The UCB Show

If you’re a comedy fan, then you’ve probably heard of the Upright Citizens Brigade. The improv troupe formed by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin emerged out of Chicago in the early ’90s and went on to get its own TV show on Comedy Central for three seasons, as well as open two world-famous improv theaters in Los Angeles and New York City.

Now Poehler, Roberts, Walsh and Besser are back with a new project called The UCB Show for an exciting new online comedy subscription service called Seeso.com. You will undoubtedly find something in the comedy world that you love on the site, whether it’s old favorites like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock or just plain old stand-up and improv. Check it out! Read More »

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Star Wars jizz

Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.

The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »

Space Jam Live Read

Generally when a group puts on a live read, they pick a script of reverence. An Oscar-winner like The Usual Suspects, a classic comedy like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters, maybe a stage masterpiece like Glengarry Glen Ross. When Funny or Die does it, they go a little out of the box. They do Space Jam.

Michael Jordan famously starred in the 1996 animated hit, which blended live actors with the Looney Tunes in a sci-fi, comedic, basketball romp. For kids of that era, the film became a classic. For anyone who has seen it since, it doesn’t quite hold up. But it’s fun, with a nostalgic appeal, and so Funny or Die recruited an all-star cast to read the script. Literally. NBA All-Star Blake Griffin read the role of Jordan and a slew of comedians and actors filled in the other roles, such as Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and others.

Below, watch – not the whole thing – but a good 10-minute highlight of the Space Jam live read. Read More »

UPDATE: As co-writer/director Matt Besser has explained in the comments below, the trailer went public prematurely and it’s been taken down until a release date has been secured. We’ll update when it’s live again.

For all those who have grown weary from the constant surge of spoofs that rely more on topicality than actual jokes, this could be the antidote. From the creators of the Upright Citizens Brigade comes Freak Dance, a self-described “hilarious, in-your-face major motion picture musical about good, evil, dance, saving dance from evil for good, and the greatest love story ever told…about dancers”.

If the film bears any similarity to the Wayans brothers’ latest spoof Dance Flick, pay no mind. The UCB — a frequently hilarious improv and sketch comedy group whose TV show ran for three seasons on Comedy Central in the late ’90s — first developed Freak Dance as a live show well before that movie existed, and it played so well that now they’ve made it into a movie. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »