improv4humans4music vol. 1

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improv4humans4music order here now!

A Newbury Comics exclusive color vinyl pressing. All proceeds go to Save Our Stages

Improv4Humans is known as the best improv comedy podcast in the universe. That’s what you would expect from host Matt Besser, co-founder and legend of The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Training Center, and his limitless supply of all-star guest improvisers every week. What is lesser known is that in a quest for comedic inspiration, I4H has quietly amassed a vast catalog of some of the best, most intimate and well produced live musical performances ever captured on a podcast, by some of the most creative and exciting artists in music today.

Radio performances too often sound disposable, and podcasts are known to sound like a bedroom hobby, but producer and longtime Earwolf lead engineer Brett Morris saw an opportunity in the medium to produce each live performance more like a record than a broadcast. From classic singer-songwriters to seven-piece orchestral bands to digital avant garde, each artist sounds at their very best and many fans have considered these performances as essential versions.

For the first time ever, a curated set of these performances is now released on its own, remastered on beautiful colored vinyl with original artwork by Aaron Nestor. Better yet, every sale goes toward supporting #SAVEOURSTAGES, the mission by NIVA to rescue and assist independent venues devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enjoy Volume 1 of improv4humans4music. Album includes a digital download.

  1. The Family Crest – Beneath The Brine
  2. Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
  3. Ordinary Elephant – I’m Alright
  4. Lucero – Shelter
  5. Laura Stevenson – Bells & Whistles
  6. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
  7. San Fermin – Cairo
  8. Waxahatchee – Bathtub
  9. Austin Lucas – Somebody Loves You
  10. Ben Lee – Apple Candy
  11. Drag The River – Beautiful & Damned
  12. Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying

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Arkansas shows not happening – September

All summer I have been promoting shows that would be doing at the beginning of September. For all the obvious reasons I will not be doing those shows. I will indeed be attending the Hogs vs. Longhorns. Therefore will be in town starting Thursday. Woo pig sooie…

If you live in North West Arkansas check out this website NATURAL STATE COMEDY which supports comedy shows in the area!

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The Estates of Perfection – (limited run podcast series)

Welcome to The Estates Of Perfection. A comedy about the techno-utopian community of the future, where clones, drones and codes of living ensure nothing bad ever happens… From the mind of Matt Besser, produced by Brett Morris. Featuring an all-star cast of Mary Holland, Andy Richter, John Gemberling, Danielle Schneider, Mookie Blaiklock, Laci Mosley, Lou Wilson, Betsy Sodaro, Dan Lippert, Kenny Stevenson and more. Listen exclusively on Stitcher Premium. For a free month, go to, select a monthly plan and enter the promo code ESTATES

First episode available for FREE on Earwolf here

Estates of Perfection on Stitcher
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audio book available now – UCB comedy improvisation manual

Our improv book is now available on audio!

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation. Written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding “the game” of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, such as “The Harold” and “The Movie”. 

A practical “how to” book, the guide provides exercises throughout to help the listener master each new concept and technique introduced. While the manual is written to be understood by beginners with no previous exposure to improvisational comedy, experienced improvisors will find it to be an excellent resource for honing their skills, clarifying concepts, and generally taking their work to a higher level.




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SMOKE ME UP new potcast with Besser, Gabrus, & Horatio

SMOKE ME UP potcast on these podcast platforms…

SUBSCRIBE NOW to our podcast and our Youtube channel!!!




Why did it take so long? Finally a podcast about marijuana called “Smoke Me Up“. It’s being hosted by the super cool Starburns network. We review at least one new strain a week, and then we do our Highly Recommends of films, tv, and music we’re consuming while consuming. We tour cannabis grows, road trip to review dispensaries, and interview budtenders. Mostly we’re making each other laugh, so join in every Monday when we release a new SMOKE ME UP potcast with Matt Besser, Jon Gabrus, and Horatio Sanz.

If you’re in the cannabis industry and would like to be on the show write me at or contact me on Twitter.

This is a new potcast so tell all your stoners buds in time for 420…

spread the word to all your stoner buddies, Smoke Me Up potcast is on the air!
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UCB Theater online

The UCB Theater training center is now teaching sketch, improv, character, and writing courses online! Sign up for this today. Also check out the special one hour Zoom Q&As we’re doing.

UCB training center courses now online
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POT HUMOR – Matt Besser’s standup special available now!

Great news!
The video version of my standup special is available NOW!
And also the audio album on Apple & Spotify!!!

If you have Amazon Prime it is now FREE on that platform.

I’m asking all my fellow humons to rent it, buy it, rate it! It would be much appreciated from this humon. If you give a review and are the first to guess my favorite strain, we’ll send you a full improv4humans merch package including weed grinder!!
I’m really proud of how the taping of the special went, and also I’m excited for everyone to see how we edited it too. It gets REALLY trippy after I take the bong hit.

Links to VOD where you can see it…

Amazon Prime Video



Comcast Xfinity

Google Play



Microsoft XBOX


Order on AppleTV (itunes) 

Nothing helps me more than than a rating & review after you order, thank for being humon!

Pot Humor 3

POT HUMOR is the 70 minute one man show that Comedy Dynamics filmed as a standup special at the NW Cannabis Club in Portland, Oregon this spring. The audience was baked as shit and we really show that off in the first 8 minutes of the show. This topical show covers all things pot, weed, ganja, marijuana, and even cannabis. But it’s not all THC related! There’s also talk of blow jobs, eating dat pussy, and how much I hate Benihana. In the end, it’s all about family! We’re editing it now and it will be on a streaming video on demand platform near you very soon including: Amazon Prime, AppleTV, iTunes, DirectTV, Comcast Xfinity, Youtube, Microsoft Xbox, Vudu, Google Play,

POT HUMOR is on tour at a festival near you! Also known as “420 with Matt Besser” I’ve done this at SF SketchFest, SXSW Comedy, Just For Laughs, Grass Lands at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, and as an annual show every 4/20 at 4:20pm at the UCBSunset in Los Angeles.

I helped design this shirt for my show. You can buy it at TeePublic

Let me know if you are interested in the Pot Humor show at your festival event –

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UCB COMEDY IMPROVISATION MANUAL for sale at Amazon and on-line UCB STORE only.

buy a UCB Gift Card to for classes or merch

Check out our UCB merch at the UCB STORE.

UCB Theater has schools for improvisation, sketch writing, character comedy, and other more specific comedy skills. Information for the schools in LA & NYC can be found here.

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improv4humans w/ Matt Besser

NEW improv4humans shirt available at TEE PUBLIC
it’s on sale during the holidays so get it now…

I have a podcast that features improv comedy done a lot like the UCB’s flagship improv show, “Asssscat”.
I have a goal to make it the best comedy podcast in the universe. We can only do it with your help. Listen, subscribe, rate, spread the word, and keep being humon…

Improv4humans has been recognized by as one of the best comedy podcasts!

Paste Magazine recently wrote this article listing our 14 best episodes.

Huffpost review of our MOPES trilogy with Jon Gabrus, Jess McKenna, and Eugene Cordero.

Splitsider Article about our music episodes.

i4h mugs

improv4humans merch

Rolling Stone magazine put us in their Top 20 best podcast list

Get an improv4humans t-shirt with logo or the sexy robot

the latest BEST OF improv4humans Vol. 9 – you can get latest six months for free and the rest are on Stitcher Premium. Subscribe now for the free ones!

free greatest hit MUSIC episodes…

Best of Music Vol. 1 – features musicians David Bazan, Ben Lee, Hallelujah the Hills, Chris Farren, Austin Lucas, Joey Cape, Drag the River, and Cory Branan

Best of Music Vol. 2 – features music from Ryan Bingham, Allison Weiss, Murder by Death, Waxahatchee, The White Buffalo, The Milk Carton Kids, Dawes, Robbie Fulks, Frank Turner, Dave Hause and Dan Deacon.

Best of Music Vol. 3 – features music from Austin Lucas, Langhorne Slim, Jenny Owen Youngs, Michael Dean Damron, The Mowgli’s, Lydia Loveless, Jeff Rosenstock, Radical Face, The Staves, and Lucero.

Best of Music Vol. 4 – featuring music from The Family Crest, Laura Stevenson, Cory Branan, Worriers, Austin Lucas, San Fermin, The Smith Street Band, and K.Flay

Best of Music Vol. 5 – featuring music from Noah Gundersen, Colleen Green, Michael Dean Damron, St. Lenox, Ben Lee, Pedro The Lion, Sarah Shook, The Milk Carton Kids, Murder By Death, and Hop Along

some of my favorite episodes are on Stitcher Premium if you subscribe…

Like one of our narrative experiments called MOPES starring Eugene Cordero, Jon Gabrus, & Jess McKenna

or the very meta the WHIPLASH episode with Armen

or many of our many musical guest episodes like… LUCERO

Lucero graphic

i4h theme music by Bobby Matthews and Dragoon.

We take suggestions off twitter, so follow me @mattbesser

Want improv4humans to come to your town or festival please contact UCBtourco and give me the heads up at

If you like the show make sure to subscribe and tell your cousin in Alabamy.

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MY DEAD WIFE, THE ROBOT CAR on Stitcher Premium

MY DEAD WIFE, THE ROBOT CAR is my new podcast 10 part series on Stitcher Premium.

When Matt (Besser) signed on to be one of the first testers of the self-driving robot cars, he was not aware the AI personality of the operating system was his dead ex-wife (Mary Holland). It’s like the film “Her”…he hated her and she hated him. ‘My Dead Wife, The Robot Car’ is a 10 episode improvised series featuring Matt Besser, Mary Holland, Horatio Sanz, Danielle Schneider, Betsy Sodaro, Jon Gabrus, Dan Lippert, Matt Newell, Lou Wilson, Chad Carter, and Mookie Blaiklock.

If you don’t have Stitcher Premium you can get it for free for a month with promo code ROBOT

VERGE article about the show.

If you enjoy the show please spread the word!

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