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Emily Altman is a New York City-based writer, actress and comedian. She's currently a writer on the UCB Maude team Onassis, and has studied improv and sketch at UCB since 2005. She also writes and performs sketches in the independent sketch group Gentleman Caller. When not doing comedy, Emily can found at the State University of New York: F.I.T., where she is an assistant professor of Italian.... Read More
Beth Appel is a performer, writer, and director living in New York City. She has been studying sketch and improv at UCB since 2004. Beth currently writes for the UCB Maude Team NEIGHBOR BOY. At UCB she has performed in THIS IS NOT A SKETCH SHOW: A SKETCH SHOW, THE SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP NYPD VARIETY HOUR, BRAD SACKS GETS A HAND JOB (which she also directed) and as a member of UCB Harold Teams... Read More
Anthony Atamanuik has been performing, directing and writing for over 25 years, receiving his Bachelor's of Science in Film Theory from Emerson College in 1997. Anthony has also trained at Second City Toronto, Gotham City Improv and since 2002 and the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre.
Anthony has studied under legendary acting and vocal coach Kristen Linklater during his Emerson College... Read More
Brandon has been at UCB since October 2006. He has studied under Chris Kula, Matt Besser, and Michael Delaney. He has been a member of the UCB house teams Choking Victim, 27 Kidneys, mixtape '98 and Gramp's. He was a member of the sketch group Black Habanero and is currently a member of Bobby Chicago. He has also written for UCBcomedy, College Humor, and Broadway Video.
Brandon is an Inny... Read More
Todd writes, directs, edits, shoots, and/or produces videos - mostly comedy and documentary, or some combination of the two. He works in all stages of production at the Onion News Network and he makes videos for UCB Comedy Originals. His film work has been featured in a bunch of film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and AFI and some of his viral videos have been featured on the New... Read More
Caitlin Bitzegaio is a performer, writer, and director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York who can be seen on Science's first scripted comedy Stuff You Should Know.
Caitlin has performed and written for ESPN, MTV, The Science Channel, Funny or Die, PBS, RTE, GBTV, WetPaint.com, Landline TV, College Humor, and TheGLOC.net. Read More
Corey is a student, performer and instructor at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. Corey started studying improv in 1997 while he lived in North Carolina. In 2006 he moved to NYC to study at the UCB where he took classes with everyone he could find.
Corey's past teams were Whorenado, Badman, Standard Oil and Still Mike.
He loves to perform and continues to showcase himself any... Read More
Neil Casey has been working at the UCB Theatre since 2001 and teaching since 2007. He has performed improv on the Harold Teams Filth, Trillion, and Grenade vs. Washing Machine as well as the Weekend Teams Monkeydick and currently Death By Roo Roo. He is also a regular performer at ASSSSCAT and a member of the powerhouse comedy quartet Krompf which performs whenever all of its members are in... Read More
Damian Chadwick is a San Francisco native who lives in New York. He has written for four different UCB Maude teams, including the legendary Gramps. He performs regularly with the sci-fi improv group The Improvised Philip K. Dick and co-wrote the web series Janitors. He compiles false trivia about New York City at littleknownnyc.tumblr.com. You can monitor his emotional well being on twitter at... Read More
Patrick Clair graduated from Vassar College where he performed with the poorly yet aptly named Improv, as well as the sketch group Happily Ever Laughter. He has studied at the UCB since 2006, under Joe Wengert, Charlie Sanders, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Anthony King and Charlie Todd. Around NYC he can be seen performing with independent teams Bad Data and Four Really Good Friends. At the... Read More
Chelsea Clarke has been studying and performing at UCB since 2003, under the guidance of Seth Morris, Jason Mantzoukas, Brian Huskey, Joe Wengert and Anthony King, just to name a few. Chelsea graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Theater Performance and Studio Art. She has been a member of the UCB house teams Tantrum, fwand, Bangs, and can currently be seen performing... Read More
Leila Cohan-Miccio is a New York-based comedy writer. Most recently, she wrote for too-beautiful-for-this-world NBC comedy Next Caller. She is the co-creator/writer ofVag Magazine, a web comedy that goes behind the scenes of a hipster third-wave feminist magazine. Vag Magazine has been written up everywhere from Salon to the New York Observer. Leila also wrote UCB shows Pig: A Restaurant and... Read More
Michael Delaney has been acting, writing and directing comedy in NYC for 20 years. He has taught at UCB since 1999 in improv and sketch comedy writing, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia Universityâ€™s film department. He is a founding member of The Swarm, The Stepfathers, and Delaney & Dave who won the 2006 Nightlife Award for best comedy group. Acting credits include The Other Guys, Big... Read More
Nate Dern has been doing improv since 2003, and has been doing so at UCB since 2007. He has studied with Bobby Moynihan, Charlie Todd, Armando Diaz, Michael Delaney, Zach Woods, Anthony King and many others.
Nate has been on Harold Night since 2008. He can currently be seen performing with Sandino. Previous UCB credits include Maude team Thunder Gulch, Harold team Scootch, and the Halloween... Read More
Shaun has been studying at the UCB Theater since 2008. He has studied improv under Kevin Hines, Will Hines, Neil Casey, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Shannon O'Neill, Jordan Klepper, and Silvija Ozols, and many others. Shaun is a former member of the Harold Teams Standard Oil and Still Mike. He's coached/directed various UCB house teams including Graceland and The Regulars.... Read More
Nicole has been studying at the UCB since 11:00 am on September 24th, 2007 and during that time has had many wonderful teachers.
Nicole has appeared in performance workshops for The Time Capsule and Suck My Dick. She was previously a member of Harold teams Robber Baron and dybbuk and appeared in This is About Smith (written by Leila Cohan-Miccio, directed by Caitlin Bitzegaio).
She is... Read More
Colin Elzie is currently a writer on the Maude Team Fambly. He also co-wrote and co-stars in The Honeymen Present: A Salute to Honey! along with fellow Fambly members Pat O'Brien and Ben Wietmarschen. These three men are also responsible for the Channel 101 series My Dad The Girl Bike.
Colin has studied at the UCB since 2010 under the likes of Craig Rowin, Michael Delaney, Chris Kelley,... Read More
Brian Faas has been a resident improviser at UCB since 2006, and currently performs on Friday nights with The Law Firm. On stage, he has appeared in "KILLGORE", "The Same Sex-tacular!", and the Harold teams Tantrum, The Fucking Kennedys, Scootch, and Bastian.
You may have also seen his face on Fuse, Comedy Central, and Vh1, where he spent several seasons as a cast member on "Best Week Ever."... Read More
Don has studied under some of the best teachers and improvisers at the UCB Theater since 2007, and has performed regularly since 2010. He has performed on a number of Harold teams, including Sandino, and currently performs with Salmon Diane. He also acts on Maude Night with Dinner, and formally with Gramps.
Don has studied with Bill Esper, in the two year acting intensive at the William... Read More
John Frusciante is a writer, improviser, and director who has been at UCBT since 1999, and he is proud to serve as the theatre's Artistic Associate. He can currently be seen every Saturday night at UCB East in the improvised show AIRWOLF: Let's Go Back To Your Place. He has also performed in ASSSSCAT 3000, HAROLD NIGHT, and with the UCB Touring Company where he regularly performs for college... Read More
Frank Garcia Hejl
Frank Hejl is a writer and actor on the UCB house sketch team Onassis [onassiscomedy.tumblr.com], winner of the 2011 Friars Club Improv and Sketch Competition, and a performer on the UCB Harold team Bucky. He has studied and performed at UCBT since 2007 and has written and appeared in material for MTV, Comedy Central, IFC and G4. He is probably most recognized for his appearance as Orson... Read More
Brandon is a writer, performer, director and teacher at the UCB Theater in NY. A native of Saranac Lake, NY, Brandon graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Theatre and performed with the improv/sketch comedy group, "The Pappy Parker Players."
Brandon is a member of the UCB TourCo All-Stars with whom he performs and teaches workshops across the country. When he isn't touring... Read More
Geoff Garlock is a writer/performer who has been studying/performing at UCB since 2002.
Geoff was a sketch writer on the UCBT Maude teams Neighbor Boy, Slow Burn, The Skuntz and one of the original UCB Maude Teams, iBadger. Geoff also wrote and performed in the horror based sketch show "I LAUGHED UNTIL I DIED"and co-wrote and starred in the show "Gettin' Quaid", both of which had successful... Read More
Laura Grey came to UCB via Chicago where she wrote and performed two original revues at The Second City, improvised at places like iO and The Annoyance Theaters, and acted in a bunch of plays. She performed and co-devised the all silent revue Reverie directed by Dexter Bullard for the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, and before that she traveled with the ferocious three-woman sketch troupe... Read More
Brandon Gulya is a comedian. He improvises with Harold team Sandino and is a writer for Friday Night sketch team Stone Cold Fox. He grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. As a stand-up, Brandon has opened for Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and Bo Burnham. You can see him all over the internet, reading poems and doing other silly things.
Lydia Hensler is a Performer, Writer, and Teacher at UCB. Her instructors have included Will Hines, Owen Burke, Chris Gethard, Michael Delaney, Anthony King, Joe Wengart, Shannon O'Neil, Christina Gauses, and Curtis Gwinn. Lydia is currently on the Harold Team Grandma's Ashes. Previous teams include the long running Harold team Bastian, and the indie team Big Tobacco, who's show True Hollywood... Read More
Kevin Hines has studied and performed at the UCBT since 2000. In that time he has learned from teachers like Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Armando Diaz, Peter Gwinn, John Lutz, and TJ & Dave. Kevin can be seen performing with the UCB house team, The Curfew or with his brother in The Brothers Hines. Before all that he graduated from Cornell University where he wrote for the... Read More
Will Hines has studied and performed improv at UCBT since 1999, currently on the improv team The Stepfathers. Among his teachers: Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, Armando Diaz, and Sean Conroy. He's co-written, starred in and directed many sketch shows. He makes short videos and dabbles in stand-up like an arrogant swaggering dilettante. He's had small parts in prominent web series and... Read More
Phillip Jackson Phil is a performer and writer from Yardley, Pennsylvania. He has been studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since August of 2009 and has had the pleasure of learning under Greg Tuculescu, Brandon Gardner, Silvija Ozols, Will Hines, Chelsea Clarke, Jordan Klepper, Kevin Hines, Neil Casey, Dyna Moe, Anthony Atamanuik, Chris Gethard, and a handful of other wonderful instructors. He...Read More
Morgan Grace Jarrett
Morgan has been a performer at UCB Theatre since 2008. She has studied under, Joe Wengert, Micheal Delaney, Bobby Moynihan and Chris Gethard. She was an original member of HAROLD Teams Ragnarock and American Cousin and can now be seen every Saturday with Grandma's Ashes. Morgan was also a member of the Indie Improv Teams Oprhan Tycoon and Harry & Conrad. Other UCB shows include, OMG, I...Read More
Brandon Scott Jones
Brandon performs every Friday at the UCB Theatre with the sketch group Stone Cold Fox. He improvises on the Harold Team Grandma's Ashes and plays venues across the country as a member of the UCB Touring Company. He is also currently appearing in This is Not a Sketch Show: A Sketch Show. Additionally, Brandon co-hosts the weekly comedy/variety show GENTRIFY at the UCBeast.
Other UCB credits... Read More
Ryan Karels is the representative comedian for all of North Dakota (Huffington Post, 2011). He is a member of Grandma's Ashes and played on Harold Night with Decoster, Creep and Filth. He is one of KROMPF. Past shows at the UCB include RADIO ROGUE, THE OL' FACTORY, INTELLECTUAL YOGA, YOUR FAVORITE THING, AFTER SCHOOL SUPER POWER HOUR and THEATRE ROBOT MAGIKA. He directed NEIL CASEY'S... Read More
Dan Klein most recently wrote for A Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central. Previously, he's written for The Onion Digital Studios ([color=#1155cc]youtube.com/theonion[/color]), The Onion SportsDome, and acted as a creative consultant for Funny or Die's Billy on the Street. He occasionally performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and in Collegehumor sketches. He co-created the Fuds menu (Read More
At the UCB, Jordan has written and performed multiple shows with the sketch group "Steve and Jordan" as well as the show, "Baggage" with Klepper and Grey and "Guilty Bystanders" with Russ Armstrong. On the improv side, he performed in "Key Party" and with the Harold teams "Still Mike," "The Pox," and "Salmon Diane." He currently performs on the house team "The Stepfathers."
Jordan also spent... Read More
Matt Klinman is a writer, performer and director living in New York City. Matt is a writer and director for Onion Digital Studios, directs the monthly UCB East show Sketch Cram and UCB Beta Team The Punch, and is on the UCB Harold Team Big Margaret.
Matt was previously a staff writer for The Onion News Network and a contributing writer for The Onion News Network on IFC, Onion Sportsdome on... Read More
Jodi Lennon is an alumna of Chicagoâ€™s Second City, a member of The Annoyance Theatre, and a performer at IO. Jodi studied with Del Close, Mick Napier, Martin deMaat, David Pasquesi and others. As a member of The Annoyance Theatre, Lennon was a collaborator and performer in numerous plays and musicals including, Manson: The Musical, Co-ED Prison Sluts and Screw Puppies. She then moved to New... Read More
Molly is an NYC-based actor, currently performing with UCB house teams Stone Cold Fox (Friday nights @ 7:30 pm at UCB Chelsea) and Airwolf (Saturday nights @ 8:30 pm at UCB East). She co-stars in the feature film "My Best Day" (Sundance Film Festival 2012), in the short film "Dear Dog, I Love You" (Palm Springs Int'l Short Film Fest 2013), and has appeared on "Delocated" (Adult Swim/ Cartoon... Read More
Tim Martin is a performer and writer based in New York. He performs improv with the Harold team Badman and acts in the popular sketch shows Beneath Gristedes and the ECNY-nominated High School Talent Show. He also appeared in the widely reviled Miscreant Theater Company production of Chekhov's Ivanov, and his voice can heard in the characters of Ronin Dojo Community College DX. He is... Read More
Porter Mason has been performing improv since 1997 and has been performing at the UCBT since 2000. He was a founding member of Duke University Improv, and went on to teach beginner and advanced level improv classes at the DSI Theater in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as workshops at Duke University.
Porter began performing and directing at the UCBT in 2000, and has been involved in a... Read More
Rachael Mason is a writer and performer at the UCB Theater in New York City. She has performed in and/or written for the shows Half Empty, The Chuck D and Jawnee Anthology, and From Susan B to Britney's V and has written for house sketch teams iBadger, the Skuntz, and the long-running team Gramps. She is a member of indie video sketch team Rex: Video: Comedy and co-writer on the web series... Read More
Kerry McGuire is a New York based writer and improvisor.
She has studied under such teachers as Silvija Ozols, Caitlin Tegart, Neil Casey, Michael Delaney, Eliza Skinner, Doug Moe, Gavin Speiller and Shannon O'neil, among others and fun all. She's excited to be a writer for the Maude Team Charlemagne, and previously wrote for the team Thunder Gulch.
She can also be seen around town... Read More
Doug Moe is a comedic actor based out of the UCB Theatre since 1998. He is a member of legendary improv team MOTHER (2008 ECNY Winner, Best Improv Group), which had an unprecedented 7-year run at the UCB Theatre. He is a long-time member of the teaching faculty at UCB.
His latest one-person show DOUG MOE IS A BAD DAD (“Well written, well directed and well paced, this show was an all around... Read More
John Murray started studying with the UCB in 2004. He currently is a member of the UCB House Team Death By Roo Roo and can be seen performing with them every Saturday night. John is also member of the UCB Touring Company that performs improv in different venues across the country. He is a former member of the UCB Harold Team, Bastian, which as of November 2009 became the longest running Harold... Read More
Winston Noel has studied at UCBT since early 2007 with teachers including Will Hines, Joe Wengert, Anthony King, Zach Woods and Shannon O'Neill. He also studied acting at the Michael Howard Studios and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005. Winston has been in several plays around the city, and can be seen on the Internet in videos for collegehumor.com, commercials for Yahoo and... Read More
Shannon O'Neill is a veteran performer at the UCB Theatre NY. She has studied improvisation and sketch comedy under a plethora of teachers including, Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Michael Delaney, Billy Merritt, Kevin Mullaney and Armando Diaz and has been teaching at the UCB Training Center since 2005. You can see her improvise on Friday nights with The Stepfathers and Sunday's in... Read More
Silvija has studied and performed at the UCB Theatre since 2002 and currently performs with The Stepfathers on Friday nights. Her other UCB improv credits include the Harold team Creep, the long-running improvised-movie show Instant Cinema, and stints with the UCB Touring Company. She has studied with Billy Merritt, Michael Delaney, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Peter Gwinn, Sean Conroy, and Bob... Read More
Josh Patten has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since 2008, and can currently be seen every Saturday Night at UCB Chelsea with Grandma's Ashes and here and there with Fuck That Shit (A Comedy Team). Josh began studying and performing improv in 2005 with Washington Improv Theater in D.C. He has trained at the UCB since 2007, under the outstanding nonet of Charlie Todd, Shannon... Read More
Amber Petty has been studying at UCB since 2004 and is currently on the Harold Team Penthouse Riot. During her time at UCB she's studied with Ari Voukydis, Joe Wengert, Jackie Clarke, Jason Mantzoukas and many more. In addition to working with UCB on Harold night and in various sketch shows (her favorite was Penny's White Orphans), Amber has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts... Read More
Morgan has been studying and performing improv comedy since 1994. He can currently be seen on Fridays at 9pm with Diamond Lion (UCBeast), and sporadically with his indie team Get Paid (various seedy locations). Past groups include the touring company of Baby Wants Candy, the touring company and mainstage cast of Chicago City Limits, and Swarthmore College's Vertigo-Go. Read More
Zack Poitras is a member of the sketch group Pangea 3000, which has had multiple shows at the UCB and performed in festivals across the country. He is a contributing writer for The Onionand writer of The Onion's GOOMF sports videos. He has been published in McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals. He is a member of the Harold team The Regulars. He has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon... Read More
Ben Rameaka is an improviser, actor and voice over artist. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Vermont and an MFA from the now defunct Actor's Studio program at the New School. He has been in many UCB productions including KILLGORE, Greatest Concert Ever, and the hit show "Waiting For Obama: A Night At The Hall Of Presidents" which went to the San Francisco Sketchfest. He... Read More
A student at the UCB since 2008, Kate has studied under Porter Mason, Kevin Hines, Anthony Atamanuik, Shannon O'Neill, Will Hines, and Chris Gethard. She is a super proud member of the Harold team Sandino!! On the UCBNY stage, she has performed in THE BACHELOR: Romance, Roses, and Romance, The Sit Down and Shut Up Variety Hour, Killgore 2010: The New Blood, and with former Harold Team Scootch.... Read More
Craig Rowin is a writer, performer and video editor living in Brooklyn. He performs improv with The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, the UCB Harold Team Badman, and indie improv group, Sherpa. Craig writes and performs sketch with the UCB Maude Team Gramp's and is half of the two man sketch group Rory and Craig (www.roryandcraig.com), who performed their sketch show, Our Internet... Read More
Stephen Ruddy has been directing Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Jason Sudeikis, Megan Mullally, David Cross, Scott Adsit, and other comedy luminaries in UCBT’s Gravid Water since 2004, both in New York and LA. He is also the creator and a frequent performer. Stephen directs for The 52nd Street Project, NYU Graduate Acting’s Free Play series, and created the UCBT shows Chekhprov—with Scott Adsit,... Read More
David has been studying at the UCB Theatre since 2006, and he can currently be seen performing with "Sherlock & Cookies" as part of Harold Night. After performing with a number of house ensembles, David began teaching regularly in 2010. Before moving to New York, David studied and performed with Dirty South Improv. He's a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel... Read More
Gavin has been writing, performing and directing shows at the UCB Theatre since 2002. He 's studied under a number of fantastic teachers including Ian Roberts, Michael Delaney, Billy Merritt and Kevin Mullaney. Gavin currently performs improv with the UCB house team 1985 as well as improv and sketch with the independent group Rogue Elephant. He can also be seen in a number of video projects,... Read More
Achilles is a comedy writer and performer in New York City.
Achilles has been studying and performing improv and sketch at The UCB Theatre since January 2005. He is a veteran performer of UCB's Harold Night improv show, performing with the groups T.R.U.C.K.S., Whorenado, Penthouse Riot, andStandard Oil. Currently, he is on the weekend improv teamAirwolf, which performs at UCB's East Village... Read More
Abra is an actress and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She began studying at UCB in 2006 and has since performed on the Harold team, Bastian, and in the improvised soap opera "As the Diamond Burns." She also performed on the UCB sketch team, Dweeb, and in "Brad Sacks Gets A Handjob."
She currently improvises every Saturday night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with... Read More
Erik Tanouye has been improvising and performing in New York since 2001. He has studied with Michael Delaney, Armando Diaz, Kevin Mullaney, Billy Merritt, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and many others.
Erik Tanouye improvises with The Curfew, writes for the Maude Team Dinner and co-wrote the "BP Spills Coffee" video.
As an improviser, he has performed at Harold night for seven years as a member... Read More
Melinda Taub is a writer and stuff in New York City. As a proud member of UCB Beta team Diamonds, Wow! she writes videos for ucbcomedy.com. As a freelance writer, her work can be seen around the internet, including The Onion. She is big in the Netherlands. Read More
Charlie Todd has been performing, directing, and teaching comedy at the UCB Theatre since 2001. He has studied improv under UCB founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, among others. Charlie is the founder of the notorious prank collective Improv Everywhere, and his book, Causing a Scene, details his experiences with the group. Improv Everywhere's videos have been viewed over 300... Read More
Mike Trapp is a writer for the UCB sketch group Stone Cold Fox. He has been at the UCB Theater since 2008, studying improv and sketch under Erik Tanouye, Neil Casey, Kevin Hines, Doug Moe, Gavin Speiller, and Dominic Dierkes. In addition to his work on Maude Night, he acts as head writer for the UCB Comedyâ€™s blackout series, and has written for the shows "Neil Casey's Sentimental Irish... Read More
Terry began studying long form improv at the UCB in early 2007 where he has been lucky enough to train under such luminaries as Zach Woods, Joe Wengert, Charlie Todd, Erik Tanouye, Anthony King, Will Hines, Michael Delaney, Chris Gethard and Neil Casey. Terry is proud of the five harold teams he has performed on, Robber Baron, Standard Oil, Still Mike, Sandino and Sherlock & Cookies. He is an... Read More
Keisha Zollar is a performer at the UCB with her improv teams Doppelgänger and Lloyd team HOOPS and hosts the variety show The Soul Glo Project . Ms. Keisha comes to NYC from California where she received a BA in Theatre from UCSD and moved to NYC in 2002 to attend graduate school at The Actors Studio at the New School. Keisha earned her MFA in Acting circa 2005 and began taking classes at... Read More