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The Upright Citizens Brigade, a Chicago-bred comedy troupe, has begun its third season of their television show on Comedy Central. Members Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts have been writing and performing their own material since their inception seven years ago in Chicago. During that time, the UCB wrote and performed in such critically-acclaimed shows as “Virtual Reality”, “Conference on the Future of Happiness” and “Thunderball.” In that time, they collaborated with Del Close of the Improv Olympics Theater, along with writing and performing for Second City.

In April, 1996, UCB brought their hit show, “Bucket of Truth” to New York and ran the show for an extended five months, including performances in New York’s Toyota Comedy Festival. Since arriving, they have mounted several new shows, including “Punch Your Friend in the Face”, “Big Dirty Hands”, “Saigon Suicide Squad” (which won the Jury Award for Best Sketch/Alternative Performance of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival), “Spaghetti Jesus”, and the currently running show “Hand Of Adonis”.

On February 7, 1999, the UCB opened their own theater, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, located at 161 West 22nd Street in New York City. The space has become the hub of great sketch and improvisational comedy in New York, with performances six nights a week, including the UCB’s improvised show “ASSSSCAT 2000” which has sold out weekly for three years running. The UCB perform every Saturday and Sunday and also teach improvisation at the theater.

In addition to their Comedy Central series, the UCB have performed numerous times on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, been regulars at New York’s premiere “alternative comedy night” at Luna Lounge and have written and performed for Comedy Central, Broadway Video, and MTV.

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