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Congratulations UCBT performers writing for 2007-2008 TV season

Mar 16, 2015

Congratulations to UCBT performers writing for current & upcoming TV season!

Chad Carter, June Raphael & Casey Wilson: Creature Comforts (CBS)
UCBT alums/performers Chad Carter (MySpace, ASSSSCAT) and June Raphael & Casey Wilson (Sentimental Lady, Rode Hard and Put Away Wet) serve as Story Editors for Creature Comforts, a new animated series for CBS by the Academy Award-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit.  Show culls excerpts from real person interviews and places in the mouths of a wide variety of animated animals to produce commentaries on everyday life.  CBS Mondays 8pm EST/PST.

Tami Sagher: 30 Rock (NBC)
UCBT teacher/performer Tami Sagher (Mother F****r!, Avalanche) joining the writing staff of NBC's 30 Rock, the workplace comedy set behind-the-scenes of a live variety show.  Series starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin returns for its second season this fall. NBC Thursdays 8:30pm EST/PST.

Harris Wittels: The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program added UCBT alum/performer Harris Wittels (Hendershaw, Comedy Death-Ray) to its writing staff.  Program following the absurd life of character Sarah Silverman returns for its second season this fall.  Comedy Central Thursdays 10pm EST/PST.

Scott Aukerman, Neil Campbell & Paul Rust: Moral Orel (Adult Swim)
UCBT performer Scott Aukerman (Comedy Death-Ray, Match Game) and alums/performers Neil Campbell & Paul Rust (Last Day of School, Not Too Shabby) wrote the episode "Courtship" of Adult Swim's Moral Orel.  In the episode, a valuable lesson is taught about man/woman relations when an 11 year-old character becomes involved with the teacher.
LA General

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MY BIG FAT in Time Out NY

Mar 16, 2015

My Big Fat

While chatter over the politics of obesity differs from one pundit to the next-overweight people are either funny or sad; they should either be chastised or exonerated of blame for their condition-Jim Santangeli says all of these things at once. And you believe him. Because he's fat-super fat. "I am three Adrien Brodys," he says at the top of My Big Fat, "yet only one-third of a 1976 Alfa Romeo." The 30-minute vignette is a frank and very funny analysis of what it takes to be huge.

First of all it requires a lot of work. Backed by a three-person Greek chorus of sorts, Santangeli explores the checklist of techniques necessary for the corpulent life, including brainwashing friends into thinking you're athletic and blaming your parents. Audience members vacillate between empathizing with Santangeli (we've all feasted on junk food in the wee hours of the morning in front of the television: "What's on? Doesn't matter. You're not going to watch anyway," he says) and being disgusted by his hypocrisy (he rebuffs the heavyset Sepulveda during an onstage date).

Regardless, the comedian succeeds in making his plump story compelling without taking himself, the show-or his weight, for that matter-too seriously. In fact, if there's any message at all, it's that a husky person's baggage is weighed down as much by self-delusion as it is by Doritos.



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The UCB Theatre (and DCM) in Encore Magazine

Mar 16, 2015

Citizens Alert: UCB

New York may be the epicenter of culture in America, but Chicago has its moments. For some 30 years, Del Close was the force behind improv comedy in the Windy City-and Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Mike Meyers were among the talents he influenced. To honor his legacy, the Upright Citizens Brigade, founded on the Chicago-style improv model, presents the 9th Annual Del Close Marathon July 27-29 in Chelsea.

In one weekend, more than 150 shows will be performed. Troupes from Austin to Salt Lake City, New York to LA, will be in attendance-and admission to the marathon is a mere $20. Sound incredible? Not if you know the UCB.

A theater and training ground for some of America's best comedy acts, UCB runs theaters in both New York and Los Angeles. The brainchild of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, it features improv, sketch and stand-up comedy. More impressive is the sheer volume of output: 25 shows weekly that boast both up-and-comers and established comedians. Every day, somebody, on some UCB stage, is killing them nightly. And the UCB Touring Co. is a hit on campuses nationwide.

As Anthony King, artistic director, proudly notes, "Our performers are regularly seen on Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, Best Week Ever and Late Night With Conan O'Brien, to name a few. And many of our performers write for TV and film." People like Rob Corddry and Ed Helms from The Daily Show and Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel from Best Week Ever. Plus, the New York theater's flagship show, Asssscat, was featured as a special on the Bravo network starring the UCB and friends: Andy Richter, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch.

Two years ago, the UCB expanded into Los Angeles and opened a training center in New York to house its ever-expanding improv and sketch-comedy school, the intensive Improv Gerilla Training Center, where students learn the art of improvisational and written comedy. At any given time, according to King, it has "more than 800 students in class." Not bad for a theater that debuted in 1999 to battle then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani's war against obscenity.

Opening first on West 22nd, the former home of the New Harmony strip club, the UCB gained a rep as a place for cutting-edge comedy. Soon, the little 74-seat theater in Chelsea became the darling of casting directors and festival producers. And where talent goes, buzz follows. Five years later, UCB's new 152-seat theater opened on West 26 Street and continues to entertain New Yorkers. Ditto in LA, where fans enjoy shows seven nights a week and can take improv classes.

Weekly improv shows in New York include "Mother, "Reuben Williams, "The Stepfathers" and "Death By Roo Roo," as well as the always-popular "Asssscat" on Sunday nights. The theater, a strictly for-profit venture, is proud of its alums, its vast comedic inventory and its prices. There are no drink minimums and all shows are $8 or less. And many are free. Sometimes goofy, sometimes subversive, UCB is one of the best clubs to catch the comedy wave.
NY General

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