• Best Final Jeopardy answer comes from Ari Voukydis, UCB improv teacher (Video)

    One comedian and Upright Citizens Brigade improviser gave possibly the best incorrect final answer in the history of Jeopardy! (and that includes those “Sean Connery” answers on Saturday Night Live). Ari Voukydis, an improv teacher, didn’t have a clue as to the answer on last night’s Jeopardy!. Host Alex Trebek presented the Final Jeopardy category “Science and Industry”. The clue was, “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will

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    Why comedians should embrace (and control) the future of comedy school

    I remember sitting in my office in 2010 and reading Doug Stanhope’s evisceration of stand-up comedy classes. I remember it very clearly, in fact, because at the time I was deep into strategizing how a “traditional” comedy club could become the next Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. UCB was at the time, the dominant force in L.A. comedy, producing some of the most innovative shows, with some of the hottest talent

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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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    ‘Ghost Tits’ is not a real movie with Olivia Munn, but it should be (Video)

    In what is one of the funniest comedy videos of the year, Olivia Munn and Upright Citizens Brigade workhorse Paul W. Downs co-star in a parody trailer for a movie called Ghost Tits. Every horror flick nuance, stereotype and overdone premise is represented in this richly hilarious short, produced under the banner of Lorne Michaels’ new digital property, Above Average Network. Check it out and pass it on!

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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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    Meet Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live’s newest featured player (Video)

    With the likely departure of Kristen Wigg and Abby Elliot’s status unknown after being let go from a FOX sitcom, Lorne Michaels is in need of securing a few funny ladies to round out the cast of Saturday Night Live. During the past few weeks, the brass at the iconic sketch show have been testing new performers with the possibility of joining the cast. According to Deadline, the following four

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    Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Jim Carrey star in ‘Drunk History’ Christmas edition

    If you’re like us, you thought there would be no new installments of Drunk History, the web series created by Derek Waters, who last posted an episode to Funny or Die almost two years ago. But Waters has something to teach us all about hope. And that is that we should have some. Just in time for the holidays, Drunk History returns with its version of the immortal Christmas poem,

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    Variety comic-to-watch Thomas Middleditch lands role in “Hangover” scribe’s flick

    Chicago-bred comedian Thomas Middleditch, recently named as Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” has landed a co-starring role in an upcoming movie, written by Scot Armstrong, who penned The Hangover Part II. This is Armstrong’s directorial debut. Middleditch, a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade known for his extensive character work, will fellow comedian B.J. Novak in the comedy flick Road to Nardo. The story centers around two friends (Middleditch and

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    Fun Fun Fun Fest announces comedy lineup; Reggie Watts, Brian Posehn, Donald Glover and more scheduled to perform

    Austin City Limits and South by Southwest aren’t the only music fests in Austin, Texas– the hipster capital of the South. Fun Fun Fun Fest, a relatively new addition to the scene, has just announced their line-up – and it looks to be an insane mix of music and comedy. You can check out the entire list here, but some of the peeps representing the comedy stages during the fest’s

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    Watch UCB and Kurt Braunohler make fun of stupid animal videos

    One of the biggest everlasting trends of Internet videos is animals. Whether it be cats, dogs, honey badgers, unicorns, whatever. The human love of watching animals doing stuff — anything! — goes unmatched. Yet, a pair of new videos might prove there’s a backlash brewing; and it’s coming in the form of parodies. For example, instead of showing love to cats, why not show how to french kiss with dogs?

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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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    Amy Poehler and UCB launches ‘secret evil’ plan on SiriusXM

    SiriusXM radio’s Raw Dog Comedy Channel is launching an exclusive weekly show that will feature live sets recorded at the legendary Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. The show will boast live sketch, improv and stand-up performances on channel 99 (Raw Dog Comedy.) The show will launch on Saturday, June 11 at 11pm ET and will air on Saturday nights at 11pm ET with a special encore on Mondays at 7pm ET.

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    Matt Walsh: High on improv

    Improvisation in cinema has been tried a few times over history. The films of auteur Robert Altman were noted to use a script as merely a blueprint from which the actors improvised from. As the sophistication of certain audiences has risen, improvisation on screen has become more frequent with shows such as Larry David’s cult status show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Matt Walsh, one of UCB’s founder, is now stepping into

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    Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, more star in new UCB movie; watch the trailer

    The Upright Citizens Brigade, aka the UCB, are now releasing a movie! Created and Directed by one of the founding members of the UCB, Matt Walsh, High Road, the heavily improvised action-road-stoner comedy really is, as one YouTube user commented, “..like a UCB fan’s wet dream.” High Road features UCB performers of all shapes and sizes in notoriety from Ed Helms and Rob Riggle to SNL’s Abby Elliot and (alum)

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