'The UCB Show' Trailer Gives Us More Amy Poehler, So Basically It's A Gift — VIDEO
When Parks and Recreation ended, I, like many others, I'm sure, was very worried that this would mean a decrease in the amount of Amy Poehler I was exposed to. Since 30 Rock ended, we've seen much less of Tina Fey, other than a movie every few years, so I was very worried that the same would be true of Poehler. Apparently, NBC shared my concern, they're bringing back The UCB Show, a televised version of the comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. The show will air on NBC's new comedy streaming platform, Seeso. The first trailer for The UCB Show came out on Thursday, and it looks wonderful.
Since its founding back in the '90s, the Upright Citizens Brigade has been a source of fun and hilarity for comedy lovers and newbies alike. The have theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and they had their original short lived, but excellent TV show from 1998 to 2000. Founded by comedy legends Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts, UCB has become an institution for American comedy.
Hosted by Poehler, Besser, Walsh and Roberts, the series will follow the same format as most UCB live shows, and will feature stand-up, sketches, and original characters. The weekly variety show is filmed in front of a live audience at UCB Sunset in Hollywood. Comedians Andy Daly, Noel Wells and Allan McLeod will also make appearances on the program, but the show will mostly feature lesser-known actors who actually perform at UCB. I can only hope that the founders themselves will jump in and do some improv every now and again, because, let's be real, Poehler is at her best when she can be as silly as she wants.
The show is part of NBC's new creation, Seeso, a platform designed to showcase comedy. The site, which is currently in beta testing, will feature new original content as well as NBC comedies like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation in addition to every season of Saturday Night Live, Monty Python's Flying Circus, a bunch of British comedies like A Bit of Fry and Laurie and even full-episodes of late night shows. The subscription service will cost $3.99 a month.
The first episode of The UCB Show is available now as part of the (free) beta test. The 30 minute-long show will feature fresh sketches and bits from different actors every week. After struggling to come to terms with the end of Parks and Rec, it makes me incredibly happy that there is still a way to get a weekly dose of Amy Poehler.
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