Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

5919 Franklin Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
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There's a reason for the continued success of UCB, undoubtedly the biggest name in live comedy today, especially in improv. They're just that good. What began as the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh in the 1990s has become a comedy institution, with theaters and schools in New York and L.A. where famous alumni have performed, trained or coached, among them Adam McKay, Aziz Ansari, Kate McKinnon, Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper, Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, Donald Glover, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms, Jason Mantzoukas and Jack McBrayer. Even bigger names occasionally appear at the two Hollywood locations but — if you're willing to wait in a long line — you can just pop in most days of the week and catch either sketch or improv performances, even live podcasts — either affordably priced or free — including the theaters' staple shows, Asssscat and Harold Night. 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood; 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 908-8702, ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan


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