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]
They’re running for president: Yes, and? Chris Gethard finds room for improv-ment among GOP candidates
Friend of the site Katla McGlynn took an Improv 101 comedy class from Chris Gethard a decade ago at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Last night, McGlynn asked Gethard to watch the first of what will prove to be far too many debates among the Republican presidential candidates to winnow the GOP ... [Read More]
Watch Jake Fogelnest and Paul Scheer’s 2001 Talk Show Parody Featuring the ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Cast
If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate the release of the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series, look no further. Today, Paul Scheer uploaded a highlight reel from a talk show parody he cohosted with Jake Fogelnest back in 2001, which Fogelnest told us about earlier this year. The 15-... [Read More]
This Week in Web Videos: ‘Womyn Inc.’
As a straight White male, I don’t have any idea about a lot of things. Especially not discrimination. Over the years, I’ve realized none of my counterparts do either. Some are respectful of that ignorance (“I am incredibly privileged and understand nothing beyond my world, and may ... [Read More]
Last Things First, Episode #3: Horatio Sanz
Today’s guest is Horatio Sanz, born in Chile, raised in Chicago and known by many as cast member for eight seasons on Saturday Night Live. His other credits start with The Second City troupe in Chicago – where he also was an original member of The Upright Citizens Brigade – to more... [Read More]
Last Things First, Episode #2: The Upright Citizens Brigade
Welcome to Last Things First. This is the show that asks comedians about the historic lasts and firsts in their lives as their comedy careers have blossomed -- from young people with dreams to adult people living those dreams. Or still dreaming. Questions both big and small are asked and answered. I... [Read More]
Host of Got UR # on Fuse Timothy Dunn : The Laugh Button interview
Timothy Dunn is a New York City-based comedy-maker. A Northwestern University grad, Tim moved to New York from his native Chicago and was thrilled to join the company of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in January 2008. He’s been an actor on three house sketch comedy teams (Maude Teams), a... [Read More]