Episode #36: IFC’s Benders, Andrew Schulz and Mark Gessner
IFC’s Benders follows a group of adult men who act like little boys when it comes to their recreational hockey league in New York City. It’s created by Tom Selliti and Jim Serpico and executive produced by them with Denis Leary. They’re all avid hockey fans and players themselves. ... [Read More]
Inside the Comedy Factory
As the UCB empire has grown from a punk-rock upstart to an industry institution, the way it operates affects the comedy world more than ever before. A few years back, Terry Withers, star of the Terry Withers Mysteries at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and also the theater’s ... [Read More]
Matt Walsh’s ‘A Better You’ Finds Humanity in Desperation
Dr. Ron Knight is a hypnotherapist and (self-published) author who promises that in just three semi-conscious sessions, you can fix whatever is wrong with your life. He is the sort of hypnotherapist who advertises on city benches. He tucks flyers under windshields; he is armed with a toupee, a heali... [Read More]
Watch Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian Face Off in a Trump/Sanders Debate at UCB
Larry David’s appearance on SNL as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders over the weekend was unarguably great, but that doesn’t mean we should forget comedy’s current Bernie Sanders impersonation master: James Adomian. Alongside Anthony Atamanuik’s equally perfect take on Do... [Read More]
Episode #26: Ali Farahnakian
Ali Farahnakian is living the American comedy dream. Born in Iran and raised in North Carolina, Ali moved to Chicago after college and fell right in with The Second City, improv Olympic and the teachings of Del Close and Charna Halpern. Saying "Yes, And" to life led him to becoming and original memb... [Read More]
Donald Trump debated Bernie Sanders! (as Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian at UCB’s Whiplash)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton will face off tonight in their first official debate for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination (along with candidates Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee), broadcast live on CNN. B... [Read More]
Why Is Diversity Still Such an Issue at Places Like UCB?
It’s by no means a new topic in the comedy community, but after the 90% male, 100% white writing staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was revealed earlier this month, the longstanding issue of diversity both behind and in front of the camera has been a big topic in recent weeks. The Lat... [Read More]
On promoting diversity in improv comedy
When Viola Davis accepted her Emmy Award last night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV drama series, she said: "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can't win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Powerful, moving words. Even more so for comedia... [Read More]
Episode #14: Paul Scheer
Paul Scheer currently stars on the FX series, The League, co-stars on the ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat as well as the Hulu series, The Hotwives, which he also executive produces. Along with his longtime comedy buddy, Rob Huebel, Scheer just realized an all-star comedy showcase bus tour called Crash... [Read More]
“Summahtology” with comedian Howard Kremer: The Laugh Button Interview
Comedian Howard Kremer, also know as Dragon Boy Suede, has released six albums and has had a half-hour special on Comedy Central. He has written on Austin Stories (which he co-created), The Goode Family from Mike Jedge, Human Giant and more. He has also made regular appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!... [Read More]