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Whether you're a comedy fan coming in for some laughs or you're a performer looking for stage time, we've got a show for you!
We offer a casual and affordable live comedy experience that's way more fun than staying in and watching Netflix.
Our 30-seat blackbox theater is located at 593 Somerville Ave in Somerville.
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Stop That Baby!
[#1] Passion Academy
[#4] Please And Spank You
Want to Get onstage?
Our jam is Saturdays at 6pm and sundays at 5pm
The jam is a low-pressure performance opportunity for individuals and teams - NOT a ticketed show
(although you're welcome to come watch!)
What kinds of shows do you offer?
The majority of our programming is longform improv - a character-driven narrative-leaning style of improv - featuring local performers trained at Union Comedy and elsewhere.
Our premiere show The Pickle (Sat @ 9) consists of a rotating selection of some of Boston's best improvisers doing scenes based on stories told by a new guest each week. The Weekend Show (Fri & Sat @ 7:30) showcases our handpicked house teams. Friday Night Fusion (Fri @ 9) features a combination of house teams and local independent teams. Cagematch (Sundays @ 6:30) pits two independent teams head to head where the audience votes for the winner.
As a training center, we also prioritize providing stage time to students and other performers in training, so we host regular shows called "jams" where anyone can sign up to perform.
Will I have to participate or can I just watch?
Some shows will have elements of voluntary audience participation (most improv shows start by asking the audience for a "suggestion" - a word or answer to a question used for inspiration), but in general you can expect to just sit back and enjoy the show.
How long are shows?
Most of our improv shows are 1 hour. The Kerfuffle is usually ~2hrs.
Are your shows family friendly?
In general, our shows land in the PG13-R range.
How do I get there?
Somerville Ave has free 2-hour street parking. We also have an MBTA bus stop serving routes 83 and 87 right out front and a Bluebikes stations across the street, so we encourage you to take advantage of non-driving options!
Do you serve alcohol or food?
We do not, but you're welcome to bring your own snacks.
Is there a discount for large groups?
Yes! Orders of 8+ tickets automatically receive 20% off at checkout.
Can I hire you to perform at my event?
It's definitely possible depending on the details. Email us at email@example.com and we'll go from there.
How can I perform at Union Comedy?
If you have an existing improv team we're taking rolling submissions for longform teams to perform at Cagematch, Friday Night Fusion, or our weekend jams. Email Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a date.
If you do not have a team we have two jams each weekend: Scramble!!! every Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 5pm.
We hold auditions for House Teams once a year the first weekend in March. The 2024 dates are March 2-3 with callbacks March 4. They will be open for registration in February. Harold auditions are every 6 months. Fall 2023 auditions are September 24+25. Registration will open in August.
Keep an eye on our website and Instagram page for updates.
If you're brand new to improv or need a refresher we recommend CLASSES.