Episode UCB3 — Bonus: Ask The UCB 3
Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:49 PM
Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:05 AM
Oh, and I'm definitely buying the Improv Manual. That should tide me over until I can actually attend classes at a UCB.
Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:45 AM
I don't think it's obvious because you seem to think it's Pete Holmes, whereas I'm convinced he's referring to Jay Mohr on CBB. What podcast was Matt on with Pete recently?
Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:59 AM
I'm also super pumped you gave Isbell a shout out. I'm from north alabama and have been lucky enough to catch a few drive by/isbell solo shows over the past 10 years. If you are into that stuff, I would like to recommend to you Lee Baines III and the glory fires. Also The Dexateens.
Looking forward to episode 100!!! Congrats Matt, long live long-form.
Posted 24 September 2013 - 09:14 AM
Posted 24 September 2013 - 09:37 AM
You know what you're right. Sorry, I mistook the episode of CBB with Besser and Agee for an I4H.
Posted 24 September 2013 - 09:50 AM
It came off to me that Mohr was trying to go more over the top than the "character guest". Like once Matt got going, Jay seemed like he decided that he wanted to be a wacky character too.
Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:09 AM
Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:11 AM
It was fun, funny, and memorable. What more can you ask from CBB?
Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:39 PM
Yeah, discourtesy is a part of the CBB format.
let's be friends
Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:49 PM
There was also Mohr repeatedly referring to Besser's character as "Single Dad" while Besser kept saying, like, "I'm not single, I have a wife. I'm just New Dad" and Mohr just going on with calling him "Single Dad". I could see that being kind of irritating, though I personally enjoyed that CBB episode. *shrug*
Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:25 PM
The workshop Matt is referring to is actually the Annoyance theater, normally stationed in Chicago. Here's a link to what he's talking about exactly. http://www.annoyance...ctions.com/nyc/
Also I laughed a little at Matt getting angry about the semantics of their class ad (I can't think of a better thing to call it?).
On no one teaching "rules of improvisation" however is sadly incorrect however. If you live someplace that isn't New York, LA, or Chicago, most "teachers" are just going to spout off the bullet points at the end of each chapter of Truth In Comedy at you for guidance. I've never taken a professional improv class at any of the big theatres, so I can't say anything about them.
Annoyance has said they don't teach "the rules" for a long time, I don't think it was a dig at UCB, it's just how they've always positioned themselves.
However, "Annoyance Style" as Mick Napier describes in his own book does actually advocate taking care of yourself and defining your character first, and then worrying about the scene at large. Which is the kind of selfish play Matt talked about disliking earlier.