UCB in the Wild

Videos from UCB performers, writers & filmmakers out there in the jungle of comedy and commerce.

What If… Episode 4 - Rita Chinyere

It’s not showtime. Written & created by Rita Chinyere, featuring Rich Armstead and Herby William. 

Watch the full series here 

Adult Sleepover - Pixable

Sleepovers are different when you’re all grown up. Starring Tracy Soren, Jessie Jolles, Julianne Cross, Amy Charowsky, Curtis Retherford. 

How Shit Works | The Morning After Pill - IFC 

Julian and Steve explain how the morning after pill works. A UCB Comedy Production created by and starring Matt Dennie & Josh Sharp.

Watch the full series here

Never Have I Ever - Bridge & Tunnel Sketch Comedy

A group of inexperienced adults play Never Have I Ever. Starring Kristen Bartlett, Will Gallagher, Jason Gore, Hans Gore, Danielle Grace, Adam Maid, Michael Romanos, & Nathan Wagner. Written by Adam Maid and directed by Phebe Szatmari.

UCB in the Wild illustration by Sasha Taran.



From the short-lived NBC comedy Best Friends Forever to the Comedy Bang! Bang! spinoff podcast WOMP It Up!, comedians and best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair have frequently collaborated with one another, often drawing upon their own real-life interactions for inspiration.

Together, the pair created the USA Network original series Playing House, starring in the roles of Maggie and Emma - two childhood friends who wind up living together and raising a baby. After fans and critics alike fell in love with the show and demanded more, the show was renewed for a second season (which promises antics and Kenny Loggins, among other things). The first two new episodes will air tomorrow August 4, and if you haven’t already seen the first season, it’s highly recommended to catch up and get on board.

Harry Potter, Through the Eyes of Hagrid

  •  Hagrid and the Fluffy Entrance
  • Hagrid and the Forbidden Forest of Acromantula
  • Hagrid and the Buckbeak Defense…
  • Hagrid and his Horniness
  • Hagrid and the Half-Brother
  • Hagrid and the Honesty of Firewhisky
  • Hagrid and the Centaur Pact

[Corey Brown is a teacher and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where you can see him perform with his Harold Team, Greg.]


If American Girl Dolls were real…
(my friends are pretty wonderful)

The Power Paradox

Contrary to common wisdom, nice people are more likely to rise to power. Then something strange happens: once at the top, people end up morphing into a different kind of beast.

The common cliché of power is that you must be misleading, forceful, and even conniving, to hold a position of power. That may not be the whole story. Studies of “chimpanzee politics” have found that social power among nonhuman primates is based less on sheer strength or coercion and more on the ability to negotiate conflicts, enforce group norms, and allocate resources fairly. 

A study conducted by psychologist Dacher Keltner and Cameron Anderson at UC Berkeley measured “Machiavellian” tendencies, such as the willingness to spread malicious gossip, in a group of sorority sisters. It turned out that the Machiavellian sorority members were quickly identified by the group and isolated. Nobody liked them, and so they never became powerful.

Keltner’s research finds that people instinctively identify individuals who might undermine the interests of the group, and prevent those people from rising in power, through what they call “reputational discourse.”

Now for the bad news, which concerns what happens when all those nice guys actually get in power. While a little compassion might help us climb the social ladder, once we’re at the top we end up morphing into a very different kind of beast.

“It’s an incredibly consistent effect,” Mr. Keltner says. “When you give people power, they basically start acting like fools. They flirt inappropriately, tease in a hostile fashion, and become totally impulsive." 

Watch "How Power Makes People Selfish” →

anonymous asked:

Do you think Amy Poehler has big boobs?

Amy Poehler was nominated for 15 Emmys, co-hosted Weekend Update, starred on an acclaimed television show, voiced a character in what is being called the best Pixar movie of all time, advocates for equality, hosted the Golden Globes 3 times, wrote a book, and has done so much for improv.

But, by all means, let’s focus on her boobies.


The December 4th occupation of the Golden Bear Cafe at the University of California, Berkeley by Cal’s Black Student Union. The action lasted 4.5 hours in representation of the same time Michael Brown laid in the streets of Ferguson. The protest featured Elaine Brown, the first woman to be a chairman of the Black Panther Party.

See more at: http://www.facebook.com/BLAKdrank

Last night Amy Poehler read the final chapter of her new book to us and she is a true queen. It was inspiring, hilarious, poignant, silly, smart and perfect. I know we all are like AMY POEHLER IS QUEEN, but she actually is. She is empowering women of all ages, encouraging humans continually, and legitimately making the world a better place. I tried to tell her all this with a single glance from the fourth row but I think I just looked like I had a really bad/scary eye twitch.


Could this be: All the colors of Froot Loops taste the same?!?

Sorry to break it to you, but apparently there never were fruits in Froot Loops. 

If you thought that each color tasted differently, it’s because your visual perception of the colors led you to think they should taste differently, when in fact they don’t. This is according to Ann-Marie Oswald, a coordinating scientist of the “Deconstructing the Sense of Smell” program at UC Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

In this case, the taste —which is closely tied to our sense of smell— was confounded by the connection between the visual and olfactory sensation

Smell is one of the most difficult senses to describe in scientific terms because the olfactory system is highly complex. Many of the mechanisms and properties that contribute to our responses to smell still remain a mystery.

What do you think? Are you still convinced that the purple Froot Loops are grape-flavored?

Photo credit: Foodbeast