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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

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307 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001 40.747319 -73.997274
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-366-9176 Send to Phone

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Official Website

ucbtheatre.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 6pm-midnight; Sat-Sun, 7:30pm-midnight; opening time varies, depending on start time of first show

Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 23rd St.; 1 at 28th St.

Cover Charge

Mon-Thu, $5; Fri-Sun, $10

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Profile

Inarguably the city's premiere improvisational/sketch comedy venue, UCB may also be the city's busiest, offering a packed schedule of instruction and performance every week. As many as five shows take place some nights. Plus, each term, over a dozen classes teach various levels of UCB’s predominant long-form improv technique (called The Harold) as well as sketch writing. Successful students go on to perform live at the theatre. Based in a 150-seat basement space under Gristedes, the thrust stage certainly isn’t attracting audiences looking for creature comforts. Seats are rickety, the ceiling is claustrophobically low, and the sightlines are sometimes downright atrocious. But in a world where Broadway audiences age faster than dogs, the UCB is refreshingly young and hasn’t lost its fangs. Maybe it’s the star cache that comes from co-founder Amy Poehler and friends. Maybe it's a growing cult of enthusiasts for the Chicago-born troupe's short-lived Comedy Central series. Whatever it is, since 1999, a rowdy-but-no-heckling, post-collegiate atmosphere has been a constant at this hothouse of humor.

Extra

Every summer since 1999, UCB has held a Del Close marathon (dedicated to their late improv guru) which showcases some of the best long-form improv in the country.

 

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