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COMING SOON: ASSSSCAT DVDs

Mar 17, 2015

Shout Factory, Upright do 'ASSSSCAT'
Duo partner for HDTV special, DVD

Shout Factory is partnering with Upright Citizens Brigade for a HDTV special and DVD based on the improv troupe's long-running 'ASSSSCAT' show.

The unscripted show, taping March 3-4 in Los Angeles, will star co-founders Amy Poehler, who went on to become a Saturday Night Live regular; Matt Walsh; Ian Roberts; and Matt Besser. Horatio Sanz and Will Arnett will make guest appearances.

Spec should air in the summer, with a DVD bow penciled in for August.

Besser said the troupe hopes to mount a series of improv specials and DVDs with Shout Factory, which is making a concerted effort to beef up its comedy offerings. 'We have 25 different running shows,' Besser noted.

'We hope it's the beginning of a relationship,' said Shawn Amos, Shout Factory, VP of A&R.

The Upright Citizens Brigade came to Gotham from Chicago in 1996 and immediately started performing 'ASSSSCAT' on Saturday nights to sold-out crowds. Troupe began performing an L.A. version after opening a Hollywood outpost in 2005, and it too proved successful.

Check out a clip from our 2005 ASSSSCAT taping for Bravo:

ASSSSCAT
Saturdays at 8pm ($8)
Sundays at 7:30pm (free)

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Dave Hill Named One of "10 Comics To Watch" by Variety!

Mar 17, 2015

Dave Hill
10 Comics to Watch

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Andy Kaufman and Chris Elliott, this TV writer has turned the camera onto a gussied-up version of himself -- a charming yet paranoid fluff reporter nervously clutching a big fuzzy boom mic.

Whether he's interviewing a pet psychic or Jimmy Kimmel, Hill usually manages to derail the conversation to his own insecurities, with hilariously uncomfortable results.

'I can't feel my nose really,' he complains to Kimmel, in the midst of talking shop about the ABC talk-show host's past projects.
As Kimmel feigns concern, Hill rants, 'I had a tragedy -- people are talking about Hurricane Katrina and all that shit; I cut the fuck out of myself (shaving) with a hotel razor. Look at me, I'm maimed.'

Foraging for material, Hill once dragged two friends to a Madison, Wis., bar rumored to screen kinky pics during its 6 a.m. breakfast service.

'I figured they would be showing those old kitschy movies, just girls rolling around topless or something,' he recalls. 'It was actually hardcore porn -- everything you could imagine, while you're sitting there eating. It was like they had yanked all the people out of the adult bookstore and just threw them into a diner. It was really a nasty experience.'

However, while his buddies lost their appetites, Hill made sure the food didn't go to waste. 'I couldn't get myself to write about it, but I finished my breakfast,' he says.
Buzz: In 'The Dave Hill Explosion,' the comic cuts his man-on-the-street video clips with live stunts and lo-fi 'Late Night'-style guest chitchat. The one-man show, running for just over a year, has gained a sold-out following at the UCB Theatre in New York.

Hill is bringing the festivities to Aspen, where he'll also take on a second stint as a celebrity interviewer for HBO. A slew of new TV and Web gigs bow in March, including King of Miami, a six-episode, mock-magazine series for InHD's Mojo men's imprint that Hill co-created and stars in.

Meanwhile, a screenplay Hill wrote with humorist David Rakoff, Now in Paperback, was just sold to Park Pictures.

References: HBO new media exec Fran Shea dug the interviewing style Hill displayed while talking to star comedians for the network's online HBOlab at last year's Las Vegas Comedy Fest.

Celebs 'are so used to being interviewed, there's almost a boredom that comes over them,' Shea notes. Hill surprised his hotshot subjects by blending genuine curiosity with pompous self-absorption. 'Everyone got that he was doing something different, and they endured it,' Shea adds.

Fallback plan: 'My completely unrealistic boyhood fantasy was to be an NHL hockey player,' Hill reminisces. 'But somehow I've lost the magic. I don't know what happened -- there's a disconnect between my brain and my flabby frame.'

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'smart and satirical' Crystal and Push-Ups featured in IN Magazine

Mar 17, 2015

Frank Hundley
Starring: Frank & Bryan

Frank Hundley and Bryan Safi are Los Angeles-based actor-comedians who star in "Crystal and Push-Ups," a sketch comedy show, under the direction of the Groundlings' Drew Droege. The 30-minute show will be performed at 8pm on Wednesdays, March 14 and 28, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. 

Guys, describe your show Crystal and Push-Ups for our readers.

Bryan
: It explores different themes in modern gay life, from the pressures of going out and trying to look good to really bizarre ways we communicate online and how different aspects of our personalities come out through that. It pushes stereotypes, like Amish lesbians-a very hot topic right now.

Frank
: It's a subversive look at contemporary issues facing the gays-an ironic, cheeky, youthful take on things, like gay adoption, hooking up, and there's a dance number.

Where did the idea for the show come from?

Frank
: It developed organically from another show we did at Upright Citizens Brigade called 'Three Dollar Bill,' which was a line-up of sketches, stand-up and character monologues from gay and lesbian performers. We decided to develop a whole show.

Bryan
: We sat down and did tons of crystal and said, 'Let's write this.' The inspiration came from drugs and the gym. (Laughs) No, we're both from New York and just wanted to write something topical about how different and funny the gay scene is here.

That really comes across. I found the humor to be smart and satirical.

Bryan
: In gay comedy it's easy to go for something cheap like a lube joke or a fisting joke, and we were trying to go for more of a heightened reality of what we go through as gay men.

Some of the biggest laughs come from the IM exchanges you read aloud. Are these real?

Frank
: They're actual IM exchanges Bryan had with people online. In some cases we used the same screennames they use so it will be funny if one of them happens to be in the audience one night. Yes, it's all actual stuff from the Internet. That was an awkward part of our writing process because he brought in 15 pages and it was really explicit and pornographic, and he's a close friend of mine, so it was uncomfortable to read. I felt like such a prude because I'm usually the one saying, 'Make it filthier!'

Bryan, how much time did you spend in chatrooms 'doing research'?

Bryan
: Hours! I'm in three of them right now. I don't stop.

Well, the results were worth all your hard work.

Bryan
: I also went out a lot, had a lot of sex and met a lot of people whose names I don't remember. (Laughs)

What do you think makes you guys such a great comedy team?

Frank
: We're two people with the same sense of humor, and we enjoy each other's company, so part of it is just letting the audience in on our vibe. The audience has fun hanging out with us. It's great to be working with someone you think is the funniest person in the world.

What will our readers get out of seeing the show?

Bryan
: I think they'll be able to look at themselves and laugh. We're holding up a big gay mirror ... with drugs on it. (Laughs) We're not judging anybody. We love being gay.

Frank
: They'll get a rip-roaring good time, and I think our material has relevance. I hope people laugh and learn something and weep uncontrollably throughout the evening because that's what good theater is.

How have audiences responded to your show so far?

Bryan
: They've come back to see it again and brought other people. You couldn't ask for more than that.

Frank
: The reaction was been so bizarrely enthusiastic. We hear people exclaim loudly from the audience in recognition, 'Oh my God!' That's so gratifying, and I appreciate it even more than the laughter.



NSA Presents: Crystal and Push-Ups

Wednesday, March 28 at 8pm ($5)

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