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.

Richard Armstead

Richard Armstead affectionately known as "Big Rich" is an aspiring actor from Somerset, NJ. He is a proud Member of the Maude team "CHUNK!". Big Rich became involved in the UCB Training Center Diversity Program after applying for a Scholarship. Big Rich is a member of Hot Cheese Fiesta, the first Wildcard team to win the annual 3 on 3 tournament at UCB along with Katey Healy-Wurzburg and Charlie Todd (He went to see The Jonoscene). Big Rich had never done any long form improv previously, though I have been a student of theater since high school. He's decribed the experience as "absolutely surreal". Rich has studied Improv with Matt Fischer, Jordan Klepper, Corey Brown, and Chelsea Clarke. He's been lucky enough to have the pleasure of performing some Improv with Scott Adsit on the UCB Stage. Big Rich at times can be seen participating in missions with with Improv Everywhere. Big Rich is looking for a job that'll allow him to relocate to New York If you can help him with that, email him.
 Big Rich's favorite roles include "Jeremiah" in Zipperface!!?!: The Hobo Musical by Jon Bershad, Dave Rothstadt, and Andy Wolf with Musical arrangenment by Zachary Wiseley (which went on to the Encore Series in the NYCFringe Festival 2009) and "Tank" in Travis Helwig's 2011 Samuel French OOB Festival's Award winning One Act play Hanksylvania.