A behind-the-scenes look at comedy filmmaking featuring conversations with creators about their craft in a converging digital media landscape. Expect to hear from a varied group of industry professionals (writers, directors, actors and more) who shed light on their unique creative process. New episodes bi-monthly on Tuesdays.

Podcasts

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1 How To Pitch - UCB Panel Discussion Oct 29, 2014 Todd Bieber, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, invited a panel of producers to discuss the art of the pitch. Featuring Celeste Ballard (Above Average), Cory Stern (Comedy Central), Brendan Kennedy...
2 Sketch Comedy with the Writers of Key and Peele - UCB Panel Discussion Oct 29, 2014 Now into their fourth season, Key and Peele is one of the the most critically acclaimed sketch shows on television. Todd Bieber, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, sat down with a panel of the...
3 Post-Production In Comedy - UCB Panel Discussion Oct 27, 2014 Nate Russell, head of post-production of UCB Comedy, is joined by a panel of editors to discuss the techniques, skills and tools involved with fine-tuning a creative project. Featuring Nick Mougis...
4 The Art of the Monologue Joke with the Writers of SNL’s Weekend Update - UCB Panel Discussion Nov 10, 2014 After 40 seasons, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update has continued to be at the forefront of topical humor. But with today's 24 hour news cycle, the immediacy of trending topics on Twitter and...
5 Comedy Directing - UCB Panel Discussion Mar 3, 2015 Todd Bieber, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, hosts a discussion with a panel of directors working in television, web and feature films. Featuring Eric Appel (The Office/Brooklyn...
6 J.D. Amato - The Future of the Web Series Apr 27, 2017 In this special episode, Todd Bieber, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, sits down for a one on one interview with director, writer, producer and performer J.D. Amato (The Chris Gethard Show, Cop...
7 Comedy Animation with the Writers of Fox's ADHD - New Brain Panel Apr 27, 2017 Will Reese, Executive Producer for UCB Comedy, is joined by Heather Anne Campbell and Eric Moneypenny (Fox's Animation Domination High-Def/the Midnight Show) as part of the New Brain panel series....
8 On Being A Writer's Assistant - New Brain Panel Apr 27, 2017 In an effort to bridge the gap between being a struggling writer in Los Angeles to being a big-time show runner on the TV show you've always dreamed of making, we're presenting a panel on what it...
9 A History In Branded Content With Denizen - New Brain Panel Apr 27, 2017 Denizen is Joel Jensen, Joe Matsushima, and Amy Matsushima. They create highly visual, fun, engaging videos on YouTube, and the success of these videos has led to them being hired to produce...
10 Paul Briganti - Transitioning from the Web Video to Television Aug 27, 2015 Writer, director, and producer Paul Briganti (CollegeHumor, Jest, Landline Productions) joins Todd Bieber, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, to discuss making the transition from digital media to...
11 Adam Sacks - In the Beginning There Was UCB BETA Sep 22, 2015 Director, writer, editor, animator Adam Sacks (UCB Comedy, IFC, Nerdist) joins Nate Russell, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, to discuss his varied experiences working in filmmaking and comedy...
12 Ed Mundy - The Visual Effects Artist Oct 6, 2015 Director, animator, visual effects artist Ed Mundy (Louie, Inside Amy Schumer, Archer) joins Nate Russell, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, to discuss his background in comedy production....
13 MTV's Middle Of The Night Show - Making Unscripted Television Oct 20, 2015 Nate Russell, creative director of UCB Comedy, is joined by showrunner Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere) and story producer Moujan Zolfaghari (The Onion News Network, UCB1) to discuss the origins...
14 Matt Little - #PizzaRat and the Viral Video Feb 16, 2016 Comedian, writer, producer and the man behind the recent phenomenon Pizza Rat, Matt Little (Above Average, Left Handed Radio, Thank You, Robot) joins host Nate Russell, Creative Director of UCB...
15 Alex Fernie - Comedy Directing for Television Versus the Web Feb 16, 2016 Director, writer, actor Alex Fernie (Children's Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV, The Hotwives of Orlando) joins Nate Russell, Creative Director of UCB Comedy, to discuss his experience in television and...
16 Veronica Osorio - Making the Move From New York to Los Angeles Feb 17, 2016 Actor, writer, comedian Veronica Osorio (Comedy Bang! Bang!, UCB Comedy) joins host Nathan Russell to discuss her one year anniversary of making the move to Los Angeles. Together, they examine the...
17 Coker & Stratton - Standing Out with a Distinctive Web Series Feb 17, 2016 Comedy duo, James Coker and Marshall Stratton (otherwise known as Coker & Stratton) join host Nathan Russell to discuss developing and promoting their awards winning web series “The Other...
18 Avery Monsen - Creating Awesome Comedy Vines Feb 17, 2016 Actor, writer, director, Avery Monsen (Vine, Billy On The Street) joins host Nathan Russell to chat about creating short form entertainment for the web. They delve into learning how to make videos...
19 Joel Jensen - Developing Innovative Branded Content Feb 23, 2016 Writer, director, comedian, Joel Jensen (Denizen, UCB Comedy) joins host Nathan Russell to talk about creating content for digital platforms. They discus what it means to be a creator, how the...
20 Todd Bieber - Premiering at the SXSW Film Festival Mar 8, 2016 Director, writer, improvisor and former Creative Director of UCB Comedy, as well as previous host of this podcast, Todd Bieber (Gary Saves the Graveyard) joins Nathan Russell for a discussion with...
21 Tracey Wigfield - Inside the Writer's Room Mar 22, 2016 Emmy award winning writer, producer and actor, Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, The Mindy Project) joins Nathan Russell for a discussion on the ins and outs of working in the writer’s room of a...
22 Jamie Leggero - The Sound Recordist Apr 5, 2016 Sound engineer and improviser, Jamie Leggero (Above Average, IFC) joins Nathan Russell for a conversation about the craft of audio production in filmmaking. Together they share techniques toward...
23 Melinda Taub - The Journey of a Comedy Writer Apr 19, 2016 Writer and comedian, Melinda Taub (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Adam Ruins Everything) joins Nathan Russell for a conversation on professional comedy writing. Together they examine Melinda's...
24 Chioke Nassor - Being a Filmmaker May 3, 2016 Writer and director, Chioke Nassor (Late Night with Seth Meyers) joins Nathan Russell to discuss his extensive experience as a filmmaker, including Chioke's feature film 'How To Follow Strangers',...
25 The Bilderbergers - Sketch Comedy Writing May 18, 2016 Matt Moskovciak, Lucas Klauss, and Ben Stadler of The Bilderbergers joins Nathan Russell to discuss meeting through UCB classes, the writing process, their short form video work, and developing...
26 NYTVF & UCB Comedy - An Inside Look at TV Development Jun 1, 2016 The New York Television Festival and UCB Comedy together present a live panel discussion about the process of developing your work for long form television and some of the opportunities at this...
27 Comedy Editors Panel - Finding Your Path Jun 16, 2016 Tessa Greenberg (Head of Post Production at UCB Comedy), Alex Meyers (Freelance Editor with Buttermilk Studios) and Kristopher Knight (Lead Director/Editor at Flama) joins Nathan Russell for a...
28 The Past, Present And Future Of The Web Video - Internet Comedy Creators Panel Jul 5, 2016 Nick Kocher (BriTANicK), Paul Gale (The Huffington Post) and Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere, Two Beers In: A Tipsy Political Round Table) join Nathan Russell for a discussion on the veteran...
29 The Explosion of Digital Media - Internet Comedy Creators Panel Jul 27, 2016 Kelsey Balance (Seeso), David Ingber (The Kicker), Dan Chamberlain (Above Average), Lou Wallach (Comedy Central) join Nathan Russell for look into the current state of digital comedy content....
30 Cardinal Goose - Looking Back at #2016Week Aug 2, 2016 Team members, Boris Khaykin and Evan Altshuler, join host Nathan Russell to discuss their new series #2016Week including, the development process, collaboration and deciding when jokes are just...
31 Whale Thief - A 'Cram' Oral History Aug 16, 2016 Two of the members of comedy collective Whale Thief, Matt Mayer (Funny or Die) and Matt Klinman (The Onion), join Nathan Russell to discuss their new* web series out on UCB Comedy, as well as, an...
32 David Sidorov - The Staff Writer Path Aug 30, 2016 Writer and director, David Sidorov (The Onion, Billy on the Street) joins Nathan Russell to discuss his writing and directing experience with The Onion, the importance of collaboration, and why...
33 Zack Phillips - Comedy & Sports Sep 14, 2016 Head writer for videos with Broadway Video's sports humor site The Kicker and longtime member of UCB Maude, Harold and Digital teams in New York City, Zack Phillips joins host Nate Russell to...
34 NYTVF & UCB Comedy - Developing truTV's Comedy Knockout (A POV Comedy Format) Feb 28, 2017 NYTVF, truTV and UCB Comedy team up for a discussion with the folks behind Comedy Knockout, a hit television show with a point-of-view comedy format. This discussion aims to demystify the process...
35 Soren & Jolles - Making It Work As A Comedy Duo Feb 28, 2017 The comedy duo Soren & Jolles join the podcast to talk about their work, but more importantly, how they work together. Jessie Jolles and Tracy Soren, based in New York, are behind the series DIBS,...
36 Zach Broussard - Bringing Bits to Life Mar 29, 2017 Comedian, writer, filmmaker, Zach Broussard, calls in from Los Angeles on the week of the release of a UCB Comedy show he wrote and acted in "Shooting Strangers" from digital team the Buzzards. He...
37 Keith Haskel - Man on the Street Mar 29, 2017 Writer, performer, producer and filmmaker, Keith Haskel (The Chris Gethard Show, Improv Everywhere) joins UCB Digital this week to discuss his impressive body of work including Keith's passion for...