• SXSW Comedy, day 1: Seth Meyers reveals news on Stefon, Matt Besser leads Improv 4 Humans

    AUSTIN – South by Southwest 2014 kicked off to… rain. And cold. Apparently the polar vortex gods do not discriminate between the great white north and the usually milder environs of Texas, to the chagrin of every SX patron trying to escape winter on March 8. One of those northern escapees was Seth Meyers, who briefly left New York to participate in a panel about his new show, Late Night

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    Controversy over Upright Citizens Brigade flares, but is it much ado about nothing?

    What started as one comedian’s off-the-cuff vocal displeasure over the way a well-respected comedy institution runs its business evolved into a needlessly divisive, hostile online battle fought via Facebook updates and Tumblr posts. I’m not including screengrabs or quoting from those comments here, because, honestly, it’s not going to move the discussion further in any meaningful way— regardless of how poorly or well thought-out each opinion is. It’s enough to

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    A few thoughts on the Del Close Marathon and the original UCB crew’s closing performance

    For 14 years, improv comedians nationwide have flocked to New York City for one weekend to celebrate the best of their craft and the founding father of long form improv, Del Close. The Del Close Marathon was started by the original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and the 24-hour a day event continues to grow each year with an ever increasing number of talented teams from around the world

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    Matt Besser’s musical Freak Dance is coming, and you’re probably going to want to see it (Video)

    Founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade, Matt Besser is on tour to screen and support his new movie, Freak Dance. The movie stars Megan Heyn as vixen Cocolonia. Our heroine escapes her rich mother (Amy Poehler!) and learns to dance-fight in the streets with the help of aspiring best dancer, Funky Bunch (Michael Cassady). Together, Funky Bunch and Cocolonia must save the Fantaseez community (not sure what that is) from

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    “Totally Laime” podcast wins the Earwolf Challenge; we chat with Elizabeth Laime

    If you haven’t listened to The Earwolf Challenge (the world’s first reality podcast series) then stop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and listen to the entire series. Go ahead, I’ll hang out. Finished? Yeah, I know, pretty sweet. Judges Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich, the masterminds behind the Earwolf network, along with Challenge host and UCB co-founder Matt Besser, deliberated for over an hour before casting votes and declaring

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    Earwolf comedy network launches first ever reality podcast competition

    It was only a matter of time before a reality competition between comedy podcasts would arrive. The proliferation of funny folks recording anywhere from their bed to a studio shooting the shit or talking about politics in a funny way has grown exponentially over the last few years– to a point where a unique approach like the Earwolf Challenge was naturally the next step. And it makes perfect sense that

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    A message from Matt Besser about his new Comedy Central sketch show

    I got the below message in my inbox earlier today. It is a message with uplifting news. It is a message that I’m going to paste in full, because, well, there’s nothing I can say about it that Matt Besser hasn’t already said. Here goes: My name is Matt Besser, one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and one of the creators of This Show Will Get

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    Various Artists: Comedy by the Numbers

    If comedy were a science, then maybe the Albert Einstein would have changed his name to Albert Brooks and been an ingenious funnyman instead of a brilliant physicist! (Or maybe he would have combined both professions and still invented the atomic bomb — a devastating weapon that obliterates cities and kills comedy careers.) But there is no formula, hee-hee does not equal MC + Headliner (squared), the point of the

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