The Upright Citizens Brigade is one of the premiere training grounds for comedic talent in both sketch and improv techniques. Four members of the New York City-based touring company will offer a master class to Harvard students 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Lowell Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public -- on a first-come, first-served basis.
This event is made possible through partnerships with: the Office of Career Services, Theater, Dance & Media, Hasty Pudding Institute, On Harvard Time, On Thin Ice, Winthrop House and the Office for the Arts Learning from Performers program.
With facilities in New York and Los Angeles, UCB offers a variety of comedy courses to aspiring performers. Students at the NYC and LA sites have a chance to perform and learn from current alumni, including writers and performers for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Broad City, Key & Peele, Silicon Valley, Veep, Atlanta, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer,Master of None, Drunk History, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and many other hit TV shows and movies.
Comedy heavy-weights Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh developed the company's unique unified curriculum, which they are constantly updating and improving with the best improvisers in the world.
Fun fact from the UCB FAQ page:
Q: I have zero experience. Will I be okay?
A: Yes! Do it up! Our program is built for all walks of life and you will not be lost in class. Our teachers are trained to make every student feel welcome and comfortable no matter what their past experience in Improv or Sketch might be.