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Photo City Improv opens Thursday July 23


Right around the corner from Sticky Lips BBQ on Culver, don’t miss Photo City Improv and Comedy Club, opening this Thursday!

Photo City Improv & Comedy Club will be hosting at least 5 shows a week. Main Stage shows, with the Photo City Players:

  • 1 show Thursday night, 7pm
  • 2 shows Friday night, 7pm & 9pm
  • 2 shows Saturday night, 7pm & 9pm

Other shows TBA. Check website for details.

Bar Opens at 6pm. Admission is $15 plus tax. Free Parking!

Tickets are available daily at Sticky Lips Pit BBQ, just around the corner at 625 Culver Rd. Or buy at the door, starting at 6pm on show nights.

(Tables are not exclusive. If it’s a packed show, plan on meeting your neighbors and sharing a table.)

Countdown to Comedy!

The sign is up at 543 Atlantic Ave!


Photo City Improv announces its Crowdfunding Campaign


Photo City Improv & Comedy Club opens July 23, 2015!

If you’ve been to Sticky Lips Pit BBQ recently, you’ve no doubt seen the progress to the surrounding Photo City Junction, the new entertainment destination at the corner of Culver and Atlantic.

Following Sticky Lips BBQ and The Lost Borough Brewery, Photo City Improv & Comedy will be the third business to open.

We’re in the home stretch in bringing a strong comedy theater experience to Rochester, but we need your help!

Visit our Indiegogo page and help contribute!


The brainchild of local entrepreneur and restaurateur Howard “Howie” Nielsen, Photo City Improv is happy to announce its plan to become part of Rochester’s thriving live comedy scene. In order to bring comedic performers of all stripes to the same stage, Photo City Improv will be producing multiple original shows 5 nights a week (or more) featuring local and national professional comedic acts from the worlds of Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, Music, and Variety. What’s more, we will offer world class food and drink specials at every performance. Throw in classes and workshops taught by some of the area’s most respected instructors, as well as entertainment industry veterans and you’ve got the makings for an explosion of live comedic presentations.

  • The Photo City Players are some of the area’s best and brightest comedic minds. This city needs a good laugh… 23 of us together have been rehearsing, writing, developing original comedy for months. Our intent is to generate material Rochesterians can relate and understand in the most personal of ways.
  • Photo City Improv is Rochester’s first venue dedicated to bringing all types of comedy together on one stage. Live Improv, Stand-up, Sketch, and Music,will be featured at each comedy-variety show.

Why turn to Indiegogo?

Just as we were turning the corner to finalize the construction design and begin last stage of organizing we discovered that the plan for our kitchen would not be approved by officials. Part of an intricate plan that will help us maintain a successful business is offering our audience great food! Well this meant building a NEW KITCHEN in an area of our building that was not set up to do so. While the cost of this undertaking is steep and the amount we have set our goal at will not cover it completely it will certainly make it possible for us to do the hardest of the work as well as put some attention back on the areas that took a backseat to the kitchen.

What We Need & What You Get

Break it down for folks in more detail:

  • The funding we are asking is to defer only a portion of the cost of building this kitchen.  Additionally a few of the fine folks working to make this dream come alive have been doing so without pay so that we can stay on track and throwing them some well-deserved compensation would be a blessing. They did not get into this expecting it but with your help we can turn their sweat equity into cash.
  • While reaching our entire goal would be amazing, any portion will be used carefully to help us get back on track to be ready for our midsummer opening.

The Perks

We put our heads together to come up with some great ways for you to GET IN ON THE ACTION, literally. Our perks offer everything you need for VIP experience which, for those of you brave enough, includes the opportunity to get on stage and strut your stuff with the pros. Who knows? This might be your big break.

The BIG Picture

Photo City is the cornerstone of a much bigger project to bring a full-fledged entertainment district to a largely untapped area of the city. PHOTO CITY JUNCTION will ultimately feature a cavalcade of fun entertainment/restaurant hybrid establishments. Each unique from their menu to their presentations.

  • When complete Photo City Junction will help create 200-300 full and part time competitive paying jobs for restaurant industry workers and entertainers of all stripes in the City of Rochester.

See more about the project and check out our rewards at: http://igg.me/at/helpphotocityimprov/x