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Sketch Comedy Saturday: Upright Citizens Brigade

by Annie Wu, posted May 30th 2009 11:55PM
UCB It's summer time and I can see you sketch comedy nerds are starting to get the shakes from Saturday Night Live withdrawal. No worries, I've got some goodness to feed your short attention span and sketch comedy needs.

Here's a program that every self-proclaimed comedy fan should know. From 1998 to 2000, the Upright Citizens Brigade television series ran for three seasons on Comedy Central, developing a solid cult following. The four stars, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Amy Poehler wrote and starred in the series, playing just about all the characters and giving us gems like Ass Pennies, Spaghetti Jesus and little Girl Scout Cassie.

Those of you that are as improv-crazy like I am will also appreciate the Harold-esque links between everything. The surreal humor will occasionally stun you silent before bursting into laughter and then you'll probably develop a crush on young Matt Besser or something.

Unfortunately, only seasons one and two are available on DVD, with the third chilling in some sort of weird Comedy Central limbo. Online petitions don't seem to be working either, so, I don't know, start sending peanuts. Until then, enjoy some clips from the show:

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