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Billy Merritt on improv auditions:

My one piece of advice, do everything in your power to let your scene partner have a good audition. If you walk out of the audition blaming your group or your partner for a sloppy scene, it’s your fault. As auditioners, we see what’s happening in a scene, we see where it goes wrong, and we see when someone is judging.
There are no mistakes, only gifts.
No matter what is thrown at you, you can make it work. You must develop that part of your ego. You must take pride in making others look good. If you do that, you will excel.
One of my favorite things to say to people before a big show, or audition is “Don’t Fuck It Up”. This is not to get in their head, or to intimidate, it’s a reminder that in the grand scheme of things,[Life,Love,Happiness] what you are about to do is not that important. It puts things into perspective and, hopefully, puts them at ease. I do my best work when the pressure is removed. I think more clearly, and say what I want to say. Instead of what I think they want me to say.

ugggggh ucb you are busting my balls. I get you want to steer away from people making a bunch of reservations a month in advance and then no showing but. it’s super frustrating to be someone who checks the schedule regularly and attends 98% of the things I make reservations for and then not get one for mays broad city when I clicked refresh at 10 am on the dot and it instantly said sold out.

edit: I also clicked refresh for the better par of an hour bc I thought maybe it was technical probz bc it still says “reservations will be available…” sigh.

I’m so salty about this. >:(

Our first ever #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) is Amy Poehler!

You might know Amy from her starring role in Parks and Rec, from movies like Baby Mama, from Saturday Night Live, from hosting (and winning!) the Golden Globes, or from her groundbreaking turn as a Young Liz Lemon. But did you know that Amy was one of the founding four members of the Upright Citizens Brigade? 

In other words, she’s the FLOUCB! (Get it? maybe?…First Lady of UCB, come on, people…)  

Not only is Amy Poehler an extremely influential member of the comedy world, but she is also a role model, starting her own site and Youtube channel “Smart Girls at the Party.”  Starting tonight, she will be adding “producer-of-a-hit-Comedy-Central-show” to her list of accomplishments when Broad City premieres!  

Click here to see Amy and lots of other UCB talents in this behind-the-scenes look at Asssscat from UCB Comedy!

Check out Amy’s UCB Page: http://ucbcomedy.com/user/2186

In other words, we love Amy Poehler and that’s why she is our first #WCW! 

photos courtesy of ucbtheatre.com, rejectedjokes.com, and justjared.com. 

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Where Your Favorite Comics Came From

In 1996, Chicago comics Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh established the best-known incarnation of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group, whose loose, eclectic style has informed the last decade of “smart” sitcoms

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This week’s edition in UCB’s Black History Month series has us all talking at screens more. 

@Regrann from @cotnoir - Monologists Joel Kim Booster and Alan Aisenberg (Orange is the New Black)! #Repost @ucbtny with @repostapp
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McCann and Jarrett broke out of the slammer to do #Asssscat last night. L-R: Brian McCann, 7:30 monologist Joel Kim Booster, Morgan Grace Jarrett, Jeff Hiller, Lydia Hensler, 9:30 monologist Alan Aisenberg, Tami Sagher, Connor Ratliff, Brandon Scott Jones - #regrann

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UCB Tweets: Game of Thrones WTF (no spoilers!)

Unless you were watching something weird like Mad Men or doing something weird like not being on Twitter, you’re probably aware Sunday’s Game of Thrones caused quite the stir.

Here’s how UCB’s finest tweeters stirred things up – with no spoilers!

FUCK. THIS. SHIT. #GOT

— Erin Gibson (@gibblertron)

June 3, 2013

Game of Thrones. Mouth agape.

— Eric Appel (@erockappel)

June 3, 2013

Tonight’s “Game of Thrones” was just like a typical Bloom family reunion! LOL! Right guys?! Right?! Hahahahahaohgodlifehasnomeaning

— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff)

June 3, 2013

Do you think “‘Cause of last night’s Game of Thrones” will get me out of work tomorrow?

— Noël Wells (@RealTomHankz)

June 3, 2013

SO FUCKING MAD at Game of Thrones! Yet another episode where we didn’t see Hodor’s huge dick. Clearly the worst part about this week’s show

— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger)

June 3, 2013

Seriously, his pants couldn’t have fallen to his ankles while he was stomping around all scared of thunder? Fucking done with this show

— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger)

June 3, 2013

The thing we’re forgetting in the Game of Thrones spoiler debate is that many of the show’s scenes look like music videos for Creed.

— Josh Patten (@thejoshpatten)

June 3, 2013

No boobs on Game of Thrones tonight, pretty boring ep.

— Sarah Claspell (@claspy)

June 3, 2013

Guys Mad Men was p. crazy too you know. Joan did a thing and Pete was all “Drat!”

— Tim Neenan (@TimNeenan)

June 3, 2013

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From the UCB Comedy vault:

If you happen to be traveling this season, DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS!

UCB Tweets: Gmail outage

Gmail went down for a few minutes on Monday. Remember that? Or did you already suppress that memory?

If the latter, too bad. Because today, we show how the UCB community reacts during a disaster:


GMail is down. Fucking Mayans.

— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig)

December 10, 2012


Gmail just went over the Fiscal Cliff.

— Rob Lathan (@roblathan)

December 10, 2012


RT @uspostalservice: Nows our chance!

— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig)

December 10, 2012


more like gfail

— Achilles Stamatelaky (@astamate)

December 10, 2012


Gmail? More like gitsnotworkingrightnow.

— Dru Johnston (@drujohnston)

December 10, 2012


The silence when Gmail fails in an office is like inmates staring for a beat after the villain opens all the cell doors.

— Johnny McNulty (@JohnnyMcNulty)

December 10, 2012


Since Gmail is down if anyone needs to reach me please hashtag me in an Instagram comment. Thanks!

— Todd Fasen (@toddfasen)

December 10, 2012


I’m gonna go down on you like Gmail; for twenty minutes and you’ll want to tell the whole world.

— Johnny McNulty (@JohnnyMcNulty)

December 10, 2012


Oops sorry dudes spilled my chai on gmail this morning

— Cory Palmer (@corypalmer)

December 10, 2012


Man, I even woke up too late for Gmail ISN’T down jokes.

— Dave Horwitz (@Dave_Horwitz)

December 10, 2012

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There are only THREE days left to vote for the 2013 Bettie Awards. Get those votes in and make your reservations for the magical evening here