Entries tagged with: UCB East
by Arielle Gordon
The 15th Annual Del Close Marathon went down in NYC from 6/28-6/30, and it was certainly "bigger than ever." With 420 shows on seven different stages, the marathon had no problem filling 56 straight hours with improv. As always, there were college teams, indie teams, local house teams, and mind-blowing team reunions with legendary lineups.
The Press Conference
The weekend kicked off with a press conference at the UCB Chelsea theatre (UCBT) with the original four UCB members (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts). Amongst other topics, they premiered the illustrious Comedy Improvisation Manual, a dense comedy "textbook" written by Besser, Walsh, and Roberts. As Roberts put it, "The book took tremendous time to put together because we were painstaking in making sure that this could be understood by someone who's never seen improv and never had improv classes. So, we constantly challenged ourselves to look at it with naïve eyes."
At the DCM party space, other improv celebrities stopped by to hang out, take pictures, and discuss their hopes and fears for the festival. Matt Besser talked about the proliferation of improv culture since the beginning of DCM, saying that "it used to be something where you almost had to explain what it was; now it's something that even our parents know about." Poehler, looking in her element in a UCB Comedy shirt, gave advice to young girls, saying that improv could teach them that "being silly is okay and fun; there's power in enjoying yourself. No one looks stupid if everyone's having fun." Indeed, that mindset certainly set the tone for the rest of DCM15.
by Andrew Sacher
Marnie Stern at Santos in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The February 2013 taping of the "Beginnings" podcast at UCB East (2/5) is set to feature a pretty stellar lineup with musicians Andrew W.K. and Marnie Stern, comedians Opus Moreschi (The Colbert Report) and Chris Gethard, and "special unnameable guest." $5 reservations are available now.
As for Marnie Stern, she doesn't have too many dates coming up, but she will release her new album, The Chronicles of Marnia, on March 19 via Kill Rock Stars. The album is her first without drum maniac Zach Hill (who is now occupying his time in Death Grips) and was instead recorded with Kid Millions of Oneida behind the kit. Two of the tracks, "Year of the Glad" and "East Side Glory," have been revealed from the album, and while they don't sound as mathy and all over the place as her previous material, they're just as characteristically weird in their own way. You can listen to both, check out the album art and tracklist, and see a list of upcoming shows below.
by Klaus Kinski
Aziz Ansari & Chris Rock @ Whiplash @ UCB last week
UCB Theater Chelsea's Monday night staple comedy jam session Whiplash still happens every Monday night at 11:00pm. Sadly, for old man Kinski, 11pm is just a tooouuucccchhhhh too late to be out and about galavanting with some of comedy's greatest talents these days. Which is sad, because you never know who will show up to perform, and those who do show up will usually blow your mind. For example, the Monday November 19th installment featured Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, Simon Amstell and Anthony Jeselnik. Holy.
But before the next Whiplash, the UCB Theater in Chelsea will be playing host to an awesome Sandy Benefit show on Sunday November 25th at 9:30pm. The line-up is festooned with so many Klaus favorites. $15 not only gets you piece of mind knowing you are helping out people whose lives were turned upside-down by hurricane Sandy, but you get performances by Arden Myrin, W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX), Seth Herzog, Dave Hill, Jamie Kilstein, Janine Brito, Kevin Avery, Sara Benincasa, C.F. Lederer, and Chris Gethard (who by the way has a small part in the very last episode of Bored to Death) (I just watched it the other day and was reminded of that important fact). The show will be hosted by Nato Green.
Dave Hill & Tig Notaro
And speaking of Dave Hill and the UCB Theater in Chelsea, prepare yourselves for another fantastic installment of The Dave Hill Explosion which will take place on Thursday November 29th at 9:30pm. Dave's special guest will be Tig Notaro (who recently released a CD via Louis CK) and more. We all know Dave Hill is one of NYC's best comedians, guitar players, and show reviewers, but the Explosion is always a truly epic experience where Dave REALLY shines. The Dave Hill Explosion is a long-running live talk show hosted by Dave Hill. He doesn't do it that often but when he does it's awesome. One of the greatest shows I've ever seen was the Explosion that featured Rufus Wainwright and Dick Cavett. Holy.
Meanwhile you can find Dave Hill TONIGHT (11/24) at UCB East as part of "If You Build It", and check out Dave Hill's latest podcast featuring Chris Elliott. And don't forget that you can catch Chris Elliott at the Bell House on December 7th as part of Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling's epic and now totally sold out Sandy Benefit. You can also see him at the Pit with his daughters Abby and Bridey Elliott on Thursday December 6th at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.
Hoity-Toity gastro-comedy joint The Stand will be hosting a rather impressive Sandy benefit called MTV Presents Stand up for Sandy on Tuesday November 27th. The line-up features Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer and Sean Patton. The tickets are a super reasonably priced $20 and are currently on sale. And for those keeping score, Sean Patton and Sarah Schaefer are two of my favorite and definitely underrated comedians in the biz. This might be THE show that gets your man Klaus out of his comfort zone and into The Stand.
Jim Gaffigan also has other bigger area shows coming up.
Wyatt Cenac (who also performs in the sold out Sandy Benefit show at the Bell House this Sunday November 25th) continues his new Monday night residency at Littlefield on Monday November 26th and every Monday. As a matter of fact, Har Mar Superstar is musical guest this Monday November 26th.
And speaking of Littlefield, celebrate Christmas Eve there with Wyatt Cenac because it looks like it will be a special night with guests Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che (who also plays the sold out show at Bell House this Sunday), and more already announced. But before that, on Sunday December 9th Littlefield will be hosting Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue with comedy by Michael Showalter and Jena Friedman, and music by Supercute, Casey Shea and more.
For more upcoming shows check out Eugene Mirman's schedule, Pete Holmes & Doug Benson's tour dates, Nick Kroll's tour dates, Greg Proops, and a big list of upcoming shows at the Bell House (and HERE).
DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Hawk Highway" (MP3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Staten Island rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be taking the ferry over to Manhattan next week to be the musical guests on Wrestling Team's live taping of their podcast, Beginnings, which happens on October 9 at UCBEast. The tapings happen on the second Tuesday of every month (AC Newman played the last one). Tuesday's show will also feature comedian Sara Schaefer. $5 tickets for the show are on sale now.
Sara Schaefer, who is currently living in NYC as well, will also do a show one day earlier (10/8) at Ace Hotel. This show begins at 9 PM, and happens the same night that Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) does her DJ residency in the Ace Hotel Lobby.
Earlier this month (just around the time they opened for Bob Mould actually), Cymbals Eat Guitars put out the song, "Hawk Highway," for the video series Masters From Their Day. You can download that song above or stream it below. You can also read the song's lyrics HERE.
AC Newman w/ New Pornographers at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC comedy duo Wrestling Team (aka Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman) do a live taping of their Beginnings interview podcast at UCBEast on the second Tuesday of every month, and new episodes premiere every Thursday (listen for free on iTunes). This month's live taping, which is TONIGHT (9/11) at UCBEast, will feature Mark and Andy talking to Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio) and David Rees (Get Your War On, How to Sharpen Pencils), and the musical guest will be New Pornographer AC Newman. $5 tickets for tonight's show are available.
Tonight's show happens about a month before AC Newman begins his tour with The Mynabirds which comes to NYC on October 22 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). Newman's new album, Shut Down the Streets, is out October 9.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Lizz Winstead in NYC when she brings her Free Or Die book tour to Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space on September 24 (tickets) and Manhattan's 92YTribeca on October 3 (tickets). She'll also do her 'Bang The Dumb Slowly: The Year In Politics' show at Gramercy Theatre on November 5, the day before Election Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
David Rees has other upcoming NYC appearances too. He'll be coming to Union Hall on September 19 and 20. The 9/19 show is a free 'Comedians With Books' show with Janeane Garofalo, which is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the 9/20 show is a 'Librarian Olympics' show, which tickets are on sale for. David will also do a BCRG-presented show this week a bit outside of NYC at Beacon, NY's Hudson Valley Auctioneers on September 15 with Bobby Tisdale (writer for Late NIght with JImmy Fallon among other things), Beth Hoyt, and musical guest Eleanor Friedberger. The Beacon, NY show is Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment.
All AC Newman dates and a stream of his recent single, "I'm Not Talking," are below.
by Klaus Kinski
Hot Chicks Room @ UCB East (by Jim Wlester)
Hey, do you remember on Friday how I mentioned that Stephen Merchant would be doing two shows in NYC at Town Hall on December 20th and December 21st? And how, like, the December 20th one is sold out, but that the December 21st only has a handful of tickets left and how I have 5 pairs I am giving away? Well, check this out. Mr. Merchant will be doing a runthrough of his set TONIGHT (12/18) at the UCB Theater EAST at 11:00pm!! Unfortunately, it sold right the fuck out, but there will be a stand-by line for the devoted. Yeah, it's pretty cold out, but layer-up doofus. The only way you could ever hope to see this dude in such an intimate setting is if you were his wife. Which you aren't. Because he doesn't have one. Yet. Maybe NYC will help change his relationship status.
UCB East's entire schedule for tonight is HERE.
Too late? Too cold? Don't want to chance it? Hannibal Buress will be holding it down at Knitting Factory as usual, this week with Calise Hawkins, Jermaine Fowler, Barry Rothbart, and Sabrina Jalees
ASSSSCAT 3000 is at UCB West.
No comedy at Union Hall tonight, but the Bell House has the previously mentioned "Star Talk Live" show with Neil de Grasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and more, though it is now sold out.
by Klaus Kinski
The new venue is located on 153 East 3rd St. in Manhattan, and is the former home of the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Even though I had only been to the Two Boots Theater once (back in 2003 to see the confoundingly brilliant Adolfas Mekas (Brother of Jonas) film Hallelujah the Hills), I was sad to hear it was closed down. But then I was elated to hear that the fine folks at the Upright Citizens Brigade would resurrected it as a comedy venue; a much needed element to that neighborhood considering Mo Pitkin's currently RIPs. The crucial distinction between UCB East and the UCB in Chelsea is that UCB East will be more stand-up/variety/screening/non-improv/non-sketch oriented. And I don't care if this distinction means nothing to you because it means a lot to me and I am the only person that matters. Not only is the venue closer to my house than UCB West, but this new satellite venue will allow some of my favorite UCB West shows like Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K to occur once a week (Thursdays at 9:00pm) as opposed to once a month. Plus, it'll introduce more non-improv/non-sketch weeklies to our lives. For example, the always incredible and probably criminally underrated Sara Schaefer has a show every Tuesday at 8:00pm called After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends which will feature funny people, musical people, and other delightful things. On Thursdays at 11:00pm UCB's world famous open mic show Gutbucket (free!) gives people a chance to bomb in front of an audience. On Sundays at 9:00pm, hosts Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes and David Cope bring newbies and comedy veterans to the stage for their show Hot Soup. And this is just scratching the surface. A gander at the FULL SCHEDULE will show you what's what. And yes, sure, there is SOME sketch and improv on the schedule, but that is hardly this venue's focus and that's what makes it great. That and the location amIright? The place also boasts a comfy bar to hang about in as well as cover charges in the $5 range. Now if only UCB West would give me a freakin' slot for my improv jam Anonymous: That's My Hummus, an improv-slash-sketch show that is unfunny, negative, and completely unnecessary.
UCB East (photo by the Apiary)
The UCBT officially unlocked its East Village expansion Tuesday night, The UCB East (aka The Beast). But judging by the utter lack of wacky inflatable arm tube dudes and the three random people in the crowd for its first show (a screening of Wild Girls Gone), it's not ready for a Theater Magazine feature story yet. I strolled through, snagging shots of the new space. It seats a 100 maybe and is both long-ish and narrow. You'll need to speak with your diaphragms inserted to reach the lurkers in the back. Oh, and the stage is small, probably 12-14 feet wide? UCB West devotees will be majorly disappointed by the clear, unobstructed view from every seat. The venue has a foyer and a roomy spillway, which means you'll be able to shotgun PBRs before and after a performance without getting rained on. BYOB for now though til the liquor license fairies come by.The Beast is located at Avenue A and 3rd Street. Initial schedule, including Totally JK with Joe Mande, Noah Garfinkel, Eugene Mirman AND DAS RACIST tonight (9/8), below!