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

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

By | February 21, 2013 at 9:34 am | 23 comments

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...

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

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

By | January 30, 2013 at 11:56 am | 14 comments

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...

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

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

By | August 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm | 2 comments

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...

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

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

By | July 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm | 3 comments

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...

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

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

By | May 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm | No comments

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...

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

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

By | March 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm | 2 comments

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...

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

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

By | December 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | No comments

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...

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

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

By | August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | No comments

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...

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

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

By | August 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | 2 comments

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...

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