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Pay What You Will

Want to see the Amish Monkeys but not pay a lot? In honor of our 17th anniversary of doing improv comedy, and to help commemorate our 11th annual Bring-a-Prop Night, our August 13th show will have a special admission deal: When you arrive, just pay whatever you can—$5, $1, even nothing! It's our way of rewarding our faithful fans and encouraging new patrons to come see the arts. But try to bring a few objects we can borrow; many of our games that night will be based on props the audience brings.

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The Amish Monkeys bring you improv comedy at its finest. We perform the second Saturday of each month at the Father 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.

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.