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]
UCB Comedy Gets A Website Facelift
Finally! Really excited for the Upright Citizens Brigade new virtual website. Super easy to navigate through, also super easy to spend far too much time looking over all the talent, [...]Author informationDavid DeanPublisher at Serial OptimistDavid is the publisher of Serial Optimist and writer of t... [Read More]
Let's Talk About SNL's Diversity Problem
by Erik Voss Kenan Thompson has been taking a lot of heat this week for a comment he made in a TV Guide interview about SNL's lack of a black female cast member, despite the recent hiring of six white performers. Following Jay Pharoah's rather blunt remark to theGrio that "They need to pay attention... [Read More]
Why People Get Obsessed: The Religion of Improv
by Will Hines A cult. A philosophy. A religion. These are the terms people use to describe improv. The casual outsider would be amazed at how intensely some people view improv. It’s just a way to make jokes, right? Or a some guidelines for brainstorming together in public? Well, yes, it is tho... [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]
NYC improv groups performing late-night commercial spots for Lexus LIVE during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon kicked off an ambitious, weird experiment in advertising that's both old-school #tbt-worthy, whilst also modern enough to throw in all of the social media that goes with using a hashtag and an acronym like #tbt. For four consecutive Thursday nights, Lexus is... [Read More]
Ian Roberts on running “one of the really good TV sketch shows,” Comedy Central’s Key & Peele
Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series, Key & Peele, returns for its third-season premiere tonight. From the start of each premise, through a wonderful job of heightening and tight closing buttons to sketches, it's simply great comedy. And the tremendous onscreen chemistry between lead... [Read More]
The Inspiring Kay Cannon On Being A Writer
Kay Cannon, the Emmy-nominated writer and producer for “30 Rock,” co-executive producer for “New Girl” and screenplay writer of the hit movie Pitch Perfect is not only driven and talented, she’s beautiful [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor ... [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]
Matt Besser: UCB Comedy Improv Manual (Interview)
Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, three of the four founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, just released  The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.  One of the goals of this book, according to Matt Besser in an interview with AmericasComedy.com, was “that you d... [Read More]