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How to "Yes, and..." Your Way to Better Banter

Oct 26, 2015

UCB performer/instructors Will Hines and Kevin Hines are featured in the Feb 2013 issue of Fast Company. Their article, How to "Yes, and..." Your Way to Better Banter applies the first rule of improv to everyday conversation.
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Welcome to UCB Workplace!

Oct 26, 2015

For almost fifteen years, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Training Centers have been at the forefront of comedy, standup and improvisation. We've grown from a tiny theater in the middle of the midtown Manhattan to three spaces performing more than six dozen unique shows each week, two training centers with over a thousand active students, a fully functioning video production suite, and more. 

Our improvisational training exercises unite a group of performers, to get them actively listening to each other, to get them thinking on their feet, working cohesively. This unity is at the core of everything that UCB has done, and this is the reason we have been so successful. 

Improv presupposes that the group is greater than the sum of its parts.

So why not apply that to the workplace? 

For the last decade, we've been providing improv and storytelling training to businesses. Covering a wide range of topics from team building, to brainstorming, to leadership and presentation skills, our two-hour workshops disarm, entertain and teach. 

This blog, written by our instructors, is dedicated to improv's many uses in the workplace. We hope to create a dialogue, spark your creativity, maybe even surprise you. 

Enjoy! 

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Showtime picks up 'House of Lies' series starring Ben Schwartz

Apr 1, 2015

Showtime Picks Up 'Homeland' & 'House Of Lies' To Series

New Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is going 2-for-2 in his first development season at the pay cable network, picking up both pilots he ordered -- drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies -- to series. Both have received 12-episode orders and will start production in the summer. Thriller Homeland, from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Emmy and Mandy Patinkin, while management consulting comedy House of Lies is toplined by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. "Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting," Nevins said. "They build upon the network's successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be.

Homeland, produced by Fox 21, is based on Gideon Raff's Israeli series Prisoners of x. Written by Gordon, Raff and Alex Gansa, it tells the story of Carrie Anderson (Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Scott Brody (Lewis), a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed deal for nine years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. Mandy Patinkin plays Saul, a veteran CIA Division Chief who is Carrie's boss and mentor.

House of Lies, written and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan, was based on the tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. Cheadle stars as Marty, a highly successful and cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his way with and for his clients. Bell plasy Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp Ivy League graduate who works at Marty's firm. Co-stars include comedian Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson as well as Dawn Oliveri, Glynn Turman and Donis Leonard Jr. Also executive producing are Jessika Borsiczky and Stephen Hopkins, who directed the pilot.
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