This book tells the story of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) from its beginnings on 6th St in New York, through current day, now with thousands of students on both coasts enrolled in their classes. The story is told via interviews with the four founders - Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, and Matt Besser, along with interviews with countless writers, performers, and directors, who frequented the stages of UCB. The interviews are broken down into quotes or small paragraphs, which m [...]
RACHEL DRATCH: When they moved, I was like "How could you leave this big establishment, the one we all came here to be a part of? Are you crazy?" They took this huge risk. Then they came to New York and took over the whole joint.This is a fun, quick read about the history of the UCB as a troupe and a theater. There's not much talk about classes itself; instead you'll find hilarious and ridiculous anecdotes from their roots in Chicago to their New York move -- from the founding members to the mor [...]
A must-read for improvisers and comedy fansA fascinating oral history of the UCB that also contains some real gems of advice that will be useful info or great reinforcement for improvisers. It's amazing to see the list of well-known actors, comedians, and writers who got their start at the UCB. A funny read, and a useful lesson in trying crazy things and not worrying about potential failure.
Great first-person stories from the founders and other members of UCB. Not a lot about how the classes worked in the years after the founders were running everything, but great stories about early classes, performances, and sketch/improv groups. As a beginning improv student, I was glad to read about how my comedic heroes had their ups and downs and bad days and times when they were so far away from the impressive talents they are now.
Really quick read (like 1.5 hours) and kind of an interesting look at the origins of some of my favorite comedians. And not just the 4 founders; at least 3/4 of the people interviewed are people whose work I enjoy from various podcasts and other comedy nerdery. Anytime you talk about comedy it's a little "you had to be there"--unlike Live From New York, very few of us have seen the works referenced. So it suffers a little for that, but it's still worthwhile.
A great sneak peak into that amazing history of the UCB theater as told by the improv stars themselves. Spread out in an oral history, much like how "Live From New York" told the storied past of SNL, "High-Status Characters" gives us the first-person perspective on the lives and improv adventures of the comedians who lived them, many of whom have gone on to become famous, but have not forgotten their humble (and crazy) roots at UCB.
This book, once again, reads like the SNL or ESPN book. It is a short book. I liked how the book focused on the avant gardeness of UCB approach to live shows and sketches. Really strange stuff. You also are surprised at the amount of people that are in comedy now that were members of UCB. It ended badly. Could have ended better. That is why it is 4 stars. If you are into comedy you will like this book.
High-Status Characters is a brief (137 pages) but surprisingly in-depth oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the comedy troupe that took over New York City in the late 90s. Raftery interviewed many of today’s top names in comedy for this ebook-only release, including Amy Poehler, Conan O’Brien, Ed Helms, Seth Meyers, Andy Richter, and Aziz Ansari. For comedy fans, the book is a steal at $1.99. Seriously, you might be arrested.
A quick read, with an interesting "inside baseball" approach to the UCB. As someone who has admired from afar, some of the content went over my head. But I always enjoy learning how people in different industries approach their craft, and this oral history serves the purpose.
A great read for fans of comedy and improv, I liked that this book mostly allowed the performers to tell the stories instead 1of relying too heavily on narration. Great stories from Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, etc. etc.
Fascinating look at a world i'd love to have known but sadly was several thousand miles away for. Shame the UCB series for Comedy Central is a bit skipped over but more than enough other good stories make up for it.
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