Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisation and Sketch Comedy Training Center

Erik Tanouye

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 of Grandma's Ashes, Bastian, The Scam, 1985, The Shoves, and Dillinger. He also performed in the shows Proceed With Honor, Red Christmas, and The Mosaic NYC. His directing credits include I Eat Pandas, T.J. Monkeys, and Maude Night, and he has taught workshops at colleges and high schools up and down the East Coast.

Before moving to New York, he improvised with the Dog Day Players at Dartmouth College, where he got a degree in English and creative writing. He also worked for the Telluride Film Festival and has written for and appeared in pilots for Comedy Central and HBO.

He is currently the Director of Student Affairs for the UCB Training Center in New York.

His website is: www.writeitlikedisaster.com

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