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Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Donald Faison, and Rob Huebel Are Tired of Being That Guy From That Thing

Entertainment Weekly recently put together this PSA from some of Hollywood's finest character actors including Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Donald Faison, and Rob Huebel, who have taken a note from Chris Pratt's transition from Parks and Rec regular to smash hit Hollywood superhero and insist that their wait for the spotlight is now over.

Talking to Matt Walsh About His New Improvised Film, ‘Veep’, and More

One of the founders of the UCB Theatre and a friendly face in the comedy ecosystem, Matt Walsh returns to TV April 6th when Veep premieres its third season on HBO. In addition to Veep, Walsh has a number of other interesting projects up his sleeve including a role in the found-footage tornado film Into the Storm and David Cross’s directorial debut Hits. Most recently, Walsh turned to Indiegogo to crowdfund A Better You, an improvised film (the writer-director’s second, after High Road in 2011) starring co-writer Brian Huskey as a hypnotherapist in the midst [...]

It's That Episode: Matt Walsh on UCB Pranking 'The Today Show,' 'The Star Wars Holiday Special' and So Much More

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Matt Walsh (Veep, Upright Citizens Brigade) joins Craig to discuss some of TV's most (and least) notable clips. Matt discusses the Upright Citizens Brigade pranking The Today Show, the rehearsal process behind Veep, and, of course, the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.

Download now (MP3), listen on iTunes here, stream the full episode below, or listen on Sirius/XM Radio, Channel 406, every Friday at 6pm.

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Talking to Matt Walsh About 'Veep' and the Past, Present, and Future of UCB

Matt Walsh is one of the stars of HBO's Veep, which was just renewed for a third season, but he's no stranger to critically-acclaimed comedy after spending over two decades in the industry. Since rising up through the Chicago comedy scene in the early '90s and founding the UCB Theatre with Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, and Ian Roberts, Walsh has amassed a ton of credits in well-regarded comedies like The Daily Show, Conan, the UCB's own Comedy Central series, and cult hits like Dog Bites Man and Jon Benjamin Has a Van. Veep, from UK comedy demigod Armando Iannucci, is currently in the midst of its second season, airing [...]

People Were Cast in Movie and Television Roles

- Josh Gad will play an anti-social engineer named Headphones (yes, Headphones), in the middle-aged internship comedy, The Internship, which co-stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

- Nelson Franklin, whose played a tall nerd in a bunch of stuff, most prominently Fox's failed Traffic Lights, is going to play Cece's new boyfriend on The New Girl who is partially deaf but entirely a tall nerd. Anna Maria Horsford, who "famously" played the security guard on The Wayans Brothers, is also joining The New Girl as Winston's tough mom.

- Matt Walsh is going to play a tornado chaser in Steve Quale's still untitled tornado chasing film.

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The Inside Story of Whiplash, One of New York's Best and Most Influential Standup Shows

"Whiplash is like a magical kingdom where laughs run free and jelly beans are the main form of currency," says comedian Aparna Nancherla, of UCB's late night standup show. For half a decade, Whiplash has consistently proven itself as an exciting and eclectic show that stands out even in the city's buzzing comedy scene, a favorite of megastar names like Louis C.K. and Chris Rock as well as a reliable well-spring for the next big stars — the likes of Pete Holmes and Kumail Nanjiani were once regulars. It's the reason that Splitsider turned to Whiplash for our first concert film, where host Leo Allen welcomed Jared Logan, Sheng [...]

Help UCB's Matt Walsh Produce His Improvised Comedy Film 'A Better You'

UCB cofounder Matt Walsh has turned to the internet to help finish his improvised comedy A Better You. Starring and co-written by Brian Huskey (who recently appeared on Kroll Show and Brooklyn Nine-Nine), A Better You follows a hypnotherapist in the middle of a midlife crisis. Horatio Sanz, Adam Pally, Natasha Leggero, Rob Huebel, Jo Lo Truglio, and Andy Daly are among the comedy pros who appear alongside Huskey in the movie.

While A Better You has already been shot, Walsh and crew are using Indiegogo in hopes of raising the $52,650 needed to cover enough post-production costs to "make it perfect." Check out the Indiegogo video above [...]

The UCB Improv Manual Is Finally Here

The long-awaited UCB improv manual has arrived! At Friday's opening press conference for the 15th Del Close Marathon, a mysterious box joined the UCB 4 on stage and quickly upstaged its famous co-stars; each time Ian Roberts held it above his head, chants of "Box! Box! Box!" filled the small basement theater. When someone finally asked the now-annual question about the progress of the group's book, the box (which had been joined by three brother boxes) was ripped open to triumphantly reveal The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.

Written by Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the book was years in the making due to the busy [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Veep' Season 1

Veep Season 1 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week! The Armando Iannucci-created Julia Louis-Dreyfuss-starring show is incredible, with some of the smartest and funniest dialogue on television. Matt Walsh and Tony Hale round out a talented cast of comedians and actors playing the oft-harried workers assisting the Vice President of the United States. The show returns to HBO next Monday, so that gives you a small amount of time to catch up very quickly, but also season one is just eight half-hour episodes so that's not too hard at all. Plus they're really good!

Matt Walsh Teaches the Harlem Globetrotters Improv!!!

Last night, Matt Walsh was on Conan to talk about Veep, which was fun and fine but then he dropped the red, white, and blue-striped bomb that he annually goes to Harlem Globetrotters' training camp to teach them improv and dunking (OK, not dunking). This does explain why each quarter at a Globetrotters game starts with a monologue.

Matt Walsh Tells Seth Meyers About Exploiting His Kids in Lifehack Videos

Veep star and UCB cofounder Matt Walsh was a guest on Late Night last night, and he and Meyers talked all about the new season of Veep, Walsh's recent crowdfunding project for his film A Better You, and why he had to exploit his children into giving away important lifehacks, which leads to an entirely different conversation about Cheetos.

Talking to Matt Walsh and Matt Besser About the New UCB Book, Improv, and the Future of UCB

Since longform improvisation was created by Del Close in the 1980s, there hasn't been a book on the art form as thorough as the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre's new improv textbook. Co-written by UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh (Amy Poehler receives a "Special Thanks" credit), The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a new definitive tome on the subject that was released earlier this summer.

I recently had the chance to talk to Matt Besser and Matt Walsh about how the book came together, their improv pet peeves, their favorite performers, and the future of UCB.

Season Two of 'Veep' Was a Funny Story About Underdog Jerks

"Would it be so hard for people not to be assholes?" – Selina Meyer

Veep reminds me a lot of The Larry Sanders Show, and I'm sure I'm not alone in drawing such a parallel: both are enjoyable, really funny comedies that happen to consist of unilateralists that are absolutely awful to one another. Garry Shandling — Larry Sanders himself — said years later that everybody watching had gotten it all wrong, that the men and women that worked for the talk show within the show truly loved one another, and their way of communicating those feelings happened to be by way of appearing self-centered, duplicitous, and/or exchanging creative R-rated [...]

Looking Back at the Upright Citizen's Brigade TV Show with the UCB4

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater has been talked about quite a bit this month, with escalating Facebook messages, responses from people working in every [...]