Looking for what to do in Philadelphia?

The N Crowd is the answer for a fun night of laughs in the

City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love!

Since 2005 The N Crowd has performed short-form improv comedy for thousands of people. See Philadelphia comedy every Friday at 7 pm at the Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA. Our show is in the Adrienne Theater, across the street from Helium Comedy Club in Center City. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. We bring you unscripted, top-notch improv comedy Philadelphia can see every week!

The N Crowd has performed over 800 times in the Philadelphia as well as improv festivals in Toronto, Richmond, Baltimore, and North Carolina. We are one of the best comedy shows in Philadelphia and have won “Best Comedy Club” on the Philly Hot List several times over the past decade. Our show has been mentioned as a great place for comedy by Philly VoicePatch.comPottstown MercuryPhilly Mag, and CBS 3. When you are looking for comedy shows in Philadelphia that have massive audience participation and are entirely unscripted, our show is the Friday night comedy show for you!

The N Crowd has not only performed in Philadelphia on Fridays but has appeared elsewhere in the city and up and down the east coast of the United States. Our improv comedy troupe has performed in Baltimore, Richmond, Chapel Hill, Pottstown, Reading, Bethlehem, and has even crossed international borders and made an appearance in Toronto, Canada. We appeared in every Philly Improv Festival from 2005 to 2015 and now perform annually at the We The People Improv Festival.  

Regardless of the size of the audience, from 4 to 400, we aim to provide you the most high energy improv comedy show in Philly.


What is improv comedy? 

It is entirely unscripted, and no two shows are ever the same. With over a dozen members in our troupe, you’ll never see the same collection of performers twice. We take audience suggestions and craft a scene around it using well known improv games and games we’ve developed over the years. You are an as crucial part of the show as the entire improv comedy troupe! We are one of the longest-running Philly Comedy shows for a reason. Come out to one of our improv comedy shows this Friday and share a laugh with us! The Philadelphia Style Magazine once described our show as “Philadelphia’s premiere improv troupe.”

The N Crowd performs short-form improv comedy, which much like the improvisational comedy you would see on Whose Line Is It Anyway. While other shows may have gimmicks or themes, we are just here to perform for you. You get the most bang for your buck at our improv show in Philadelphia.

Do I have to be 21 to see your improv comedy show? Is your show appropriate for minors?

In most cases, our shows are open to all ages. When we are performing at the Philly Improv Theater, there is no food or drinks served there, so you are free to attend at any age. If you see us performing at a different location, there may be some age restrictions. The Philly Improv Theater is a BYOB theater, so feel free to bring drinks or snacks responsibility.

The N Crowd is not a family-friendly show. The content of the show is driven purely by the suggests we receive from the audience. Show content is different from week to week, so we can not predict with any certainty how a show will go although we try to be as classy as possible. If you are comfortable with someone seeing occasional adult situations and language, we should be a great show to enjoy.

Is The N Crowd’s improv comedy show available for hire and private shows?  

While we perform improv comedy every Friday night in Philadephia at the Philly Improv Theater, we are also available for hire! We’ve performed improv comedy for birthdays, conferences, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and other special events. Our comedy troupe can come to you, or you can come to us. In some cases, with advanced notice, you can buy out one of our Friday night shows. Jefferson University does this for students during their Finals Week. We can also work with you to produce a show at a great venue that hosts many of our anniversary shows: The Ruba Club. Contact us today, and we’ll be able to find the right comedy solution for you. We have years of experience and can tailor our show to fit your needs!Interested in booking The N Crowd for your event? Please fill out our online booking request form

Improv comedy for team-building!

Disguised as playing and having fun, improv can foster creativity and collaboration, improve public speaking, encourage communication, and build trust among co-workers. The N Crowd would love to work with you to create a workshop to help you have fun and strengthen your team. We would travel to you and workshops can last up to 3 hours. Fill out the booking request form for more information or email us at contact@phillyncrowd.com.


A Brief History of The N Crowd

IN FEBRUARY 2005, Philadelphia comedians Ray Reese and Emily Dufton held auditions to form a new improv comedy troupe, The N Crowd. Performances were first held in April 2005 at a martial arts studio in the Old City part of Philadelphia. 

IN OCTOBER 2005, The N Crowd shifted performances to the Society Hill Playhouse. Unlike the martial arts studio that required disassembling and then re-assembling the stage every week, this performance space had a lighting system, a permanent stage, a box office, and a small dressing room! 

THEN IN JULY 2006, The N Crowd was a featured in their first article in the Philadelphia Style magazine and took 1st runner up in their “Best of Style” contest for that year. (Best Comedy Club and Best Theater Group.) In the article, The N Crowd was quoted to be “Philadelphia’s premiere improv troupe.” As a result of publication of that article, the troupe began to perform at various colleges, fundraising, and other events. The N Crowd ended its run at Society Hill Playhouse and moved back to Old City to take up residence at The Actors Center.

IN 2008, 2010, and 2013 The N Crowd was named “Best Comedy Club” by PHL17’s City Voter’s Hot List. More than 10 years, 600 shows and 50+ cast members later, The N Crowd still performs every Friday night at 257 N. 3rd Street. They have also appeared at comedy festivals in Philadelphia and throughout the country, as well as performed for local colleges and corporate clients. 

IN AUGUST OF 2017, after 11 fantastic years at The Actors Center, the N Crowd moved over to a bigger and better theater, Good Good Comedy on 215 N 11th Street.

IN FEBRUARY OF 2018, After a successful run of shows at Good Good Comedy Theater, we moved over to the Philly Improv Theater, located at 2030 Sansom. We are beyond excited to call PHIT our new home. In fact, you’ll often find N Crowders here teaching classes and performing in their many sketch, improv, and other variety programming.

We’re so thankful that you joined us when we moved from the Actors Center and hope you’ll join us at our new home! Shows will still be every Friday (Now at 7 pm.) Stay connected with us to find out about additional shows around town and special events.

Cast members of The N Crowd have performed all over the world and have trained in Chicago, Canada, New York, and Philadelphia. The combined talents of the cast are multifaceted. Collectively, they have trained in theater, dance, clown, film, music, art, science, and law – to name a few. In addition to performing in The N Crowd, other projects include everything from professional theater productions and renaissance fairs to grunge parody bands and stand-up acts.


The Bourse Food Hall
111 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Email: contact@phillyncrowd.com
Phone: 215.253.4276

Photography by Katie Reing. N Crowd’s 11 year anniversary show photography by Laura Rachfalski.