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I-Mockery and Upright Citizens Brigade, sitting in a tree…

As many of you know, I-Mockery spearheaded a big campaign to get the first season of the Upright Citizens Brigade released on DVD. Thousands of people signed it and some even hand-delivered it to Comedy Central's offices, and as a result, the DVD was released (and season 2 is finally on the way). The original cast members were even cool enough to send me a nice "thank you" package in the mail a while back. Truly spiffy stuff...

I'm a card carrying member!

Well, I didn't really tell anybody about this, but over the past two months I've been taking long-form improv classes with the Upright Citizens Brigade. It's something I've always been interested in, and getting to train with the UCB alumni is one of those LA opportunities that I simply could not pass up while living out here. It also proved to be a great way for me to get out from writing behind the computer all the time and instead get up on stage. The class really kept all of us on our feet at all times... constantly making you think and act fast. Having seen UCB's "Asssscat" show live, this class only made me further appreciate just how talented those guys really are.

Anyway, for our final class assignment, we actually got to put on a show last night at the UCB Theatre here in LA. I, like many others, were worried we were gonna absolutely suck, so I didn't bother inviting anybody because I didn't want to waste their time. I mean, how could we not suck when you see what the UCB veterans were capable of doing? Amazingly enough, our class did far better at the live show than we ever did during our classes. I guess we all somehow reacted better to the added pressure of a live performance.

All in all, it's been a great experience for me and I had a lot of fun doing the show. I even got to emerge from a pregnant scientologist's womb as the almighty Xenu in front of a live audience! How many people can say that?

I definitely plan on taking the level 2 course, but I'll probably hold off 'til next month since the rest of July I'll be busy with hunting for a new place to live and the San Diego Comic-Con. Once that stuff is out of the way, I'll be signing up for my level 2 classes. Next time I promise I'll announce the show that I'm going to be in for those of you who are interested in attending. I'm also going to make a point to attend some of UCB's improv jams where we students can join in the action.

Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to the other students in my class who were a lot of fun to work with and play off of, and of course to our ever-so-helpful instructor, Will McLaughlin.

Don't Think. Viva La Chaos!



The Richard Man (Guest) on 07/16/2007 1:44 pm

"Dance for me boy, dance for me like your dead mother used to."

Pretty funny show, I installed a hot chicks room in my house because of this show.


protoclown (Guest) on 07/16/2007 1:58 pm

Damn dude! That's pretty cool! Congrats on your live show! I'm only sorry I wasn't there to throw tomatoes at you. :(


-RoG- (Guest) on 07/16/2007 2:47 pm

I wish you had been there to throw those tomatoes. Imagine the laughs we would've received for dragging a tomato-chucking audience member up onto the stage and beating him to death! That's the kind of entertainment money just can't buy!


Ivan (Guest) on 07/16/2007 4:32 pm

Haha lucky! Wait are you just looking for a hotel to stay at or are you permanently leaving Los Angeles? :[


Shadow40000 (Guest) on 07/16/2007 7:20 pm

RoG was born as Xenu?

...suddenly it all makes sense!


James (Guest) on 07/16/2007 10:49 pm

Rog, you want to move! But with the random Chyna drunkeness it sounds like you are in the hot Hollywood spot.


BakaGaikin (Guest) on 07/17/2007 9:06 am

So the classes are worth it, huh? I've been thinking about taking them here in NY. You've inspired me, I think I'll sign up!


-RoG- (Guest) on 07/17/2007 11:30 am

Ivan, haha clearly I'm not leaving Los Angeles as I already said I'll be taking the level 2 class. We're just going to be moving closer to West Hollywood so we can be more central to everything (not to mention to help cut down Re's commute).

Shadow4000, if you're gonna be reborn, you might as well do it in style. So what better way to do it than to emerge as a fictional money-hungry alien with countless brainwashed followers?

James, I'm sure wherever I go, drunken Chyna will follow. I'll even leave a trail of pharmaceuticals for her.

BakaGaikin, yeah it's definitely worth taking the classes and you'll have a lot of fun with it. Lemme know how it goes!


Noah (Guest) on 07/17/2007 2:28 pm

Duuuuude! Fuck you! I'm so jealous! I once got watch Loretta, an improv group who performed at the UCB Theater in New York play a game of Harold at Central Connecticut State University (where I hope to go to major in Theatre). I someday hope to perform Improv at the UCB Theater!


Nyarlathotep (Guest) on 07/17/2007 9:09 pm

FOR MAX BURBANK: HARRY POTTER SPOILERS (If he did not see them already):
-Burbage dies on pg. 12
-Hedwig dies on pg. 56
-Mad-Eye dies on pg. 78
-Scrimgeour dies on pg. 159
-Wormtail dies on pg. 471
-Dobby dies on pg. 476
-Snape gets killed by Voldemort on pg. 658
-Fred Weasley dies on pg. 637
-Harry gets messed up by Voldemort on pg. 704
-Comes back to life on pg. 724
-Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevy have their deaths confirmed on pg. 743
-Voldemort kills himself on pg. 743
-Ron has married Hermione, their two children are named Rose and Hugo
-Harry has married Ginny, their three children are named Lily, James, and Albus Severus.
-Draco Malfoy has a son named Scorpius


Jesse B. (Guest) on 07/18/2007 5:45 am

Where does Re work in Hollywood?

Also, just to add to the nicknames I gave you, you are now -UcB-


i-mock-you- (Guest) on 07/19/2007 10:26 am

Congrats on the good show RoG.


JC (Guest) on 07/20/2007 9:08 am

Wow very cool! Congrats! It's something i've always wanted to do here at the UCB in NY but I KNOW i dont have the nerve or skills for it. Didn't anyone videotape your class??


-RoG- (Guest) on 07/20/2007 7:03 pm

Jesse, she's an art director at an internet company on Sunset blvd.

i-mock-you, thankee!

JC, hehe no cuz I didn't invite anybody I knew to it, but next time I have a show maybe I'll get somebody to tape it or snap a few pics. As for taking a class in NY, give it a try... you might surprise yourself.

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