Photo by Louis Stein.

Arcade Comedy Theater
January 29 & 30
8 p.m.

If you missed Saturday night’s sold-out Frankly Scarlett Comedy Hour, not to worry, because the laughs are continuing this weekend. The show was such a hit that Arcade Comedy Theater has added an additional performance to this weekend’s run.

Courtesy of Arcade Comedy Theater.
Photo by Mike Rubino.

The two special nights of smart, witty hilarity at the downtown-based comedy venue will spotlight the significant contributions that women are making within Pittsburgh’s booming comedy scene.

Not seen on a Pittsburgh stage since 2013, the latest installment of The Frankly Scarlett Comedy Hour is packed with brand new, original comedy sketches written and directed entirely by the local troupe—which also makes an appearance in the new WQED documentary, The Comedy Confluence.

Founded in 2011 by Abby Fudor, Robin Hitchcock and Liz Labacz, Frankly Scarlett has been on a mission to “shake up the gender dynamics of Pittsburgh’s comedy scene.”

Photo by Louis Stein.
Frankly Scarlett. Photo by Louis Stein.

The talented troupe works to showcase women both on and off stage—not only as performers but also as accomplished writers and directors. Fast forward to 2016, and Pittsburgh’s comedy scene is attracting national attention (see our recent feature to find out why), with more and more women playing active roles in the vibrant art form.

After producing a successful monthly improv show—and appearing in numerous ensemble shows including Arcade Comedy Theater’s Sketchville, Blue Moon’s Quick and Shameless Comedy Hour and the recent citywide Britsburgh celebration, Frankly Scarlett is focusing its lens on its rich sketch comedy roots.

Atomic Jane
Atomic Jane. Photo by Frank Joseph McDade.

The New Frankly Scarlett Comedy Hour explores a diverse range of stories and voices while also highlighting the contributions of women. Joining Frankly Scarlett’s founding trio is a seasoned cast of actors, including Kimberly Parker Green, Stacey Babyak, Stacey Fleurime, Tamara Siegert, Jocelyn Hillen, John Feightner, Chris Franz, Brett Goodnack and Kyle Longsdorf.

Not to miss is the comedy hour’s first-­ever opening act, Atomic Jane, who will lend their signature energetic style, memorable characters and lively group dynamic to the shenanigans on both Friday and Saturday nights. One of just a few all-­female improv teams based in Pittsburgh, Atomic Jane features Laurie Bolewitz, Mindy Cooper, Mindy McHale, Mary Parker, Sheri Ward and Sarah Wojdylak.

Tickets are just $10 ($5 for students) and are available online or at the door. The show is open to ages 16 and up and is BYOB.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in January feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.