Upright Citizens Brigade
“When I started at [Upright Citizens Brigade], I thought it was going to be, ‘Oh, I’m going to take levels one through three … and then I’ll audition for 'Saturday Night Live,' and then I’ll get a movie deal, and then I’ll have my own show’… I was so clueless! I thought that there was a formula; I thought there was a quick fix; I thought that I was going to be taken care of in institutional terms.”
But Poehler, sans the marketshare of such A-listers, has a following based on something more personal and finely honed. Of course, she's spectacularly funny (she was especially so Friday night, constantly riffing for the hour-plus that she was onstage), but it's also Poehler's message of female empowerment, her apparent accessibility, and her brand of humor—pop culturally literate, a little folksy, oscillating between raunch and a cultivated naïveté—that create this sense of connection.(6)
Real Estate in New York City provides the inspiration behind Brandon Scott Jones’ Upright Citizens Brigade performance, This Is Not A Sketch Show: A Sketch Show, the latest installment of which takes place tonight at the UCB Theater on West 26th Street. This theater is not to be confused with the new UCB East Theatre, which seems like the one-percenters version of UCB. And that matters: Apartment-hunting is the show’s subject, and it's the now very familiar basement performance space that Jones, who plays the part of a too-enthusiastic broker, is trying to sell the audience.