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See ‘See Something, Say Something’

Occasionally, we'll feature live performances-cum-web videos (best not to Google that phrase), and this week is one of those times.

By Luke Kelly Clyne

Is It Time for UCB to Start Paying Performers?

Performing improv or standup on a UCB stage might be fun, but that doesn’t mean it’s not labor worthy of payment -- especially when you’re performing in front of an audience who paid money to be there, and the tech in charge of the lights [...]

By Megh Wright

Talking Funny or Die and ‘Not Quite a Genius’ with Nate Dern

From humble beginnings as a participant in season 3 of The CW's Beauty and the Geek to becoming the artistic director of UCB’s New York theater to his current position as senior writer at Funny or Die, Nate Dern has had quite the media journey. [...]

By Clint Corey

Inside the Weird but Wonderful World of Comedy Wrestling

If you have ever found yourself at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea at 11:00pm on a Thursday night, you’ve probably witnessed a comedy wrestling match. Since 2006, Upright Citizens Brigade Wrestling, or the UCBW, has nestled these campy and [...]

By April Lavalle

UCB Is Moving from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen Next Month

The Upright Citizens Brigade is leaving its Chelsea location in New York to make way for a new location a little further uptown. According to The Wall Street Journal, UCB is moving from its West 26th Street location to Hell’s Kitchen at 555 [...]

By Megh Wright

Benjamin Apple Is the Best Bad Doctor

The bad doctor trope is one we've seen in TV and movies for decades. Airplane, Family Guy, SNL (Will Ferrell's "...quick call to Beverly"), the list goes on...and on. But have we seen it on the web? Probably, yes. Probably an equally large [...]

By Luke Kelly Clyne

From UCB to ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Kristen Bartlett

The first time I saw Kristen Bartlett was in The Dead Dads Club, a show she wrote and performed with her husband, Jason Gore. Their fathers had died only months apart but, after dealing with some peculiar characters, they found a way to turn [...]

By Nick Jack Pappas

The 19th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is Out

The annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule for the event. The improv marathon takes place from Friday, June 23rd through Sunday the 25th, and some of the comedians [...]

By Megh Wright

The Magic of Michael Hartney’s Grandiose Choir Teacher

2016 was a very, very bad year no matter how you slice it. In tough times, comedy is often a form of escape that people turn to when they need comforting. With that in mind, we asked our contributors to pick the one piece of comedy in any form [...]

By Mark Kramer