National Comedy Center and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership team up to premier “Pickles & Giggles Comedy Showcase”

Why did the giant pickle cross one of Pittsburgh’s sister bridges? To get to the Byham Theater of course!

What’s so funny about that? You’ll see for yourself when the National Comedy Center, the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to comedy, and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) team up to premier the “Pickles & Giggles Comedy Showcase” on the eve of this year’s Picklesburgh festival. The live show spotlights four of the nation’s funniest, up & coming comics, July 14 at the Byham Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. Made possible with support from Southern Tier Brewing Company, ticket holders will also have a chance to purchase their limited-edition pickle beer made especially for Picklesburgh. John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck of the popular Pittsburgh podcast YaJagoff, and the newly launched YaJagoff on Q nightly radio show on station Q92.9 FM, will be hosts for the evening.

Located in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY, the National Comedy Center is collaborating with PDP for its first foray into Pittsburgh with “Pickles & Giggles Comedy Showcase,” which, in addition to nationally touring comedians, will also feature three of Pittsburgh’s funniest, homegrown talents, in partnership with Arcade Comedy Theater.

Presented July 14 at 8:00 pm at the Byham Theater, tickets for the “Pickles & Giggles Comedy Showcase” go on sale to the public Friday, June 24 at noon with prices ranging from $20 to $60, which includes a limited number of VIP premium seats. Every ticket holder is eligible to receive 50% off a single admission to the National Comedy in Jamestown, NY plus a $10 Dollar Dill good towards any single purchase at an official Picklesburgh bar or festival merchandise. Vouchers for both offers will only be available at the theater and restrictions apply. Details and a link to purchase tickets can be found at

The four touring comedians featured in the “Pickles & Giggles Showcase” include:

  • Jackie Fabulous captured America’s heart as a semi-finalist on the 2019 season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has since been featured on NBC’s Last Comic StandingGotham Comedy LiveThe Arsenio Hall Show, FOX, BET, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network and has headlined at many of the top comedy clubs in the country.
  • Sammy Obeid turned down a job at Google to be a comedian. Lebanese-Palestinian American, born in Oakland, CA, Sammy is currently the host of 100 Humans on Netflix. He’s also appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and America’s Got Talent, as well as TBS’s CONAN, and is best known for his world record of performing comedy 1,001 nights in a row.
  • Rojo Perez made his late-night standup debut on TBS’ CONAN,” becoming the first Puerto Rican comic to do so, and recently received a standing ovation on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Among his many credits, he has been featured on Huffington Post’s inaugural LatinX standup special and Comedy Central’s Funny ‘Cause It’s True.
  • Steven Rogers has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. He has a popular anxiety themed podcast with fellow comedian Andrew Schiavone called, “Panic Attacking” and his new album, “Before He Was Super” — taped at the National Comedy Center — debuted at #1 on iTunes.

In addition to the national touring comics, the “Pickles & Giggles” audience will first get their giggle on with an opening set by three local comedians, programmed by Downtown Pittsburgh’s Arcade Comedy Theater, including Samantha Bentley, Collin Chamberlin, and Chrissy Costa. Arcade Comedy Theater will serve up more intimate nights of pickle-themed laughter with stand-up and improv shows on July 15 and 16, to coincide with the Picklesburgh festival. Tickets and more information for all of Arcade Comedy Theater’s shows can be found at