• 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.

  • 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.

  • John Flynn

    John Flynn directs, performs, and teaches at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles. He was co-creator of Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made! Ever! and directed one person shows of Jenny Slate, Jon Gabrus, Joe Mande, and many others.

    He recently directed Thrones! A Musical Parody at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He recently co-wrote the script to The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table and Stage. He also played the role of Miranda Priestly in their musical parody of The Devil Wears Prada.

  • John Murray

    John Murray started studying with the UCB in 2004. He currently is a member of the UCB House Team GOAT. In 2013 Esquire Magazine named John "Comedy's Next Almost Star". John has appeared in numerous web videos for the likes of Above Average, Funny Or Die and UCBComedy. He is the co-creator of the IFC Comedy Crib series "John & Geoff Are Married". John has appeared on NBC's 30 Rock, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Cooking Channel and many television commercials. He is also the co-host of "Low Standards" which Time Out NY listed as one of "NYC Best Screening With Benefits". John happily lives in Brooklyn with his wife and kids. He's pumped to be performing at UCB. For more info check out John's website: thejohnmurray.com

  • Jon Bander

    Jon Bander is an actor and comedian living in New York. He is a Character 101 teacher and member of house team Characters Welcome at UCBT. He also taught and performs musical improv with Premiere: The Improvised Musical and Warm Blooded at the Magnet Theater. Otherwise he does character bits and standup at various NYC theaters, bars and basements. Jon was selected to perform in the New Faces: Characters showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He has also worked for The Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship. Jon has also performed and taught workshops at festivals and cities across the country. He's been fortunate to study with improv luminaries like TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name a few. Outside of improv, Jon has appeared on TBS's "Search Party" and the Netflix shows "Master Of None", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Characters". He also performed off-off Broadway in 'PharmaBro: An American Douchical", "8 Million Protagonists", "POPE! An Epic Musical" and NY Fringe Festival hit musical "Nightfall On Miranga Island". Most people just call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.

  • Kerry McGuire

    Kerry McGuire is a comedy writer and performer (writer first!), who is currently based in Los Angeles. She recently wrote for the game show I Want My Phone Back, which was produced by Big Breakfast and will be released on Watchable. She previously wrote for the Go90 series Fatal Decision, Beverly Hills Live on 9021-Go, and Story Notes on AMC, among other projects. Currently at UCB, she hosts at produces the monthly variety show Debutante's Ball and writes for the Maude team Baseball. She previously wrote for Maude teams (212), Thunder Gulch, Charlemagne, and more. She also wrote for the UCB Digital Sketch teams Sancho, and the topical sketch team Pocketwatch. You can find more of her comic writing on Reductress.com and in other various holes around the internet. Look for her upcoming projects, the podcast How the F*ck Do You Live? and her upcoming one-woman show Songs About Butts. She used to have a driver's license that spelled her name "Kerny McGurnie," and it's sorta cute so she'll also answer to that.

  • Leslie Meisel

    Leslie Meisel is an actor, writer, director, teacher and in college worked at a bowling alley thinking it would be exactly like Grease 2. It wasn't. Was co-host of the monthly show COUPLES SKATE and most recently she was a cast member on the UCB house team CHARACTERS WELCOME (Season 1 & 2) and Winner of the 5th annual NBC/UCB Diversity Showcase. On screen, Leslie can be seen on the new NBC show RISE, Difficult People, Broad City, Netflix’s The Characters, and the feature film Bachelorette (w/Rebel Wilson & Kirsten Dunst). As a director, she has worked on many shows at the UCB Theatre, including AzN Pop!: Live in Concert!, All In Favor, United Federation of Teachers with Natasha Vaynblatt (IFC, Funny or Die, McSweeney’s), co-directed Stone Cold Fox: Sexy Idiots with Aaron Burdette, (Man Seeking Woman, The Onion), several Maude sketch teams, co-director/writer of He Said She Said with Kate Riley-Zelensky (MTV, Two Guys Named Josh) and worked with Bridge & Tunnel‘s staged show for Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Other staged shows at UCB: BOB ODENKIRK and UCB PALS: A LOAD OF HOOEY, Oh My God I Heard You're Dying!, The Unbreakable Gun, Thunder Gulch Presents MNL: Monsters Night Live and she performed in LOVE CAN SUCK A D**K...AND SO CAN I! A show that was co-created by Leslie and Megan Neuringer (written by Megan with Material/Characters by Leslie) all about how much love sucks a big 'ol dong which played to sold out shows at UCBLA and had a year long run at UCBNY. website: www.lesliemeisel.com

  • Lydia Hensler

    Lydia has been teaching improv for 10+ years at both UCB NY and LA. She performed weekly in UCB’s flagship show Asssscat 3000, Grandma’s Ashes: We Won’t Tell and Take It Personal: The Hip Hop Improv Show. And performed monthly in The Female Gaze and Characters Welcome.
    Creating a safe space and sense of community has been at the heart of her teaching career and served as a Student Advocate for several years.
    She also created and co-hosted the variety show Ladies Night: Men Welcome, and was on the original cast of jam leaders for UCB’s The Lady Jam and The Jam!
    Outside of UCB, Lydia has guest lectured and facilitated many workshops at noted universities and companies, and has been lucky enough to teach and perform around the UK and Europe

  • Margot Leitman

    MARGOT LEITMAN is the author of the best-selling book Long Story Short: the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need, What’s Your Story? & Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase. She has written for DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel, and the Pixl Network and worked for "This American Life" as the West Coast story scout. She is the founder of the storytelling program at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and is a five-time winner of the Moth Storyslam and a winner of the Moth Grandslam, receiving the first ever score of a perfect 10. She travels all over the world teaching people to tell their stories. She can be seen regularly on the UCB stage in Asssscat, and various other shows as a guest storyteller.

     
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