The PIT Chapel Hill is dedicated to the instruction, performance, and
development of original comedy. The PIT strives to entertain and
educate the community about the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing
environment. The PIT is composed of three elements: a school that
focuses on the craft of improvisation, an eclectic variety of
electives, and an unparalleled professional writing program; a theater
that presents original comedic shows nightly; and a corporate and
educational workshop program that offers team building, leadership,
and business training.

The PIT Chapel Hill on 462 W Franklin Street features a fully
renovated main stage, full bar, coffee shop as well as expansive
classroom space in addition to private event space and art gallery.
Chapel Hill magazine announced PIT Chapel Hill a winner in annual
“Best of Chapel Hill” 2018 reader poll.

The Peoples Improv Theater was founded by Ali Reza Farahnakian in New
York in 2002 and expanded to Chapel Hill in 2017.  PIT NYC has received
numerous accolades including “Best Improv lessons” by New York
Magazine, “Best Comedy Club” by Village Voice and “Best New
Development in Comedy” by Time Out.   PIT founder Farahnakian
graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 and  moved to Chicago after
graduation to study sketch writing at Second City.  While in the Windy
City, he also studied at Improv Olympic with Charna Halpern and Del
Close, serving on the seminal house team The Family. Farahnakian
toured with Second City and was a founding member of the Upright
Citizens Brigade.  In 1999, Farahnakian moved to New York after being
hired as a writer at Saturday Night Live for the 25th anniversary


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