Uproxx has a brand new oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade out today, and it's a fantastic in-depth look at the theatre founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts that's grown into the ultimate comedy institution and home of countless successful film and television writers and performers. The piece features quotes from the UCB Four as well as alums and current performers and is well worth the read for anyone interested in the UCB's roots and lasting influence. Here's a fun excerpt from Horatio Sanz talking about UCB's future:
I'm kind of waiting for someone to go crazy. I don't know if its [...]
“When the five of us are together, we become the Kids in the Hall. It becomes something that is apart from any one of us. That’s why we keep doing it. It’s fun and exciting when we’re together. It can also become pretty horrible and mean, but we end up laughing more together than we do at any other time in our lives."
-Dave Foley in Toronto newspaper Now's in-depth oral history of The Kids in the Hall. It's definitely worth reading, going into the group's early days playing for 15 people a week to their cult sketch show to their breakup while making the movie Brain Candy.
Writer Brian Raftery has a new, exhaustive oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade that was just released today, exclusively through Barnes & Noble's Nook program. Chronicling the UCB's rise from a small theater in the mid-'90s to a bicoastal behemoth now, the e-book is an expanded version of the excellent oral history of the UCB Raftery put together for New York magazine two years ago featuring interviews with Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Conan O'Brien, Ed Helms, Andy Richter, and many more. The e-book version, called High-Status Characters: How The Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed A City, Started A Scene, And Changed Comedy Forever, is [...]
You know that thing when people are all like, "Blah blah blah women aren't funny," and you're all like, "What!? Is that a thing people actually say?" and then you never speak to those people again? Yes, do know that thing because we're friends. As friends we should both read We Killed: The Rise Of Women In American Comedy. It's a new oral history about women in comedy by writer Yael Kohen. She spoke with many, many people, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Kudrow, Eugene Mirman, Mon'que, Aubrey Plaza, Sandra Bernhard, Maya Rudolph, Joan Rivers, David Cross, Phyllis Diller, Robin Williams, Kristen Wiig, Matt Besser, and more and [...]