Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunday Night with the Upright Citizens Brigade

The one thing that's been on my New York to-do list the longest finally got checked off on Sunday: a visit to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

The theatre is well-known for its improv and stand-up shows that rarely cost more than $10 bucks a pop. Paul's friend Ryan was visiting from Columbus, so we decided to check out the free Sunday night show.

I'm not sure why it was free, because I gladly would have paid. In fact, you reserve your tickets online for most UCB shows and then pay when you get there. Not this one. We got to the theatre a little after 7 p.m. so we could snag tickets when they were released at 8:15 for the 9:30 show.

So there was a lot of waiting. The worst part: a pop-up shower forced wimpy ol' me into a nearby grocery store while Paul and Ryan held my place in line. The best part: The guy behind us in line was celebrating his birthday with friends and gave us some leftover donuts.

I love New York.

Our reward for waiting was Horatio Sanz (of SNL fame) and Jack McBrayer (Kenneth on "30 Rock") along with a handful of lesser-known but just as talented comedians in a two hour improv show.

The theatre was tiny -- only about 150 seats. Actually, about the only way our seats could have been worse is if we wouldn't have had any -- and there were plenty of people standing. Even still, we were three or four rows from the stage, so close that our location on the far left didn't really matter. And the $3 PBRs helped.

All in all, I had a great time, and Paul and I left wondering why we'd never done it before. We'll definitely do it again.

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