Union Comedy Crowdfunds for Permanent Theater

Union ComedyPhoto courtesy of Pat Kearnan.

Union Comedy, which specializes in long-form improv, plans to open a permanent theater at 434 McGrath Highway complete with a bar, 72 seats, and a comedy school.

Union Comedy’s style fills an otherwise vacant niche in the Boston-area comedy scene, according to founding member Pat Kearnan.

“Improv Asylum is a lot of sketch, ImprovBoston’s prime time shows have a lot of short-form elements, which is game stuff, a lot of audience input. And so long-form is longer, uninterrupted scenes, a lot of it is more narrative-leaning, less audience interaction,” Kearnan explains.

Kearnan and his four fellow founders have years of experience throughout Greater Boston, including at ImprovBoston, the Boston Sketch Company, Improv Asylum, and the Jamaica Plain Improv Festival.

Union Comedy, which has put on “The Kerfuffle” at The Rockwell and the Union Improv Festival, launched a $30,000 Kickstarter to help get the theater off the ground. The money will support bar equipment, signage, ADA compliance, engineering, and more.

The theater aims to open by the end of the year, according to Kearnan.

The theater will be open to independent teams on the comedy circuit, Kearnan says, and casts put together by Union Comedy will have artistic control over the shows.