Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company: Hip, hilarious improv that’s based on your suggestions

May 24, 2019 GMT

Looking to laugh until your face hurts? Want to see a show that’s never been seen before, and will never be live again? The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, co-founded by Amy Poehler, makes it happen.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB), has been the training ground for some of the biggest stars in comedy today. Its touring company creates hip, hilarious shows based on audience suggestions, with improv scenarios sparked by interviews with that evening’s audience members.

Two shows will be performed at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre. They take place Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, in the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre.


UCB says audience members can expect “a fast-paced 90 minutes” consisting of two halves of the freshest, long-form improv the nation has to offer.” The touring company’s cast members are “hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles.”

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According to a news release, these performers are the “next wave” of comedy superstars from the theater that introduced comedian greats such as Poehler (“Parks & Recreation”), Horatio Sanz (“Saturday Night Live”), Rob Corddry (“The Daily Show”) and many more.

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 8 p.m. $40. ($44.50 online and over the phone) 203-772-8242.