When the coronavirus pandemic started shutting down various entertainment venues, the famed Upright Citizens Brigade improv and sketch comedy theater was quick to shutter their doors. But it also came with unfortunate layoffs for theater employees in Los Angeles and New York in order to save as much money as possible while there weren’t any shows to bring in revenue. However, it appears that wasn’t enough to stay afloat in New York, because UCB has announced the permanent closure of their theater in Hell’s Kitchen and their training center on Eighth Avenue. Read More »
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 »
Briefly: Will Ferrell is turning to Kevin Hart for help, and a Tropic Thunder writer is going to watch over it all. Etan Cohen, who co-wrote Tropic Thunder, will direct Get Hard, scripted by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel.
The film is about “a wealthy investment bank manager who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car.” A guess says that Ferrell plays the banker and Hart the car wash guy, though there’d probably be a lot more comedy if the casting was reversed. “Get hard,” in this instance, is obviously talking about the bank managers’ effort to toughen up before going to the pen, but this being a Ferrell project there’ll probably be a couple viagra and/or prison sex jokes in there, too.
Up until now, odds are Robbie Pickering‘s film Kitchen Sink hasn’t been on your radar. That’s about to change. The genre mashup written by Oren Uziel (who Sony also hired to write Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street 2) placed on The Black List, and was almost the directorial debut of Jonah Hill before Pickering (Natural Selection) came on board to direct. The movie is about to start filming with a cast that includes Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Joan Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. Plus, three more names have just joined the cast. They are comedic everyman Ian Roberts, pop culture genius Patton Oswalt and Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk.
Oh, right, Kitchen Sink is a film about a world where vampires, humans and zombies all live together and must band together to stop an alien invasion. Read More »
Jim Carrey is looking to star in Me Time for 20th Century Fox.
Ian Roberts and Jay Martel’s spec script follows a novelist who is writing a book about his great-great-frontier-woman-grandmother. His pregnant wife has to go on bed rest, leaving him to care for the house and child. His confidence is shaken as he reads his ancestor’s diary, in which she describes raising a family, plowing the fields and taming the wild environs, according to Variety.Â The plot seems rather uninteresting to me.
Roberts and Martel have a script set up at Dreamworks which is set in the world of the air guitar championships. Now that’s what I want to see – a fictionalized version of Air Guitar Nation.