A few weeks ago comedian Brodie Reed tweeted the following: To my eye this was an uncontroversial if ill-acknowledged assertion true of most cultural i…
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On Tuesday Variety reported that Kamala Harris will hold a “fireside chat” fundraiser at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre next week, on November 13…
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So. I’m glad SNL fired Shane Gillis. I hesitate to call it the right decision because the right decision was not to hire him. But it was the better of …
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The long debate over the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's policy of not paying talent reached its most feverish pitch in the winter of 2012 and 2013.…
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Some news: UCBTLA Artistic Director Beth Appel is leaving the theater. Below is the email announcing her resignation, sent a little after midnight Thur…
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I have some good news. In the next month or so I will be relaunching this newsletter with more regular content, including a paid subscription tier. The…
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Hello! I had a story out in Slate last week detailing UCB’s recent troubles and its possible futures. I am very excited to bring these issues before a …
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I read with great interest Miles Klee’s piece in MEL about the many problems with contemporary network late-night comedy (and The Daily Show). If you s…
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UCB East will shut its doors for the last time on February 9th. Many of its long-running shows have already given their final performances, victims of …
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CW: Sexual harassment and assault in comedy spaces. Over the weekend I shared this essay by the writer and comedian Micheal Foulk. It’s a wrenching acc…
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Unfortunately I am traveling (see above) and cannot write a full report on recent UCB happenings until later this week or next. But I do want to quickl…
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Last week the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre laid off most of its sales and marketing staff, while encouraging its unpaid performers and writers, who…
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