Off The Beaten Path: Upright Citizens Brigade

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UCB Theatre is leading the way in comedy.

In the heart of Chelsea, six blocks south of Madison Square Garden, you will find a gem hidden in plain sight. In a neighborhood surrounded by some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, the beaten path takes a detour around this small comedy club in favor of its overpriced counterparts.

The Upright Citizens Brigade is a beacon for all amateur comedians and people just looking for a good laugh. The provide classes for improve and sketch comedy at a variety of levels so even rookies to the comedy game can work on their craft. UCB was actually the first nationally accredited improve and sketch comedy school in the country, and many of the best comedians today have passed through these halls including Tina Fey, Zach Galifanakis, John Mulaney, Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza and Nick Kroll.

More importantly, to those who are visiting NYC for a short time, UCB Theatre hosts live comedy shows seven nights a week. Often free, and rarely more than $5 to get in, the brigade’s classes are always performing and stand-up comedians also come out for some fun.

Next time you’re looking for a top-flight comedy show in NYC, avoid the price gauging shows and clubs that require a two drink minimum at $12 a pop- go see the comedy stars of tomorrow at the UCB Theatere. Also, check out UCB East, UBC Theatre’s East Village counterpart.


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