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Spike TV to air new comedy series created by Matt Walsh

Mar 9, 2015

Spike TV drinks up 'Players' comedy
Cable net greenlights series set in sports bar

Spike TV is buying the next round.

The cable network has given the green light to Players, a half-hour comedy set at a sports bar. It was created by Matt Walsh, one of the founders of the improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.

The original series, from Principato Young, revolves around a pair of brothers with opposite personalities trying to run their bar.

Production begins this month in Los Angeles, with the series slated to premiere in the summer.

Walsh also co-stars in Players as Bruce, a free spirit living out his fantasy by owning a sports bar, which gives him the opportunity to bet on games and hit on waitresses. His brother, Ken (Ian Roberts), meanwhile, tries to keep his eye on turning a profit.

The cast includes Danielle Schneider and James Pumphrey.

Walsh, Roberts and Jay Martel executive produce with Peter Principato, Paul Young, Tucker Voorhees and John Lynch of Devlin Entertainment.

Jason Woliner, who directed the presentation, is co-executive producing.

Walsh, a former correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, has appeared in such feature comedies as Old School and Bad Santa.
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Trailer released for "I Love You, Beth Cooper" starring Paul Rust

Mar 9, 2015

Paul Rust to star in 'Beth Cooper' 
Newcomer joins Panettiere in teen comedy

Newcomer Paul Rust will star in the Fox Atomic teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper. Hayden Panettiere has already boarded the film as the eponymous character.

Jack Carpenter, Lauren Storm and Lauren London have also joined the project, which follows the adventures of a geeky high school valedictorian (Rust) who decides he has nothing to lose by making a play for the popular cheerleader (Panettiere) and declares his love for her during his graduation speech.

Chris Columbus will direct the film, which he is also producing through his 1492 Pictures banner. Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe also produce.

Project is based on a novel by former Simpsons scribe Larry Doyle, who penned the screenplay. Shooting is scheduled to start next month in Vancouver.

Rust's credits include New Line's upcoming comedy Semi-Pro.
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UCBT Performers Nominated for 2008 ECNY Awards

Mar 9, 2015



The public voting period is now open and will end Wednesday, March 4th at midnight.

Vote now!

The ECNY Awards, New York's original comedy awards are honored to announce the nominees for the 2008 awards, representing the absolute best in New York comedy. Voting will be open to the general public at Winners will be announced at the 2008 ECNY Awards ceremony, held March 9, 2009, at 8:00pm; at Comix NY; 353 West 14th St. The ceremony will be hosted for the second year in a row by Jon Friedman.


Best Female Standup Comedian

* Giulia Rozzi (Co-host, UCBT's Stripped Stories)

Best Host

* Eliza Skinner and Shockwave - The Beatdown

* Leo Allen - WHIPLASH

Best Improv Group

* Bastian

* Death By Roo Roo

* Mother

Best Male Standup Comedian

* Joe Mande (From UCBT's 'Workdays With Maury)

* Kumail Nanjiani (From UCBT's Game Bros Live)

* Pete Holmes (From UCBT's Gutbucket)

Best Musical Comedy Act (Solo or Group)

* I Eat Pandas

Best One Person Show

* Charlie Sanders - Minnesota Muslim

* Chris Gethard - Chris Gethard's MAGIC BOX OF STORIES

* Kumail Nanjiani - Unpronouncable

* Lennon Parham - She Tried to Be Normal

Best Short Comedic Film

* Eugene Cordero - Green Screen

* Rob Lathan - The Phelps Minute

Best Sketch Comedy Group

* BriTANick

* Derrick

* Pangea 3000

Best Technician

* Jon Gutierrez (Current UCBT Tech Supervisor)

* Pat Baer (Former UCBT Tech Supervisor)

Best Variety Show

* The Dave Hill Explosion

* High School Talent Show
* The Rejection Show

Emerging Comic Award

* Lennon Parham

Outstanding Achievement in Flyer or Postcard Design

* Dyna Moe - Gavin Speiller Needs Your Approval

* Steve Dressler - High School Talent Show

Best Website

* Upright Citizens Brigade -

* Charlie Todd - Improv Everywhere

Best Performance in a Commercial or Episode of Law and Order

* Brett Gelman - NY Lottery (Little Bit O' Luck)

* John Gemberling - Boost Mobile

Vote for your favorite UCBT performers and shows


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