgh

Photo of the Amish Monkeys celebrating

Let it be known that August 9, 2014 will be declared Amish Monkeys Day in the City of Pittsburgh, in honor of the troupe's fifteen years bringing improv comedy to the city! Mayor Bill Peduto will do a Proclamation to make it official. To celebrate, the Amish Monkeys improv troupe will perform a special show that evening featuring musical accompaniment. As with every Amish Monkeys show, the group will perform a series of outrageous sketches and games based on audience suggestion. Content is generally PG-13.

The Amish Monkeys have been entertaining Pittsburgh audiences with innovative improvisational comedy since our inception in 1999. When the Gemini Theater’s Afterdark comedy show ended its performances, The Amish Monkeys formed to fill the void. Since then, we have been at the Gemini Theater, where we perform on the second Saturday of each month. We've also had the pleasure of sharing our comedy with audiences at First Night Pittsburgh 2002, 2004-2010 and 2012, Java Trails Coffee in North Huntingdon, the Waterfront’s Improv comedy club, and at numerous private functions. We have appeared twice on KDKA-TV’s TODAY Live, have been featured on WQED’s OnQ and have been heard on WQED-FM.

We use audience suggestions as a springboard for our wide variety of short-form improv scenes, which include original songs and TV parodies. We have also created many original games, as well as other unique formats for our shows. Some our favorite formats from the past were a fully improvised late-night talk show (including live keyboard accompaniment) and an improvised version of A Christmas Carol.