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  1. improv
    Groundlings Community Calls Out ‘Whitest Improv Institution’ in Open Letter“If you honestly believe that black life matters, prove it by taking the steps to make them matter on your stages.”
  2. improv
    Improv Communities Demand Theaters Address Systemic RacismPerformers from UCB, Second City, iO, and the Groundlings want to hold their theaters accountable.
  3. improv
    Chicago Comedy Institution iO Theater to Shut Down PermanentlyOwner Charna Halpern said the decision to close the theater is a financial one.
  4. improv
    Black Second City Performers and Alums Demand Change in Open LetterAmber Ruffin, Ashley Nicole Black, and Chris Redd are among them.
  5. vulture guides
    The Best Livestream Comedy Shows to Watch While QuarantiningThe shows must go on … on Instagram and Twitch and YouTube.
  6. live comedy
    20 Funny UCB New York Moments You’ve Probably Never Heard ofRemembering UCB’s New York stages through some of its weirdest and most hilarious live sketches and characters.
  7. the future
    What If Improv Were Good?The Middleditch & Schwartz specials suggest a future where the form belongs to performers, not theaters.
  8. improv
    Amy Poehler on UCB Closure: ‘We Did Make Mistakes’“What’s most important is people know how much we care about this theater, to keep it alive.”
  9. improv
    The 49 Original Whose Line Is It Anyway? Games, RankedFrom “Hoedown” to “Three-Headed Broadway Star” and everything in between.
  10. improv
    Upright Citizens Brigade Closes New York Theater and Training CenterCo-founders called the decision “heart wrenching, but necessary.”
  11. last night on late night
    Bob Odenkirk’s Most Cherished Comedy Memory Involves Chris FarleyAnd a van down by the river.
  12. trailer mix
    The Middleditch & Schwartz Trailer Features a Very Hungry GazelleThe three improv specials hit Netflix on April 21.
  13. layoffs
    Upright Citizens Brigade’s Founders Address Mass LayoffsAmy Poehler will reportedly cover an extra month of health-care coverage for full-timers.
  14. institutions
    UCB Could Be Facing ‘the Beginning of the End’ Amid CoronavirusLayoffs, theater closures, and silence from the Upright Citizens Brigade founders are alienating a community that may be unwilling to return.
  15. coronavirus
    Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres Go Dark on Both Coasts Due to CoronavirusThe theater staff has been laid off, and the Del Close Marathon has been postponed.
  16. photos
    How Freestyle Love Supreme Made the 16-Year Journey to BroadwayCreator-director Tommy Kail talks us through the history.
  17. the real housewives
    Sonja Morgan’s Improv Comedy Debut Was a Boozy, Glorious MessCalling it “improv” might be a stretch, but the Real Housewives of New York City star was genuinely hilarious.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. improv
    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.
  21. improv
    Comedians Share Their Favorite Del Close Marathon MemoriesA walk down memory lane ahead of UCB’s 20th and final improv marathon in New York.
  22. improv
    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.
  23. 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 […]
  24. 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 […]
  25. 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 […]
  26. 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 […]
  27. 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.”
  28. 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 […]
  29. 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 […]
  30. 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 […]
  31. 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 […]
  32. 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 […]
  33. 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.
  34. 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 […]
  35. 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 […]
  36. 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 […]
  37. 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 […]
  38. 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 […]
  39. 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 […]
  40. 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 […]
  41. 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 […]
  42. 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 […]
  43. ‘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 […]
  44. slideshow
    Matt Walsh Takes You Inside His Del Close MarathonThe Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre co-founder takes on its annual improv festival.
  45. roll clip!
    Drake Used to Do ImprovIt’s an essential piece of the puzzle that is Drake.
  46. 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 […]
  47. 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 […]
  48. 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 […]
  49. 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 […]
  50. ‘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, […]
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