Getting Started at UCB
Want to get involved at the Upright Citizens Brigade but not sure where to start? Look no further!
Take an Improv Class
While there are any number of ways to get started at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, enrolling in Improv 101 is always a great first step. This foundational course not only introduces participants to the essential principles of improv, such as the famous "yes, and..." technique, but also provides an environment that promotes creativity.
Improv 101 focuses on active listening, collaboration, and the concept of the "game of the scene." This core principle is the foundation used in the curriculum for most of UCB's programs including sketch, character,
Check Out our Free Improv 101 Drop-In
If you're curious about Improv 101 at UCB, consider taking our drop-in! Hosted once a month in Los Angeles and New York City, students will be introduced to UCB's unique approach to improv comedy through games, group exercises and scene work.
This is a great place to see what UCB is all about!
Through the concept of “game” and with feedback from instructors and classmates, students will craft their very own written comedic scenes.
The Musical Improv Program takes students, regardless of musical background, and provides them the tools to create musical comedy on the spot.
These courses cover a wide variety of topics including generating material, joke structure, creating set lists and even the actual performance.
The TV Writing Program is a set of industry-focused classes for aspiring television writers offering hands-on guidance in developing, pitching, and writing TV scripts.
Panels, Lectures, and Workshops
Participate in the Jam!
A great way to meet new people and get on stage is to check out One Big Jam! Every Sunday at UCB in Los Angeles, members of Harold Night host a weekly improv jam. This inclusive event is open to anyone regardless of experience. This very fun and supportive jam provides a low-risk way for students to get reps and be part of the UCB community!
Catch a Show
Get a sense for the types of comedy you want to explore by seeing one of our many shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. With shows seven nights a week, UCB offers audiences the chance to see world-class improv, sketch, stand-up, variety, and experimental shows.