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November 30, 2006

   

Upright Citizens Brigade Brings Alternative Comedy to BMC

Upright Citizens Brigade

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will bring 90 minutes of the freshest, most daring, long-form improvisational and sketch comedy the nation has to offer to Goodhart Theater on Friday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m.

The UCB Touring Company's anarchic comedians, hand-picked from New York's best, create a "theater-of-the-absurd chaos of seemingly unrelated themes that eventually come together with surreal precision," says The New Yorker.

Performance credits include Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and VH1's Awesomely Bad as well as countless shows at their own Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.

The UCB emerged from Chicago's ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s. In 1997, the group migrated to New York to introduce Chicago-style long-form improvisation to the East Coast. Long-form improv, developed by Chicago comedians including the legendary Second City troupe, features interrelated, improvised scenes that build upon one another, sometimes creating a coherent narrative.

The success of UCB soon enabled the troupe to open its own theater, where it offered nightly shows and training in improv techniques. It has been influential in the development of a thriving downtown alternative-comedy scene in New York.

Beginning in 1998, Comedy Central aired three seasons of an UCB television show in which the four principal cast members were described as an underground intelligence organization dedicated to undermining society and fostering chaos. The show, said The New York Times, featured "the kind of bizarre scenarios and rampant absurdity rarely seen on television since the heyday of Monty Python."

The UCB Touring Company has been dubbed 'the best sketch comedy troupe working today' by Time Out magazine. Past UCB members include Saturday Night Live cast members Horatio Sanz and Amy Poehler and The Daily Show's Ed Helms and Rob Corddry.

Admission to the performance is free for Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore students, faculty and staff. For the general public, single tickets are $18; senior tickets, $15; student tickets, $10; children 12 and under, $5. Subscription packages offer discounts, mix-and-match ticket flexibility and priority seating. For tickets and information, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

 

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