AN EXTREMELY BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UCB THEATRE

The original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts & Matt Walsh) moved from Chicago to NYC in 1996 and shook up the comedy scene with their unique brand of improv and sketch comedy. After winning the top prize for sketch comedy at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, the Upright Citizens Brigade enjoyed a three-season run on Comedy Central. In February of 1999, the UCB opened the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. The same no-holds-barred comedy NYC enjoys was brought to the west coast when UCB Theatre opened in Los Angeles on July 2, 2005 and we’ve never looked back! Many of the performers and teachers involved in today’s UCB areformer UCB students who were once sitting in a class like you are now. We warmly welcome you to the club.

MAKEUP CLASSES

Makeup classes are not currently available. If you miss a session, you may reach out to the Academic Director ([email protected]) to schedule an office hours appointment to review the concepts and exercises you missed.

GRADUATION SHOW

As part of your class, you will perform a graduation show.

RESPECT THE CLASS AND EACH OTHER

  • Students are expected to attend all eight classes. However, if you know in advance that you will need to be absent, please reach out to your teacher and [email protected] to let us know. Students who incur more than two absences may be removed from the class and required to repeat the level.
  • Respect class time by being on-time. If you arrive more than thirty minutes late, you will not be allowed into the class. If you leave more than 30 minutes early, you will be counted as absent. Additionally, students are not allowed to bring “guests” to class.
  • Respect the space. Do not abuse the walls, chairs, lights or any other part of your class space. No eating, drinking alcoholic beverages or chewing gum in class. Please dispose of all trash properly. Leave the room as you found it.
  • Our classes thrive off of support. We ask from day one that you start to support your fellow classmates. A creative and supportive learning environment is one without distractions. During class, please do not conduct other work or communicate with those not in class.
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior (including but not limited to harassment in and out of class) between any members of this class or members of the UCB community in general at any time will not be tolerated. Do not hesitate to report any such incidents to staff and resources listed in the “Student Resources” section below.
  • Violation of any class policies may result in removal from class without refund or appeal and/or denial of future UCB Training Center class registrations.

LET’S DISCUSS WHAT’S OFFENSIVE IN COMEDY AND MICROAGGRESSIONS

  • In this classroom individuals are allowed and encouraged to express themselves, however we will be respectful of each other. This class is for learning technique not pushing boundaries or being “edgy.” In class, we respect your voice so long as it respects others’ voices as well.
  • What’s a microaggression? Definition: A statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as racial/ethnic minorities, transgender people, the disabled community, etc. For our purposes in class, that means, jokes that rely on racial, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, or other stereotypes are hurtful and antithetical to what we teach.
  • INTENTION VS. IMPACT. Be thoughtful of not just your intention but also the impact of your work. If your work was intended to be sarcastic about a sensitive topic but the sarcasm wasn’t readily apparent to everyone, the IMPACT is all we are left with. (If you would like to discuss a specific comment or class experience, please reach out to [email protected])
  • We all make mistakes! As we dive into this work, be aware that not everyone has the same experience and/or knowledge as you. It’s important that everyone does their level best to treat everyone with respect. It’s also crucial to remember that it is not the responsibility of marginalized groups to educate everyone else on what is appropriate language or concepts for comedy. Take some responsibility for yourself. There will be a lot fewer mistakes if we follow the golden rule: TREAT PEOPLE HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED.

STUDENT RESOURCES

  • If you have questions about course concepts, issues or comments about your class or teacher, or questions about the curriculum or the Training Center, contact the Academic Director, Johnny Meeks ([email protected])
  • The Head of People and Culture at UCB is Solomon Hinton. For questions, concerns and feedback on how UCB can better support your learning, safety and professional growth, Solomon can be reached at [email protected].
  • If you have any questions about registration, payment, scheduling or any other operational questions, please email [email protected].
  • Ombudsman/AIR Anonymous Reporting Service AIR Anonymous Reporting Service: (https://airsys.link/org/ucbcomedy/report) AIR Anonymous Reporting is a company independent of UCB, offering different levels of anonymity for UCB students, talent and staff who wish to file anonymous complaints about misconduct within our community. The reporter’s name and contact information can either be (a) completely anonymous (b) revealed to UCB or (c) anonymous to UCB but revealed to AIR to allow for follow-up conversations.

To file a report, enter the PIN below when prompted. PIN: UCBPeople22

RELEVANT LINKS

  • For more detailed information on our diversity scholarship program, free student tickets, auditions for house teams and more, please refer to our Student Resources page which will have links to all of this information.