Posts Tagged ‘UCB’

6/14/08 Recap – Cowboys, Mexican Doctors, No Sleep and more

June 15, 2008

This all really starts Friday. I’d ended up going in to work late, like 3pm late. I took a half day so I could take one final improv class with my 201 group. I hadn’t been in class with them since the previous Friday, and though I’d mad up two classes (letting my continue to 301) I wanted to do one more class with them before our graduation performance.

Friday at 6pm I get a text from Jake telling me he’s heading over to the 48 film fest to get our mission. When next I hear from him, I find out our genre is Musical or Western. We’re both dead set on doing a western, thank god.

After work I head over to his place and from about 9pm to 1am people spit ball some ideas and I write a 5 page script called ‘No Country Fried Steak Men’ for lack of a better title (at this point I’d just call it ‘No Country for Men’) but I don’t know if the guys have already done the title screen, so whatever.

Saturday at 8:30am Jake, Sean and myself meet for coffee and to figure out a shooting schedule, a shooting schedule that has me leaving our location at 4pm so I can go do my improv show.

Shooting starts way after schedule, as we’re still in Hollywood running around getting things at 10am and not 40 minutes away in the forest we’re shooting in, and when we do get there we’re waiting for the camera to show up. Once we start shooting things seem to take shape and go pretty fast. I’m the villain, the beautiful curves in the picture are Kelsy the hero.

So by 4pm I’m still on location and we’re pushing things to get a few last shots of me, and Schleppy who’s my ride back to my show. I end up cutting my own death scene, telling them to just cut to black and make a gun shot.

So we ride back to LA and actually make record time, enough to run back to my place. I get changed and we go wait at the theater. My class shows up and we do a practice session and then start the show at 6. (thanks to Schleppy there’s actually footage I’ll cut up and put on Youtube later).

If I remember correctly our audience suggestion was ‘Flip Flop’ we then do a word association pattern game
to find more words, themes and ideas to then build scenes off of. At some point in the game some one says bad doctors and mexico, something like that. So I build a scene with my partner in which I give him a compliment and then tell him some really bad news. I could probably talk alot about improv on a clinical level but I doubt it’s that interesting. I’ll get the video up, that’ll be more fun

Anyway it’s been a long ass day, even though it’s the day after I’m still tired and still not done.

Today I’m heading over to the ADR guy to do some voice over work for the film. Hopefully I’ll be able to put this up on youtube after the film fest is over.


Live On Stage @ UCB (again)

June 12, 2008

Welp it seems like just two weeks ago I was having a graduation show at UCB, and in fact it was. I went on to a 201 Intensive class 4 classes a week, 2 weeks so…

It’s time for another Gradation Show:

5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 908-8702

$5 Saturday Jun 14 6:30 pm Improv 201 Intensive

The show will last an hour, and I’ll be in one of two groups for 20 to 25 minutes, we’ll take a suggestion from the audience and then do a word association type game and create scenes on the fly off of that.

So it maybe amazing or failtacular. Either way you get to point and laugh, so it’s win win for you. Right?

Live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater

May 19, 2008
  • Graduation Show
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UCB Flyer Come Check out my Class Performance for Improv 101.

It’ll be about an hour roughly So come and check it out.

Tuesday May 20th 6:30pm $5
at the

Upright Citizens Brigade

5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 908-8702

If you have any questions about me or anything at all now’s the time to ask.

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End of an Era

May 8, 2008

For weeks now I’ve been going to the Wednesday night Cage match at LA’s UCB theater. And for weeks
, 44 of them that is every night has ended the same way

“Convoy Wins”

Convoy, is liquid magic rolled in to a taco, with a natural 18 on 3D6 and the corporeal form of three seemingly harmless 20 somethings, 2 named Alex and a Todd.

Well 44 weeks and they broke records becoming the longest running winners at the UCB Cagematch. (I’m not sure if that’s goes for the NY theater as well) but tonight the 3 man Team from Vassar faced off for a second time with the 2 man team of Kapesh.

Both teams had a great night, but I’ve seen Convoy have far better nights and I could tell from the audiences laughter that Kapesh was pulling some major mojo. But when it all came down to it, and Will came out to announce the winners I was still shocked to hear “Convoy has been defeated” and from what I heard afterword by something like 60 to 25 votes.

So truly a historic night at the UCB theater.

Mission Improvable.

May 1, 2008

For starters looks like I need to create a new category for Improv related posts.

So last night I went to TNT – Tuesday Night Thunder for a couple of shows and more importantly the 11 O’clock Improv Jam.

For those not in the know, the Jam is like an open mic for improv comics. The crowd is broken in to 3 groups of roughly 14 people and come up to perform improv for about 20 minutes. I’ve done two of these before and basically did nothing. Once I just stood on the back wall, and the other time I was a statue of Jesus.

Well thankfully this time was different. It’s kind of a hard thing to recap improv. It’s this liquidy semi tangible entertainment that just has to really be experienced. If I just tell you I was a Tang dealer I feel like the words have no meaning what so ever. But the very truth of it is, I was a Tang Dealer.

A scene evolved in which A woman (Marrissa) thought Vitamin C was a drug, she couldn’t get enough of it. So Naturally I approached her as a trench coat wearing drug dealer selling packets of Tang. She was tapped out and Jay entered as my Drug boss, complaining to me about a loss of revenue. I simply explain that Cocaine was too expensive and Tang was easier for people to afford. At which point an astronaut entered the scene looking for a score, thus solidifying my point

But the main point was I didn’t just stand on the back wall and in fact I did something that pulled the show along and sparked several mini scenes. So all in all my best Jam yet.

The Improv World

April 16, 2008

Monday night at UCB I ran in to Harrison, meet him a couple weeks ago and have been running in to him at UCB since. Monday he tells me about this thing he puts on Tuesdays. A special improv night for students and people in the UCB community. Which I’ve now infiltrated. I half expect him to tell me a password and when I get there to find a thick door with a slot that slides open, revealing a pair of eyes that ask me for the password.

It turns out, it’s not a 1920’s speak easy at all, but a very small theater that can seat about 25 people and it’s free. That is, it’s all donation based. I showed up at 8 and left at sometime after midnight. At 11 they do a Jam, which basically means an open mic for improv performers. They ask who wants to come up, and then divide up the people that raise their hands in to groups. I was in group 3.

So last night marked my first time officially doing improv on stage. I half expected to just hang on the wall, but at some point they started talking about God in a museum, so I saw my opening an walked out as a statue of jesus and stood there for like 3 minute, while jokes were made.

And that was pretty much it, but I did something.

Afterword I talked with a bunch of the players and Harrison told me he himself was scared as hell the first time he went up. So I think I’m just par for the course. Hell the other night at the UCB Jam I saw several people that never made it past wall flowering, so maybe I’m ahead of the jam. Now I just need to think on my feet, and maybe not laugh while I’m a statue of jesus.

Checking Out

April 15, 2008

I have just under two weeks of work left on this show, but I’m already checked out. I’m already slacking off (not that there’s anything to do most of the time.) Started cleaning out my desk today, added up all my petty cash – I’m $25 under. Need to see if I can justify spending $25 bucks in the next two weeks on something 😉 I probably won’t.

My trash can is soon to be overflowing with a trees worth of unneeded paper and I’m listening to Dinosaur Jr. on a particularly gray day here in LA, not to mention it being tax day and all. I’ve yet to get on that.

Yay Responsibility.

I’m doing the UCB shows almost every night now, Sunday was Asssscat with special guest Tim Meadows, passed by Bob Odenkirk in the lobby. Last night was the long for Jam, which is like open mic for Improv. I’m thinking next week I may pretend I have balls and try to go on stage for that.

In the meantime, this production company says it won’t have any new shows till maybe June, and they’re not positive about that. But honestly I’m in no rush to jump in to a new job. I want to try to use this time to create something bigger than I have before. I have like 20 ideas all at once, and I think I just need to latch on to one or two and make those happen and see if it takes off.

UCB Myspace & Cage Match

April 11, 2008

My Spree of shows at the UCB continues, and things just get crazier.

myspace at the del close marathon

So I wander over somewhere around 9pm last night to get ready to stand in line for an improv show called MySpace. I’ve been noticing there’s a lot of regulars pulling this improv every night schedule, and I’m slowly picking up names to go with faces. I average trying to learn at least one regulars name and one performers name per night.

That’s neither here nor there, so I’ll just explain how Myspace works. A member of the audience is selected and brought up on stage next to a guy with a laptop which is projected on a screen. They then talk to the victim for a few minutes about different things on his/her page. They run through some of the pictures etc. and then they do improv scenes based on everything for 15 to 20 minutes.

Then they grab another audience member and do it all over again.
So they grab some guy who it turns out works for the Ellen Show and suddenly I’m stuck trying to remember the name of my friend of a friend that works there. Unfortunately it’s not till just now that I remember her name is Robyn. oh well.

The interview is pretty amusing, I wish I could remember the guys name so I could show you the hilarity of his pictures. But I don’t. A key note was every picture was both tagged with his name and a caption (on the pic) like “Posing” or “bringing sexy back”. Hilariousness.


So after the first round the gang called for a second volunteer and nobody raised their hand. So I stepped up to the plate and they called me up. Pulled up my profile and we talked. We talked about all the girls in my top friends, having worked on beauty and the geek, My Cat making videos, my own videos. We watched a video, a live room of maybe 50 people watched my head.

And then after what seemed like 15 minutes in itself they did their improv thing. It was pretty cool, pretty funny, and pretty awkward.

But I had a good time, people laughed at things I did, and I could see it happening. Not to mention, and most of all I was on stage and I didn’t lock up, or freeze, or come off like a moron. I don’t remember being able to see the audience very well, which I think helped.

After the show I hung outside and shook hands with a few people from UCB, from the show, people I’d seen around when this guy came over to me. A giant guy and his giant friend and he asked…

“Hey Raz, can we get a picture?”

So of course I said yes, I asked him his name. He said Zack. I think that’s officially the first time a complete stranger has recognized me and asked for a picture with me. It’s pretty amusing. So Zack if you’re out there and you got that picture from your friends cell phone to somewhere online, let me know cause it’s kind of historic to me I’d like to see it.

Oh yea as a final note I went back to UCB last night and a couple of people told me they enjoyed my myspace 🙂

Cheer the Fuck up!

April 10, 2008

Here’s a happy Uterus to get you through to the weekend!


Originally uploaded by Dyna Moe

Interrupted Sex Tape

April 10, 2008

So the other night I saw a show at UCB and in one sketch there was this redhead. I then saw her again in the audience the other night and decided to see if she had any clips on the UCB site… and low and behold I found this amazing thing. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

wordpress is being kind of bitch about me embedding it, so looks like a link only for now.

So click on the link and enjoy. Laugh your ass off. I loved it.