UCB Training Center
The UCB Training Center is the premier destination for honing your comedic craft, offering a wide range of classes and workshops in improv, sketch comedy, TV writing and more, all led by top-notch instructors in a supportive, creative environment.
Start Your Comedy Career
Whether you’re looking to learn the craft of improv or just want to get started in comedy, our improv program is a great place to start! Students will be introduced to the UCB concept of “game” in comedy and develop their scenework.
Through the concept of “game” and with feedback from instructors and classmates, students will craft their very own written comedic scenes. The program culminates with students writing and producing their own sketch show.
Led by instructors working in the industry, UCB offers a variety of different long-form writing courses ranging from creating original pilots, writing for animation, creating pitch documents, and more!
These electives offer the chance to dive deeper into a more specialized form of performance. Students can take workshops focusing on comedic acting, character work, storytelling, and even advanced improv workshops!
The UCB Training Center is a renowned institution dedicated to teaching and fostering comedic talent. With a focus on both improv and writing, UCB offers a structured curriculum taught by experienced instructors, providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the world of comedy
Centered in East Hollywood, UCB has Training Center space in Silver Lake and around our Franklin Theater.
Classroom spaces available at our SoHo location and soon to be near our new theater space on E 14th street.
Take a class from anywhere in the world! UCB offers online comedy classes in Improv, Sketch, TV Writing, and more!
UCB Diversity Scholarship Program
The Upright Citizens Brigade has enacted a Diversity Scholarship Program for both new and existing students that offers financial aid, networking events, targeted educational programs and on-going mentorship to historically underrepresented individuals in our community so all students may have an equal opportunity to learn and grow through the comedic arts.
In this class students will develop a multicam idea and then outline and write a multicam pilot, immersing themselves in the tone, rhythms, and style of this genre of comedy under the guidance of Julia Meltzer, who has written multicam pilots for CBS and ABC.
This course is an introduction to the UCB philosophy on sketch comedy, specifically using "the game" to write short comedic scenes. Each week students will engage in writing exercises that will explore different sketch formats. Students will be exposed to different methods for turning funny ideas into even funnier written sketches.
This performance and writing workshop will cover all the basics of the form, including: generating material, joke writing, creating set lists and of course, actually doing stand up. Whether you’ve never picked up a microphone or you’re looking to get back in the habit, this class will help you figure out how you want to approach stand up comedy.
In this class we’ll work on approaches to acting in short comedy sketches. We’ll focus on things like strong character choices, understanding the beats of a sketch, emotional heightening and commitment.
The UCB Training Center is launching panels, workshops, and all kinds of new programming. Participants will hear from our talented alumni, industry leaders, and practice specialized skills to help in our ever-evolving industry.
Buy someone (or yourself) a gift card! We have gift cards redeemable for any show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre or towards the cost of any class.
Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improv Manual
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