After opening a New York theater in 1999, an L.A. branch in 2005 and a second New York venue in 2011, the Upright Citizens Brigade — led by original foursome Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh — took a huge step forward in November 2014 when it opened its second L.A. space, UCB Sunset. The building is supposed to feel like your college dorm: It includes a sparkling yet intimate main theater, a casual second stage, lots of classrooms and a cafe that's always full of comedians chatting or working on laptops between classes or gigs. UCB Sunset is so huge, it makes you all the more impressed that the theater and training center was able to make such an impact on L.A.'s comedy scene from its tiny venue on Franklin Avenue — and it foreshadows how the company's influence is likely to grow exponentially bigger.
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