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.

Latest News

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  • Several UCBT performers cast in HBO pilot

    Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Angela Trimbur, Zach Woods and Kumail Nanjiani are set to co-star in Silicon Valley, HBO’s single-camera dark comedy pilot from the King Of The Hill trio of Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and producer Scott Rudin. Read More

  • IFC renews "Comedy Bang Bang"

    Giving hope to both TV shows inspired by podcasts and the nascent "surreal, deconstructed talk show" genre, IFC has renewed Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" for a second season, the network announced today. Read More

  • Paul Scheer & June Diane Raphael featured in LA Weekly

    June Diane Raphael and her husband, Paul Scheer, make fun of bad Hollywood movies. They're also in them, occasionally, but why should that stop the mockery? Read More

  • Echo Kellum cast in Sean Hayes pilot

    Echo Kellum, the breakout co-star of another recently cancelled freshman series, Fox comedy Ben & Kate, is set to co-star opposite Sean Hayes in  NBC multi-camera comedy pilot, the untitled Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco project. Read More

  • Complex names UCBT performers on list of "25 TV Writers to Follow on Twitter"

    Fifteen years ago, you couldn't name a single television writer. If they sold a feature or had some stand-up chops, you might have learned their name and found out that they made their bread writing for Home Improvement, but the TV writer as a household name is a new phenomenon. Read More

  • "King of Kong: The Unauthorized Musical" featured on NPR

    Tonight at the UCB Theater in Hollywood, a group of TV writers will perform an 8-bit musical version of a "King of Kong," based on the 2007 documentary film about the intense competition to get the highest score in the classic video game, Donkey Kong. Read More

  • Anthony Jeselnik releases new comedy album Caligula rated "A-" by AV Club

    It takes chutzpah to name a debut Shakespeare, in part because it invites critics to complain that while subsequent albums might have their charms, they're no Shakespeare. Then again, someone who begins a second album with a track called "Rape" and ends it with one called "Shut The Fuck Up," as comedian Anthony Jeselnik does on Caligula, doesn't lack audacity. Read More

  • Comedy Central renews "Kroll Show"

    Comedy Central has given a second-season order to "Kroll Show." The new season will consist of 10 episodes. Read More

  • "Burning Love" season 2 trailer released

    Last season on Yahoo's Burning Love, Julie Gristlewhite (June Diane Raphael) had her heart broken by hose-happy fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino). But this season, the tables have turned — and now Julie's the one who gets to select a mate from a wide pool of eligible bachelors played by the likes of Adam Scott, Jerry O'Connell, Michael Cera, Adam Brody, Colin Hanks, Joe Lo Truglio, Ryan Hansen, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Martin Starr, and Kumail Nanjiani. Read More

  • CBS orders pilot from Brian Gallivan

    CBS seems determined to get a comedy from My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia on the air next season, handing out pilot orders to both of his scripts, one single- and one multi-camera. They were among four CBS pilots ordered tonight as the network kept its odd pilot season tradition of greenlighting a slew of pilots after hours on a Friday night. Read More

  • UCBT performers hit talk show circuit

    UCBT performers are hitting the talk show circuit. A collection of recent appearances from Anthony Jeselnik, Kyle Kinane, Nick Kroll, Adam Pally, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Rob Riggle and Charlyne Yi. Read More

  • Serial Optimist names Emily Maya Mills a "Comedian You Must Know in 2013"

    2013 is sure to have its share of unexpected success stories and breakout performances in the comedy arena. However, we here at SO would like to make some predictions and point out those stand-ups that we deem regular shoe-ins for esteemed recognition in the new year. Read More

  • LA Weekly previews "Put Your Hands Together"

    Even as Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! continues to build momentum as an IFC talk/sketch series and Earwolf podcast, the earliest incarnation of the brand, a long-running live show originally named Comedy Death-Ray, ended its weekly run at UCB LA in late November. Most in the comedy community assumed the multimedia forerunner was simply shifting its focus (plans for a TV production and distribution company have since been announced), but the question remained: what show would assume the... Read More

  • LA Weekly names The Midnight Show, Cameron Esposito "Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013"

    Audiences may be more fractured than ever before, but they're also more loyal to performers who cut though the din to foster personal connections under the guise of humor. Here we highlight a few of the L.A. comedians who are taking originality, DIY mentality and creative vision to a whole new level, with picks from local industry and fellow performers. Read More

  • Interview Magazine covers the many faces of Nick Kroll

    Interview recently spoke to the 34-year old comedian about the truth in his comedy, turning out a never-ending supply of jokes, and his impressive multitasking skills in the entertainment industry. Read More

  • Interview Magazine names Katie Dippold amongst "13 Faces of 2013"

    Interview Magazine caught up with Katie Dippold while she was getting prepared for a flight—"I always want to come back to a perfectly clean apartment, so that part I get pretty OCD about," she explained—and discussed her FBI disqualification, her worst sketches, and what's so great about Bridesmaids. Read More

  • Forbes honors Aziz Ansari & Kate McKinnon on 30 under 30 listing

    The young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs on our annual listing of the 30 under 30 are impatient to change the world. In each of 15 categories, ranging from energy to Hollywood, Forbes editors and reporters worked with panels of expert judges to choose the field’s brightest stars under the age of 30. Read More

  • Rene Gube featured in San Diego Magazine

    Getting famous, one joke at a time. Read More

  • Comedy Central sets premiere dates for Anthony Jeselnik & Nick Kroll shows

    Comedy Central just slated a huge batch of new and returning shows for midseason 2013. Here's info on the new shows and when you can see them: Read More

  • "Ass Backwards" and "Hell Baby" to premiere at Sundance 2013

    The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineups. Read More

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