Upright Citizens Brigade Inks First-Look Deal With UCPJun 21, 2016
"UCB is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks," UCP evp of development Dawn Olmstead said. "This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into UCBÃ¢Â€Â™s unique point of view. We're thrilled to be working with them."
As part of the deal, UCB has five projects in development at the studio:
We Can Fix You: Is your personal life in need of an overhaul? Besser, Roberts and a team of UCB comedians take on the personal problems of a studio audience and then, using unorthodox methods, set out to transform their lives for the better. They may not be trained, but their empathy runs deep. Based on the successful UCB stage show. Besser, Poehler, Roberts, Walsh, Owen Burke and Aliyah Silverstein serve as executive producers.
House of Delta: The cutthroat inner machinations of a Southern sorority as told through the dramatic lens of a political thriller. If you think the drama depicted in David Fincher's House of Cards is intense, wait until you get a glimpse of the dark inner workings of the Delta Omega sorority at Southeast Georgia State University! Laura Grey and Megan Stein to write and executive produce.
Sing: A parody of musically-driven TV shows (Empire, Nashville) that follows a group of misfits in the surprisingly high-stakes world of karaoke. Jeff Hiller and Pam Murphy are executive producers/writers.
The Peligroso Project: Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) and Tom Gianas (Mr. Show with Bob and David) present a comedy series showcasing writing and performances from the next generation of Latino talent. Each episode features sketch comedy performed in front of a live studio audience, digital shorts and live man-on-the-street bits.
Hell House: This mockumentary series follows the passionate but misguided members of a church planning committee as they prepare for their biggest event of the year: a sin-themed haunted house. Adam McCabe, Noam Bleiweiss and Betsy Sodaro to write and executive produce.
The deal marks UCP's first such arrangement with a theater troupe and extends the studio's working relationship with alums from the comedy troupe, which has spawned dozens of successful comedians on both film and TV. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the creators and stars behind UCP's Playing House, are both alums. UCP is also home to Hulu's Difficult People, which Poehler exec-produces.
Seeso, from NBCUniversal's Digital Enterprises, is also home to The UCB Show, which is hosted and exec-produced by Poehler, Besser, Roberts and Walsh. In addition, Bravo aired a 2005 Upright Citizens Brigade special, A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv â€“ named after UCB's long-running show.
The four UCB founders previously created and starred in their own Comedy Central show, titled Upright Citizens Brigade, which ran for three seasons from 1998-2000. Since then, all four have gone on to find success on the small screen, most notably Poehler with her Emmy-nominated turns on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. Walsh is a series regular on HBO's Veep, while Roberts served as an executive producer on Key & Peele, and now TV Land's Teachers. Besser's many screen credits include Parks and Recreation, Modern Family and Drunk History, among others. Formed in the early 90s, UCB has since expanded to four locations, including two in Los Angeles and two in New York.
Src: The Hollywood Report
NBC and The UCB Theatre NY's 6th Annual Diversity ScholarshipMay 18, 2016
NBC will offer scholarships to students of the UCB Training Center NYC.
A live "Finalists Showcase" will be scheduled in late summer at the UCB Theatre for 10 finalists selected by the Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre NY and NBC. The 2016 Diversity Scholar will be selected by both UCBT and NBCU executives based on the performances at the showcase.
The scholarship recipient must be located in or around New York City. The recipient will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from New York City for classes. If the recipient is eligible, the scholarship can be used for UCB Advanced Classes (specific classes based on availability).
WHO CAN APPLY?
This scholarship seeks to celebrate voices that are underrepresented in professional comedy jobs. Unfortunately, that tends to be anyone who isn't a straight white male in their 20s. So, we invite all performers, particularly women and people from diverse backgrounds less commonly seen on the comedy stages of NYC, who are currently house performers at an improv theater or have completed a core improv course at a recognized longform improv theatre/school. In other words, this scholarship is not for beginners, but for folks with some comedy experience already under their belt.
SUBMISSION WINDOW OPENS: May 13th 2016
SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSES: July 1st, 11:59 EDT, 2016
Diversity Scholarship Finalist Showcase Date: Thursday August 18, 7pm, UCBT East Village
--semi-finalists will be notified by August 5th; semi-finalists will audition for NBC and UCBT in a private audition; finalists to perform at public showcase will be chosen from private semi-finalist audition
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
All applications must completely and correctly fill out a google form (http://goo.gl/forms/64G2NIMDPE) that must include the following materials:
Create a 3 minutes or less video showing us who you are. Videos exceeding 3 minutes will not be watched and your submission will not be considered. Please tell us why you are a good candidate for the program, a description of your diverse background, and who your comedic role models are and why. The video should also include a short performance of a sketch, stand-up, character monologue and/or comedic bit that you have written. You may use other performers in your video if needed. Be creative!
In addition to performance footage, please make sure to explicitly answer the following questions:
- Why do you think you are a good candidate for this scholarship?
- Name the performer who most inspires you. Why?
Video format: Link to performance, youtube preferred.
Do NOT send a link/format that requires downloading (like YouSendIt, dropbox etc).
It will not be watched and your submission will not be considered.
2. Link to Headshot & Resume
A performance resume or a list of your performance or comedy background. Please specify which core improv program you have completed, and/or the theater where you currently perform.
3. CONTACT INFO
You must fill in all requested contact information.
Google Form must be completely and correctly filled in or your submission will not be taken into consideration. Here is a link to the form again http://goo.gl/forms/64G2NIMDPE
If you have any questions that have not been answered above, you can email UCBTNY Artistic Director Shannon O'Neill spo at ucbcomedy dot com. Please use the Subject: NBC/UCBT Scholarship_your name
We look forward to your submissions!
Src: Hilary Kissinger
NBC diversity scholarship
2016 PILOT SEASON CONGRATULATIONSMar 28, 2016
By: Julien Darmoni
Rebecca Addelman (ep) - The First Wives Club, TV Land
Eric Appel (d, co-ep) - Son of Zorn, FOX
John Ross Bowie - Speechless, ABC
Owen Burke (ep) - Do You Want To See A Dead Body?, Comedy Central
Nicole Byer - Untitled Nicole Byer, MTV
D'Arcy Carden - Good Place, NBC
Wyatt Cenac - People of Earth, TBS
Jessica Chaffin - I'm Not Your Friend, CBS
Adam Conover (ep, cast) - No Dumb Questions, TruTV
Eugene Cordero - Crunch Time, NBC
Andy Daly - Chunk & Bean, ABC
Jon Daly - Untitled Laura Steinel, FOX
Johnathan Fernandez - Lethal Weapon, FOX
Brian Gallivan (w, ep) - Hail Mary, ABC
John Gemberling - Overanalyzers, Comedy Central
Kirby Howell-Baptiste - Downward Dog, ABC
Rob Huebel (cast, w, ep) - Do You Want To See A Dead Body?, Comedy Central
Brian Huskey - People of Earth, TBS
Luka Jones - People of Earth, TBS
Moshe Kasher (cast, ep) - Problematic with Moshe Kasher
Hannah Kasulka - The Exorcist, FOX
Echo Kellum (cast, ep) - Overanalyzers, Comedy Central
Kassia Miller (w) - Imaginary Friend, NBC
Megan Neuringer - Imaginary Friend, NBC O
livia Norman - Bad Couple, Comedy Central
Griffin Newman - The Tick, Amazon
Veronica Osorio - Untitled Laura Steinel, FOX
Adam Pally - Making History, FOX
Nasim Pedrad (cast, w, ep) - Chad: An American Boy, FOX
Aubrey Plaza - Legion, FX
Amy Poehler (ep) - Untitled Amy Poehler, NBC
Diona Reasonover - Charity Case, FOX
Paul Scheer (ep) - Bad Guys, Adult Swim
Jenny Slate - Untitled Gillian Robespierre, FX
Chris Smith - Untitled Matt Hubbard/Mike Schur, NBC
Noel Wells (cast, w, ep) - Bad Couple, Comedy Central
Alice Wetterlund - People of Earth, TBS
Tracey Wigfield (w, ep) - Untitled Tracey Wigfield, NBC
Jessica Williams (cast, w, ep) - Untitled Jessica Williams, Comedy Central
Casey Wilson - Hail Mary, ABC
Casey Wilson - One Mississippi, Amazon