About Us

The only thing that is constant is change, and there’s always more to learn! While our theater and our shows have had to change and evolve lately, we remain true to our mission.

And now you can stream our live shows from anywhere! From our roots as an itinerant improv troupe longing for our forever home, we keep the vision that has held us together since 2002.

Photo by Jon Scanlon

Mission Statement

Unscrewed Theater is dedicated to teaching and showcasing the art of improvisational theater as well as other unique forms of live entertainment. We foster a safe and supportive atmosphere in which artists can grow and explore their talent. We provide a venue to showcase these talents as to enrich our community through the art.


Unscrewed Theater is volunteer-run. No matter your skills or talents, we’d love to have you join our community of comedy lovers. Full-time. Part-time. Any time.

We can’t wait to meet you!

The Story of a Theater

In the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway,” Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed has been making Tucson laugh since 2002. In 2014, we opened Unscrewed Theater, Tucson’s premiere non-profit community theater dedicated to Improv Comedy.

Working without a script, we create fast-paced games and scenes based on audience participation and suggestions. Every show is different because we never know what you’ll throw at us!

You can bring the whole family to see our all-ages 7:30 shows EVERY Friday & Saturday night, or turn off your filters for our 17+ UNCENSORED shows!

Three more house teams have now joined NBOJU – From The Top, Comic Chaos, and The Big Daddies.  The Improv Funny has just begun.

We’re thrilled to throw our door open wide once more – to laugh together. As nature intended.

We’re adding more shows all the time. And classes!

Check out our website and Facebook page to get the latest and greatest info for what’s in store.

Be sure to save your ticket stub for discounts at our restaurant neighbors – Dedicated Bakery & Mama’s Pizza. Laughing makes a body hungry!

On Stage

House Team Shows

Every weekend, we have shows featuring one or more of our House Teams.

Family-friendly every Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm MST featuring Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed and From The Top (1st Friday).

Family-friendly at 6pm MST on the 3rd Saturday of the month with Comic Chaos.

Uncensored (17 and up) at 9pm MST on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month with Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed and The Big Daddies.

Themed Shows

From time to time, we create a show with a specific theme, like our Coming Unscrewed for Pride show, our Into The Unscrewed-iverse: Nerd’s Night Out show, and our Ladies Night show.

Watch our calendar for when our fantastic themed shows come up!

Student Showcases

As each of our Improv Basics and ImprovBlox classes end, the students perform a Showcase to show off what they’ve learned.

Peek at the calendar to find our next Student Showcase!

Open Shows

Unscrewed Fridays After Dark is our quarterly improv (and more) variety show open to any improv performer/team, stand-up comedians, sketch groups, storytellers, and more. Four times a year.

The Backyard happens twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, at 9pm MST and is open to any improv performer/team looking for stage time and is a great launchpad for teams seeking to become Unscrewed Theater House Teams.

Active Imagination Theatre

Several times a year, we have holiday-themed interactive shows with Active Imagination Theatre. Bring the kids, and they’ll get to be part of the show!

Keep an eye on our calendar for Elves Gone Bad, Rabbit Hood, and A Weenie Halloween!