UCBT performers on The Hollywood Reporter's "Ten Rising Comedy Talents"The Hollywood Reporter July 15, 2009
Ten Rising Comedy Talents from Around the World
by Fabio Periera and Georg Szalai
Ansari has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years, despite being only 26. The American Indian made his mark at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and won a stand-up award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006. Ansari was soon cast in small roles on such shows as "Scrubs," "Flight of the Conchords" and "Reno 911!" but his recent standout work on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation" is proof that he is ready for primetime.
The chance that you've heard of Nanjiani is as slim as that of pronouncing his name correctly, a joke that was the foundation for his hit one-man show, "Unpronounceable." The Pakistani-born member of New York's UCB theater is gaining attention, having opened last year for Zach Galifianakis.
Plaza got her start at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where people soon noticed her talent to slip into different characters, including a Sarah Silverman impersonation that became popular on YouTube. Plaza currently plays Amy Poehler's intern on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and has been cast as Seth Rogen's love interest in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy "Funny People."