The Comedy Confluence
Pittsburgh is widely known for re-inventing itself: from steel giant to a leader in medicine, technology and education. Now you can add laughter to the list. The city is gaining a national reputation for its contributions to comedy. Pittsburgh comedy venues are not only bringing in more nationally-known acts, but are producing more comics and troupes who are performing across the county. An increasing number of comedians, improvisers, actors and writers are making their way to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago after honing their skills in Pittsburgh. This documentary presents Pittsburgh as a new center of comedy, exploring what it means to be a young comic through the eyes - onstage and off - of five diverse acts.
The Comedy Confluence aired on Jan 14, 2016.
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