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A Small History on the Upright Citizens Brigade

What do Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Zach Galifianakis, and Sarah Silverman have in common?  They all have performed with comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade! The Upright Citizens Brigade TourCo will bless us with their humor at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 8 at 8pm!

A small history lesson on UCB:

-1996: Comedians Matt Besser (Reno 911), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Ian Roberts (Anchorman), and Matt Walsh (Old School) leave Chicago’s ImprovOlympic to move New York, forming the Upright Citizens Brigade to teach and perform improv

-1998-2000:  The TV series “Upright Citizens Brigade” airs on Comedy Central for 3 seasons, featuring popular comedy sketches from their live performances, as well as new material.  The show follows the Upright Citizens Brigade, an organization “with no government ties and unlimited resources,” allowing for chaos to ensue…

-1999:  The UCB Theater opens in NYC, quickly becoming the place for agents to find their next big comedian

-2005:  UCB Theater LA opens in Hollywood, establishing UCB as the first comedy theater and training center present on both coasts

-2006:  UCB opens their Training Center in NYC for improv/sketch comedy

UCB is widely known as the place to start a comedy career.  Nearly half of the current SNL staff has performed with UCB.  With odds like that, you’ll probably be watching the next big thing at MASS MoCA and you won’t even know it yet!

A small resume of people who have performed with UCB:

Come see who’ll be the next comedy star on Saturday, October 8 at 8pm at MASS MoCA!



Posted October 4, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Comedy, Uncategorized
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