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Drop-in Improv Workshops

Improv is for you!

DROP In WorkshopHere at NCT we like to share what we know. We have created a fun, simple cost effective way for you to jump into the world of improv comedy without a huge commitment of time, and money.

If you are a regular human being Improv comedy workshops teach you how to think quicker on your feet, be more confident, and get outside your comfort zone.

If you are a business professional Improv teaches how to be a better public speaker, be a better leader and how to listen with more intent.

If you are a creative, Improv teaches you how to follow your story,  heighten ideas and “follow the fun”

And to top it all off Improv teaches you how to be a better human being.  come out and give it a try.

Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) Sketch Writing Workshop and Show at NCT

Kevin McDonald

Workshop & Performance Included!

How to Create a Sketch Show: Kevin McDonald Workshop
Workshop: Saturday, March 25th & Sunday, March 26th 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Performance: Sunday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m.
$300 – space is limited

Workshop your sketches and perform with sketch comedy legend Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall, Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show, Saturday Night Live and more. This one of a kind, two day workshop will include YOUR sketches performed in a live show!

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Comedy Carousel Shows at 9:45pm in December

New Years Eve

The Comedy Carousel Show at 9:45 in December

CLICK HERE for Tickets… All Ages $12- $14

The Comedy Carousel Show is an exciting improv merry-go round where every improviser vies for laughter and YOU (the Audience!) win! Totally spontaneous improv games are chosen by YOU! (the Audience!) and the spin of the mighty Comedy Carousel!

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December Events at NCT

New Years Eve

DECEMBER Holiday Events GET TICKETS HERE to Celebrate the Holidays at NCT 

December is always full of fun and exciting special holiday events at National Comedy Theatre. Check out the full list here! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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February Book Drive: Kids Need to Read


This February get $5 admission to any Friday or Saturday 7:30pm or 9:45pm show with your donation of a NEW book for kids ages 0-18 benefiting Kids Need to Read. Though any NEW book donation would be fantastic, the team at Kids Need to Read are most in need of picture books for Kinderkids-need-to-read-book-drivegarten and chapter books for grades 1-3.

Call the box office at 602-374-5638 to get $5 tickets today!
Remember, each person using the discount must be donating a kids book and the books must be new!

Why a book drive? For Zoe! Director Dorian & Krissy’s daughter Zoe turns 10 this month and she wants to share her passion for reading with kids in need. Zoe asked if we could have a book drive at her upcoming birthday party, but we thought we could do better and get ALL of our NCT Super Fans in on the fun!

Join us this month and participate in the book drive for Zoe’s big birthday! Click HERE to learn more about our friends at Kids Need to Read!

February Events at NCT


There are a whole bunch of super cool and exciting events at National Comedy Theatre this month. Check them out! Are there events or specialty shows you would like to see coming up at NCT? Let us know in the comments!

Improv Uncensored
Thursday February 18th at 7:30pm Tickets $8
For audiences ages 17+

At Improv Uncensored, things just might get a little crazy. This show is spontaneous, off the cuff and out of control. Unlike the All Ages comedy of the Friday & Saturday night Competitive Comedy Shows NCT’s Improv Uncensored Show has no Ref, no rules, no “Brown Bag Foul,” and no holds barred. Check out the sassy side of NCT and get your tickets today!

And check out St. Patricks Uncensored on Thursday March 17th.

The Late Shows at NCT now featuring drink specials for a limited time!
Friday & Saturday Nights at 9:45pm Tickets $12- $14

At National Comedy Theatre’s Competitive Comedy Shows audiences are amazed by the fast paced, high energy and totally spontaneous comedy. Now NCT is offering monthly featured beer and wine plus drink specials at the 9:45pm Late Shows for comedy fans who like to stay up late for laughs. February’s featured beer is San Tan Devils Ale, just $3 through 2/28/16.

Early Shows at 7:30pm on Friday & Saturday nights, drink specials not included. Drink special valid only at 9:45pm shows and for folks with ID who are of legal age… doi.

The Valentines Shows at NCT
Friday Feb. 12 & Saturday Feb. 13th at 7:30pm & 9:45pm
Tickets $12- $14 All Ages

Competitive Comedy at National Comedy Theatre is ALWAYS a hilarious and spontaneous good time, but on Feb. 12th & 13th… LOVE is in the air! The Valentines Shows at NCT feature fresh and funny games you can ONLY see once a year. Games like “Pick Up Lines,” where one lucky audience member is serenaded by spontaneous proclamations of love by the teams of comedians.  You don’t want to miss the fun and excitement of Valentines Shows at NCT!

For these and all shows at NCT…. CLICK HERE and be whisked away to get tickets today!

Join the National Comedy Theatre Team
Sunday February 28th 1:00pm

National Comedy Theatre wants YOU! At NCT we have 4 to 5 shows or more each week, not to mention countless private events, workshops, conventions, comicons and more. We have so many opportunities to perform, teach and participate at NCT- there aren’t enough comedians to fill them all! That is why we need YOU! NCT hosts open call auditions only once per year and we are looking for diverse folks (over the age of 18) who are full of energy, full of enthusiasm and full of talent. No improv experience is necessary.

Please call 602-374-5638 to sign up today.

Announcing: Auditions, Open Call 2016!


AUDauditionsITIONS at National Comedy Theatre, Open Call!
Try out for the NCT Team on Sunday February 28th at 1:00pm

National Comedy Theatre wants YOU to audition!

At NCT we have 4 to 5 improv comedy shows or more each week, not to mention countless private events, workshops, variety shows, conventions, corporate events, comicons and more. We have so many opportunities to perform, teach and participate at NCT- there aren’t enough comedians to fill them all! That is why we need YOU!

NCT hosts open call auditions only once per year so don’t miss out on this opportunity to join the Main Stage performing team. We are looking for diverse, interesting, high energy folks (over the age of 18) who are full of enthusiasm and ready to participate. At National Comedy Theatre we strive toward training and presenting a team of high level improvisers with a wide range of experiences and different points of view. We want to encourage everyone who has the itch to get on stage to come on out to NCT and give improv comedy a shot at this once a year opportunity to try out for the Main Stage team.

No improv experience is necessary. Please call 602-374-5638 for questions or to sign up today.

Feeling nervous or unsure if this unique, fast paced style of comedy is for you? We highly recommend coming out to the Friday & Saturday Competitive Comedy Shows in order to get a sense of the style and games we present at NCT. Click here for tickets and join us at the show.


NCT’s New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy 2016 to YOU (the Audience!)

We are very excited to be kicking off another hilarious, spontaneous and interactive year of improv comedy over here at National Comedy Theatre! The cast and crew over here at NCT are always looking for new and exciting ways to improve, expand and grow our “Yes, And!” attitude into even more exciting awesomenes. This year we have a few New Years Resolutions that we would love to share with you!

Keep the Competitive Comedy Show Exciting
Aiming to keep things fresh and creative at a spontaneous Competitive Comedy Show that is, honestly, IMPOSSIBLE to do the same way twice might seem pretty easy. But we here at NCT never like to do anything the easy way! This year we will be trying out some new, super fun stuff at the Friday & Saturday night Competitive Comedy Shows. Could it be the return of the Bucket of DOOM? Perhaps the Colander of Chaos? Drink specials at the Late Shows? The good news is, you won’t have to look far or wait long to find out. Click Here to grab some tickets to an upcoming Competitive Comedy Show!

Get To Know The Players
Improv Comedy Shows at NCTYou see them up there on the stage, we know you have some fan favorites and, after all, these are the guys and gals who make you laugh week after week at NCT’s improv comedy shows… but who are the mysterious men and women behind the NCT Main Stage improv comedy team? What makes Dorian tick? What is Heath’s favorite color? Does Krissy like to play Jenga? How does Bob come up with all those puns? 2016 just might be the year that YOU (the Audience!) get a peek behind the curtain at the folks to make the funny for you!

Interact With YOU (the Audience!) In New Ways
One of our favorite things about the improv comedy shows, workshops, and other special events at NCT is how much we get to interact with you guys out there in the audience. HOWEVER! In 2016 we at NCT are making it our goal to find even more exciting, interactive and incredibly awesome ways to interact with you and for YOU to interact with US! Social Media contests for cool prizes? Maybe! More pics of you on the site and online? Could be! Stay tuned to find out more… if you haven’t already, friend us on Facebook – tweet us on Twitter – gaze upon our Instagram or get in on Google+

Offer Even More Improv Comedy Workshops for All Ages
That’s right! Look for announcements of more Level 1 Workshops, Instant Improv classes, Teen Improv Workshops and Kids Improv Classes! If you can’t wait for the new exciting opportunities coming up- the NEXT Level 1: Intro to Improv class begins Tuesday January 19th! Call us for more… 602-374-5638

Jolly Holiday Fun at NCT
We love hosting hilarious holiday fun at National Comedy Theatre and 2016 will be no exception. From St. Patricks Uncensored to Mama-Rama, the Cheesy Tie Weekend and more, we LOVE celebrating every little holiday we can with YOU (the Audience!) Have an idea for a fun holiday show we might be missing? Let us know in the comments!

Be Interesting & Be Awesome
As always, the key to becoming an interesting and awesome improv comedian on stage is to be an interesting and awesome human being in real life! Therefore, in 2016, the cast and crew of National Comedy Theatre will be even more committed to becoming as interesting, awesome, diverse and entertaining as ever!

Come see us in 2016!

Why We Love the New Years Eve Comedy Show… a Player’s Perspective


It happened in 2014… 2013… 2012… The countdown rang out in 2011… 2010… We lifted our glasses and toasted back in 2009 and 2008… and now it is coming again… the New Years Eve Comedy Show Extravaganza at National Comedy Theatre! Favors

New Years Eve at NCT is a magical experience. Everything from the incredible improv comedy show, to the spectacular after party, the amazing desserts and the always exciting count down to Midnight with the Champagne & Cider toast- everything is extra special, extra sparkly and extra enthusiastic!

This year we thought it would be fun to look at the awesome New Years Eve event from the player’s perspective. What keeps our amazing and hilarious cast and crew coming back year after year to guffaw their way into the new year at the New Years Eve Comedy Show Extravaganza?

Jacob Talbert, better known to the NCT audience as “Chico,” gets a kick out of the party favors we pass out each year. Chico says, “I do show shows year round, but there’s always somethings special at the New Years Eve show. Of course I’m talking about getting to hand out party hats and favors and seeing grown men wear tiaras and Hawaiian leis”

HeathHeath Wilcock gets a kick out of the elaborate set up process that the cast and crew take part in each year in order to get a truly spectacular show ready. This includes putting up dozens and dozens of strings of lights, dressing up the stage, the bar and the box office. Set up also includes preparing the balloon drop which celebrates the stroke of midnight each year. Heath says one of his favorite parts of the show set up is, “Blowing up every single balloon by my mouth and lungs alone. After midnight, seeing them drop, and later pop, is very satisfying.”

Speaking of the lights, those are part of what makes the night so special for Krissy Lenz. “Every show at NCT is a totally unique and special experience. HOWEVER, seeing the massive glow on New Years Eve from the hundreds of tiny sparkling lights is like doing a comedy show inside of an explosion. …A good kind of explosion, though. A festive explosion. A comedy, special occasion explosion!”

George Moakley has traveled all the way from Germany for the past three years to take part in National Comedy Theatre’s New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza, and he particularly likes capping off the night with the Champagne & Cider toast. George says, “Every year I look forward to getting so tipsy that I stomp on all the balloons and take my shirt off! Until I realize that I’ve been drinking Cider the whole time and I was really just drunk on comedy… and I put my shirt back on.”

Bob Caplan, a fan favorite at National Comedy Theatre greets each of our guests as they arrive for the evening’s festivities and memorizes each person’s name as well as some interesting facts about them and what brought them to the show that evening. Considering that the show is filled witLIGHTSh 100 or more excited super fans each New Years Eve… thats about 800 names and fun facts that Bob has memorized over the years!

For Anthony Thornton, the motivation is pretty sweet. Anthony says, “I love the New Years Eve show because after an incredible show for a packed house… we get to have dessert!” And it is true! Each year we have a selection of amazing catered desserts as well as vegan and sugar free options. “We always order way, way more than enough dessert to go around, and so each year I get to take home a pretty awesome plate of dessert leftovers!” says Anthony. This year’s desserts are catered by our friends at RigaTony’s in Tempe… their cannolis and tiramisu are huge and so delicious, we are sure that the audience will be stuffed AND there will be some amazing left overs for Anthony.

There are still a few seats available at this year’s New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza. So, whether- like Chico, you’re all about the party bling. Or- like Heath and George you like to laugh, party and get crazy. Or maybe you want to see if Bob really can memorize your name, or you like delicious desserts like Anthony… there are so many great things about the show that there is something to make everyone happy as we welcome the year 2016!

Click Here to grab your tickets before they are gone and be sure to call 602-374-5638 to check seating opportunities!