FAQ

What is UCB and quick follow up, what is UCB@Work?

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre is the greatest producer of comedic talent in America today with celebrated training centers on both coasts, 4 consistently sold out theaters, a robust community of digital content creators and a growing army of famous alumni. UCB@Work deploys the full force of UCB's talent to the business world.

What makes improv a valuable skill at work?

Improv is about clarity, communication and a willingness to change. Improvisors train to become excellent listeners, easy collaborators, confident communicators, quick creative thinkers, and agile on the spot. Also, the tools we use in training are fun AND challenging, which supports learning.

How many people can be in each workshop?

We recommend 8 to 16 participants per instructor. We often facilitate concurrent workshops for larger groups.

Can you handle groups of 20? 2,000? 2,000,000?

Our training formats allow a lot of flexibility on group size, and we can easily design interactive learning experiences for 20 or 2,000 participants. 2,000,000 is almost certainly too many, but please get in touch -- we are very curious about your circumstances.

What if we're not funny?

No problem! Improv is more about being supportive, a great listener and open to new ideas than it is about being funny.

What if we're shy?

Improv is great for that! Plus, we design our workshops to never single out any participants. Exercises are for the group, not the individual.

Can I see sample exercises / references?

Yes! Both are available on request. Please email your request to workplace@ucbcomedy.com.

Do you have photos or videos of past events?

Photos of past events are sprinkled throughout our site and more are available on request. This video does a good job of capturing the approach we take to improv instruction and the feel of our events. We refrain from filming clients, since it tends to make them self-conscious and risk-adverse.

What kind of space do you need? Could it happen on our unfinished roof, or an abandoned WW2 bunker?

For workshops, we just need a clean empty room with chairs and enough space for everyone to stand in a circle. We could do a workshop in a bunker, as long as you have legal access. We can't do a workshop on your unfinished roof. What's wrong with you? Someone could fall off.

Can you host my event at your location?

During work hours, yes! We have two theaters in NYC and two more in LA that provide the perfect backdrop for our events. We also work with network of partner venues that can host your event at competitive rates.

Can you host my event at your location?

During work hours, yes! We have two theaters in NYC and two more in LA that provide the perfect backdrop for our events. We also work with network of partner venues that can host your event at competitive rates.

Do you travel out of NYC and Los Angeles?

All the time! No location is too far! We want to train you!

Who teaches your workshops?

Our most senior instructors. UCB is the only accredited improv training facility in the country. The instructors we use for our corporate engagements are the best of the best, teaching at our school for at least 5 years prior.

Is working with you fun?

OMG yes! You have no idea.

How far in advance do you book your workshops/events?

We ask for a month's notice if possible. As improvisors, we often make it work with much less time -- once with less than 24 hours!

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