Help keep the winter blues at bay at one of the stellar upcoming comedy shows in Pittsburgh. Nationally known comedians and performers will be in Pittsburgh to help inspire laughter and raise the spirits during the long, grey winter months. Each of these shows range in price and age-appropriateness so there is something for every budget and comedic taste.
Alton Brown Live
803 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Feb 23, 2014
What do you get when you combine comedy and food? Alton Brown Live. Known as the Iron Chef, Alton Brown’s show is an interesting mix of stand-up comedy and cooking. Brown will talk about cooking science and has been known in the past to make this show interactive by pulling audience members up on stage to give him a hand in some of the food experiments. Be prepared for a messy, experimental live cooking show with the fun element of stand-up comedy. Tickets start at just $32.25. Purchase a VIP ticket package to have a meet and greet with Brown backstage before the show.
Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour
600 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: March 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
See one of the most popular touring comics in the country right here in Pittsburgh. Jim Gaffigan’s quirky brand of humor is self-deprecating and intelligent. It’s also more family friendly than some other popular comics as Gaffigan focuses on topics like food and family. Known for his appearances on Conan O’Brien’s show, Gaffigan has also made a name for himself with his wildly popular Comedy Central special “Beyond the Pale.” Tickets start at $69.
166 E. Bridge St.
Homestead, PA 15120
Date: March 14-15, 2014
Check out Frank Caliendo’s show at the Improv for a night of classic stand-up comedy that includes impressions, anecdotal stories and original characters. Caliendo is a nationally known comedian best known for his frequent television appearances and his dead-on impressions of famous actors. Keep in mind that the Improv is a 21-and-over venue. Head to the venue early to get a head start on the appetizer and dinner menu. Tickets are $35.
Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller: Bolder & Fresher Tour
Consol Energy Center
1001 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date: March 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.
O’Reilly and Miller’s upcoming national ”Bolder & Fresher” tour is making a stop in Pittsburgh and promises to be an intense blend of political commentary and political satire. These two performers sit at very different ends of the political and social spectrum. The resulting show that is billed as a lecture ends up being a seriously irreverent combination of comedy and commentary. Tickets start in the $90 range.
Great Weekly Comedy Shows around Pittsburgh
Venues around the city
If more intimate venues and local talent is what appeals to you, check out Pittsburgh Comedy’s website for a constantly updated list of small venues around the area that feature local comedians and also give regular Pittsburghers a chance to try their hand at stand-up comedy. Many venues feature drink specials and dinner specials on their featured comedy nights as well.
Sally Turkovich Wright lives in her beloved city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. She is a policy analyst by training, an eyewear stylist by trade and an amateur healthy-living advocate by choice. She also writes a column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com. Her work can be found at Twodaymag.com.