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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  • 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

  • UCBT's Zach Woods Promoted to Series Regular on NBC's The Office

    From ew.com's The Ausiello Files:

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  • An Interview With SNL's Bobby Moynihan

    Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!</b>

    A blog dedicated to providing you with the latest scoop on all things SNL.

    Monday, June 14, 2010
    Bobby Moynihan Q&A

    Okay, so I just want to extend my enormous thanks to Bobby for agreeing to answer these questions and for putting so much time, care and effort into answering these questions. He went far and beyond what I could have ever expected - the answers are so insightful and for all us SNL nerds, it's a real treat to read!

    Without... Read More

  • The Rachel Maddow Show Features UCBComedy's BP Spills Coffee Video

    On June 10th, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow show featured UCBComedy video "BP Spills Coffee". During the segment, Maddow referred to the Upright Citizens Brigade as, "freakishly talented and awesome."

    Watch the full segment

    And watch the original BP Spills Coffee video here:

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  • UCBT's Ben Schwartz Interviewed on HuffingtonPost.com

    Chasing Laughter With Ben Schwartz

    Nick Kreiss
    Comedy writer
    Posted: June 8, 2010 06:36 PM

    Chances are I'm not introducing you to comedian Ben Schwartz. You might have seen his uproarious turn as professional douchebag Jean-Ralphio on NBC's Parks and Recreation, stumbled upon his quick on the trigger shorts or side-splitting ESPN interviews on the web, or maybe even heard one of his jokes back in the day on Letterman or SNL. And while I hate the term "multi-hyphenate" with every... Read More

  • UCBT's Aziz Ansari Profiled in the New York Times

    Feeding the Comedy Beast Without Serving Leftovers</b>



    Robert Yager for the New York Times

    HALFWAY through a 90-minute set late on a recent Friday night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater here, Aziz Ansari did something radical for a stand-up comedian: he sat down.

    If Mr. Ansari, a 27-year-old performer with a bearded baby face, was irresistibly drawn to the plastic chair where he completed his routine between sips of tea, it was... Read More

  • UCBTNY Featured in Encore Magazine's Comedy Issue

    <b>Little Big Time</b>
    UCB Theatre proves fertile ground for comedy's major leagues

    Read the full article on pages 12 and 13 by
    clicking here.

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