The 18th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is Out
The annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule. The improv marathon takes place from Friday, June 24th through Sunday the 26th, and as usual, it’s completely packed with funny people like Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt ... [Read More]
Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Podcast Network reveals new slate
The UCB Comedy Podcast Network is launching a summer slate of new podcasts, including new shows from Matt Walsh (Veep), Scot Armstrong (Dice), Michael Hartney (Broadway’s School of Rock), Justin Tyler, Madeline Walter, and Dan Black. Below you’ll find descriptions of the new shows: UCB S... [Read More]
Matt Walsh on ‘Veep’ and the Enduring Influence of UCB
Matt Walsh is a gifted comedian and improviser, as you can many times throughout his role as Mike McClintock on Veep, which just started airing its fifth season on HBO. Walsh is also a director, as shown with his films High Road and A Better You. He’s an actor who isn’t afraid to step ou... [Read More]
IFC will air half-hour collection of Comedy Crib shorts in late-night TV fall 2016
Short-form comedy segments in late-night TV all are the rage now, as IFC becomes the third cable channel to jump into the field, announcing today that its Comedy Crib collection of more than two dozen webseries will begin airing on TV come Fall 2016. The weekly half-hour episodes of Comedy Crib will... [Read More]
Funnyball: Can Improvisors Benefit From Using Data and Analytics?
First of all, I just want to say right up top that I know this is all very uncool. Improv is supposed to be fun, like all entertainment is, and it is super lame to take it too seriously like I am doing here. I admit it and I’m very sorry. Thank you for accepting […] [Read More]
Funnyball: Can Improvisors Benefit From Using Data and Analytics?
First of all, I just want to say right up top that I know this is all very uncool. Improv is supposed to be fun, like all entertainment is, and it is super lame to take it too seriously like I am doing here. I admit it and I’m very sorry. Thank you for accepting […] [Read More]
Funnyball: Can Improvisors Benefit From Using Data and Analytics?
First of all, I just want to say right up top that I know this is all very uncool. Improv is supposed to be fun, like all entertainment is, and it is super lame to take it too seriously like I am doing here. I admit it and I’m very sorry. Thank you for accepting […] [Read More]
Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon (reviewed at SXSW)
The story of the Del Close Marathon is the story of Del Close. And the story of Close is ultimately the story of how improvisation grew from an art form used for acting rehearsals into an actual entertainment event in itself, and how Close spurred its expansion through his disciples who became the U... [Read More]
Redford Is a Really Funny Sketch Group That’s (Gasp!) Not From UCB
It’s no secret that there are a lot of funny sketch groups outside of the also very funny UCB community but, because UCB is so incredibly prolific, that reality isn’t always given its due. For that reason, this week’s column is devoted to Redford, an LA-based main stage s... [Read More]
Redford Is a Really Funny Sketch Group That’s (Gasp!) Not From UCB
It’s no secret that there are a lot of funny sketch groups outside of the also very funny UCB community but, because UCB is so incredibly prolific, that reality isn’t always given its due. For that reason, this week’s column is devoted to Redford, an LA-based main stage s... [Read More]