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.

Matt Besser

Raised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago‚€™s Improv Olympic Theater. In Chicago in 1991, he was a founding member of the sketch group Upright Citizens Brigade, and with them he has performed and written such stage shows as ‚€œSaigon Suicide Squad‚€¬Ě winner of Best Sketch at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Besser‚€™s stand up albums include: ‚€œMay I Help You Dumbass?‚€¬Ě , and ‚€œWoo Pig Sooie!‚€¬Ě, and ‚€œThe 6 Most Important Sets in the History of Standup‚€¬Ě. As an improviser he was a member of Chicago‚€™s ‚€œThe Family‚€¬Ě and is forever a member of ‚€œAsssscat‚€¬Ě the UCB Theater‚€™s long-running flagship improv show.

In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show ‚€œUpright Citizens Brigade‚€¬Ě for three seasons (‚€™98 ‚€“ 2000) on Comedy Central. In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show ‚€œAsssscat: Improv‚€¬Ě on Bravo.

With the success of their tv shows, the UCB opened their own comedy theater and improv school which operates two theaters in NYC, and starting this summer, two in LA.
After the UCB tv show , Matt teamed up with Method Man & Redman to create and perform in a hidden camera show on MTV called ‚€œStung‚€¬Ě. He was creator and star of ‚€œCrossballs‚€¬Ě which ran 23 episodes on Comedy Central; ‚€œThis Show Will Get You High‚€¬Ě on Comedy Central; and also created and starred in ‚€œThe Very Funny Show‚€¬Ě for TBS.com. Besser has guest starred is such sitcoms as ‚€œModern Family‚€¬Ě, ‚€œParks & Recreation‚€¬Ě, ‚€œChildren‚€™s Hospital‚€¬Ě; ‚€œBernie Mac Show‚€¬Ě, ‚€œFrasier‚€¬Ě, ‚€œThe Millers‚€¬Ě; ‚€œDrunk History‚€¬Ě, ‚€œComedy Bang Bang‚€¬Ě, and featured in the movies: ‚€œFreak Dance‚€¬Ě, ‚€œYear One‚€¬Ě, ‚€œWalk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story‚€¬Ě, ‚€œDrill Bit Taylor‚€¬Ě; ‚€œThe TV Set‚€¬Ě, ‚€œBad Teacher‚€¬Ě, ‚€œWild Girls Gone‚€¬Ě, Sundance Film Festival favorite ‚€œJunebug‚€¬Ě; and co-star of zombie western ‚€œWanted: Undead or Alive‚€¬Ě.
Along with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, he is the author of ‚€œThe Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual‚€¬Ě.
Matt Besser has most recently worked on‚€¶
- Writing & co-directing film musical ‚€œFreak Dance‚€¬Ě
Developing script with Rich Fulcher to be filmed for very cool network soon

improv4humans ‚€“ weekly improvised comedy podcast on Earwolf

Besser Breaks the Record standup special coming soon!!!
Twittering at http://twitter.com/MattBesser
posting nude photos at www.MattBesser.com