Today, the Upright Citizens Brigade is a bicoastal force and national comedy brand. But in 1999, when founding members Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts opened their first theater in a former strip club, nobody would have mistaken it for a landmark. The quartet opened the shabby dive as a haven for long-form improv; there, they performed their weekly Sunday night ASSSSCAT shows (joined by Saturday Night Live cast members and Late Night with Conan O’Brien writer/performers trying to stay in fighting improv shape) and taught a new generation of comedians their craft. Looking back on this era is like seeing the origin story of today’s TV comedy casts: People like Rob Corddry, Huebel and Riggle, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Ed Helms…
aubrey just because you’re in the corner of the shot doesn’t mean you can just make faces. jfc.
Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza are going to be in a JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound music video! Whoa!