UCB Founders reveal improv manual at kick off of Del Close Marathon | ucbtheatreny • Instagram

UCB Founders reveal improv manual at kick off of Del Close Marathon | ucbtheatreny • Instagram

They used to do drunken [shows] on St. Patrick’s Day, where they hand-picked two teams to perform. They don’t do it anymore, I think because it got kind of dangerous. But I was picked one year. The only rule was that you had to be legally drunk to perform onstage, and you had to blow into a breathalyzer.

I was on a team with Ellie Kemper, and we all pre-gamed. At some point during our pre-gaming, we went from “We have to be legally drunk” to “We will be the drunkest.” I can’t say I remember much from that show. It became a crazy performance-art piece, where there were no scenes. It was just drunk people walking around a stage, interacting with one another and the audience. At one point, I was screaming at the mic stand, though there was no mic there. And I’m pretty sure Ellie and I made out onstage. I kind of wish I had been in the audience for that show.

Aubrey Plaza, An Oral History of UCB Theater Partying | Vulture

You and every other comedy nerd.

Isn’t the Times a little late to this considering a deal has already been struck? Regardless, yikes.

paulftompkins:

WEEKEND LISTENING PART 1

DOUG LOVES MOVIES: The Twelve Guests of Christmas III

I was delighted to participate in this messy, goofy nonsense. At least one of many, many visual jokes can be explained here in this post.

liezlwashere:

After 10 years, Comedy Bang Bang at UCB finally comes to an end November 27
Which saddens me. I went to this show every Tuesday for just about 2 years straight when I first started going to UCB.
I’m not one of those folk who knew a lot of comedians from their earlier work. My fanaticism only extended to The State and Kids in the Hall. I never watched Mr. Show or  The Upright Citizens Brigade. So when I say I’m a fan of all these people now, it’s solely because of their appearances and introductions to me on Comedy Death Ray/Comedy Bang Bang.
I have a lot of fond memories of this show, met a lot of fellow fans, comedians and even first met Jay at Comedy Bang Bang. So while it pains me to see it disappear, I’m happy it’s managed to serve as a home base to a lot of the comedians I now see on television/movies/3rd other entertainment medium.RIP Comedy Bang Bang. You will be missed. 
PS. Go to the Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant on December 4th. Proceeds go to charity. Go here for the complete lineup: https://www.facebook.com/events/552832908064575/

liezlwashere:

After 10 years, Comedy Bang Bang at UCB finally comes to an end November 27

Which saddens me. I went to this show every Tuesday for just about 2 years straight when I first started going to UCB.

I’m not one of those folk who knew a lot of comedians from their earlier work. My fanaticism only extended to The State and Kids in the Hall. I never watched Mr. Show or  The Upright Citizens Brigade. So when I say I’m a fan of all these people now, it’s solely because of their appearances and introductions to me on Comedy Death Ray/Comedy Bang Bang.

I have a lot of fond memories of this show, met a lot of fellow fans, comedians and even first met Jay at Comedy Bang Bang. So while it pains me to see it disappear, I’m happy it’s managed to serve as a home base to a lot of the comedians I now see on television/movies/3rd other entertainment medium.

RIP Comedy Bang Bang. You will be missed. 

PS. Go to the Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant on December 4th. Proceeds go to charity. Go here for the complete lineup: https://www.facebook.com/events/552832908064575/

Ben Schwartz, Justin Long, Adam Scott, Zach Woods, Chad Carter, and Neil Casey did improv at UCBNY last night. And you missed it. 
(via Schwartz on Instagram, ht @robbie_freeman)

Ben Schwartz, Justin Long, Adam Scott, Zach Woods, Chad Carter, and Neil Casey did improv at UCBNY last night. And you missed it. 

(via Schwartz on Instagram, ht @robbie_freeman)

liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Doug Loves Movies | 04.03.12
Doug Loves Movies guests spoiler alert.

liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Doug Loves Movies | 04.03.12

Doug Loves Movies guests spoiler alert.

Watch a Preview for Fodder - UCB’s Foodie-Spoofing Web Show | THR

iamachilles:

New York Magazine’s superb article about the UCB, with interview excerpts from some of the people who have helped make it what it is.

It’s exciting to be a small part of this community.

mikescollins:

UCB’s got its own Two Boots pizza! Want a Ben and Jerrys flavor next.

Looks delicious.

mikescollins:

UCB’s got its own Two Boots pizza! Want a Ben and Jerrys flavor next.

Looks delicious.

UCB East, get it? The venue is in NYC’s East Village at 3rd St and Ave A.

(ht Jeff Rubin, who is performing there Saturday night)

Very rarely do I post something this serious minded but it’s extremely important that it be read by as many people as possible. Also that it came from the presumably forward thinking alternative comedy community is especially of note.

Below are excerpts from the original post by Poupak Sepehri, audience member at the closing Asssscat of the recent UCB Del Close Marathon in NY. 

poupak:

I wanted to talk about ASSSSCAT, the show that closed the Del Close Marathon, a huge improv festival.  During the show, comedians on stage invited audience members to tell a true story from their lives, and then improvised a set around it.   

….

He started his story by saying that he is a cook/host at Second City in Chicago (justification#1 – he is supposedly part of the community).    One evening, a very drunk (justification #2) and older (justification #3) woman was hitting on one of the waiters at Second City. This woman, who was from out of town (justification#4), gave her number to the waiter and asked him to call her (justification#5).  The waiter, not interested, shared the story with the rest of the staff and practically forced this cook/host to take the number, even giving him money for the cab (justification#6) to show up at her hotel.

The woman opens the door to her hotel room thinking it was the waiter, but SURPRISE it’s the cook/host.  She immediately asks him to leave, but he finds some BS excuse to go get her cell phone so that he can call a friend to come pick him up since he doesn’t have money for the taxi back (another murky part of the story).  She goes to get her cell phone, and makes a HUGE mistake: she leaves the hotel room door open.

….Read the rest of the post.

Halle Kiefer at Splitsider was also in attendance and shares her thoughts, which come from a more comedy insider perspective. Stephanie Streisand has also provided a first hand account and there is video of the monologue.

Thanks all, now back to your regularly scheduled Hollywood nonsense.