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  1. good one podcast
    How Chris Gethard Transitioned to Comedy Cellar Stand-upOn this week’s Good One podcast, Chris Gethard discusses his transition away from improv and toward stand-up.
  2. I Tried Auditioning for an Improv TroupeWhat does it take to make it into an acclaimed improv team in New York? To find out, I auditioned for a troupe at the PIT.
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    A Eulogy for UCB’s Del Close Marathon in New YorkA longtime improviser says good-bye to DCM before it moves to L.A. next year.
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    Comedians Share Their Favorite Del Close Marathon MemoriesA walk down memory lane ahead of UCB’s 20th and final improv marathon in New York.
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    UCB’s Del Close Marathon Moving From NY to LAAfter 20 years in New York City, the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy weekend is heading West.
  6. iO West Is Shutting Down Next WeekiO West, the Los Angeles branch of Chicago’s iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) founded by Del Close and Charna Halpern, is closing its doors […]
  7. Talking Improv, Marriage, Cats, and Musicals with Jeff HillerYou know Jeff Hiller, or you recognize his face. His disapproving, glowering mug can be seen in every customer service position in every auteur […]
  8. Sexual Misconduct Allegations Have Put the Future of New Orleans and […]With theaters and training centers in Austin and New Orleans, three comedy festivals under its name, and a published book about improv, The New […]
  9. Is It Time for UCB to Start Paying Performers?Performing improv or standup on a UCB stage might be fun, but that doesn’t mean it’s not labor worthy of payment – especially when you’re […]
  10. The Bob’s Burgers Cast Improvises a Mini-Episode About the Birds and the BeesIt’s about time the Belcher family finally had “the talk.”
  11. UCB Is Moving from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen Next MonthThe Upright Citizens Brigade is leaving its Chelsea location in New York to make way for a new location a little further uptown. According to […]
  12. Catching Up with Colton DunnA lot of people have probably heard about the Upright Citizens Brigade by now. They know about Amy Poehler as an original member, seen Paul […]
  13. From UCB to ‘The House’ with Rob Huebel Rob Huebel is maybe a quintessential “right place, right time” example for an aspiring comedian. The place was New York and the time was […]
  14. Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh Announce 2018 […]Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts,and Matt Walsh are bringing UCB’s popular long-running improv show ASSSSCAT to a very important stage […]
  15. The 19th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is OutThe annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule for the event. The […]
  16. tribeca film festival 2017
    Jon Favreau and Scarlett Johansson on the Lion King Remake and ImprovThe director defended improv to Scarlett Johansson, who said got “sweaty palms” at the thought of ad-libbing.
  17. How Matt Besser Combines His Love for Comedy and Music on ‘improv4humans’ A little-known fact about improv is that a lot of it used to be accompanied by music, specifically a piano. One comedian who actually began […]
  18. Those Times ‘Don’t Get Me Started’ Got Started on Improv If doing improv is your dream, there’s never been a better time to be alive. There are more resources than ever to consume if you want to […]
  19. Prepare for Tax Day with This 2007 Clip from The Second CityWelcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in […]
  20. Kelly MacFarland Gets Comfortable Standup comedian and long-time improviser Kelly MacFarland is finding the funny in her new life as an “older” suburban stepmom. Her new […]
  21. How Do You Stay Motivated When Your Friends Are Finding Success and You […] As a former comedy agent at UTA and WME, Priyanka represented numerous big-name writers and performers before leaving to start a TV […]
  22. The CW Renews ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’More Whose Line Is It Anyway? is in the works at The CW. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has officially renewed the […]
  23. From Michael Scott to Mike Birbigila: A Brief History of How Improv Is […] “Everyone In Improv Troupe Balding” declared a 2012 article in The Onion. It lays out a template - overweight, deluded, preying on young […]
  24. The 5th Annual LA Indie Improv Fest is This Weekend This Saturday, August 6, marks the fifth anniversary of the LA Indie Improv Festival, a gathering of teams from across Los Angeles set on […]
  25. Mike Birbiglia and the Drama of Comedy2016 is turning out to be a fantastic year for films made for, by, and about comedy nerds. David Wain is working on a film about the early days […]
  26. ‘Thank You Del’ Tells the Story of a Man and the Thriving Community He […] In the documentary Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon, the thesis of the film is mercifully clear. There existed a man named […]
  27. slideshow
    Matt Walsh Takes You Inside His Del Close MarathonThe Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre co-founder takes on its annual improv festival.
  28. roll clip!
    Drake Used to Do ImprovIt’s an essential piece of the puzzle that is Drake.
  29. Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Stephen Colbert Talk Second City on […]If you want to see what Stephen Colbert is like when he’s starstruck (or as he puts it here, “comedystruck”), look no further than this clip […]
  30. The 18th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is OutThe annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule. The improv marathon […]
  31. Watch Fran Adams and Steve Carell Play a Game of ‘6 Reasons’ in 1991Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in […]
  32. Matt Walsh on ‘Veep’ and the Enduring Influence of UCB Matt Walsh is a gifted comedian and improviser, as you can many times throughout his role as Mike McClintock on Veep, which just started […]
  33. ‘How to Be the Greatest Improviser on Earth’ by Will Hines Is Out in JuneThe popular improv blog Improv Nonsense by UCB’s Will Hines is turning into a book. Hines announced today that he’s self-publishing the book, […]
  34. Funnyball: Can Improvisors Benefit From Using Data and Analytics? First of all, I just want to say right up top that I know this is all very uncool. Improv is supposed to be fun, like all entertainment is, […]
  35. Why Standups Should Embrace, Not Revile, Improv “I hate improv.” Hang around standup comedians enough and you will hear it. This may be confusing. Many don’t know there’s a difference […]
  36. Unwrap Some Christmas Gifts with Steve Carell at The Second CityWelcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in […]
  37. Splitsider’s Guide to NYC’s Comedy Scene“This is where comedy works — where people are the most miserable,” Doug Stanhope lamented as he walked the streets of New York City at the […]
  38. Improv’s Babel: Defining the Game of the SceneInterviews by Matt Visconage. Improv was doomed with a semantics crisis from the start. When long-form improvisation began to flourish as its […]
  39. bryan cranston
    Don’t Forget About That Time Bryan Cranston Did Improv As a British MetalheadDave Foley approves!
  40. star wars
    Watch Colin Mochrie Reenact Star WarsMay the improv be with you.
  41. Talking to Zach Woods About Bringing Improv to TV and Film ActingThere’s a growing flock of people in TV and movies whose primary training is improv comedy. On one hand, it makes sense: these people have […]
  42. Trust Us, This Is All Made Up: Explaining Long-Form Improv to the MassesIt’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of […]
  43. chat room
    The Key and Peele Guys on Their Comedy Central Debut, Playing the ‘Race Card,’ and Poop Jokes“When you say poop, people laugh.”
  44. 30 rock
    There’s Actually Not Much Ad-Libbing on 30 Rock“I’d say the show is about 98% completely scripted.”
  45. Watch a Recently Unearthed 1986 Interview with Improv Godfather Del CloseHere’s a recently unearthed gem: it’s an interview with Del Close from Chicago public access TV in 1986 done by current Conan writer Brian […]
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    The Set of Transformers Pretty Much the Same As That of Curb Your EnthusiasmImprov is not only encouraged, but recommended!
  47. the take
    New Play at London’s National Theatre Not As Good As Improv Everywhere PrankAn improv troupe outshines a big-budget London premiere.