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Upright Citizens Brigade Featured In Amtrak's Arrive Magazine

Mar 6, 2015

Laughs, Unscripted

Forget Stand-Ups, Sketch and Sitcoms, improv is the king of comedy

It's Sunday night in New York City and the line of new recruits for the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) stretches around the block. Many have been in line for hours, afraid to budge lest they lose access to ASSSSCAT, the improvisational comedy group's Sunday night spectacular. The show would be popular for its cheap--and sometimes free--admission alone, but it also features regular impromptu visits from stars such as UCB troupe cofounder Amy Poehler and Saturday Night Live cast member Seth Meyers. Tonight will be no exception. Moments after our descent into the underground, black box theater, Poehler emerges with Meyers, 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer and John Lutz, and former SNL cast member Horatio Sanz. The show is a magical blur--fast, funny, full of audience participation and gone in a blink of an eye.

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Aubrey Plaza featured in Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood issue

Mar 6, 2015

Fast Future Generation '09: Aubrey Plaza 

In Hollywood, there is a light that never goes out. The 39 young actors over the next 30 pages are carrying the torch. Meet the new class.


It was in a "really shady basement bar" in Queens, New York, before an audience of 10 or 15 people drinking in the dark, that 24-year-old comedic actress Aubrey Plaza secured herself a role in Judd Apatow's star-studded upcoming film Funny People. The part that she was auditioning for was that of a stand-up comedian, and being most experienced in improv, she thought it might help Apatow make his decision if he saw a video of her taking a stab at it first.

"People were like, 'Don't send that, it looks like shit,'" she says, smiling. "But in my head I was like, Judd Apatow is all about real people. I think he would dig it."

And he evidently did, because shortly after the YouTube link reached him she was booked, alongside the likes of Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and Adam Sandler. " the only not-famous person," she says with a laugh. "I have a memory of being on set and watching it like I wasn't a part of it.  I had to remind myself, like, 'You know, you're in this, too.'" Plaza, who seems to fit quite nicely as the little sister version of other pretty, funny girls like Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey will also be seen alongside the former in the eagerly anticipated new TV show Parks & Recreation.

"If I can make Amy Poehler laugh, that makes my entire day," she says, her eyes lighting up behind shaggy brown bangs. "If I say something and she laughs, I'm like, 'OK, I'm done now.'"
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Adsit and Gausas in The Onion's Decider

Mar 6, 2015

Comedy Event: Adsit And Gausas

Experienced improvisers/TV players Scott Adsit (from 30 Rock) and Christina Gausas have spent some time together-either that, or they've just found a way to project an incredibly convincing sense of intimacy onstage. Their hourlong improv show features characters one might expect from a two-person set: lovers, relatives, and co-workers meeting in close quarters. What separates them from other duos, however (and much of improv in general) is that they lunge for it, physically and emotionally. Adsit and Gausas don't shy away from real feeling, nor do they bloat it into unrecognizable cartoons. They're unafraid to be vulnerable and easily forego the need for a laugh in hopes of achieving something richer and more rewarding.
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