Henry Heymann Theatre

August 23
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s first-of-its-kind Comedy Festival is not just for mature audiences only.

A triple header of local talents who are teaming up to make local kids laugh is the focus of The Kids Comedy Cabaret. A special event taking place during the city’s inaugural Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, the all-ages Kids Cabaret features an afternoon of interactive crafts, storytelling, music and even some lively yo-yo fun.

Get in on the act with Downtown-based The Arcade Comedy Theater, whose children’s improv show, Penny Arcade, is created with input from audiences. The lively show will open with a series of interactive “collaboration stations,” where kids can watch as their very own ideas come to life as they design silly costumes, doodle on stage backdrops and create imaginative character names.

The Mattress Factory will also run a station dedicated to revealing exciting secrets about the museum’s multi-sensory installation art. Following the collaboration stations, the Penny Arcade will use the ideas generated in the stations to create improv scenes on the spot.

Next up, watch in awe as world champion yo-yo wizard and spin-top artist, Pittsburgh’s own Mark Hayward,  mesmerizes the crowds with his goofy and gravity-defying skills.

The Kids Comedy Cabaret will wrap with the award-winning, and recently world-traveling, musical duo dubbed The Josh & Gab Show, who will inspire and entertain kids and kids at heart alike with their high-energy mix of music and comedy which also carries a powerful anti-bullying message: it’s always cool to be kind!

Tessa Karel, director of children’s programming for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival says that the new Kids Comedy Cabaret is also designed to “cultivate a sense of togetherness about comedy at an early age.” She also expects the festival to become an annual event for Pittsburgh.

The Henry Heymann Theatre is located inside the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland. Purchase tickets.

Read more about the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival in NEXTpittsburgh.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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.