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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  • This Is Not A Sketch Show: A Sketch Show Reviewed in Time Out NY

    Review: This Is Not a Sketch Show: A Sketch Show</b>
    This clever, self-referential show aims to rent out the UCB Theatre as an apartment.
    Matthew Love

    Brandon Scott Jones cajoles Jon Gutierrez and Alison Bennett
    Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Hey, reader. Yeah, you: Looking for a nice apartment? You might want to talk to Andy Stevens, the Realtor (and aspiring comedian) who seems to be behind This Is Not a Sketch Show: A Sketch Show. He’s got this really hot property, perfect... Read More

  • Todd Bieber's Commercial Interruption on AdWeek.com

    One Man's Story of Making Some of the Worst Commercials Ever</b>
    Todd Bieber on being amazing at something awfulBy David Gianatasio

    Showing commercials during live theater—has it really come to that? For
    Todd Bieber, it most definitely has. The filmmaker is launching an advertising-themed one-man show at New York's Uptight Citizens Brigade Theatre, where he also serves as content and production director. In
    "Commercial Interruption," Bieber shares stories from his "secret life"... Read More

  • UCBT's Doug Moe Interviewed In The Brooklyn Paper

    Comedian Doug Moe is Brooklyn’s worst dad!</b>
    By Kate Briquelet
    The Brooklyn Paper

    Photo by Elizabeth Graham

    Comedian Doug Moe’s new show is all about being a bad dad in Windsor Terrace — and trying to stay cool by going to Brooklyn Commune on Greenwood Avenue with his daughter Phoebe, 5.

    Comedian Doug Moe’s stage may be the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Manhattan — but the heart of his one-man show is all Brooklyn.

    “Doug Moe is a Bad Dad” is based on his... Read More

  • Pig: A Restaurant Reviewed in NY Times Diner's Journal

    ‘Pig,’ a Play, Roasts the Food-Obsessed</b>

    Marcus Yam for The New York Times

    At a performance of
    “Pig: A Restaurant” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Chelsea on Wednesday night, a deranged celebrity chef unveiled a drink list featuring “bacon-infused bourbon” and “pork cheek bitters.” A locavore praised the taste of edible weeds picked along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. And a food publicist fretted that a photographer’s flash might... Read More

  • Comedy Central's Corporate Retreat Reviewed in Wall Street Journal

    Comics Get a Pipeline to TV</b>

    At most New York comedy showcases, comics flog material in hopes of catching the eye of a talent scout. The cable channel Comedy Central is turning that formula on its head with a new showcase aimed at road-testing and polishing the talents it has already discovered.

    For audience members, the twice-monthly showcase, Corporate Retreat, offers glimpses at the comedians who the network is betting could become the next Jon Stewart or... Read More

  • WWE.com Reviews Mick Foley at UCBTNY

    Mick Foley leaves NYC in stitches after Survivor Series</b>
    By: Bobby Melok

    NEW YORK - After 17,000-plus cleared out of Madison Square Garden following Sunday night’s Survivor Series, a select portion of the WWE Universe headed a few blocks south of The World’s Most Famous Arena to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to have a few laughs before the night ended.

    However, the headliner at the club for this intimate midnight show was no ordinary comedian. On this night, the... Read More

  • Pig: A Restaurant Reviewed on Eater.com

    Pig: A Restaurant, a Comedy at Upright Citizen's Brigade</b>
    by Raphael Brion

    Last night was the premiere of Pig: A Restaurant at the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York City, a restaurant-themed single-woman comedy that satirizes the New York restaurant scene and food culture at large. It's from writer Leila Cohan-Miccio (a former editor at Grub Street Boston and co-creator/writer of Vag Magazine) and actress Lauren Conlin Adams (who's worked at restaurants in New York including DB... Read More

  • NY Times Writes About the Grand Opening of UCB East

    Comedy Troupe Delivers Its Second New York Baby</b>

    Taking her first tour on Friday night of the completed Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, known as U.C.B.East for short, in the East Village, Amy Poehler examined its renovated 124-seat performance space, its twin lobbies on Third Street and Avenue A and its momentarily immaculate bathrooms, “so clean you could improvise off them,” she said.

    Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler hosted the opening of a new Upright Citizens... Read More

  • Enter To Win Tickets To UCB East's Grand Opening This Saturday!

    This Saturday, October 29th the UCB East is hosting its official Grand Opening shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. These shows are not open to the public, but we have some seats available for the 9:30pm show that we will give to randomly selected fans!

    To enter the UCB East Grand Opening Show lottery, please email your name and the number of tickets you'd like to [email protected]. The deadline for entry is Midnight on Friday, October 28th. If you are selected you will be notified via... Read More

  • Registration Is Now Open for UCBT's Annual 3 On 3 Improv Tournament

    <b>It’s time for the 11th Annual 3 on 3 Improv Tournament! Registration
    is now open!</b>

    There will be four qualifying rounds (Thursday November 3rd, 10th, and
    17th at 11pm and Friday November 25th at 10:30pm). Each qualifying
    round will feature eight teams – seven pre-selected groups, and one
    wildcard team that will be made up of audience members drawn out of a
    hat that night. Each team will have seven minutes of stage time. The
    audience will vote for their favorite teams, and the... Read More

  • UCBeast's ANIMATED STORIES featured on Huffington Post

    From the Huffington Post:

    Mild mannered storyteller, comedian, actor and talk show host, Chris Gethard &mdash; the guy who got P. Diddy to come to the UCB Theater &mdash; was an incredibly evil baby. It might be hard to believe, but that's why we have the magic of animated storytelling.

    This cheeky animation was created by artist Maëlle Doliveux, and it was created as part of the monthly show "Animated Stories" which runs at UCB's new East Village, NYC location. Check it out and learn how Gethard... Read More

  • Brad Sacks Gets A Handjob Reviewed on TheApiary.org


    Illustration: Ramsey Ess

    By: Lucas Hazlett

    According to Joseph Campbell's definition of a monomyth, or Hero's Journey, every great narrative -- whether it be a movie, television show, play or novel -- follows the same essential story line. A single character leaves his or her normal way of life after another character compels them to obtain a valuable object or perform an important task.

    In Lord of the Rings, Frodo leaves the shire after... Read More

  • Reigning Cage Match NYC Champs Doppelganger Profiled in Bust.com

    You Know, Those Black Girls Who Do Improv</b>
    Grace Evans

    “Our tagline on our website is ‘You know...that black girl who does improv’ because I imagine that's how people in the improv community would try to describe us,” Sasheer Zamata of Doppelganger told me. “There was a time when there were so few black girls around, [but now] there are many more black girls doing improv and the community is getting much more diverse.”

    Zamata is one third of improv team... Read More

  • Kate McKinnon On Ice Reviewed on TheComicsComic.com

    "Kate McKinnon on Ice," A One-Woman Sketch-tacular!</b>

    Kate McKinnon earned a nomination for the ECNY's Emerging Comic Award in 2010, but how she hasn't emerged already as a comedy star is beyond me. Yes, McKinnon got to showcase her chops in Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show, but odds are, you weren't watching Logo nor even know what channel that is on your cable/satellite provider.

    You do have the opportunity to see how brilliant McKinnon is, live onstage, in her new... Read More

  • Somebody's In The Doghouse Profiled on Bust.com

    Two Women That Make Me Laugh Wearing Mustaches or Sweater Sets</b>
    Grace Evans

    I’ve had the recent pleasure of watching sketch team Somebody’s in the Doghouse perform their hilarious sketches. The duo, Leah Gotcsik and Marty Johnson. have been performing all over the country since 2003. With a plethora of prestigious credentials between them, the ladies just competed as finalists in the Friar's Club Improv + Sketch Competition for the second year in a row.

    Gotcsik and... Read More

  • Ryan Karels and Radio Rogue Profiled On TimeToSignOff.com

    Who's Next In NYC</b>

    Ryan Karels

    <b>Ryan Karels
    Comic Performer</b>
    Age: 33
    Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Known for: Representing North Dakota in HuffPo’s “United States of Comedy”.
    Unknown for: Appearing in a Castrol Motor Oil commercial wearing a mullet.

    <b>About Ryan Karels</b>

    <b>You are the star of Radio Rogue (one of the most-talked about new shows among in-the-knows) at world famous Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre — how did it come to this?</b>

    I moved to New York the day after... Read More

  • SketchFest NYC 2011 in Time Out New York

    SketchFest NYC</b>
    <b>The scripted-comedy festival gets bigger and further from the page.</b>
    By Matthew Love and Jane Borden

    In its seventh year, the annual
    SketchFest NYC has grown significantly, from a three-day run to four, and has also begun working with big brands, including Comedy Central and Marvel Entertainment. Wait­—what?

    “I’ve been aware of sketch trends,” explains festival executive producer, Alex Zalben, also a member of local troupe Elephant Larry. “And I realize... Read More

  • Tickets Now On Sale For SketchFest NYC at the UCB Theatre


    PRESS CONTACT: Kambri Crews
    [email protected]
    (347) 451-3873

    New York’s Seventh Annual International Sketch Comedy Festival Begins June 8th

    New York, May 18, 2011 -
    SketchFest NYC is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for this year’s seventh anniversary Festival. SketchFest NYC will run from June 8 – 11, 2011 at
    The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 307 West 26th... Read More

  • The Chris Gethard Show Profiled in The Wall Street Journal

    Scouring the City for a Laugh</b>

    Photo by Ari Scott
    Comedian Chris Gethard, right, welcomed rapper Diddy to his monthly show in January.

    Chris Gethard, a pale, compact man with the trusting face of a child, looked up from his laptop. "This guy says he has a strong desire to be nude in front of people." He leaned forward and began typing. "Hi! Would you like to get naked tonight in front of 250 people? This is not a joke."

    Mr. Gethard, 31, was in the lobby of the... Read More

  • DING DONG MEOW: The Andrea Rosen Show Reviewed in TheComicsComic.com

    Ding Dong Meow (Cookie!), aka The Andrea Rosen Show</b>

    Andrea Rosen's current show at the UCB Theatre, "Ding Dong Meow," really should be called "Ding Dong Meow (Cookie!)"

    It's neither one-woman show nor performance art piece, but rather a showcase for Rosen's variety of talents as a comedian. Want to hear her stand-up comedy about true and often embarrassing stories from her life? Ding! Want to see her portray various oddball characters such as a half-deaf bride, an embarrassed... Read More

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