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JEN & ANGIE Reviewed on Off-Off-Online

Mar 13, 2015

Best Friends Forever

I can't recall the last time a thirty minute piece received the kind hype that Jen & Angie has. Jen and Angie were recently featured in a big story on, and they're not even real. Let me explain.

Jen & Angie is the latest long-form sketch by the renowned comedy and improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. UCB has launched or shaped the careers of several well-known comedians, including Saturday Night Live veterans Horatio Sanz and Amy Poehler. The place is crawling with talented and hard-working comics whose greatest dream is that Lorne Michaels will show up in the audience and pluck them from obscurity. At its theater on the northern edge of Chelsea, UCB showcases an often dizzying array of nightly offerings, presented on a schedule almost military in nature. It's not uncommon to see a long line of patrons standing in the frigid cold on West 26th Street at 9:00 p.m., patiently waiting for those inside to vacate the 7:30 show. This scenario repeats itself throughout the night. If you have to wait on line, Jen & Angie will be worth it.

The sketch goes like this. Somehow, Brad Pitt (played by a mannequin), Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston find themselves on the same ill-fated airline flight to Antigua. After losing an engine, the plane goes down on a deserted island. Miraculously, there are three completely intact survivors - guess who they are.

Because Brad remains in a persistent vegetative state due to the spell under which Angelina has placed him (and because he's a mannequin), it all comes down to Jen and Angie, mano a mano. Christina Casa is hilarious as a Morticia-like Jolie and Sara Chase has nailed Aniston's mannerisms and sugary sweetheart qualities. Jen sings the Friends song, replete with claps, when things become too much for her. Angie, for her part, is oblivious to the festering hatred that Aniston harbors for her.

Together, they are forced to hunt the island's wildlife for survival. The island becomes the perfect vehicle to send up Jolie's purportedly exotic lifestyle, and Ms. Casa squeezes out lots of laughs with her aloof and clueless affectations. When a hungry but squeamish Aniston asks a feasting Jolie how a marmot tastes, Angie replies, "It is great. It tastes like condor." Angie never misses an opportunity to taunt Jen with her motherhood. Because of her endless quest to adopt the planet's children, Angie can't even remember the name of her biological child, referring to it as "the white one." Obviously, co-writers Casa and Laura Buchholz follow the tabloids. But, you don't have to be up on the latest Hollywood gossip to enjoy Jen & Angie. If you go, the sketch will be teamed up with another UCB show to provide a good ninety minutes of laughs. The night I went, it was paired with Seven Fights, an entertaining collection of skits by Will Hines and the animated Matthew DeCoster, whose physical brand of ridiculous comedy reminds one of Seinfeld's Cosmo Kramer.
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CONGRATULATIONS to I Eat Pandas, Pat Baer & Nick Kroll - ECNY Award Winners!

Mar 13, 2015

The ECNY Awards, New York's original comedy awards, celebrated the absolute best in New York comedy during a standing room only reception. Through rapturous applause and laughter, sixteen awards were presented to the most hilarious and hard-working comedians in New York City today.

The UCB Theatre is proud to congratulate the winners from the UCB Theatre as well as all the nominees and winners from throughout the NY comedy scene.

I Eat Pandas - Best Improv Group

Pat Baer - Best Technician

Nick Kroll (Fabrice Fabrice) - Best One Person Show

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Watch VH1's Free Radio, a new improvised TV show with Brian Huskey & Anna Vocino

Mar 13, 2015

Free Radio
UCB Theatre alums Brian Huskey and Anna Vocino star in VH1's new improvised show Free Radio with Lance Krall

How does a dim-witted intern become a radio superstar? Find out as VH1's new improvised comedy series, Free Radio, chronicles the Cinderella story of Lance, (Lance Krall of The Joe Schmo Show and The Lance Krall Show) a radio show intern, who answers his call to greatness by jumping in to host a popular morning show, when the real host defects to satellite radio. Lance's hosting effort is so spectacularly awful that ratings actually go up.

In addition to the rise of our hero, Lance, Free Radio follows the dysfunctional staff at KBOM, as they try to adjust to life with their new unlikely star. From the frustrated station manager, James (played by Brian Huskey) to co-host, Anna, (played by Anna Vocino), they all put up with Lance for the sake of ratings, dubbing his new show, 'Moron in the Morning.'

The half-hour series, Free Radio premieres with back-to-back episodes Friday, February 8 starting at 9:30 PM. Celebrity guests from film, television, music and stage join Lance in his booth to promote their latest projects and endure Lance's clueless questions and oblivious take on the world. Hollywood luminaries from 24's Kiefer Sutherland to three-time Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) to 'Jack Coleman (Heroes) and Ray Romano, are subjected to the idiot storm that is Lance and 'Moron in the Morning.' While runaway celebrity interviews make up the bulk of the show, Free Radio also goes behind the scenes to depict our loveably dim hero's struggle to deal with his newfound fame and earn the respect of his co-workers.

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