Pittsburgh’s first ever Comedy Open House filled with laughter
June 29, 2015 12:00 AM
Performers Hannah du Plessis and Mary C. Parker.
Thursday's showers didn't deter this upbeat crowd, which soon spilled into the courtyard to eat, drink and mingle.
As winner of one of the night's more experiential raffles, Pittsburgh lawyer Tom Reilly was briefly interviewed, then presented with a personalized serenade by musical improv troupe the High Scores.
Enthusiastic volunteers welcome guests out of the rain and into the party, where they enjoyed cocktails including the night's summery signature drink The Punchline.
By Natalie Bencivenga /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A good laugh: Wigle Whiskey’s Barrelhouse was filled with laughter Thursday as it played host to the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival’s first ever Comedy Open House. With two goals in mind –– fundraising for the nonprofit summer festival and acquainting Pittsburghers with its growing comedy community –– the people behind PCF staged a happy hour complete with food trucks, signature drinks, games and, of course, hilarious performances from local acts.
]Partygoers also checked out a raffle featuring prizes from area businesses, as well as the chance to be incorporated into the evening’s shows. The musical troupe the High Scores turned one winner’s life into an improvised opera, and treated another to a personalized serenade. Comic Shannon Norman playfully roasted one lucky winner in the finale performance.
A portion of the proceeds from the open house will go toward the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, an independent, volunteer-run event that aims to encourage and elevate the art of comedy in our city.
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