Sketch comedy from Neil Casey and Will Hines: “Security Questions”
Will Hines and Neil Casey are two of the finest improvisers and sketch comedians in New York City, or your city if they were in and/or are coming to your city, and for a glorious time they performed sketches together in an Upright Citizens Brigade show called "Small Men." This is a sketch from that ... [Read More]
What It's Like to Be an Artistic Director at a Comedy Theater
by Elise Czajkowski Comedy is an industry, and for every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jo... [Read More]
“On The Cusp, Off The Cuff,” a documentary film about improv comedians in NYC and the UCB
Improv. Say that one word in comedy circles and you'll see a multitude of reactions. OK. Mostly likely one of three: Love. Hate. Indifference. Or maybe even something that's along the spectrum that connects those three. Who decides to pursue a life or career in improv comedy, what are their motivati... [Read More]
Talking to Matt Walsh and Matt Besser About the New UCB Book, Improv, and the Future of UCB
by Bradford Evans Since longform improvisation was created by Del Close in the 1980s, there hasn't been a book on the art form as thorough as the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre's new improv textbook. Co-written by UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh (Amy Poehler receives a "Spe... [Read More]
Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel Are Making a Comedy Central Special Based on Their Live Show 'Crash Test'
by Bradford Evans For years, Human Giant duo Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have been hosting an experimental live comedy show called Crash Test, and now they're bringing the show to TV. Scheer revealed on a Reddit AMA yesterday that he and Huebel are filming a Comedy Central standup special b... [Read More]
Toronto’s Impatient Theatre Co. shuts doors
In an announcement made on their Facebook page Wednesday, longform improv company Impatient Theatre Co. (ITC) said it would shut its doors on its year-old training facility on Spadina Ave. effective this week, with no plans to resume operations elsewhere. ITC,... [Read More]
Toronto’s Impatient Theatre Co. shuts doors
In an announcement made on their Facebook page Wednesday, longform improv company Impatient Theatre Co. (ITC) said it would shut its doors on its year-old training facility on Spadina Ave. effective this week, with no plans to resume operations elsewhere. ITC,... [Read More]
Watch “Never Before, Never Again: Behind the scenes of ASSSSCAT” at the UCB Theatre
Just in time for the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, here's an inside behind-the-scenes look at the Upright Citizens Brigade's signature long-form improv show and form, "ASSSSCAT." The long-running UCB ASSSSCAT show, which helps close out DCM and packs the theaters in New York City (and now Los Ange... [Read More]
Just For Laughs Chicago 2013: Day 6 with Bill Maher bringing it all home
Bill Maher at the Chicago Theatre Just for Laughs didn’t end with a bang, but with a fiery Town Hall Meeting. The Chicago Theatre hosted what was essentially a two-hour long episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, only there were no guests, nor any panel, and not a new rule in sight. It was [...... [Read More]