SEESO EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH UPRIGHTS CITIZENS BRIGADE WITH ‘THE UCB SHOW’ RENEWAL & ‘THANK YOU, DEL: THE STORY OF THE DEL CLOSE MARATHON’ DOC
Second Season of Seeso Original Series, ‘The UCB Show,’ to be Filmed at The 18th Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon in NYC June 24-26
‘Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon’ Documentary is Available Exclusively on Seeso Beginning Today To Celebrate The Del Close Marathon
NEW YORK, NY – June 24, 2016 – In an expansion of its partnership with The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), Seeso, the premium comedy streaming channel, today announced that it has renewed its popular Original Series “The UCB Show,” from hosts, creators, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade founders Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, and will begin shooting season two today at The 18th Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon in NYC.
Additionally, Seeso has acquired the “Thank, You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon” documentary, that originally premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. This is Seeso’s second exclusive feature film – after “The Pistol Shrimps” which debuted earlier this month.
Both announcements were made by the UCB founding four Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser today at the Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon press conference.
“It’s so cool that now everywhere in the country you can see the best of what’s going on in our theaters!,” said Matt Besser, UCB co-founder.
Del Close was not a household name, but any comedy enthusiast is aware of his impact. From Bill Murray to Chris Farley to Amy Poehler, many of the most famous comedians consider him their mentor. Fifteen years after Del Close’s death, thousands of Improv students, comedy fans, actors, and successful comedians gather to celebrate the most important person in modern comedy that no one knows in “Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon.” The film is exclusively available on Seeso platforms beginning today, and also features Louis CK, Nick Kroll, Michael Cera, Sasheer Zamata, Mike Birbiglia, Adam McKay and many more.
“UCB is the nucleus of the current comedy Big Bang and Del was the original founding father. Seeso is proud to be the home to it all,” said Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal.
“The UCB Show” is a weekly variety showcase for the best sketch, characters and stand-up homegrown at the UCB Theatres in LA and NYC, and is hosted by UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. The series is Executive Produced by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Bart Coleman, and Lou Wallach, and will begin filming its second season at The 18th Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon in NYC.
This year’s Del Close Marathon performers include UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and performers Horatio Sanz (“Saturday Night Live”), Ilana Glazer (Broad City”), Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”), Ben Schwartz (“House of Lies”), Katie Dippold (“Ghostbusters”), Nick Kroll (Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show”), John Gemberling (“Marry Me”), Jason Mantzoukas (“The League”), Chris Gethard (“Broad City,” “The Chris Gethard Show”), Scott Adsit (“Big Hero 6,” “30 Rock”), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Mike Birbiglia (“Thank God For Jokes,” “Don’t Think Twice”), Nicole Bye (“Party Over Here”), Alison Rich (“Party Over Here”), Shannon O’Neill (“The Chris Gethard Show”), D’Arcy Carden (“Other People”), Owen Burke (“Funny or Die”), Gil Ozeri (“Happy Endings”), Luka Jones (“Her”), Drew Tarver (“Bajillion Dollar Properties”), Cipha Sounds (“RocNation,” “Tidal”) and many more!
ABOUT UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE
The Upright Citizens Brigade was founded and is currently owned by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. With two theaters in New York, the Franklin theater in Los Angeles and the newly opened training center and stage on Sunset, the UCB continues to offer the best and most innovative improv and sketch comedy every day of the week on both coasts. Named “Hot Farm Team” by Rolling Stone magazine and “Best Comedy Club” by AOL, The UCB Theatre is widely recognized as home to today’s funniest actors and writers. Among their esteemed alumni include several performers and writers for “Saturday Night Live,” “The Office,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Happy Endings,” “Community,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” “House of Lies,” “Colbert Report,” “Hangover,” “Hangover 2,” “Bridesmaids,” “Anchorman,” “Talledega Nights,” “Funny People” and countless other films, commercials and television shows. Performers who have gained success continue to lend their talents to the theatre and accredited training centers in both New York and Los Angeles.
The Upright Citizens Brigade continues the spread of their unique brand of no-holds barred comedy to audiences across the country through UCBcomedy.com. UCBcomedy is the virtual home of all things comedy from improv, sketch and standup to pranks, jokes, podcasts, f’ed up and illegal videos and much more from the performers, teachers, students and friends who have made the Upright Citizens Brigade the leading brand of comedy in the country.