The Amish Monkeys bring you improv comedy at its finest. We perform one Saturday every alternating month at the Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, PA, in association with the Gemini Theater. In each show, the troupe performs a series of outrageous sketches and games based on audience suggestion. Content is generally PG-13.
Pittsburgh's Longest-Running Improv Troupe
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. We performed at the Gemini Theater the second Saturday of each month for over fifteen years. We 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. Mayor Bill Peduto proclaimed August 9, 2014 as Amish Monkeys Day in the City of Pittsburgh, in honor of the troupe's fifteenth anniversary.
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 several 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.