improv in portland

Improv comedy, like all good and true things, is thriving in Portland, Oregon. Shows are happening almost every day of the week and all of these theaters teach comedy in some form. So! You know what to do: click the links!


Curious Comedy Theater
The mission of Curious Comedy Theater is to improve the lives of kids, adults, and seniors through the art of comedy. We intend to achieve our mission through:

Quality Comedy Programming – strive for the best, most consistent programs possible.
Fostering Community – build strong, supportive, healthy relationships within the theater, in the comedy community, as well as in the greater Portland community and beyond.
Unique and Courageous Approach – take risks and push boundaries in all aspects of our work and in the growth and development of our organization.

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to the Curious Comedy Players
Cagematch improv with 'Friday Night Fights'
Improvised musicals with 'Pipes'
The best improv "open mic" in town: 'Open Court'

CSz Portland
Our Mission: Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude and Fun. Home of ComedySportz, our flagship show - fast-paced, hilarious and clean improv comedy. Now in our 25th Season, with over 1300 straight weeks of performances, we are Portland's longest running show.

We haven't missed a weekend since May of 1993. Really.

Exciting Items of Note

  • ComedySportz performers are paid employee professionals

  • Incubator to After Hours shows such as ShakesProv, Mystery Science Tribute, Score!, Russell 2 Russell and many more

  • Part of CSz Worldwide, with performers and teachers in 30 cities

  • 25th Anniversary in 2018

Kickstand Comedy Space
Since 2014, Kickstand Comedy has focused on creating, developing, and amplifying unique voices in Portland’s comedy scene. Now a nonprofit theater, Kickstand is home to a packed schedule of original shows, a sought-after improv training center, and provides community events, workshops, and development opportunities for up-and-coming comedians. They work to eliminate barriers from seeing and doing comedy and save seats for pay-what-you-want admission at every show. Kickstand recently moved into their new home in downtown PDX after a successful crowdfunding campaign.


 Exciting Items of Note

  • Top notch improv shows like Secret AardvarkGORP: Improv Mixer (Amy Conway), Dear Diary (Anne Zander), MONDO presented by XRAY.FM and the Portland Art Museum, and The Veldorome - Portland's longest running indie showcase

  • Rotating stand up and sketch shows such as Outlandish w/Belinda Carroll, an LGBTQIA+ Late Night Variety Show, Wunderkontennt (Phil Schallberger, Steven Wilber, Jason Traeger, Jordan Casner), Live In Portland: Kickin' It (Shain Brenden), and Show Ridiculous a brand new sketch show every other month from Portland’s funniest writers and performers.

  • The fastest growing improv training center in Portland, OR, Kickstand helps students find their voice in comedy and learn the skills necessary to play effectively, support zealously, and create with honesty—both on and off stage with some of PDX’s most experienced teachers - “We work hard empowering our students to make people laugh their ass off.”

  • Weekly improv jams, open mics, and community events - check out their website to learn more


The Siren Theater
Portland's sassiest 'n' brassiest theater dedicated to only the finest comedy productions. Shelley McLendon has created a space that now serves as the headquarters for smart and innovative comedy of all stripes, especially comedy of the improv variety. Go there now, so you can say you were there then.


Exciting Items of Note:
Home to Portland improv superstars, ‘The Siren Theater Improv Giants'


Deep End Theater
Deep End Theater is committed to exploring the theatrical road less traveled, with a focus on daring and innovative improvisational theater, devised, and immersive theater. 



Exciting Items of Note

  • Deep End Theater is women owned and operated

  • Deep End Theater is one corner of the Four Corners Improv Collective, a international group of like-minded Improv Companies dedicated to supporting one-another, inspiring one-another, upholding shared standards and making joke time an integral part of all our meetings.