Interview: First impressions with Noël Wells, from UT to UCB to SNL
Noël Wells made an immediate first impression in her Saturday Night Live debut in September. Standing out from the pack of new cast members -- all of whom were teasingly introduced by host Tina Fey in the season-premiere's monologue -- Wells stepped forward in the very next moment, a digital sh... [Read More]
 
The comedic chemistry of true BFFs: Best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham star in USA’s “Playing House”
Tina and Amy are a great comedy team. We're all right to love watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler onscreen together, either as themselves at an awards show or playing fictional characters making merry in sitcoms or movies. But they're part of a long line of great female comedy duos throughout TV histo... [Read More]
 
The comedic chemistry of true BFFs: Best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham star in USA’s “Playing House”
Tina and Amy are a great comedy team. We're all right to love watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler onscreen together, either as themselves at an awards show or playing fictional characters making merry in sitcoms or movies. But they're part of a long line of great female comedy duos throughout TV histo... [Read More]
 
Let Our Dog and Pony Show Give You a Break From Your Existential Crisis
by Adam Frucci What are you doing with your life? Do you have it all figured out yet? Do you know where you'll be in 10 years? Are you planning properly for the future? And in the end, does it even matter? We can't help you with any of that, but we can give your brain a break from thinking about suc... [Read More]
 
Comedy Central programming chief Kent Alterman reflects on his career path, that of Comedy Central comedians
In case you missed it on the original audio podcast earlier this month, you now can watch Kent Alterman, Comedy Central's president of original programming, speak for 73 minutes with Andy Greenwald of Grantland about Alterman's career arc. Alterman met Amy Poehler and the founding four of the U... [Read More]
 
Improv as Practical Life Advice
by Will Hines When you ask people to think of reasons why someone took an improv class for the first time you get answers like “I wanted to do something fun” or “I’m a huge comedy fan” or “I wanted to be able to think on my feet more for my job.” (Side note:... [Read More]
 
Where are they now? Where will they be someday? New York City improvisers captured in The Mug Shot Journals
Keith Huang studied improvisation at The People's Improv Theater and trained at New York City's other two primary theatrical homes for improv comedy in the 21st century: The UCB and The Magnet. Huang later became an instructor at The PIT, house team performer there, and since 2012, served as The PIT... [Read More]
 
Rob Riggle compares “broken toys” of stand-up to “team” of improvisation on The Pete Holmes Show
In this conversation on The Pete Holmes Show, Holmes recalls first meeting Rob Riggle at Comix (RIP), a comedy club in New York City. Back then, Riggle was a correspondent on The Daily Show, but also known more as an improviser or sketch comedy player than as a stand-up. Riggle here tells Holmes abo... [Read More]
 
The Live Read – Space Jam Starring Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
(Source: Flickr / Liezl Estipona) The comedy world might have just gained two (physically) huge stars. Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan appeared at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles to take part in a live table read of the 1996 classic film, Space Jam. The Live... [Read More]
 
Talking to Matt Walsh About His New Improvised Film, ‘Veep’, and More
by Jenny Nelson One of the founders of the UCB Theatre and a friendly face in the comedy ecosystem, Matt Walsh returns to TV April 6th when Veep premieres its third season on HBO. In addition to Veep, Walsh has a number of other interesting projects up his sleeve including a role in the found-footag... [Read More]