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:
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:
UCBT's Ben Schwartz Interviewed on HuffingtonPost.com
Chasing Laughter With Ben Schwartz
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>
By DAVE ITZKOFF
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
UCBT's Ellie Kemper Interviewed in GQ's The Verge
Ellie Kemper Writes For McSweeney's, Was A High School Student of Jon Hamm's, and Single-Handedly Saved Us From A Too-Serious Season of The Office</b>
Let's go out on a comically stubby limb and make a not-at-all controversial claim: the full-time addition of secretary Erin Hannon to the cast of The Office was the best thing to happen to the show all season. This was the year of what, exactly? Weddings? Babies? Infidelity and corporate restructuring and big-time, grow-up stuff? What fun... Read More
See UCBT's Curtis Gwinn & John Gemberling in BEST WORST MOVIE
UCBT's Curtis Gwinn & John Gemberling Appear in the Troll 2 Documentary BEST WORST MOVIE
Meet the Filmmakers! Special question & answer events following the prime and late evening shows on Fri 5/14 and Sat 5/15! Also, don't miss the midnight screenings of TROLL 2, also on Fri 5/14 and Sat 5/15.
Best Worst Movie is the acclaimed feature length documentary that takes us on an off-beat journey into the undisputed worst movie in cinematic history: TROLL 2. In 1989, when an Italian... Read More
Amy Poehler Wins Webby Special Acheivement Award
Amy Poehler Wins Webby Special Achievement Award for Smart Girls At The Party
Smart Girls At the Party
UCBTNY Included As A Site On Time Out NY's 30 Rock Walk
Own This City
30 Rock walk
Spend a day strolling in Liz Lemonâ€™s bi-curious shoes.
By Will Sabel Courtney
Start: 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Sts
End: 307 W 26th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 2.2 miles
Good for: Saturday
1 Begin your pilgrimage at the showâ€™s titular address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between 49th and 50th Sts; 212-632-3975, rockefellercenter.com). Wander past the elevators that Liz Lemon & Co. take to... Read More
Writer/Director Eric Appel Calls UCBT Comedy College In Interview with Huffington Post
Comedy's Bright Future: How Funny or Die Is Changing the Game One Megan Fox PSA at a Time</b>
Posted: April 22, 2010
We might be standing at the precipice of a golden era of comedy care of the good people at Funny or Die. By masterfully using the gigantic web platform to create worthwhile and relevant comedic content, FOD is emerging as the king of Internet funny, and a proving ground for new comedic talent. The website has seemed to place itself directly at... Read More
UCBT's Aziz Ansari to Host MTV Movie Awards
From Yahoo News:
Aziz Ansari to host 19th annual MTV Movie Awards
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
Mon Apr 19, 7:59 pm ET
AP â€“ FILE
LOS ANGELES â€“ Aziz Ansari says he's preparing to host his first awards show, the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, by stalking veteran Oscar host Billy Crystal.
"I'm outside of his house right now," Ansari joked by phone Monday. "I've just kind of been watching Crystal from afar, outside his property."
MTV said Ansari, the 27-year-old star... Read More
UCBT's Chris Gethard Cast Alongside Horatio Sanz & Chris Parnell in New Comedy Central Show
Gethard to replace Heder in 'Lake'
<b>Comedy Central show taps Upright Citizens Brigade regular</b>
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
Upright Citizens Brigade regular Chris Gethard has been tapped to replace Jon Heder on the upcoming Comedy Central comedy "Big Lake."
Heder dropped out of the show last week â€“ just two days before production was set to start â€“ over creative differences.
To find Heder's replacement, Gary Sanchez Prods. Partners Adam McKay and... Read More
UCBComedy.com Launches Redesigned Site, New Content
The Upright Citizens Brigade is proud to unveil their new and improved comedy
The relaunched site features original sketch videos, web series,
live shows, and behind-the-scenes documentaries by the top
up-and-coming comedians from New York and Los Angeles.
"Our site features the best work of the best people working in the alternative comedy scene today," said Ian Roberts, who co-founded Upright Citizens Brigade along with Amy Poehler, Matt Besser,... Read More
Players returns to Spike TV this summer
Players starring Matt Walsh & Ian Roberts of the Upright Citizens Brigade will be returning to Spike TV on Wednesday, July 14 for its summer season. The show will be launched behind the third season of Spike's "Pros vs. Joes". Catch new episodes in July and check out Spike.com for previously aired episodes, deleted scenes and outtakes from the degenerates at Phoenix's most authentic sports bar. Stay tuned. Read More
UCBT's Donald Glover in NY Times
March 14, 2010
His Day Job Subsidizes All That Other Stuff</b>
By MEGAN ANGELO
ON a recent Monday night at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Manhattan, the comedian Leo Allen came out to kick off his stand-up showcase, â€œWhiplash,â€ and was startled at the packed 150-seat theater. â€œPeople are sitting on the floor,â€ he said, gazing at the cross-legged spectators. â€œThey think Chris Rockâ€™s going to be here or something.â€
But the audience members knew who they were... Read More
UCBT's Thomas Middleditch, Kate McKinnon, & Brent Sullivan Named Emerging Comics of 2010 by Time Out NY
ECNYâ€™s Emerging Comics of 2010
Our profiles of six ECNY Award nominees.
By Matthew Love
From left, Top row, St. Germain, Middleditch, Sullivan, Bottom row, Kaplan, McKinnon, Lawrence Photographs: Anya Garrett (St. Germain), Josh Lehrer (Middleditch), Josh Casey (Sullivan), Beth Levendis (Kaplan and Lawrence), Courtesy of Robin Roemer (McKinnon) On Monday 8, the sixth annual ECNY Awards will be bestowed upon New Yorkâ€™s best sketch, improv,... Read More
UCB Theatre Teams with Friars Club for Improv & Sketch Competition
Friars Club Comedy Festival Improv + Sketch Competition</b>
Attention improv and sketch performers--on June 25th and June 26th the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival will give away $20,000!
Why? Our mission is to foster the next generation of comedy filmmakers, and we believe that you, the improv and sketch communities, are essential to making that happen. We'll give one winning sketch and one winning improv team $10,000 each to make a short film that we hope you can use to launch your... Read More
Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts star in new Spike TV comedy Players
Spike TV Publicity February 4, 2010
<b>Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts Star in New Spike TV Comedy "Players"</b>
Series Follows The Hilarious Antics Of Two Completely Opposite Brothers Who Run A Sports Bar
10 Episode Series Premieres Tuesday, March 2 at 10:30 PM
New York, NY, February 4, 2010 â€“ Spike TV expands its comedic slate with â€œPlayers,â€ a series created by and starring one of the founders of the acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Matt... Read More