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{{About|the comedy troupe|the school and theaters the members of the troupe founded|Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre|the television series|Upright Citizens Brigade (TV series)}}The Upright Citizens Brigade is an improvisational and sketch comedy group that emerged from Chicago's ImprovOlympic in 1990.WEB, And... Scene.,weblink New York (magazine), New York, September 25, 2011, January 26, 2016, Brian, Raftery, The original incarnation of the group consisted of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin. Other early members included Neil Flynn, Armando Diaz, Ali Farahnakian and Rich Fulcher.In 2013, Besser, Roberts and Walsh wrote The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.WEB,weblink Get the Laughs, but Follow the Rules, The New York Times, February 20, 2014, January 26, 2016, Jason, Zinoman,


(File:11.4.10UprightCitizensBrigadeTheatreByLuigiNovi1.jpg|thumb|The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on West 26th Street in Manhattan, a former location.)The Upright Citizens Brigade began performing improv and sketch comedy at Kill the Poet in Chicago. Their first show was called Virtual Reality. The group followed with shows titled UCBTV, Conference on the Future of Happiness, Thunderball, Bucket of Truth, Big Dirty Hands, The Real Real World, and Punch Your Friend in the Face.In 1993, the Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, and Horatio Sanz) were regular guests on stage at the New Variety produced and hosted by Richard O'Donnell at the Chicago Improv comedy club, 504 N. Wells.NEWS, Spitznagel, Eric, The New Variety Just Might Make Comedy Dangerous Again, The Third Word, October 11, 1993, In 1996, the Upright Citizens Brigade relocated to New York and began performing shows and offering improv training at Solo Arts Group. These shows and classes were so popular that the UCB were able to open their own theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, at 161 W. 22nd Street in Chelsea on February 4, 1999, in a former nude dance club.WEB,weblink Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, January 26, 2016, On April 1, 2003, they moved to a new space at 307 W. 26th Street. On November 30, 2017, they moved again to 555 West 42nd Street in Hell's Kitchen.NEWS, New York Times,weblink An Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Closes With Filthy Fanfare, 2018-09-09, en, In July 2005, the UCB opened at the Tamarind Theatre in Los Angeles at 5919 Franklin Avenue (between Tamarind & North Bronson Avenue). In 2011, UCB opened a second New York City theater and bar space in the East Village, UCB East, which ran smaller-scale shows for $10 or less.NEWS, Deb, Sopan, Upright Citizens Brigade to Close East Village Location,weblink 10 January 2019, The New York Times, 10 January 2019, WEB,weblink, UBC East, The UCB East permanently closed on February 9, 2019. In its stead, the group now offers three nights of programming per week in the nearby SubCulture theatre on Bleecker Street. The Upright Citizens Brigade has been a featured performance in the Comedy Tent at the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, for the past three years.{{clarify timeframe|date=January 2019}}

Screen ventures

The original group, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, and Amy Poehler have had two TV shows—Upright Citizens Brigade and The UCB Show—and their show ASSSSCAT has been televised twice. In addition to this they had a TV movie called Escape From It's a Wonderful Life and appeared weekly on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the 90s.In the way of film, in 2002 they created and starred in the film Martin & Orloff, and made another movie in 2007 titled Wild Girls Gone. Neither film was particularly successful or well received.The group has participated in web series including the ongoing series UCB Comedy Originals, created in 2008, which occasionally shows sketches, and I Hate Being Single, created in 2012.In 2016, Universal Cable Productions announced signing Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal.WEB, Holloway, Daniel, Upright Citizens Brigade Signs Deal With Universal Cable Productions,weblink Variety, 21 June 2016,

Notable alumni

Since its inception in the 90s, UCB has produced numerous notable comedians.WEB, Gallagher, Brenden, The 25 Most Famous UCB Alumni,weblink Complex, April 22, 2019, February 26, 2013, Broad City with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson is an example of a successful TV show that started as a UCB experiment.Saturday Night Live has been known for seeking top talent in improv theatre.. WEB, Second City vs. Groundlings vs. UCB: Where Do the Most ‘SNL’ Cast Members Come From?,weblink Vulture, March 14, 2013, April 22, 2019, Bradford, Evans,

See also



Further reading

  • BOOK, Raftery, Brian, 2013, High-Status Characters: How the Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed a City, Started a Scene, and Changed Comedy Forever, Brooklyn, Megawatt Press,

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