Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has affordable, comedy shows seven nights a week in NYC and LA. Watch the best improv, sketch and standup in the country. Our original comedy video productions have garnered the national spotlight. We also run the first nationally accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. For information on our courses, visit the Training Center.

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  • Showtime picks up 'House of Lies' series starring UCBTNY Alum Ben Schwartz

    Deadline April 7, 2011
    <b>Showtime Picks Up 'Homeland' & 'House Of Lies' To Series</b>
    by Nellie Andreeva

    New Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is going 2-for-2 in his first development season at the pay cable network, picking up both pilots he ordered -- drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies -- to series. Both have received 12-episode orders and will start production in the summer. Thriller Homeland, from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Emmy... Read More

  • MTV Picks Up Show Starring UCBTNY's Jon Gabrus

    Exclusive: MTV picks up five new shows</b>

    Amongst five new shows picked up by MTV is one starring UCBTNY's
    Jon Gabrus (The Law Firm, Outlook of the Poet)

    – The Substitute, which is sort of like a school-based version of Cash Cab—a substitute teacher (Jon Gabrus) surprises unsuspecting students by transforming their classroom into a game show.
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  • Feature Film The Hand Job Written & Directed by UCBTNY's Maggie Carrey and Featuring UCBTNY Alums!

    Variety March 9, 2011
    <b>Samberg, Glover take 'Job'</b>
    by Jeff Sneider

    NBC thesps join indie comedy

    Andy Samberg and Donald Glover will lend a hand alongside their NBC brethren Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader for indie comedy "The Hand Job."

    In addition, TV veterans Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development") have joined the ensemble, while Plaza's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" co-stars Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman have come aboard to provide... Read More

  • UCBT's Joe Mande Profiled on DailyBrink.com

    Joe Mande - Look at this Fucking Comic</b>

    Upcoming comedian and accidental author, Joe Mande is a hilarious talent keeping us on the edge of our seat over what he'll do next.

    You might recognize today’s BR!NKer from VH1′s old show, Best Week Ever, but you might not know he’s also responsible for the hilarious viral blog, book, and (consequently) the popular phrase: Look At This Fucking Hipster.  Joe Mande is a comic whose career is, in many ways, just taking off – despite... Read More

  • Win Two Tickets to Jazz At Lincoln Center Courtesy of The UCB Theatre

    The UCB Theatre is giving you an opportunity to win two (2) tickets for The Music of Billy Strayhorn on Saturday, November 6th at 8pm.

    <b>This contest is now closed and a winner has been selected.</b>

    Event info from the
    Jazz at Lincoln Center website:

    Chances are you know the music of Billy Strayhorn better than his name. Working both as Duke Ellington's key collaborator and in his own right, Strayhorn was one of the all-time heavyweight composers. He was jazz's leading romantic, as... Read More

  • watch Matt Besser's 'This Show Will Get You High' on Comedy Central

    My name is Matt Besser, one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and one of the creators of This Show Will Get You High.  A year ago I approached the leaders of Comedy Central with the idea to create a sketch show so funny that it had the power to get the viewer high. I theorized that if we can get the kids high on sketch comedy, then they won’t have to be in the empty lots and the abandoned malls looking for real drugs like heroin, crack, and worst of all,... Read More

  • Let's Have A Ball and 30 Rock Performer Kay Cannon Interviewed on SplitSider

    Inside the Writer’s Room: Behind the Scenes at 30 Rock with Writer/Producer Kay Cannon</b>
    by Rachael Mason on October 14th, 2010

    Kay Cannon is a producer and writer on 30 Rock, which just started its fifth season on NBC. A Chicago improviser who successfully made the transition to writing after moving to NYC, she now has the enviable position of spending her days coming up with funny things for Tracy Jordan to say.

    I talked with her about her years doing improv in places like... Read More

  • UCBT's Christina Gausas, Scott Adsit, Rob Lathan & More Perform Benefit Show With Rachel Maddow & Ira Glass

    Friends With a Benefit--An Evening of Live Entertainment at Town Hall
    Sunday, August 29, 2010, 7pm

    Please join us for Friends with a Benefit, an evening of live entertainment with proceeds going to the American Bird Conservancy for their efforts in the restoration of the Gulf.

    On Sunday, August 29, 2010, Rachel Maddow (host, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show) will join Ira Glass (host, PRI’s This American Life) for a live, onstage... Read More

  • Chris Gethard, Star of Comedy Central's BIG LAKE, Interviewed on NJ.com

    New Jersey native Chris Gethard to star in 'Big Lake' on Comedy Central</b>
    Lisa Rose/The Star-Ledger

    Comedian Chris Gethard is starring in the Will Ferrell Adam McKay produced "Big Lake" on Comedy Central

    Comedian Chris Gethard had big shoes to fill with his latest project. He stepped in to replace Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite") on the Comedy Central sitcom, "Big Lake," co-starring Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell.

    The show, premiering tomorrow at 10 p.m., features Gethard,... Read More

  • UCBT's Nick Ross Creating Documentary Based On His Show, Highly Evolved Human

    New Media Co-Production Raises Cancer Awareness and Offers Branding, Sponsorship Opportunities</b>

    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Moped Productions is partnering with
    Nick Ross, a 28-year old comedy star and cancer survivor, and Laundry Service Media, known for comedy writing and production, to create an uplifting documentary film about cancer, with a comic twist.  This project, and the recent success of other issue-oriented projects, speaks to the growing intersection of... Read More

  • Chris Gethard, Star of Comedy Central's BIG LAKE, Profiled in New York Times


    The Angst of an Accidental Sitcom Star</b>

    Chris Gethard, center, with Chris Parnell, left, and Horatio Sanz, is starring in “Big Lake” on Comedy Central.


    A FEW weeks into shooting on the Comedy Central series “Big Lake” Chris Gethard said things were going more smoothly than he had imagined.

    “I’ve only broken down and cried once,” Mr. Gethard (pronounced GETH-erd) said in May of his first starring role — really, the first... Read More

  • UCB's Matt Walsh To Appear At The Frugal Muse in Darian, IL on Friday, August 6th

    <b>UCB's Matt Walsh To Appear at The Frugal Muse in Darian, IL</b>

    Matt Walsh will be appearing at his home town bookstore,
    The Frugal Muse, this Friday Aug 6th, from 7-9 pm. The store is located in Darien, IL at 75th and Lemont Rd (right behind the Homerun Inn Pizza). Come by for this huge homecoming event and say high to one of Darien's most esteemed citizens.
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  • The Chris Gethard Show in The Onion A.V. Club's Laugh Track

    Laugh Track July 2010</b>
    by Steve Heisler July 16, 2010

    Comedy has gotten much more democratic over the years: It’s no longer limited to guys in clubs or major-network TV shows. With a bit of free time and minimal iMovie know-how, everyone from budding young comics to name-brand stars can carve out some Internet space for their sense of humor. At the same time, traditional outlets like comedy CDs and DVDs are growing in breadth with the artform itself. It’s a great time to be a... Read More

  • UCBT's Donald Glover Profiled in Los Angeles Times

    Donald Glover, Renaissance man of comedy and rap

    You may know him from YouTube, you may know him from 'Community,' but he hopes you'll begin to know him from hip-hop too. As an artist named Childish Gambino. His album 'Culdesac' hits the Internet.

    Actor Donald Glover of NBC TV's "Community" and an underground rapper going by the name of Childish Gambino is photographed at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / July 19, 2010)

    By Chris Lee,... Read More

  • UCBT's Rob Huebel in The Onion A.V. Club's Random Roles

    Random Roles

    Rob Huebel

    by Steve Heisler

    <b>The actor:</b> Rob Huebel started performing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York alongside Paul Scheer, Rob Riggle, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms. He’s still connected to those comedy pals, though his network has grown. Perhaps best known for his role on MTV’s Human Giant, the reliably hilarious Huebel has appeared in just about every funny TV and film project over the last few years, including The Office, Curb Your... Read More

  • UCBT Performers Appearing at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal This Week

    Every year, the
    Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal showcases some of the best up-and-coming performers and shows from across the country. This week, many performers from the UCB stages in New York and Los Angeles will be performing at the festival. Including:

    Children's Hospital
    The cast of Children's Hospital, with Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel and more.

    Donald Glover - Gross
    Star of NBC’s Community Donald Glover is doing a stand-up show that he thinks is probably too... Read More

  • Chris Gethard & More UCBT Performers Named in Variety's 10 Comics To Watch

    10 Comics to Watch: Chris Gethard</b>
    UCB storyteller lands in Comedy Central's 'Lake'

    Chris Gethard

    As a staple at Manhattan's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater for just over a decade, comedian and writer Chris Gethard ("Weird New York") has taken auds to some far-out places -- sometimes literally.

    "I put a video up on the Internet asking if anybody out there was depressed, because I dealt with depression when I was younger," admits Gethard. "I wound up flying a... Read More

  • UCB Theatre Performers and Writers Nominated for 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards

    The following UCB Theatre performers and writers have been nominated for a
    2010 Primetime Emmy Award! Congratulations to all of them, and be sure to watch for the winners on Sunday, August 29th.

    <b>Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
    Parks And Recreation • NBC • Produced by Deedle-Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios</b>

    Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

    <b>Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
    30 Rock • Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter • NBC • Broadway Video, Little...</b> Read More

  • Associated Press Calls BP Spills Coffee A Runaway Hit For UCBComedy.com

    BP spoof video is runaway hit for UCB website</b>

    June 24, 2010 12:38 PM EST

    NEW YORK — The most memorable comedic take on the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico hasn't come from "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show" or a late-night monologue.

    Instead, a cheaply made video by an unlikely New York improv troupe has created the only commentary that has truly resonated online: a three-minute spoof that shows BP executives pathetically trying to clean up a... Read More

  • UCBT's Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover to Receive Awards at This Year's Just For Laughs Montreal Festival

    Just For Laughs Montreal to fete The Second City, Glee writers, Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover in 2010</b>
    Sean L. McCarthy

    Just For Laughs has announced it'll honor The Second City with a lifetime achievement award and Glee with its comedy writers of the year award when JFL convenes in Montreal next month. The festival also has created two additional awards to recognize the star power of comedians <b>Aziz Ansari</b> and <b>Donald Glover</b> -- Ansari will receive the "Breakout... Read More

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