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'

Brody Theater
The Brody's double focus--on entertainment and experiment--marks it as a showcase for both audience-pleasing performances and cutting edge theatrical presentation.

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to the Brody Theater Ensemble
Incredible range of shows such as 'Script Tease' and 'Odd Couples'
Standup/Improv mashup with '7 on 7'
The best All Pro Veteran Improv Jam known as 'Diabolical Experiments'

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
Kickstand Comedy is Portland's home for Indie Comedy. Dedicated to supplying Portland with a platform to create and develop comedy in their own voice without a financial barrier. Kickstand is a performer run community hub, performance space, improv training center, and comedy gym. Shows are always pay-what-you-can. 



Exciting Items of Note

  • Top notch weekly improv shows: The Velodrome every Tuesday and Secret Aardvark every Thursday
  • Rotating weekly comedy showcases such as Girls With Heads, The Hard Times: Presents A.C.A.B., Art-Mondo, and many more
  • The fastest growing improv training center in Portland - Learn to do smart, tasteful, and most importantly hilarious improv with some of PDX most experienced teachers
  • Weekly improv jams, open mics, and community events such as the POC Improv Lab, Expand The World: Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable, and Birdhouse: Women/Non-Binary/Genderqueer Improv Jam  


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 Liberators'
The monster of all improv shows, 'Leviathan'

The Ape
The Ape is a comedy-based theater & training ground committed to creating new work that ignites, engages, and entertains. We offer classes and workshops in long form improv, sketch comedy, writing, performance, and collaboration. The Ape’s training is deeply rooted in the belief that solid acting is the key to great comedic performances. We believe that by passionately pursuing the craft of improvisation with heart, intelligence, empathy, fun and mischief excellent theater will result.

Exciting Items of Note

  • We celebrated our first birthday in June
  • The Ape was Nominated by Willamette Week Reader's Poll for "Best Comedy Club"
  • Three of our house teams Cashmere, Rufio, and Big Tiny Performed at the 2018 Del Close Marathon in New York
  • We are an actual underground theater, so we stay cool in the summer time


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.