In the midst of the packing madness this weekend, we managed to squeeze in a visit to the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. Have you been?
UCB has shows every night of the week (ticket prices between $5 and $10), and each set features talented improv comedians. Almost all of their shows are completely unplanned and are usually built off of audience suggestions. For example, one of the suggestions when we went on Sunday was “murder,” so they did an entire Clue-inspired scene that took place in a frat house. It was witty, a bit blue, and I couldn’t stop laughing.
Shows are incredibly popular– for some of the most well-known shows, tickets sell out within minutes of posting. I recommend that you purchase tickets ahead of time and show up at least fifteen minutes early, so that you make sure you’re in and have seats with your companions. Don’t worry– it’s worth the effort. :)
Here are a few of the shows on rotation that I recommend if you’re new to the improv world:
Longformapalooza: Features several teams using different improv outlines. If you want to experience a variety of different types of improvisation, this is a great show.
Harold Night: The classic. You can’t go wrong with Harold Night. I’d especially recommend Faculty Harold Night, which features UCB instructors.
Facebook: An entire show built off of real audience members’ Facebook pages. I think it’s the most fun if you volunteer. :)
Cagematch: Two improv teams, competing head-to-head for the most laughs.
Tonight I’m heading out to Santa Monica (which is practically a road trip when you live in Mid-City ;) ) to have dinner with a few girlfriends. I’m looking forward to a delicious meal with good conversation.
Have a good night!
Image c/o UCB (Amy Poehler was a UCB founder in New York City)