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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  • INSIDE JOKE w/John Hodgman

    A cross between Charlie Rose and This Old House, minus the interruptions and power tools, Inside Joke answers the question “What makes people laugh?” without ever asking it.Past guests at Inside Joke include Mike Myers, David Cross, Stephen Colbert, the Al Franken & Tom Davis reunion, Adam McKay, Bob Odenkirk and Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall, among others. Need more? See inside-joke.com for details.Hosted by Carl Arnheiter.<b>This month's guest is John Hodgman...</b> Read More


     <b>REBECCA DRYSDALE: One Woman In Several Pieces</b> **NAMED BY VARIETY AS ONE OF THEIR "10 COMICS TO WATCH** Last February Rebecca Drysdale took her one woman show to the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado and took home the award for Best Breakout Performer. Actually she didn't take anything home because the award was invented for her, which is really cool don't get her wrong, but they gave her someone else's award just to hold for the pictures and then took it away and they still... Read More

  • THE SWARM - Together for One Week Only!

    This is your chance to catch THE SWARM, the UCBT NY's legendary improv group.<b>The Swarm: Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain</b>This legendary improv team has inspired legions of comedy fans and played to more sold-out audiences than Ghandi, Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy combined. See them before they meet the same fate.Starring: Dave Blumenfeld, Sean Conroy, Andrew Daly, Michael Delaney, Billy Merrit, Katie Roberts and Andrew Secunda.Directed by Kevin Mullaney"Perhaps NYC's finest... Read More

  • 3 SQUARE - Only Two More Shows!

    Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), John Lutz (SNL), and Rob Janas (Second City) bring 3/4 of their long-running Chicago show "4 Square" to NYC.<b>***THIS SHOW WILL BE AT THE ABINGDON THEATRE***</b>ABINGDON THEATRE312 West 36th StreetFirst Floor(between 8th and 9th Avenue)By Subway:Take the 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, or E train to 34th Street/Penn Station <b>Tuesday & Wednesday - July 25 & 269:30pm$10</b> BUY TICKETS NOW > > > Read More

  • WEIRDASS - Only Three More Shows!

    <b>***TIME OUT NY - PICK OF THE WEEK!***</b>Husband and wife team Stephanie Weir (MADtv) and Bob Dassie (IO West) bring their amazing, two-person improvised show to NYC for four nights only.<b>***THIS SHOW WILL BE AT THE ABINGDON THEATRE***</b>ABINGDON THEATRE312 West 36th StreetFirst Floor(between 8th and 9th Avenue)By Subway:Take the 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, or E train to 34th Street/Penn Station <b>Tuesday thru Thursday - July 25-278:00pm$10</b> BUY TICKETS NOW > > > Read More


    Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade, Crossballs) performs a one man show about his battles with God and the making of an atheist. A Jewish father and a Christian mother make a pissed off Fundamentalist Grandma.This show may have appeared under the alternate titles:”God vs. Matt Besser,” “Besser In Satan’s Service,” “Christian Camp for Jews,” ”John the Baptist, Matt the Atheist,” “Vatican’t,” “R U There Jason Kidd? It’s Me, Matt Besser,” “Religious Experience... Read More

  • SHOWGIRLS in the NY Post

    KITSCH & MAKEUP By MANDY STADTMILLER<b>April 15, 2006 --  GUILTY-PLEASURE FILM AND TV TAKES CENTER STAGECANCEL your Netflix - now you can watch all of the brilliantly crap-tastic sex and violence of "Showgirls" re-created live and right in front of your very eyes.With a few creative liberties, of course.It's Ultimate Guilty Pleasure Theater - and it's hilarious."It's not so different from Broadway," says actor and writer John Flynn, who co-created "Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever!"...</b> Read More

  • Rebecca Drysdale Reviewed in TIME MAGAZINE

    The Naked Truth Bat Mitzvah GirlBy RICHARD ZOGLINShe stands nervously in front of a lectern, adopting the rote singsong of a 13-year-old giving her Bat Mitzvah speech. She thanks the rabbi and the relatives who came from Florida, Australia and "all the way from Century Village." She praises a Jewish upbringing that on holidays "gave me the opportunity to dress like a doily and sit in the corner in silent anger while the rest of my family discusses in a whisper whether or not I'm a lesbian."... Read More

  • WE USED TO GO OUT Reviewed by OffOffOnline

    Anatomy of a Breakup by Sarah BolsonWe Used to Go Out reviewed March 30, 2006 Everyone wants what he or she cannot have, especially when it comes to love. Single men and women, eager to find lasting love, envy friends in relationships. But these same friends in relationships oftentimes covet the freedom and unpredictability of being single, particularly when their love begins to sour.When it comes down to it, being in love can be terrible, and being alone can be worse. At least in the... Read More

  • SHOWGIRLS Reviewed by Gay City

    Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever! Upright Citizens Brigade Theater307 W. 26th St.Thu. at 9:30 p.m.Through Mar. 30$5; 212-366-9176 John Reynolds (center) plays the role of “Showgirls” writer Joe Eszterhas—a disgusting caricature of the misogynist who appears onstage in unbuttoned blue jeans, filthy bathrobe, and Panama hat.<b>Whores Who Would Be Dancers</b>“Showgirls” live and on stage—directions and allBY WINNIE MCCROYThe unintentionally campy stripper film “Showgirls” has... Read More

  • WE USED TO GO OUT Reviewed in the NY Times

    March 8, 2006 THEATER REVIEW
    'WE USED TO GO OUT' Being in Love Is Impossible, but Being Alone Is Even Worse By JASON ZINOMANJason Mantzoukas and Jessica St. Clair, who have collaborated several times, belong to the illustrious (and fading) tradition of bickering male-female comedy teams. And while Mantzoukas and St. Clair doesn't exactly roll off the tongue like Burns and Allen or Nichols and May, the pair do, to their credit, have the chemistry of an old married couple who fight better... Read More

  • SHOWGIRLS Reviewed by Off Off Online

    Saga of a Stripper Suffragette by Kimberly PattersonShowgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever! reviewed February 16, 2006Anyone who's seen the movie Showgirls knows it's easy to mock. The film's lame performances, abysmal dialogue, and embarrassing array of naked flesh make it difficult to take seriously. In fact, one could argue that because it's so bad, it would be a hard piece to satirize well: the film itself is almost a parody of ultra-racy movies of the 90's (think Basic Instinct,... Read More

  • BLIZZARD OF '06 - Asssscat Cancelled - 2/12/06

    Due to the record snowfall today, both performances of ASSSSCAT tonight are cancelled.If you already purchased tickets for the show through PayPal, you will receive a refund through Paypal this week.Be safe, enjoy the snow, and we'll see you at UCBT tomorrow night for our special Valentine's Eve shows. Read More


    Musical, the musicals!  By GORDON COX Tuners about tuners are nothing new -- think "Follies," "A Chorus Line" or "The Producers." But now you can get your musical with an extra helping of meta.There's a new production in which a composer-scribe duo appears in their own show, chronicling the minutiae of the development process of a new musical.In fact, there are two such shows.<b>"Gutenberg! The Musical!" a two-hander written by and starring Upright Citizens Brigade alums Anthony King and Scott...</b> Read More

  • SHOWGIRLS Reviewed in HX

    Showgirls: the Best Movie Ever Made. Ever! A camp classic made betterby Sean KennedyShowgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever! is the best show ever made. Ever! A glorious spoof of the 1995 movie that was so bad it killed poor Elizabeth Berkley’s budding Hollywood career, this Upright Citizens Brigade production is laugh-out loud funny from start to finish. It’s set up as an interview between the movie’s famously misogynistic screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (John Reynolds) and a worshipful... Read More

  • Bro'in Out w/Paul Rudd

    <b>BRO'IN OUT WITH LEO & TONY with Special Guest PAUL RUDD!</b>Somewhere between "The Dick Cavett Show" and "After Dark with  Hugh Hefner" lies "Bro'In Out with Leo & Tony." In this live  talk/variety show, host Leo Allen and 'sidekick' Tony Camin welcome real celebrity guests for a straight up talk show with booze, swearing, sketches and music.Hosts:Leo Allen (Slovin & Allen)Tony Camin ("The Marijuana-logues")Special Guests:PAUL RUDDGAVIN MCINNESJUDAH FRIELANDERTIM HARRODPETE FITZPATRICK<b>Monday,...</b> Read More


    INSIDE JOKERS By MANDY STADTMILLERSat Jan 21, 6:00 AM ETSURE, anyone can turn on cable to watch a club-circuit comedian offering his top line, but how many can say they played a drinking game with one of them?At How to Kick People, a literary-focused comedy room that celebrates its two-year anniversary show in February, co-hosts Bob Powers and Todd Levin make sure that comedy fans are experiencing something they can't see anywhere else, including a game of "I Never" with the entire... Read More

  • ASSSSCAT at SF Sketchfest!

    <b>ASSSSCAT at SF Sketchfest</b>Friday, January 27 at 8:00pm ($35) with Pretty Pretty PonyFriday, January 27 at 10:30 pm ($35) with Olde EnglishVisit  www.sfsketchfest.com  for full schedule and ticket information. Read More

  • SHOWGIRLS Headed to the SF Sketchfest!

    UCB Theatre's hit show <b>"Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever!"</b> is slated to perform at The San Francisco Sketchfest this January 2006.  "Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever!"  is an evening with Mr. Joe Eszterhas (or an actor playing the esteemed scribe) as he is interviewed by noted film historian, Jackie Flynn Clarke. Experience the power and sanctity of Esztheras' words live onstage. It's half staged reading, half "Inside the Actor's Studio," and half female empowerment,... Read More

  • The 2nd Annual "IT SUCKED" Awards in the NY Times

    The Week Ahead: Dec. 25 - Dec. 31 <b>By THE NEW YORK TIMESTHEATERJesse McKinley</b>Ah, Christmas. A time for considering the year gone by: the naughty and the nice, the good and the bad, the funny and the less so. The giggly events will be of particular interest at a faux awards show on Wednesday night at the <b>UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATER, the city's de facto town hall for alternative comedy.</b> The second annual show, whose title is too racy for a family newspaper, is a summation of all things... Read More

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