This week, the UCB Round Up prepares for Katie Fisher Day (katiefisherday.org) by presenting Matt Fisher with plate after plate of delicious cookies. Todd Bieber also joins Matt to discuss UCB Comedy Digital. Katie Fisher Day and the due date for UCB Comedy’s Digital applications are both on this upcoming Wednesday, March 12th.
Sketchy Advice: A comedy writing column from UCB Comedy. Established sketch writers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre offer sketch students advice on being creative, the writing process, and adding to a writer’s room.
This week’s featured writer is Achilles Stamatelaky, a writer for UCB Comedy’s Beta team SCRAPS, writer for UCB’s Maude team (212), improviser on the weekend team Airwolf, and instructor at UCB’s Training Center.
See more of Achilles by reserving tickets to Maude Night (Mondays @ 9:30 PM at UCB Chelsea) or Airwolf (Saturdays @ 8:30 PM at the UCB East), watching SCRAPS on YouTube, or checking out his Twitter (@astamate) and Tumblr (iamachilles.tumblr.com).
A List of Things That Motivate Me To Write
Achilles is a comedy writer and performer in New York City. Achilles has been studying and performing improv and sketch at The UCB Theatre for almost a decade. He is a veteran performer of UCB’s Harold Night improv show, performing with the groups T.R.U.C.K.S., Whorenado, Penthouse Riot, and Standard Oil. Currently, he is on the weekend improv team Airwolf, which performs at UCB’s East Village theatre every Saturday at 8:30 PM. He was also a founding member of the improv group Hot Lather, which created UCB’s popular long-running improvised soap opera As The Diamond Burns. Achilles is a writer for (212), which performs a brand new sketch show every month at Maude Night, and a writer for the BETA team Scraps, which produces video content for UCBComedy.com and UCB’s YouTube Channel. His sketches have been featured on Splitsider, NY Magazine’s “Vulture Blog”, and Roger Ebert’s blog. He has appeared in other shows at UCB including One Night Stand, The Hogwarts Improvisation Society, and CageMatch among others. He has also created two sold out Harry Potter-themed shows for UCB: Up Late! With Lord Voldemort! (2007) which was featured in The Gothamist and NY Magazine’s “Vulture Blog”; and The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical! (2010 and 2011), which was featured in TimeOut NY, The Huffington Post, and WNYC. He also directed, produced, and wrote for The Heisenberg and Friends Breaking Bad Variety Hour (2013), a sold out Breaking Bad-themed show. Outside of UCB, Achilles has studied at The Magnet Theater with Armando Diaz and independently with Christina Gausas. Achilles has also worked as a writer’s assistant for the Onion News Network and developed a pilot for Sirius Satellite Radio. He has also performed throughout New York City with dozens of independent improv groups. He has written for YouTube’s Official Comedy channel and Plume Publishing’s Coloring For Grown-Ups Series. He has appeared in commercials for Nickelodeon and ESPN, various internet videos, and appeared on Comedy Central for The Colbert Report and Broad City. Achilles is an instructor at the UCB Training Center. He hopes to own a really big TV one day.
It’s our #TBT UCB Original! From August, 2011: Lisa Frank: a PARODY by UCB’s Diamonds Wow!
In this compelling biopic, artist Lisa Frank makes the school supply world safe for teddy bears with top hats.
Just hanging out.
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Our WCW this week is the oh-so-funny Nicole Byer!
Photo courtesy of www.ucbcomedy.com
If you’ve been near a TV, computer, or stage recently, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Nicole Byer. This delightful comedian is dominating the TV world on MTV’s Girl Code, not to mention appearances on mega hits like 30 Rock and the former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She’s also been in a ton of funny internet vids including a bunch from UCB Comedy. Watch them below!:
Nicole Byer started performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2010. Although she was born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole is currently living and being hilarious in Los Angeles. She is on the UCBTLA Maude Team, New Money, and was previously a member of the improv and sketch teams Dweeb, Standard Oil, Fambly, Bucky, Dance Break, Johnny Romance, and Cooper. Nicole is also part of the long-form indie improv team Doppelganger, along with Sasheer Zamata and Keisha Zollar. Past UCB shows that Nicole has been part of include The Bachelor: Romance, Roses, and Romance, Cool Show 4 Teen Girlz!, DIVAS LIVE: A Benefit for Baby Diva, and the list goes on. She is currently performing in Cat Ladies, a long-form improv show starring, you guessed it, cat ladies, and Search History, an improv show where your embarrassing search history becomes comedy gold.
Nicole on MTV’s Girl Code. Photo courtesy of www.mtv.com
Doppelganger. Photo courtesy of www.heragenda.com
As previously mentioned, Nicole has been featured in many TV shows and on the World Wide Web (can we still call it that? #throwback #amiright?). In addition to Girl Code, 30 Rock and Late Night, Nicole has been featured on Charlemagne and Friends, The Birthday Boys, Adult Swim, and MTV’s Weekend Brunch. She’s been in videos from CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. She’s also starred in tons of videos from UCB Comedy including the incredibly successful web series “Pursuit of Sexiness” which she created, wrote and starred in with her bffl Sasheer Zamata. ”Pursuit of Sexiness” was called “one of the top ten web series of 2013” by Variety Magazine which is a pretty huge deal.
Photo courtesy of www.papermag.com
Nicole has been receiving tons of well deserved accolades as a performer, too. She was called one of the “25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know” by Flavorwire last month and in November, she was featured on The Jane Dough’s “30 Under 35: Female Comedians to Watch” list. Not surprisingly, Paper Mag named Nicole one of the most people beautiful people in their “Most Beautiful People” feature. We couldn’t agree more! But Nicole isn’t just talented, smart, and one of the most beautiful people in the world. She’s also inspiring. That’s why we’re also not surprised that she was interviewed by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls’ blog “Smart Talk” for their 2014 Galentine’s Day celebration. Read the interview here: http://amysmartgirls.com/2014/02/my-funny-galentine-an-interview-with-mtvs-nicole-byer/!
Nicole’s future is shining bright and we’re excited to see what happens next for our #WCW!!
Official UCB Comedy Profile: http://www.ucbcomedy.com/user/13058
Follow her on Twitter and check out her blog: http://nicolebyer.tumblr.com/
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TruTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show, Friends of the People, part of an effort to diversify its programming and raise the production values of its shows, said Chris Linn, presiden…
Read the full article at Variety.
This show will feature some fantastic UCB regulars…We can’t wait!!!