The Premiere Before the World Premiere: Red Hot Video Fun Time
by Alex Estrada In a small Mexican restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Drew Luster waits on his tacos. Things have settled at the Bat Haus, a small event space two doors over, and Luster takes advantage of the calm to grab dinner. In a half hour, his sketch team, the Otter Boys, will kick off Red Hot ... [Read More]
Sketch Group Whale Thief Produced the Fastest Movie Ever Made Over the Weekend
by Megh Wright Sketch comedy group Whale Thief pulled off an impressive feat over the weekend that might get them in the Guinness Book of World Records. The group — which consists of former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple, Two Guys Named Josh's Brandon Gulya, Take Me to Your... [Read More]
This Week In Web Videos: 'Gary Saves the Graveyard'
by Luke Kelly-Clyne The first time I spoke with UCB Creative Director Todd Bieber was three and a half years ago and I had no idea what I was talking about. I was thinking of leaving my post-college job at Morgan Stanley and accepting a position at a small production company in New York. After comp... [Read More]
IFC starts online comedy hub ‘Comedy Crib’ with UCB and Above Average
The network that brings you Portlandia has been steadily turning itself into a more comedy-based company. With shows like Garfunkel and Oates and The Birthday Boys performing well, IFC is now expanding their brand and is getting into the online comedy game. Launched today, IFC has started a new onli... [Read More]
IFC Teams Up with UCB and Above Average for New Online Comedy Hub
by Megh Wright IFC is getting into the online comedy game. The network announced today that they've launched the IFC Comedy Crib, an online hub for short-form comedy that will feature content from online comedy powerhouses UCB Comedy and Above Average, with four brand new web series premiering today... [Read More]
How to Start Your Career in Comedy: A Guide for College Students
by Nicole Dieker So you want to work in comedy when you grow up? First of all, I'm really glad you’ve started reading Splitsider. You already know the first step of building a comedy career: learn as much as you can about the industry. Second of all, are you reading this during class? Because ... [Read More]
Amy Poehler: “Yes, Please” and how your career is a bad boyfriend
In Amy Poehler's inspirational new book that's part memoir of her life in comedy -- up, up and still rising from iO to UCB to SNL to Parks and Rec -- and into advising young comedians and other "Smart Girls at the Party" as an executive producer, Yes Please really speaks to many of us when she write... [Read More]
Video: Upright Citizens Brigade opens new Los Angeles comedy theater on Sunset
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has carved out a big place in the Los Angeles comedy scene, with a popular comedy training program and performers who regularly turn up in TV and film. Now they're expanding that influence with a new theater and training center on Sunset Boulevard, while continuing to put on shows at their old Franklin Avenue location. [Read More]
Check Out UCB's Special Halloween Series 'Gary Saves the Graveyard'
by Megh Wright Here's the first episode of Gary Saves the Graveyard, an equally spooky and hilarious web series by UCB that marks their largest production to date. The series follows a man who takes up a new job at a cemetery only to make some unlikely friends inside the gates. Gary Saves the Gravey... [Read More]