Is It Time for UCB to Start Paying Performers?
Performing improv or standup on a UCB stage might be fun, but that doesn’t mean it’s not labor worthy of payment — especially when you’re performing in front of an audience who paid money to be there, and the tech in charge of the lights shining down on you is getting paid mo... [Read More]
UCB Theatre moving from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen in December 2017
The flagship theater for the Upright Citizens Brigade is moving on up out of the basement of Gristedes supermarket in Chelsea and into a 160-seat theater space of its own in Hell’s Kitchen. After 14 years on West 26th Street, the UCB Theatre will move to 555 W. 42nd St. at the corner of 11th [... [Read More]
Upright Citizens Brigade Announces the Grand Opening of UCB Theatre Sunset
by Megh Wright The Upright Citizens Brigade is opening a brand new theater in Los Angeles. UCB announced today that it's added a new venue called UCB Theatre Sunset located at 5419 Sunset Boulevard in LA, which will be home to UCB LA's training center for both improv and sketch writing, an... [Read More]
Inside Whiplash, 'Review,' and 'SNL' with Leo Allen
by Bradford Evans Two decades into his comedy career, Leo Allen is both the host of one of New York's most popular standup shows (Whiplash) and a busy writer who's worked for shows like Saturday Night Live, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (which he co-created), Comedy Bang! Bang!, and most recently, And... [Read More]
Let Thomas Middleditch Walk You Through His Del Close Marathon
by Bradford Evans Vulture had improviser and Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch keep a journal of his comings and goings during the UCB Theatre NYC's 72-hour improv festival, The Del Close Marathon, last weekend, and it's definitely worth the read if you want to hear about and Improvised Sh... [Read More]
The Only Public Screening of the 'Chris Gethard Show' Pilot Will Be for the Winners of a 'Game of Thrones'-Style Tournament
by Bradford Evans In January, comedian Chris Gethard shot a pilot of his public access series The Chris Gethard Show for Comedy Central. The network recently passed on the show, but Gethard announced today there will be a one-time only public screening of the pilot, with a catch: you have to win an ... [Read More]
“Space Jam” table read with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and comedians at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles
So, this happened at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night. A table reading of the screenplay for Space Jam, the 1996 film that starred Michael Jordan with the Looney Tunes animated characters that fictionalized Jordan's retirement from the NBA and his comeback -- on film, joining Bugs... [Read More]
Here's a Pilot for a Rejected FX Talk Show Produced by Funny Or Die and Hosted by One of The Birthday Boys
by Bradford Evans Over the weekend, this pilot for a late night show on the FX network leaked online. Called What's Going On?, the pilot was produced by Funny Or Die in 2011, and it's hosted by comedian Mike Mitchell, a member of the sketch group The Birthday Boys who now have their own show on IFC... [Read More]
Showtime presents “House of Lies” LIVE and improvising from the UCB Theatre
Improv comedy fans received an early Christmas and New Year's present when Showtime announced it's airing a long-form comedy special with Ben Schwartz and his cast mates from the network's House of Lies for New Year's Eve. Schwartz executive produced the project HOUSE OF LIES LIVE!, and wrote on Mon... [Read More]