Feb. 23 at 8pm Matt Besser’s Hootenany Sing-A-Long Improv Comedy Experiment UCB Sunset – Inner Sanctum
Matt Besser hosts a night of audience sing-a-longs of popular songs which lead to improv comedy scenes. Joining the jam will be guest musicians and regulars from popular Earwolf podcast “improv4humans with Matt Besser”. You don’t have to sing-a-long, but you do have to laugh.
Starring Scott Aukerman, Horatio Sanz, Jessica McKenna, Zack Reino, plus surprise guest plus you the audience singing along!
San Fermin is a great band letting me do a 1/2 hour of standup before their headlining set!
8:30 PM tix here
Hi humons, I am Matt Besser, host of the comedy podcast, improv4humans with Matt Besser, and co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
I’ve done a bit of improv, sketch, standup, and sitcom work so hopefully my experiences can be helpful to your chosen comedy path.
Episode one, I talk about things like…Is there such thing as “having what it takes”? How do you approach your first times on stage performing?
Some of the basics of getting into standup. A good Judd Apatow story. He was the MC the first time I did standup.
Episode two, This episode I talk about decisions I made in choosing which city to start finding my comedy voice. Also how I realized that standup and improv have vastly different paths of education. Difference between hearing a note and actually understanding it. I respond to arguments about “finding the game” getting too much/too little importance in improv. And I had some thoughts on the new history book “Improv Nation”, plus my opinion on honoring the first suggestion.
Episode three, This episode I respond to the piece written in the Chicago Reader “Worst Of” issue by hack standup Peter John Byrnes entitled…
“Why improv is neither funny nor entertaining, according to a stand-up comedian”
I also answer an email question about performing improv from a wheel chair.
Episode four, Using “truth in comedy”. Don’t undervalue it, or OVER-value it. Discussion about ways to do standup and sketch using truth and NOT using it. An Amherst student interviews me with some great questions about how one can use “connections” to get ahead in the arts worlds whether it be comedy or some other art form. Also how to get from inspiration to “writing it all down”. I comment on the some topics I read on the /improv Reddit including how to get unstuck in a scene; short form vs. long form; and some comments about my last Patreon episode concerning the hack standup from Chicago.
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…
STOLEN IDEA is a comedy punk rock musical that covers the theft of intellectual property in the artistic worlds of music and comedy. The story follows a standup comedian and a rock musician who are both approaching 40 and are fearful their time to “make it” is running out. One has his idea stolen, the other steals an idea.
Only the ghosts of Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell can help them now!
Book by Matt Besser
Music by Bobby Matthews
Lyrics by Matt Besser & Bobby Matthews
Produced by Brett Morris
“Stolen Idea” features performances by James Adomian (“Trump vs. Bernie”), John Gemberling (“Broad City”), Virginia Matthews (“Mömandpöp”), Paul Rust (“Love”), Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”), Harris Wittels (“Parks and Recreation”), Mike Cassady (“Drunk History”), Mike Still (“Broken”) and Danielle Schneider (“Bitch Sesh”).
I made a short film about a weird town on the border of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana called Arkippiana.
It stars me, Horatio Sanz, Drew Tarver, Hillary Matthews, and Betsy Sodaro and is directed by The Nix Brothers!
Season 2 of The UCB Show is now on Seeso.com. This time I host a little bit more, do some standup and character interviews. I really think you’re going to like it. Some really fucking funny acts. You can try out Seeso free for a month, so check it out.
Article with Ian Roberts and I talking about the new season.
Another good reason to get Seeso is they just picked up our variety show for a second season and now you can see our Del Close documentary there.
Seeso is now available on Amazon Prime and coming soon to other platforms.
We were on CHARLIE ROSE SHOW to promote the documentary and the Del Close Marathon
You guys are going to love this!
Eva Anderson, Richter, and I put this together with many of your favorite comedians Seth Morris as Bob Ducca, Jon Daly as Sappity Tappity, Eddie Pepitone as Santa, Lauren Lapkus as Andy’s wife, Betsy Sodaro as Andy’s mom, and me as BJORK!!!
Also Andy’s Son (MOOKIE BLAIKLOCK), Andy’s Sister (DIONA REASONOVER), Piano Playing Uncle (MIKE CASSADY), Red Sandwich (ERIC HOFFMAN), Michelle Obama (EGO NWODIM) and Talking Gift (ALLAN MCLEOD).
It’s a variety show in the style of the ones from the 70′s when Johnny Cash or Dolly Parton would host a show from their homes.
Once again I must say, you should check out SEESO.com!