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IFC In Development For New Comedy Projects Featuring UCB Talent

Nov 8, 2018
By: Tulio Espinoza

IFC's development slate for the 2019 season includes several comedy projects from UCB writers, performers and alumni. Congratulations to Nate Dern, Mitch Magee, Timm Sharp, James III, Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan, and Daniel Powell

Funny or Die is partnering with Nate Dern to produce Annika Erotica, “a comedy series about Claire Radkowski, a sweet and simple Associate Junior Pastor whose life is turned upside down after her self-published erotic novel suddenly goes viral,” as reported by Deadline.

Art Thieves is a true adventure series following the antics of three criminal masterminds who infiltrate the homes of the obscenely wealthy and try to steal their works of art. The series is executive produced by Mitch Magee (Funny or Die Presents) and Daniel Powell (Inside Amy Schumer), head of the production company Irony Point.

Timm Sharp will be the executive producer for Beth,  a comedy series about an agoraphobic man who is taken out of his comfort zone and pushed into the world after an old love interest reaches out.

The Middle Passage is an original satire comedy series focusing on America’s race relations and the current political climate. Co-executive produced by Jonathan Braylock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), James III (Adam Ruins Everything) and Jerah Milligan (Broad City), the series will use narrative sketch comedy to create commentary on a range of cultural and social issues.

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X Mayo Added to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Writing Staff

Oct 30, 2018
By: Tulio Espinoza

We’re thrilled to announce UCBT performer X Mayo has joined the writing staff at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Excited to share the news, X told us that this “feels insane and unreal. I had no money and was ready to move back to LA and BOOM this happened. God has smiled on me, and I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity.”

As a member of the UCBT community, X currently performs with Too Damn Much on Harold Night at UCBT Hell’s Kitchen and the hip-hop improv team Take it Personal with Cipha Sounds. More recently, she’s been running Unsung Heroes, a series of shows featuring POC comedians, with her co-host Shenovia Large. Outside of UCBT, she stars in the Facebook series Strangers, and is the creator and host of the show Who Made The Potato Salad? Find her on Instagram at @80dollarsandasuitcase.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs on Comedy Central. New episodes out now! 


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UCB Alum Chris Gethard’s New Book ‘Lose Well’ Is Out Now

Oct 18, 2018

It was a bittersweet moment this summer when we said goodbye to The Chris Gethard Show. From its first iteration on the UCB stage in Chelsea to its final version on TruTV, it was always a singular experience. Now, a few months after the last episode, UCB alum Chris Gethard has released his new book “Lose Well’ – a collection of essays, funny stories, and helpful advice on how to make the best of missteps and failures.

In an interview with Forbes, Gethard explains how he didn’t want Lose Well to be a typical self-help book:
“I thought to myself, ‘If I'm going to do this, I want to put all the advice out there that I think is actually proven by trial and error.’ I really make an effort in the book to go, ‘This is the stuff that has worked for me, that I've figured out along the way and that has helped me out. Maybe it will help you too. Also, here are some funny stories.’”

Written in Gethard’s signature style and wit, we can’t recommend Lose Well enough!


Praise for Lose Well:
“If anyone can get you to give your dreams an honest shot, it’s Chris Gethard, the king of somehow turning defeats into victories.” - Judd Apatow

“I was on the altar of Chris Gethard’s wedding, when he was waiting a really long time for his bride to show up. Like, so long. I figured, based on his past life experiences, that it wasn’t going to end well. Anyway, that’s what this book is like.” - Mike Birbiglia


“This is funny, sure, but it’s very much more. Chris speaks inspirational life truths to the outsider in all of us. A pithy road map of the antiestablishment path by which one can succeed in comedy and life. Gethard gets it.”  - Nick Offerman


Lose Well, published by Harper One, is Chris Gethard’s second book. His first book, A Bad Idea I’m About To Do, was published in 2012.


Src: Tulio Espinoza

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