Audiences at The Pittsburgh Improv can giggle or guffaw at a rollicking roster of up-and-coming and established comedians as they devour finger-licking fare from the extensive menu. Harland Williams (July 8–10) nudges funny bones with his off-the-wall take on relationships and his spot-on impersonations of a rubber chicken doing a mambo. Alternatively, opt to watch Sebastian Maniscalco (July 15–17) poke fun at society with a cynical shtick, or let Tommy Johnagin (July 28–31) regale you and a friend with humorous anecdotes that earned him a feature on The Late Show with David Letterman. Throughout the show, guests can chomp on classic appetizers such as buffalo wings, tortilla-robed chicken flautas, or improv nachos that make up their flavor on the fly based on suggestions from diner's taste buds.
Dedicated to promoting local and national concerts, Pittsburgh-based Drusky Entertainment presents Ribs on the River 3, a three-day festival and cookout. Along with a different line-up of 10 or more professional tune-makers each day, each night features a special headliner; Kiss's original spaceman Ace Frehley headlines Friday night, bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd tops the bill on Saturday, and rock icon Leon Russell melts any remaining intact faces on Sunday. Guests can keep fingers sticky to avoid dropping a beverage or concert program courtesy of renowned barbecue vendors including Florida Skin and Bones, Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ, and Sgt. Oink's, who serve up saucy, slow-cooked eats throughout the show.
The show is produced by Pittsburgh Musical Theater and takes place in the historic Byham Theater. All tickets are in Gold Circle seating and can be picked up before the performance at the Theater Square box office or the day of at the Byham Theater box office. Children's tickets are regularly priced at $25.
The New York–trained conjurers of comedy at the Steel City Improv Theater's training center summon spontaneous slapstick from students seeking to split sides in a fun and supportive learning environment. Overcome shyness, social anxiety, or fear of pantomimed coffee mugs in the level-zero course, a four-week toe dip into the vast waters of wisecrackery that will help you discover your sacred spirit comedian, such as the majestic Moe or the sloth, nature's Steven Wright. The more intensive level-one class taps deeper into inner caches of inspiration and explores wider ranges of physicality. Current SCIT students who purchase this Groupon also receive a student card good for free shows at the theater and discounts at certain local businesses. Check Steel City Improv's website for class times and start dates.
New York City producer Dan Allen's Elements of Humor Comedy Tour approaches the profession of luring laughs from all angles, inviting a comedian, storyteller, TV writer, and guest celebrity on stage for a diverse evening of rib-tickling sets. A Sex and the City writer and the author of He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt, charms audiences with his blunt, yet heartfelt witticisms, and former SNL writer Hannibal Buress renders stomach muscles sore with his deadpan descriptions of the world as he experiences it. Faye Lane reminisces about her stylist mother's clientele of well-armed elderly ladies, and Ted Alexandro revels in the rewards of his hard-earned life of Clooney-esque, post-40 bachelorhood.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.