Drew Difonzo Marks

Drew DiFonzo Marks has been on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Comedy Bang! Bang!, HBO's Funny or Die Presents, Reno911!, and alot of dumb commercials. He is the co-creator, producer, and writer of the web-series "2Bed/1Bath" with over 1 million views, and a former writer for Comedy Central Digital.

He has been with UCB since 2003 and is on the teaching faculty. He took a year abroad to go write/perform at the 'Boom Chicago' comedy theatre in Amsterdam.

Eric Scott

Eric Scott is a writer/comedian and long-time performer & teacher of the UCB Theatre, (first in NYC, now in LA), teaching all-levels of sketch writing. He has written for Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox, MTV, E!, and WB among others. He is the current co-host of the podcast, The Stuff We Tell You. 

Evan Susser

Evan Susser is a writer from Washington D.C. He was a writer on the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and co-wrote the 2017 movie Fist Fight (starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day).

Evan has sold TV pilots to CBS, TBS and FX.

At UCB, Evan co-created "What’s Going On with Mike Mitchell" and was also on the much beloved if completely forgotten sketch team: Up, Up, Up.

Most importantly, Susser holds the prestigious title of “Commissioner” on the chain restaurant podcast Doughboys and also served as lead reporter for the special investigative episode "Man Bites Dog."

Hal Rudnick

Hal Rudnick enjoys the heck out of performing at UCB. During his time there he's been a part of THE MIDNIGHT SHOW, six different Harold teams, two Maude teams, and countless other shows. Currently he performs monthly in TOURNAMENT OF NERDS, and Characters Welcome. He also enjoys the opportunity to teach sketch and improv comedy at UCB. Outside of UCB he's an actor and writer having appeared all over TV including the shows Key & Peele, Adam Ruins Everything, COMMUNITY and RENO 911! He's written for FOX, FUEL TV, Disney Channel, FUNNY OR DIE, and on many other projects. Check out his popular weekly web show at youtube.com/screenjunkies. He is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gersh.

Hunter Nelson

Hunter Nelson is a writer, actor, and illustrator from Houston, TX. Hunter was a tireless member of the Maude team "Legs For Days" for its entire lifespan. He then went on to direct many, many sketch shows at the UCB Theater, including "A Date With Every Boy," Woody Fu's "Too Many Asians," "Jason Gore's Midlife Crisis," and a bunch of shows for The Foundation (all the really good ones). Though it badly messes up his personal life, he is one of the producers/directors/writers of Sketch Cram, a monthly sketch show created from scratch in a single day. Hunter's worked as a staff writer for Onion's video department. He also wrote the mini-series "The Body Genius" for The Truth podcast, which you should probably check out. You can see Hunter perform with his improv team Women & Men every Saturday night at SubCulture.

Intensive Los Angeles

Intensive Online

Because we register the intensive classes so far in advance, we cannot announce who will teach the class. For some intensive classes, two or more instructors teach the class jointly.

Jackie Jennings

Hello! Jackie was a longtime performer at the UCB Theater in New York. Maybe you saw her on GOAT or as the host of A Big Dumb Thing! She's taught every level of improv for many years at the UCB Training Center. Jackie's appeared onscreen as lead host for the SYFY channel, in some sketches on Late Night with Seth Meyers and on The Chris Gethard Show where she also worked as a writer. You can listen to her podcast, Read/Unread, or follow her on social media (@ohhijackie) where she's probably complaining about something related to Game of Thrones!

Jeff Topolski

Jeff Topolski is a writer from Fort Collins, Colorado, which was ranked best place to live by Money Magazine in 2006. Despite living in the best city in the country (in 2006, according to Money Magazine), Jeff moved to Orange, California to attend Chapman University, where he also began performing improv. After graduating and moving to LA, he started taking improv and sketch classes at UCB in 2013. Jeff wrote for the UCB Maude team The New Deal and his show "El Pollo Loco High School," starring Lou Wilson and Andrew Hansen, ran for over a year at the theatre. Outside of UCB, Jeff's writing credits include "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." You can catch Jeff directing and writing shows at UCB, or maybe you could catch him on a long weekend visiting his hometown of Fort Collins, which is really great and you should visit (it's not quite as good as it was in 2006, but still... great city).

Joel Spence

Joel has been performing long form improv and sketch comedy at UCBTLA since 2005. He's a member of the house teams Sentimental Lady and Toledo Rep. He's also appeared in ASSSSCAT, Soundtrack, America's Best Comic, Quick and Funny Musicals, Dirtiest Sketch Contest, Cleanest Sketch (winner!), Gallery Of Evil, Fucked Up and Illegal Videos, and Freak Dance at UCBTLA. He studied improv under Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Seth Morris and many others. Joel grew up in San Antonio, TX and went to S.M.U. in Dallas where he received a B.F.A. in Acting. In 1995 he joined Theatre de la Jeune Lune and for the next five years performed in over 20 productions. From 2000-01, Joel studied at l'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in London, England. He's had recurring roles on HBO's The Brink and ABC's Fresh Off The Boat. He was a series regular in the Nickelodeon pilot Back Of The Class. He had a recurring role as James Van Der Beek's agent Donnie Jarvis on ABC's Don't Trust The B---- In Apt 23 and a recurring role as Detective Hodges on The Good Guys on FOX. He has also appeared on Key & Peele, Newsreaders, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Love, Reno 911, My Name Is Earl, and Burn Notice. He appeared in such features as Freak Dance, Killing the Dream (Best Film - 2004 Temecula Film Festival) and Alleyball (Best Feature - SoCal Film Festival 2006). In 2013 co-directed two shorts - one of which, Justin and Heather, was accepted into the Downtown Independent Film Festival Los Angeles. Most recently Joel has been seen on USA's Pearson, as Hal Carpet on Lifetime's American Princess and had recurring roles as Mr Chandler on the Paramount Channel's Heathers, Matt on HBO's Big Little Lies and Joel in ABC's digital series, Boondoggle. You can follow him on Twitter @joelaspence.

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