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Congratulations UCB alumni, performers & writers nominated for 2019 Writers Guild Awards

Dec 20, 2018
By: Tulio Espinoza

The 2019 Writers Guild Awards nominees have been announced! Congratulations to all the UCB alum and performers on their nomination. The award ceremony will be on Sunday, February 17th. See all the highlighted names below!


Atlanta, Written by Ibra Ake, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Taofik Kolade, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX Networks
Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO
The Good Place, Written by Megan Amram, Christopher Encell, Kate Gersten, Cord Jefferson, Andrew Law, Joe Mande, Kassia Miller, Dylan Morgan, Matt Murray, Rae Sanni, Daniel Schofield, Michael Schur, Josh Siegal, Jen Statsky, Tyler Staessle; NBC


Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO


West 40s, Written by Mark Sam Rosenthal & Brian Sloan;


Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Writers: Kristen Bartlett, Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn, Nicole Silverberg, Melinda Taub; TBS
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; Writers: Tim Carvell, Raquel D’Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Brian Parise, Owen Parsons, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner; HBO
Late Night with Seth Meyers; Supervising Writers: Sal Gentile, Seth Reiss; Writers: Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovsky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Amber Ruffin, Mike Shoemaker; NBC Universal
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Head Writers: Jay Katsir, Opus Moreschi; Writers: Emmy Blotnick, Michael Brumm, Aaron Cohen, Stephen T. Colbert, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Greg Iwinski, Barry Julien, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Michael Pielocik, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack, John Thibodeaux; CBS


I Love You, America, Head Writer: Dave Ferguson; Writers: Glenn Boozan, Leann Bowen, Raj Desai, Kyle Dunnigan, John Haskell, Tim Kalpakis, Opeyemi Olagbaju, Gavin Purcell, Diona Reasonover, Jocelyn Richard, Christopher J. Romano, Sarah Silverman, Beth Stelling, Dan Sterling, Nick Wiger; Hulu
Portlandia, Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto, Megan Neuringer, Phoebe Robinson, Graham Wagner; IFC
Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Michael Che, Colin Jost, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker; Supervising Writers: Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Streeter Seidell; Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Megan Callahan, Steven Castillo, Andrew Dismukes, Anna Drezen, Claire Friedman, Alison Gates, Steve Higgins, Sam Jay, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Alan Linic, Eli Coyote Mandel, Erik Marino, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Nimesh Patel, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Simon Rich, Gary Richardson, Marika Sawyer, Pete Schultz, Mitch Silpa, Will Stephen, Julio Torres, Bowen Yang; NBC Universal


2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish, Written by Will Ferrell, Jake Fogelnest, Andrew Steele; Prime Video
The Fake News with Ted Nelms, Written by John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliott Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, Sara Schaefer; Comedy Central
The Oscars 2018, Written by Dave Boone, Carol Leifer, Jon Macks; Special Material Written by Megan Amram, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Adam Carolla, Devin Field, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jesse Joyce, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo; ABC


Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden; Disney/ABC Syndication

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Comedy Central Series Order & Sundance 2019 World Premiere Featuring UCB Talent

Dec 13, 2018
By: Tulio Espinoza

Comedy Central pilot Robbie, written by Rory Scovel and UCB’s Anthony King, has been given a series order! Robbie is a half-hour scripted comedy featuring Scovel as a small town church basketball league coach. Congrats to all the UCB alumni involved, including Owen Burke and Anthony King who will executive produce, and Sasheer Zamata and Mary Holland who co-star in the series.

And, making its world premiere as part of the Midnight slate at Sundance 2019 is Greener Grass, a “deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.” Congrats to directors, writers, and stars Jocelyn DeBoer (Search History) and Dawn Luebbe (Maude Night alum) as well as all the UCB performers and alumni in the cast, including Neil Casey, Mary Holland, D’Arcy Carden and many, many more!

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UCB Talent Featured on Vulture's Comedians To Know

Nov 15, 2018
By: Tulio Espinoza

This November, Vulture released its annual list of ‘Comedians You Should and Will Know’ and we’re excited for all the UCB talent featured this year. Check out our highlights below!

Matt Rogers (UCBTNY Maude Night, Characters Welcome) is a comedy force in New York City. Along with his comedy partner Bowen Yang (SNL), he is the co-host and creator of the hit podcast Las Culturistas and its jam-packed  “I Don’t Think So Honey!” live shows. Matt is also the co-host of Gayme Show, a monthly educational LGBTQ+ show at Caveat, and was featured in the Just For Laughs Festival 2018. Find him on social media @mattrogerstho

Brendan Scannell (UCBTLA’s The Cure) is a rising star in Los Angeles, appearing in College Humor, Funny or Die, and recently starring in Paramount’s reboot of the twisted comedy classic Heathers. His twitter handle is @BrendanScanell

White Women -- Zeke Nicholson, Carl Tart, Ify Nwadiwe, Lamar Woods, Ronnie Adrian, and Ishmel Sahid -- perform improv and sketch regularly at UCBTLA. White Women's members write for shows like "New Girl" on FOX, "AP Bio" on NBC, "Brooklyn 99" on NBC, and "@Midnight" on Comedy Central. As actors they've been on "The Mindy Project," "The Good Place," "Lethal Weapon," "Workaholics," "Cousins For Life" and many more! Check out their show White Women Presents: Your Token Friend, the second Friday of every month at UCB Sunset.

From the UCB stage to their hilarious digital series on Comedy Central, improv and sketch team Astronomy Club has had an incredible trajectory. You can see their show Let’s Talk About Race Baby on Mondays at 9:00pm at the UCB Theatre East Village. Astronomy Club’s cast includes Keisha Zollar, James III, Monique Moses, Jerah Milligan, Caroline Martin, Ray Cordova, Jon Braylock, and Shawtane Bowen.
Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino (UCBTLA’s Magic To Do, Baby Wants Candy, and Every Place I Cry) have appeared on Fox, Amazon, IFC, and CollegeHumor. Find them on Twitter @jessrmckenna and @zachreino.

Also featured in the Just For Laughs Festival 2018, Emmy Blotnick has appeared on Conan, The Late Show, and recently released her half-hour special on Comedy Central. Emmy is currently the host of of Big Long Sets at UCB East Village.

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