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UCB Theatre Sketch and Improv Team Astronomy Club Lands Comedy Series Deal on Netflix

Jul 17, 2019
By: Tulio Espinoza

Astronomy Club is coming to Netflix! The streaming platform has ordered six half-hour episodes for the self-titled show, and will be taken on by executive producer and Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris. Astronomy Club started as a UCBTNY Lloyd Team in 2013, spun off into a sketch show “A Journey Through Black History”, which ran at the UCB Theatre for over a year, and performed in their improv shows “Let’s Talk About Race, Baby!” and “It’s In The Stars”.  

Astronomy Club’s sketch series will feature UCB Theatre alum in its cast and writing team, with Jonathan Braylock and Keisha Zollar as head writers, and the cast includes Caroline Martin, Ray Cordova, James III, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses, and Shawtane Bowen. You can see Caroline performing regularly with The Curfew on Saturdays at UCBT Hell’s Kitchen, and Monique with Airwolf on Saturdays at SubCulture. 

Read the full story at Variety here. 

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Congratulations to UCB Writers and Performers in CBS Diversity Showcase

Jan 4, 2019
By: Tulio Espinoza

CBS has announced the writers and performers featured in their 2019 Diversity Sketch Writing Showcase. This year there will be six shows in El Portal theater in Los Angeles, starting on January 15th.
Congratulations to all the UCB writers, performers, and alumni who are part of the showcase!"

Ashleigh Hairston
Daniel Acker
David Brandyn
Joe Conti
Kaitlyn Tanimoto
Leonard Robinson
Leslie-Anne Huff
Mike Rose
Peter Kim
Shirin Najafi
Steph Garcia

Alex Ellis
Andy Bustillos
Anna Rajo
Lou Gonzalez
Filip Jeremic
Carolina Montenegro
Chris Renfro
Dan Lee
DJ Pryor
Emily Fightmaster
Fray Forde
Katy Fullan
Marc-Sully Saint-Fleur
Mike Millan
Nikki Mckenzie
Rashawn Nadine Scott
Rasheda S. Crockett
Shukri Abdi
Tien Tran
Waleed Mansour
Yasmin Kassim

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