Isn’t the Times a little late to this considering a deal has already been struck? Regardless, yikes.
WEEKEND LISTENING PART 1
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.
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.
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
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.
UCB’s got its own Two Boots pizza! Want a Ben and Jerrys flavor next.
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.
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.
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.
Red Band Trailer: UCB’s High Road - April 29th (Festival screening)
Created and directed by Matt Walsh. Starring James F Pumphrey, Joe Lu Truglio, Zach Woods, Lizzy Caplan, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Abby Elliot, Horatio Sanz, Matt L Jones Kyle Gass, and more.
Being officially released under the Upright Citizens Brigade branding, High Road is a largely improvised “action-stoner-road comedy” that looks like off the cuff Apatow on a miniscule budget. The trailer is sloppily put together and doesn’t convey plot at all but with that many funny people in it, improvising (specifically), how could it not be good?
The elusive hip-hop mogul finally made good on a 13-month-old promise to appear in an improv comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
The Times has a recap of the unlikely event.