Opened on July 7, 2000 on Cumberland Street in the former Stage One Cinema, and after a brief residency period at The American theatre, it moved on the 19th August 2005 to its current location on Meeting Street. The Theatre was created by improv grop The Have Nots! who consist of Greg Tavares, Brandy Sullivan and Timmy Finch who were formed in May 1995. After many years of acting as a touring company, they decided to return home to South Carolina and open up a theatre in Charleston.
Theatre 99 offers training classes, where anyone can sign up to be taught the art of improvisation. It is named '99' after the number of seats that there were when based in Cumberland Street. Since moving to Meeting Street the capacity has increased to 137.
Festivals & Annual Events :
The Theatre is the creator and sponsor of the Charleston Comedy Festival, which takes place the second week of January every year in Charleston in additional theatres.
The Piccolo Spoleto festival takes place in Charleston for three weeks every May and June, a companion to the Spoleto festival. The theatre hosts many of the comedy acts that are part of the festival.
The theatre also hosts 'Improv-A-Thon', annually on a weekend in mid-November, where they squeeze as many local acts into one schedule, often to raise funds for the upcoming Charleston Comedy Festival.