Allentown Public Theatre’s Short-Form Improv Comedy Troupe
Alternating Thursdays at 8pm at SteelStacks
The Associated Mess are The Valley’s premier improv comedy troupe. Started by APT Artistic Director Joshua Neth in 2003, the troupe was put on hiatus when he went on a series of national tours. Neth, along with Bethlehem-based professional stand-up comic Ryan Hill, resurrected the troupe in 2009 and established regular shows at Allentown Brew Works and ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
The Mess boasts some of the Valley’s funniest performers and writers. Many trained at Second City and/or Upright Citizen’s Brigade or have extensive backgrounds in stage performance.
Besides ABW and SteelStacks, The Associated Mess have performed at Civic Theatre, Mayfair, Celtic Classic, Muhlenberg College, Sellersville Theatre, Hotel Bethlehem and elsewhere.
For a good laugh, catch one of the troupe’s regular shows (currently alternating Thursday nights at ArtsQuest Center). Or book your own event with the Lehigh Valley’s premier improv comedy troupe.
Happy New Year to friends of APT!
Introducing our new president, and more . . .
2014 will bring some organizational changes to Allentown Public Theatre. As you may know, APT passed the 5-year mark in August. That is significant because, according the Small Business Administration, more than half of all small businesses fail within the first five years. Mostly, I believe, due to lack of adequate planning. As they say, fail to plan, plan to fail. I’ve seen it happen.
APT wants to avoid that. The company has planned, but not enough. We have not tied all aspects of the business together adequately and we tend to focus on the moment. But hey, we’re artists, not business people, right?
Well, yes, but if we want to be around for the next five years, we must be business people too. That’s why we are taking some time off from our main-stage productions to devote more attention to the ins and outs of running . . . [CONTINUED...]