Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisation and Sketch Comedy Training Center

(8605) Improv 201 Thursdays 7-10pm Achilles Stamatelaky

Improv 201: Game of the Scene

Completion of Improv 101 within previous two years
Thursdays 7-10pm
Start Date
Thu July 11, 2013, 7:00pm EDT

The UCB Training Center teaches quality comedic scenes focus on one central comedic idea: referred to as "The Game" of the scene.

Students will be taught: 1) identifying "games," 2) heightening - finding new ways to make your scenes get funnier from start to finish, 3) realizing how patterns support the "game," 4) second beats (returning to scenes later in a piece).

This course meets for 8 sessions that are each 3 hours long.

Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at the UCB Theatre.

Students are required to see at least 2 improvised shows at the UCB Theater before the end of the course.

Admission to 301 after the completion of this course is not guaranteed. Students will be judged on their application of concepts that they have learned in Improv 101 & 201. The Training Center will send placement notification to students within 10 days of the Improv 201 graduation performance. Students may not enroll in Improv 301 before receiving this notification.

Class Size: 16 Students

Class does not meet June 27

Achilles Stamatelaky, Teacher

Achilles Stamatelaky is a comedy writer and performer in New York City. He is currently a writer for Comedy Central's hit series Broad City.

Achilles has been writing and performing improv and sketch comedy at The UCB Theatre for a decade. He improvises weekly with his group Airwolf, which performs at UCB's East Village Theatre every Saturday at 8:30 PM.

Previous shows and house teams include Harold Night (T.R.U.C.K.S., Whorenado, Penthouse Riot, and Standard Oil), Maude Night (The Prom and (212), Night Late (produces a brand-new late night talk show with a new guest every month), and the video team Scraps which produced content for UCB Comedy's YouTube Channel. He was a founding member of Hot Lather, which created "As The Diamond Burns," UCB's long-running improvised soap opera. He has also performed throughout New York City with dozens of independent improv groups.

Achilles' sketches have been featured on Splitsider, NY Magazine's "Vulture Blog," and Roger Ebert's blog. He has written for YouTube's Official Comedy channel, Plume Publishing's Coloring For Grown-Ups Series, and contributed writing to MTV2, PauliLu, and Funny Or Die.

He has also created two sold out Harry Potter-themed shows for UCB: Up Late! With Lord Voldemort! (2007) which was featured in The Gothamist and NY Magazine's "Vulture Blog"; and The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical! (2010 and 2011), which was featured in TimeOut NY, The Huffington Post, and WNYC. He also directed, produced, and wrote for The Heisenberg and Friends Breaking Bad Variety Hour (2013), a sold out Breaking Bad-themed event. He has also directed numerous shows and groups at the theatre, including The Evente and The Word.

Achilles has appeared in commercials for Nickelodeon, Comcast, ESPN (among others) as well as various internet videos, The Colbert Report, and Broad City. Achilles is an instructor at the UCB Training Center and has been teaching since 2010. He was also the former Associate Artistic Director of UCB Theatre NY.


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July 2013
  • Class #1

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Class #2

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Class #3

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • UCB NYC Classroom 3
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
August 2013
  • Class #4

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Class #5

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Class #6

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Class #7

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Class #8

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
  • Performance

  • UCB NYC Classroom 3
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
    153 E. 3rd St. at Avenue A

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