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UP LATE! w/LORD VOLDEMORT in NY Magazine's Vulture Blog

Mar 16, 2015

Ridikkulus! Harry Potter Comedy at the UCB Theater

Last night's sold-out UCB show, 'Up Late! With Lord Voldemort,' drew an enormous crowd of the most delightful mix: Harry Potter nerds and comedy nerds. (Overheard behind our seat in the Hufflepuff section: 'As long as I get my hair cut before Comic-Con...') Achilles Stamatelaky wrote the show with enough detailed knowledge to satisfy the kind of fans who hiss when the name 'Snape' is mentioned and sufficient smirk to keep it funny for everyone else. Billy Merritt channeled the voice of the surly Sorting Hat in what was the night's best performance. 'Do you know how hard it is to make a rhyming song year after year about the same subject,' complained the hat, before declaring to an audience member, 'The whore goes to Gryffindor!' Lennon Parham's J.K. Rowling frostily explained that inconsistencies in the books were easily explained by 'magic,' and the Weasley Brothers did a snappy 'Who's on First' routine involving Quidditch.

The audience was wholly unprepared for Anthony Atamanuik's bearded Severus Snape, especially his reading of erotic Harry Potter fan fiction. 'Nothing in Honeydukes candy shop tasted this good,' he intoned to nervous audience giggles, which transitioned to helpless laughter at the thought of Harry 'dart his tongue back and forth like a golden snitch.' But maybe the blue humor should have been abandoned after the fan fic: Crabbe and Goyle are gay, Hagrid is gay, Madame Maxine is a tranny, Harry wants pubic hair, and dildos are actually 'exotic wands.' Hermione suggested that the audience was 'filled with people who had to borrow their mother's car keys to get here,' and she wasn't far off; you should have seen the look on one kid's face upon hearing the word 'fisting,' likely for the first time. He'll never think of Draco and Harry the same way again. 
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'brilliant' MySpace improv show featured in Metromix

Mar 16, 2015

My MySpace Profile Can Beat Up Your MySpace Profile
An improv comedy show that peeps your page

Face it: Your MySpace profile sucks.

Your comments section is nearly empty. MySpace Tom is still in your Top Eight. And James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful' is your default song.

Enter The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre -- L.A.'s bestest comedy venue -- and their weekly, improvised comedy show MySpace,which turns even the lamest real life MySpace profile into brilliant theatre.

Here's how it works: Each week, resident UCB comedians (including SNL's Rob Riggle and Best Week Ever regular Paul Scheer) pick three random audience members and craft long form improvised comedy sketches based entirely on their profile. Drunken comments left by exes, embarrassing photos of you at your cousin's bar mitzvah, your not-so-secret, not-so-ironic love of Charles Bronson films -- it's all fair game. To really get into the good-natured profile bashing, get thee to the nearby Mayfair Market just before the show and grab some delicious (root) beer for you and your homies.

If you're going to lurk on Myspace on a Wednesday night, at least get out of the house.

And, FYI: According to the show's official MySpace page, the show is a Libra and doesn't want kids.

Wednesdays at 9:30pm ($5)

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Huebel, Riggle, Sanz, Scheer to entertain troops in Persian Gulf

Mar 16, 2015

Comedians Robert Riggle and Horatio Sanz to Entertain Troops on USO Tour to Persian Gulf

The USO is a private nonprofit, charitable organization relying on contributions from individuals, organizations and corporations to support its programs for service members and their families around the world. The USO serves as the link between the American people and our men and women in uniform. The mission of the USO is to bring a touch of home to service members and their families.

Comedians Robert Riggle and Horatio Sanz will soon travel to the Persian Gulf region and perform comedy sketches for troops as part of a USO/Multi National Corps -- Iraq entertainment tour. Riggle and Sanz will be joined by stars of MTV's hit show Human Giant, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer. 

The tour, entitled "Operation Feel the Heat," is the first USO tour for Riggle, Sanz, Huebel and Scheer. The comedians, all members of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group, will join forces and bring comic relief to service members stationed overseas. 

"Being a member of the U.S. military myself, makes this USO tour to the Persian Gulf all the more special to me," says Riggle. "I've been there -- deployed a million miles away from the U.S. and stationed far from my family - - it's hard and anything I can do, I'll do it."

A Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Riggle served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, and received more than 19 medals and ribbons, including the Combat Action Ribbon. Debuting on Saturday Night Live in 2004, Riggle is now a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has also guest starred in such television shows as The Office and Arrested Development.

Born in Chile and raised in Chicago, Sanz joined Saturday Night Live in 1998 and became the first Latino cast member. During his stint, he delivered memorable impressions of celebrities like Elton John and Rosie O'Donnell. A seasoned talent, Sanz has co-starred in such movies as Tom Cats and Road Trip.

Nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as producer on Michael Moore's The Awful Truth, Huebel is one of the creators and stars of MTV's sketch comedy show, Human Giant, and a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever. He has also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.

Named one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" by Variety magazine, Scheer is a frequent commentator on The Today Show and is among those that created and star in MTV's Human Giant. A New York native and panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever, Sheer has made numerous appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

USO entertainment tours are essential to fulfilling the USO's mission of boosting troop morale to service members stationed far from home. In 2006, celebrities entertained more than 184,000 service men and women and their families. Entertainers who recently participated in USO tours include Chely Wright, Gary Sinise, Dave Attell, Scott Kennedy, Tito Ortiz and Justin McCully. 

AT&T, Inc. is the official telecommunications sponsor of USO entertainment tours. For a list of recent and upcoming USO tours, visit /whatwedo/entertainment/. To learn more about the USO or to find out how to support the troops, visit .

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