"The Line" goes live tonight, plus a new SNL side project
If you enjoyed watching "The Live" online comedy series this summer as much as I did, then you'll be pleased as punchline to know that director Seth Meyers and writers Bill Hader and Simon Rich will talk about the SNL side project with a live screening and Q&A tonight at the New York City branch of the UCB. [Read More]
San Francisco Sketchfest books big talent -- Fred Willard, Janeane Garofalo, Dana Carvey
San Francisco Sketchfest this year could boast its biggest lineup yet. Willard will be back, this time with Martin Mull to perform a "reunion" of their classic TV comedy "Fernwood 2Night." The Upright Citizens are also returning, along with another famed New York troupe, the State, which is reuniting for Sketchfest. [Read More]
Inside With: The UCB's Leslie Meisel and Megan Neuringer
Leslie Meisel and Megan Neuringer are no strangers to the New York comedy scene, Leslie performs with UCB Maude Team Thunder Gulch, and Megan performs with the Harold team DeCoster. They have combined forces for the first time for their character spectacular, Love Can Suck a Dick... and So Can I, which is currently playing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre NY. The Apiary had the chance to sit down with both of them before they take their show to LA at the end of the month. [Read More]
Making Comedy Relatable - Michael Hartney's "So I LIke Superman" | The Comedy Nerds
On this week’s episode we are joined by Michael Hartney, creator of the hilarious one man show “So I Like Superman”. The show is about certain incidents that happened to Michael in his life. So how do you take something personal and make it universal enough that other people can understand it, while still having it be personal? [Read More]
Inside with The Onion News Network's Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly is the consummate comedic-renaissance man. He is a staff writer and director for The Onion News Network and is a contributing writer for The Onion's new show on IFC. He has penned and appeared in sketches for numerous sketch teams at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, and has delivered monologues for the theater's flagship improv showcase, ASSSSCAT, in New York and Los Angeles. His newest show, "Oh My God, I Heard You're Dying," opens tomorrow at the UCBT-NY. It's a d... [Read More]
'Prison Freaks - A Talent Show' producer Shannon O'Neill interview | The Apiary
In Shannon O'Neill's "Prison Freaks: A Talent Show," the veteran UCB improviser and teacher has compiled a cavalcade of prison misfits so freakish in looks and behavior that they come full circle to funny. The Apiary asked O'Neill a few questions about the show.. [Read More]
New Year's Eve - with the kids? Bob Odenkirk's "The Not Inappropriate Show" | la times
Attention L.A. hipster-parents: New Year's Eve isn't just for grown-ups anymore. And apparently, neither is alternative comedy, that awkward, absurdist brand of humor so popular with the skinny jeans-and-cardigan crowd. So take note of "The Not Inappropriate Show" on Thursday afternoon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. The show is curated by Bob Odenkirk, one of the alternative-comedy scene's godfathers, and his talent-manager wife, Naomi, and features sketches written for ad... [Read More]
Del Close Marathon Countdown - Anthony King interview | from the Back of the Room
Throughout the week leading up to the 11th annual Del Close Marathon in New York, improv folks from all perspectives enlighten us with their expectations for this weekend's 3-day improv extravaganza. Today, Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre NYC Artistic Director - and the man behind the DCM schedule - Anthony King. [Read More]
Slovin & Allen reunite for Funny or Die / HBO
Chalk up another of the 10 original half-hours coming soon to HBO via Funny or Die, because Slovin and Allen filmed about a half hour's worth of material last week in Los Angeles, directed by Jason Woliner. Leo Allen told me that the FoD folks asked them to deliver two separate 15-minute collections of sketches and comedy bits, ostensibly so they can be matched up with segments from other comedians. Sure looks like it's shaping up to be a celebration of UCB comedians. [Read More]
The Road to WrestleSlamMania IV
"Is there a name for the 'sit-ups to the groin' move?" asks Charlie Todd earnestly to a trio of guys who are blocking the devastating maneuver in question on the UCBT stage. Less than an hour ago in front of a large crowd at CageMatch, Charlie was shouting and fake-assaulting a foe with a golf club as he assumed the role of Chuck McMahon, the UCBW's smashmouth owner. Now, the scene is a bit less frenzied. He's settled into a seat, calmly directing his comedic wrestling federation's final run-thr... [Read More]