We wrap up our midsummer Sunday Evening Videos trilogy of great sketch comedy with a few notable sketches from The Upright Citizens Brigade. The core group that made up the UCB was Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser and Amy Pohler, and all have gone on to further success in the world of comedy after their Comedy Central show wound down after three seasons.
The troupe sprung out of Del Close’s Improv Olympics in Chicago, then relocated to New York City, where they found work on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before landing their own show on Comedy Central and opening their own improv theater (which now has multiple locations on both coasts). The group still works together and has a new show, The UCB Show, on the SeeSo streaming service, that spotlights their students in new sketches.
That’s the Cliff’s Notes version of their history. All you need to do is watch the sketches for some brilliant long-form sketch improv.
Oh…and these are probably not really safe for work.
More after the jump…