Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has affordable, comedy shows seven nights a week in NYC and LA. Watch the best improv, sketch and standup in the country. Our original comedy video productions have garnered the national spotlight. We also run the first nationally accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. For information on our courses, visit the Training Center.

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  • The Hollywood Reporter names UCB amongst "The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014"

    THR's poll of 60 top casting directors and agents reveals a hierarchy of dramatic prestige. New on this year's list: comic academies Second City, UCB and The Groundlings. Read More

  • Watch HOUSE OF LIES LIVE, Filmed at UCBT LA, Online Now

    You can now watch the entire cut of HOUSE OF LIES LIVE, the long-form improv special produced by Ben Schwartz for Showtime and filmed live at the UCB Theatre in LA, online!

    The show, which also airs on television on New Years Eve at 10pm on Showtime (with no beeps or edits), features House of Lies cast members Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz (that’s me), Josh Lawson, Lauren Lapkus, Eugene Cordero and Ryan Gaul performing long form improv at the... Read More

  • UCB Panel IMPROVISATION & FILM at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival - Plus a Discount Code for UCB Fans

    <b>Introducing:</b> The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival!

    The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival will open its inaugural year on Thursday, September 24th with the U.S. premiere of “A Serious Man” - the new film from Academy Award-winning writer/directors Joel & Ethan Coen.

    Please join us as the Friars Club continues their comedy tradition with 4 days of feature films, shorts and documentaries from around the world, as well as the following panel discussions:

    <b>Let Me In, I Hear...</b> Read More

  • Legendary UCBT Group The Swarm Makes Rare Appearances This Week!

    <STRONG>Make your reservations now for these rare Pre-DCM shows by UCBTNY favorites:</STRONG>
    This legendary improv team has inspired legions of comedy fans and played to more sold-out audiences than Ghandi, Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy combined. See them before they meet the same fate.
    Featuring:Dave BlumenfeldSean ConroyMichael DelaneyBilly MerrittAndrew Secunda
    <STRONG>Urban Stages 259 West 30th Street Btwn. 7th Avenue &amp; 8th Avenue</STRONG><STRONG>Tuesday, August 11th @...</STRONG> Read More

  • IN THE LOOP, Featuring UCBT's Zach Woods, at IFC Center Starting July 24th

    IN THE LOOP is a smart comedy and Sundance Film Festival hit from the acclaimed team who created the award-winning BBC TV comedy series ALAN PARTRIDGE and THE THICK OF IT. The film is drawing instant comparisons to some of the great political and absurdist comedies such as DOCTOR STRANGELOVE, WAG THE DOG, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING and MONTY PYTHON. With razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud dialogue the film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of our highest leaders. With everyone looking out... Read More

  • UCBT Announces New Diversity Programs

    Because the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre believes that the best comedy comes from true experience, we seek to create a school and theatre whose students and performers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are currently announcing two innovative new programs to increase diversity at the UCB Training Center.
    The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is proud to announce a free improv course for diverse youth in New... Read More

  • Charlie Sanders: Minnesota Muslim on New York Magazine's Approval Matrix

    Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies. Read More

  • The College Humor Show, Featuring UCBT's Dan Gurewitch & Others, Debuts February 8th On MTV

    This Sunday, Feb. 8th at 9:30PM/8:30C, MTV will launch "The CollegeHumor Show," a new comedy written by and starring the people that work at CollegeHumor.com. The network's first scripted comedy series since "Human Giant," the show will aim for a fresh, fast-paced format that combines sitcom and sketch elements. Overarching storylines will be interspersed with occasional sketches and short films in the style of CollegeHumor's "CH Originals" and "Hardly Working" video series.
    The UCBT's Dan... Read More

  • Joe Mande and Workdays With Maury on NYPress.com

    NY Press June 30, 2008
    Workdays With Maury: Stand-up Joe Mande dishes on his intern days with "The Maury Show"
    by Nate Sloan

    The Maury Show, like all television taped before a live, studio audience, would not exist without the thankless wheel greasing provided by its bright-eyed and delusional unpaid interns. Internships in television rarely lead to staff positions or a meaningful future, but you generally don't come to that realization until you've been floundering out of college for a... Read More

  • Charlie Todd & Improv Everywhere Featuring in NY Magazine

    Prank You Kindly
    Improv Everywhere has dropped trou on the train and caused retail mayhem. But is it mean enough for prime time?
    By Brian Thomas Gallagher
    Published Jun 12, 2008

    Mission: Pantless Subway Ride
    Last year, 900 people boarded the 2, 6, and R trains wearing no pants. They told inquiring passengers they had forgotten their trousers.
    (Photo: Chad Nicholson)

    Charlie Todd takes off sprinting across the Brooklyn Bridge, past a column of 700 people standing shoulder to... Read More

  • The NY Comedy Festival @ UCBT - November 9-11




    Time Out New York presents some of their favorite comics!  Including: Mike Birbiglia, Eric Andre, Heather Lawless, Kurt Metzger, Rob Lathan, John Roberts, & Tim Minchin
    Make Reservations Now    

    The UCB Theatre is proud to present the longest sketch comedy show ever, with sketch groups from NYC and beyond.  The... Read More

  • Meet The UCBT Teachers: Donald Glover

    <b>Meet the Teachers: Donald Glover</b>

    Donald Glover had been a regular on the UCBT stage as a member of the Wicked Wicked Hammerkatz and Derrick before getting hired to write for the first season of NBC’s 30 Rock.

    As he goes into his second season of writing on the show, he’ll be teaching a special “Intro to Sitcom Writing” class at the UCBT.

    <b>UCBT:</b> Did you go to school specifically for writing for television? Tell us about your experience in school.

    <b>Donald:</b> I went to... Read More

  • UCBT Blood Drive - Monday, August 27

    <b>Monday August 27, 2007
    307 West 26th Street</b>

    A Bus Mobile will be parked on West 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues across the street from the theater

    Contact Info: [email protected]
    Or call (212) 366-9176 tell them you are scheduling a Blood Donation

    on Sunday September 2nd 2007

    Donor must weigh 110 pounds or more, must have
    signature or photo ID. Be sure to eat a well-balance... Read More

  • The UCB Theatre in Central Park @ Summerstage - Thursday, July 19

    The UCB Theatre heads uptown to Central Park for a FREE night of stand-up and music under the stars at the Central Park Summerstage.

    Hosted by <b>Rob Riggle</b> (The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart) & <b>Horatio Sanz</b> (SNL)

    Scheduled to appear:
    <b>Demetri Martin
    Slovin & Allen
    Rebecca Drysdale
    Reggie Watts
    Cracked Out</b>

    Show Time: 7:30pm
    Doors open: 6:30pm


    <b>THIS SHOW IS FREE!</b>

    Location and Directions
    Central Park... Read More

  • BABY WANTS CANDY - July 23-26

    Baby Wants Candy is a Chicago-based theater group that has amazed audiences around the world with their signature show, a completely improvised hour-long musical.

    The Musical has rocked audiences all around the world. Truly every aspect of the musical is improvised: the plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the "choreography" are completely made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Every single plot line may not always resolve, but the show... Read More

  • The UCB Theatre on Broadway - July 18

    <b>UCB Theatre on Broadway Hosted by Pete Holmes with Special Guests The Stepfathers and fwand

    Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:00 PM EDT at Carolines on Broadway</b>

    Some of the funniest comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre invade Carolines for a night of improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy so funny it'll knock your khakis off. Featuring performers from MTV, VH1, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, The Onion, NBC, and more!

    Starring Pete Holmes, The Stepfathers, and...</b> Read More

  • The UCB Theatre On Broadway - June 6!

    <b>UCB Theatre on Broadway Hosted by John Mulaney with Special Guests Mother and Death by Roo Roo

    Wednesday, June 6, 2007 9:30 PM EDT
    at Carolines on Broadway</b>

    Some of the funniest comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre invade Carolines for a night of improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy so funny it'll knock your khakis off. Featuring performers from MTV, VH1, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, The Onion, NBC, and more!

    Starring John Mulaney, Death By Roo Roo, and... Read More

  • Film and TV Audition Workshop with Jodi Collins

    Click on our classes link to check out a very special class taught by Jodi Collins on auditioning for TV and Film.

    Jodi is a casting director whose extensive credits are listed below. She's a valuable source of information, and has worked with many UCB trained performers in the past, so her insight directly applies to our training.

    All UCB performers and students would benefit from this rare opportunity!


    TV -... Read More

  • Bro'in Out with CHRIS PARNELL Monday, 9/18

    <b>Bro'in Out with Leo & TonyThis month's guests:CHRIS PARNELL (SNL)Tom Scharpling (WFMU)Pete Holmes (VH1's Best Week Ever)World/Inferno Friendship Society (Musical Guest)</b>Somewhere between "The Dick Cavett Show" and "After Dark with Hugh Hefner" lies "Bro'In Out with Leo & Tony." In this live talk/variety show, host Leo Allen and 'sidekick' Tony Camin welcome real celebrity guests for a straight up talk show with booze, swearing, sketches and music.Hosts:Leo Allen (Slovin & Allen)Tony Camin... Read More

  • Q&A With UCBT Sketch Student Bill Grandberg

    Bill Grandberg has taken classes at the UCB Theater in both improv and sketch. He's also been seen around town performing in a number of groups. This month, Bill let us know he was leaving the training center because he's moving.<b>UCBT:  We hear you're leaving the UCBT scene for greener pastures. And we hear rumors that a sketch class you took with us helped out. Where are you headed and how did UCB help?</b>BILL:  I'm off to Austin, TX, where I will be in a MFA Screenwriting program at the... Read More

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