UCBT and the RNCMar 24, 2015
Upright Citizens Brigade National Convention
On Monday August 30th The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre presents the Upright Citizens Brigade National Convention in support of our freedom to protest. The UCB Theatre will remain open during the operating hours of the Republican National Convention. Located in the heart of Chelsea and blocks away from Madison Square Garden the theatre will offer a variety of events each day including training sessions for potential activists, workshops for people wanting their voice heard and even a blood drive.
The doors of the theatre will remain open throughout the day to provide a free space for protesters to get out of the heat, use the bathroom, and get re-hydrated. Through a partnership with New York Blood Center a blood drive on August 31st will help to alleviate the depleted blood supply in New York City.
Every evening the UCB Theatre will continue to run its full schedule of comedy with shows that reflect the spirit of cutting edge, "Nothing-is-sacred" humor in which the theatre was founded.
Monday at 10:00pm A Benefit for the Memphis 3 as revealed in the critically acclaimed documentary Paradise Lost. All proceeds from this event will support the defense of Damien Echols. Featuring and all-star lineup including David Cross, Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a World premiere video by Yo La Tango and more. Advance tickets are on sale for $20.
On Thursday at 8:00pm UCB Theatre is proud to announce the premiere of George Bush is a Motherfucker: An Evening of Contemporary Political Satire. What else has our President given us besides a failing economy, another Vietnam, and out of control gas prices? A hilarious comedy conceived and produced by Anchorman writer and director Adam Mckay.
Other Shows include "Bush/Cheney '04nicators"; "Dick Cheney says, "Fuck Off!"; "FCC = Fascist Censoring Controlfreaks"; "Young Republican = Virgin: Republican't"; "Real Real World White House, Hear No Enron, See No Enron, Speak No Enron"; and "What's the Deal With North Korea?";
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street (at 8th Avenue) in New York City. For information, and to sign up to donate blood call the UCB Theater at 212/366-9176. Advance Tickets, reservations and additional information can be found at
NBC comes to the UCBT looking for talentMar 24, 2015
NBC is strengthening its comedy talent roster, signing development deals with New York's popular Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Perrier-winning comedian Demetri Martin as well as little-known New Zealand folk parody duo Flight of the Conchords.
All three pacts were spearheaded by Lisa Leingang, who has re-upped her deal with NBC Universal TV to continue as New York-based producer in charge of developing programming and recruiting acting and writing talent on the East Coast and in Europe.
In her search for new faces and voices, Leingang works with NBC executive vp casting Marc Hirschfeld on the talent side and with NBC Uni TV co-presidents Angela Bromstad and David Kissinger on the writing side.
'She is totally tapped into the New York comedy scene,' Hirschfeld said of Leingang. 'She is an incredible resource, both on the writing and talent side, which a great combination.'
Since its launch in 1999, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, founded by the UCB troupe of Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts, has grown into a major development playground for the hottest sketch, improv and stand-up comedians and comedic actors in New York -- both up-and-coming and established -- with more than 25 shows a week.
It was Hirschfeld who first recognized UCB's potential as a talent resource, and through Leingang's relationship with the theater's principals, NBC and UCB signed a one-year first-look deal. As part of the pact, UCB will pitch show ideas to all NBC Universal networks. (The company already has presented a concept to Bravo.) Additionally, UCB will hold a showcase for NBC executives this month, and some of the shows on its stage, which are considered TV-ready, would be filmed as presentations.
'They really curate the New York scene unbelievably well,' Leingang said of UCB. 'It's a constant flow of new fresh voices and performers, so it just seemed like the perfect opportunity.'
Martin, who last year became only the second American to win a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, also has performed at the UCB Theatre, including his Perrier-winning one-man show, 'If I ... .'
Under his development deal, Martin will write and star in a single-camera half-hour project for the network inspired by his life in New York.
'He's got a really unique voice,' Hirschfeld said. 'He is very not your typical stand-up comic. He is very intellectual but at the same time, there is a real openness to him, too.'
Last season, Martin was a writer on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien and was nominated for an Emmy as part of the show's writing team.
O'Brien's NBC Universal TV-based Conaco Prods. will produce Martin's show for NBC along with Leingang and the comedian's manager, Peter Principato.
As for Flight of the Conchords, NBC executives got a glimpse of the colorful New Zealand duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement at this year's Montreal Comedy Festival, two years after Leingang first spotted them in Edinburgh.
Leingang described the duo's act as 'a more low-key Tenacious D: Surreal, hilarious songs accompanied by hilarious stage banter.'
McKenzie and Clement are meeting with writers for a project to combine their talents as comedians and accomplished songwriters.
While music will be an important element of the show, 'it will be all based in character comedy, and that's what we love about them,' Hirschfeld said.
UCBT's Rob Riggle Joins SNL CastMar 24, 2015
The UCBT would like to congratulate Rob. Keep an eye on this kid, it don't cost nothing!