NYC: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
The best thing about NYC is there is no shortage of things to do and it’s very easy to indulge any interests. I love comedy so I really wanted to check out some improv when I went in December. I settled on seeing the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, responsible for some comedy luminaries like Kurt Braunohler, Aubrey Plaza and one of my comedy heroes, Amy Poehler (who is one of the founding members). Unfortunately, the show I was most interested in seeing, ASSSSCAT3000, conflicted with Sleep No more, so we saw The Curfew: Not From Around Here instead. The show entails the troupe asking an audience member where they are from and various questions about their hometown such as famous landmarks, people and culture. They then create a show around the different details they learned. The audience member they chose was from Texas, right by the Mexican border. The troupe was quite good at creating hilarious sketches around the peculiarities of the selected audience member’s hometown. My favourite member was Natasha Rothwell. She was lightning fast and funny and even with the most outlandish scenarios, she was believable. I’m interested to see how her career progresses.
I highly recommend watching some improv if you ever get to New York.