UCB and Nerdist will showcase comedy talent for new series on Nerdist-owned Alpha
The Upright Citizens Brigade will produce 10 weekly hours of fresh comedy for Nerdist and its Alpha streaming network. The UCB’s Don’t Think Productions will make the as-yet untitled series, which will include sketch comedy and other short-form pieces — similar, perhaps to The UCB ... [Read More]
A Comedian Is Suing UCB for “Reverse Gender Discrimination” After Getting Banned Over Rape Allegations
Back in August 2016, New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade theaters banned a comedian after multiple women came forward with rape allegations against him, and now he’s suing UCB over what he claims is “reverse gender discrimination.” According to the New York Post, Aaron G... [Read More]
See ‘See Something, Say Something’
Occasionally, we’ll feature live performances-cum-web videos (best not to Google that phrase), and this week is one of those times. See Something, Say Something somehow translates palpable energy in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s new Hell’s Kitchen home to video.&... [Read More]
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]
Talking Funny or Die and ‘Not Quite a Genius’ with Nate Dern
From humble beginnings as a participant in season 3 of The CW’s Beauty and the Geek to becoming the artistic director of UCB’s New York theater to his current position as senior writer at Funny or Die, Nate Dern has had quite the media journey. As a writer, his work has appeared in McSwe... [Read More]
Episode #181: Colton Dunn
Colton Dunn began performing improv comedy while still a teenager in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dunn moved to New York City just in time to join the upstart Upright Citizens Brigade, then went to Amsterdam to perform with Boom Chicago. When he returned to the U.S., Dunn wrote and performed on MADtv, Prete... [Read More]
Inside the Weird but Wonderful World of Comedy Wrestling
If you have ever found yourself at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea at 11:00pm on a Thursday night, you’ve probably witnessed a comedy wrestling match. Since 2006, Upright Citizens Brigade Wrestling, or the UCBW, has nestled these campy and over-the-top comedy wrestling matches between two competing... [Read More]
Inside the Weird but Wonderful World of Comedy Wrestling
If you have ever found yourself at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea at 11:00pm on a Thursday night, you’ve probably witnessed a comedy wrestling match. Since 2006, Upright Citizens Brigade Wrestling, or the UCBW, has nestled these campy and over-the-top comedy wrestling matches between two competing... [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]
UCB Is Moving from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen Next Month
The Upright Citizens Brigade is leaving its Chelsea location in New York to make way for a new location a little further uptown. According to The Wall Street Journal, UCB is moving from its West 26th Street location to Hell’s Kitchen at 555 West 42nd Street at the end of November. Th... [Read More]