The Night Before Christmas

Sat. Dec 21, 2019 10:00pm - 11:15pm EST
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Presented by Arcade Comedy Theater

“A f***ing X-mas play for grown-ups”

Written by Anthony Neilson
Directed by Jethro Nolen

What if that “Christmas Feeling” came in powdered form?

It’s Christmas Eve, 1995, and Gary and Simon have a few things left on their holiday to-do list. They need to figure out if the “elf” they captured is really one of Santa’s little helpers or just a burglar. They need to get their hands on some of that “Christmas Feeling” the elf seems to be addicted to. And they need to do this all before the cops arrive.

Anthony Neilson’s one-act comedy is the perfect alternative to the family-friendly offerings this season. “An un-merry extravaganza jam-packed with drugs, debauchery and dirty jokes, all rolled in glitter” (Broadway World). “Unsentimental, remarkably authentic” (LA Times).

The Night Before Christmas features an all-star cast of Arcade favorites! Starring stand-up comedian Vanessa St Clair, one of 2019’s “Best Local Comedians” (Pittsburgh City Paper Readers’ Poll), improv comedian John Feightner (Knights of the Arcade, SEX aka Weiners and Boobs), sketch comedian Justin Vetter (The Justin and Jerome Experience) and featuring Emily Welsh, fresh from the cast of Arcade’s smash-hit Bubble Boy: The Musical.

Show info:

  • Tickets $20 general admission, $25 for reserved VFIP seats 

  • All performances at 10PM

  • Run Time: Approximately 75 minutes. 

  • The production contains mature language and explicit content. Recommended for ages 16+

  • BYOB for patrons over 21+ (must have valid ID)


Arcade is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our patrons and performing artists. Our facilities at 943 Liberty Avenue are designed for wheelchair access both in our audience and on our stages, including an elevator and all-gender restrooms. If you require accessible seating, we encourage you to contact our general manager, Jason, in advance at

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Arcade Comedy Theater: Upstairs 943 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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