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UCB to Close East Village Theater Amid Financial Woes
The venue will reportedly shutter permanently on February 9.
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How Chris Gethard Transitioned to Comedy Cellar Stand-up
On this week’s
podcast, Chris Gethard discusses his transition away from improv and toward stand-up.
Exit Interview: A Chat Between Chris Gethard and Brett Davis
Two comedians talk about the end of an era and what comes next.
A Eulogy for UCB’s Del Close Marathon in New York
A longtime improviser says good-bye to DCM before it moves to L.A. next year.
Comedians Share Their Favorite Del Close Marathon Memories
A walk down memory lane ahead of UCB’s 20th and final improv marathon in New York.
UCB’s Del Close Marathon Moving From NY to LA
After 20 years in New York City, the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy weekend is heading West.
A Comedian Is Suing UCB for ‘Reverse Gender Discrimination’ After Getting […]
Back in August 2016, New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade theaters banned a comedian after multiple women came forward with rape allegations […]
See ‘See Something, Say Something’
Occasionally, we’ll feature live performances-cum-web videos (best not to Google that phrase), and this week is one of those times. See […]
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 […]
Talking Funny or Die and ‘Not Quite a Genius’ with Nate Dern
From humble beginnings as a participant in season 3 of The CW’s Beauty and the Geek to becoming the artistic director of UCB’s New York theater […]
Inside the Weird but Wonderful World of Comedy Wrestling
If you have ever found yourself at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea at 11:00pm on a Thursday night, you’ve probably witnessed a comedy wrestling […]
UCB Is Moving from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen Next Month
The Upright Citizens Brigade is leaving its Chelsea location in New York to make way for a new location a little further uptown. According to […]
Benjamin Apple Is the Best Bad Doctor
The bad doctor trope is one we’ve seen in TV and movies for decades. Airplane, Family Guy, SNL (Will Ferrell’s ”…quick call to Beverly”), the […]
From UCB to ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Kristen Bartlett
The first time I saw Kristen Bartlett was in The Dead Dads Club, a show she wrote and performed with her husband, Jason Gore. Their fathers had […]
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 […]
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 […]
The 19th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is Out
The 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 […]
Inside Seth Morris’s Ambitious New ‘Radio Project’
For the thousands of hopeful comedians taking classes at various improv theaters like Second City, The Groundlings, and the Upright Citizens […]
Matt Besser and Ian Roberts on Bringing the UCB Stages to the Screen with […]
The UCB 4 – Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts – have returned for a second season of the hosting The UCB Show, a comedy […]
The Magic of Michael Hartney’s Grandiose Choir Teacher
2016 was a very, very bad year no matter how you slice it. In tough times, comedy is often a form of escape that people turn to when they need […]
Seeso Orders ‘Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle’ and ‘Andy Richter’s Home […]
Seeso just announced two new specials from Steve Coogan and Andy Richter slated to premiere before the holidays. The streaming network […]
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 […]
Rape Accusations Against a UCB Performer Have Sparked an Ugly But […]
Last weekend, Facebook filled up with posts by various comedians and writers in New York after news broke that both UCB theaters in the city […]
Is a $160,000 Degree in ‘Comedic Arts’ Worth It?
The average cost of tuition at a private college in 2015 was over $32,000 according to CollegeData.com, but that number is even higher at […]
‘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 […]
Matt Walsh Takes You Inside His Del Close Marathon
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre co-founder takes on its annual improv festival.
Seeso Renews ‘The UCB Show’ and Adds DCM Documentary ‘Thank You, Del’
Seeso just announced two new projects. First up is a season 2 renewal for The UCB Show, which will be filmed during the Del Close Marathon this […]
On the UCB Rise with Dan Chamberlain
Above Average’s new original series Thingstarter premiered on Seeso on May 19th, parodying the absurdity of Kickstarter and other […]
The 18th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is Out
The annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule. The improv marathon […]
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 […]
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, […]
UCB Stand-up Set Casually Taken Over by Black Lives Matter Protesters
The comedian thought it was a joke.
The UCB Comedy Podcast Network Launches Next Week
UCB Comedy is getting into the podcast network game. Starting this Monday, February 22nd, the UCB Comedy Podcast Network will launch with a […]
Don’t Be Confused By This Wonderfully Confusing Sketch
Oh, man. UCB’s new Maude team, Choir only has 19 subscribers, and that’s about to change real quick if they keep putting out sketches like […]
‘The UCB Show’ Isn’t For Everyone, But That’s OK
If you have been to a show at UCB, then you already have a pretty good sense of what The UCB Show, currently the flagship original offering […]
How to Start Your Career in Comedy: A Guide for College Students
If you want a career in comedy, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get from Point A: Where You Are Now, to Point B: Life Dreams Achieved.
Upright Citizens Brigade Announces the Grand Opening of UCB Theatre Sunset
The Upright Citizens Brigade is opening a brand new theater in Los Angeles. UCB announced today that it’s added a new venue called UCB Theatre […]
The Inside Story of Whiplash, One of New York’s Best and Most Influential […]
“Whiplash is like a magical kingdom where laughs run free and jelly beans are the main form of currency,” says comedian Aparna Nancherla, of […]
Talking to Katie Dippold About ‘The Heat’, Female Camaraderie, and Lots of […]
A UCB improviser and former Parks and Rec staff writer, Katie Dippold is behind one of this year’s most highly anticipated summer comedy […]
Improv’s Babel: Defining the Game of the Scene
Interviews by Matt Visconage. Improv was doomed with a semantics crisis from the start. When long-form improvisation began to flourish as its […]
Talking to Zach Woods About Bringing Improv to TV and Film Acting
There’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 […]
This Week’s Web Series You Need To Watch: I Wanna Have Your Baby
SNL and UCB are two of the most powerful 3-letter acronyms in the New York City comedy scene (behind CFF, “cool funny frogs,” the all-amphibian […]
Going to FX
The web series is graduating to TV with producer Amy Poehler producing.
Freak Dance Review: No Butts Allowed That Ain’t Working
It’s pretty remarkable how many dance movies Hollywood has churned out over the years. What’s even more remarkable, though, is how godawful […]
Cast Do Live Comedy at UCB
With special guests!
Checking In With the Cast of Upright Citizens Brigade
Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV…and the cast and creators of Upright Citizens Brigade? The list of […]
Stage Dive: Half-Improv, All Funny
UCB’s ‘Gravid Water’ returns tonight!
Bored Cops Overdo It With the Christmas Presents
BORED COPS: Christmas GiftsUCBcomedy.comWatch more comedy videos from the twisted minds of the UCB Theatre at UCBcomedy.com In the second […]
On a Neverending Stakeout, Bored Cops Are Forced to Entertain Themselves
BORED COPS: F*ck, Marry, KillUCBcomedy.comWatch more comedy videos from the twisted minds of the UCB Theatre at UCBcomedy.com Here’s the first […]
Today in Four Loko Parodies
I guess it’s been about how long it takes to create a web video since Four Loko took over the news by killing idiot teenagers and being […]