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The UCB Long-Form Conversations Podcast is the definitive source for news, information, and in-depth conversations about the best alternative comedy theatre on the planet. Now in its fourth incarnation, this podcast is a LaRonde, where the guest of episode 1 becomes the host of episode 2, the guest of episode 2 becomes the host of episode 3, and on, and on, and on. Sporadically, we also present “Palate Cleansers”, where UCB teachers and staff present official UCB news/updates, and offer experimental one-off episodes. Tune in for passionate, insightful conversations about the art, comedy, and love of long form improv, presented by the comedians who teach and perform at UCB (NYC and LA). This podcast feed also features the full archive of this podcast going back to 2009.

The UCB Long-Form Conversations Podcast is the definitive source for news, information, and in-depth conversations about the best alternative comedy theatre on the planet. Now in its fourth incarnation, this podcast is a LaRonde, where the guest of episode 1 becomes the host of episode 2, the guest of episode 2 becomes the host of episode 3, and on, and on, and on. Sporadically, we also present “Palate Cleansers”, where UCB teachers and staff present official UCB news/updates, and offer experimental one-off episodes. Tune in for passionate, insightful conversations about the art, comedy, and love of long form improv, presented by the comedians who teach and perform at UCB (NYC and LA). This podcast feed also features the full archive of this podcast going back to 2009.
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New York City, NY

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The UCB Long-Form Conversations Podcast is the definitive source for news, information, and in-depth conversations about the best alternative comedy theatre on the planet. Now in its fourth incarnation, this podcast is a LaRonde, where the guest of episode 1 becomes the host of episode 2, the guest of episode 2 becomes the host of episode 3, and on, and on, and on. Sporadically, we also present “Palate Cleansers”, where UCB teachers and staff present official UCB news/updates, and offer experimental one-off episodes. Tune in for passionate, insightful conversations about the art, comedy, and love of long form improv, presented by the comedians who teach and perform at UCB (NYC and LA). This podcast feed also features the full archive of this podcast going back to 2009.

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@ucbconvo

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English


Episodes

Jon Mackey / Jacon Wysocki

4/23/2018
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Jon Mackey chats with improv prince Jacob Wysocki to talk transitioning from short form to long form, the need for a comedic outlet, learning to take the note, & more.

Duration:00:54:10

Peter Banifaz / Jon Mackey

4/16/2018
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Friends Peter Banifaz & Jon Mackey talk how Jon discovered comedy, the formation & evolution of his team Winslow, personal challenges his struggled, his approach to humor & improv, and more!

Duration:01:03:44

Ruha Taslimi / Peter Banifaz

4/8/2018
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Old friends Ruha & Peter chat about what initially following in love with the structure of UCB's improv, the moment things "clicked", "writer's brain vs actor's brain", his role on an improv team, & more

Duration:00:50:20

Marissa Strickland / Ruha Taslimi

4/2/2018
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Marissa Strickland sits down with Ruha Taslimi to talk creating characters and using them in improv scenes, Ruha finding a home at the UCB community, using improv as a form of therapy, performing as a “non-writer’s brain”, having clear emotion in scenes, and more.

Duration:00:52:58

Kimia Behpoornia / Marissa Strickland

3/26/2018
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Kimia Behpoornia (Leroy) chats with Marissa Strickland (Yeti) to talk what got them into improv, using a creativity outlet as therapy, play styles, the first time she understood game, how it’s affect her day to day interactions, and more.

Duration:00:43:07

Palate Cleanser: Black Performer Roundtable

3/17/2018
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In the palate cleaner episode, Edgar Momplaisir (Leroy, Arcade Currency) sits down with fellow black performers Ego Nwodim (Queen George, Benetton), Ashleigh Holston (Dollhouse, Obama's Other Daughters), and Carl Tart (Queen George, White Women) to discuss settling into the improv scene & UCB community, the power of representation, their peers & influences, being afraid of playing "too black", and more.

Duration:00:56:30

Matt Starr / Beth Slack

3/11/2018
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This week we have Harold night's Beth Slack as a guest! Beth delights us with her journey from the theater world to UCB, her audition process and why it's important, favorite performers and teachers, and her passion for musical improv. Check out Beth on Harold night, or performing with her musical improv duo Hansbury and Slack around the city!

Duration:00:45:12

Jon Wan / Matt Starr

3/5/2018
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This week's host Jon Wan sits down with Harold night's Matt Starr! Matt talks about his evolution as an improviser, starting all the way back in college right up to his current team, Mermaids. He describes the types of notes he's received and how they helped him grow, and also details how his improv approach changed after being cut from Harold night some years ago.

Duration:00:50:02

Mike McLendon / Kimia Behpoornia

3/4/2018
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Mike McLendon speaks with Kimia Behpoornia (Leroy, Sugar) to discuss her first year on Harold, how doing sketch & performing on Maud night informs her improv, what she gets out of improv, and more! This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:48:28

Jacquis Neal / Mike McLendon

1/28/2018
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Jacquis Neal talks with UCBTLA mainstay Mike McLendon (Outside Dog, Too Effin’ High) to talk Mike’s moving to LA on a whim & diving head-first into the UCB improv scene & forming his first friendships, the importance of embracing failure, laying the groundwork so you can break the rules, the formation of his team Outside Dog, the growing pains of being on a new team, and more.This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast...

Duration:00:48:59

Zeke Nicholson / Jacquis Neal

1/21/2018
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Zeke Nicholson chats with Jacquis Neal (Dollhouse, Some Kinda Monster) to talk Jacquis first months on Harold Night, his origins in Chicago theater scene, becoming a black performer and learning that embrace his culture & upbringing, representation in comedy, and more. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:49:51

Will Hines / Zeke Nicholson

1/14/2018
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Will Hines chats with Zeke Nicholson (Cardinal Redbird, White Women) to talk what came easy to Zeke & what were his huddles, his improv strengths, the importance of representation & the formation of his all black team White Women, his role on a team, and more. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:58:37

Matt Walsh / Will Hines

1/7/2018
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UCB founder Matt Walsh (ASSSSCAT, Veep) talks with UCB mainstay Will Hines (The Smokes, Fuckable) about early days of UCB in NY & Will’s time navigating the fledgling scene, share stories of old bits, Matt’s time living about the theater, their process, the “a-ha improv” moment, writing improv books, Will’s approach to teaching & coaching, and more. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:52:23

Palate Cleanser: Noting Scenes

12/31/2017
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Kevin Hines and Molly Thomas listen back to scenes recorded by NYC improvisers from our last round of the LaRonde. They chat about how their notes might differ, and what their approaches are to noting certain types of scenes. Coaches, teachers and note-heads are going to love this one! This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:58:18

The Best of Long-Form 2017!

12/24/2017
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UCB Comedy podcast producers Cody Ziglar and Sophie Yalkezian choose a few of their favorite moments from the last year to share with listeners. Looking forward to another year of nerding out over improv! This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:54:13

Palate Cleanser: Digital Content

12/16/2017
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In this special palate cleanser episode, we have digital content creators Zach Oyama (College Humor), Carmen Angelica (Cracked), & Jessica Ross (College Humor) to talk writing & directing comedy for digital platforms.

Duration:00:49:55

Patale Cleanser: Musical Improv

12/10/2017
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In this palate cleanser episode, musical improvers Zora Bikangaga (Dopetown 3000), Zach Reino (Off Book podcast, Baby Wants Candy), Shilpa Das (Kaboombox), & Jiavani Linyao (Baby Wants Candy) gather to talk musical improv; the challenges of rap & hip-hop improv, the numerous different muscles needed for music improve as opposed to short form & long form, tips for becoming a better performer, and more. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of...

Duration:00:57:21

Palate Cleanser: Maude Writing

12/3/2017
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In this palate cleanser episode, UCB Maude Night writers Zora Bikangaga , Jess Ross, Zed Cutsinger, & Gerald Grissette talk all things sketch! How they formulate ideas, the pitching & writing process when it comes to interacting with their fellow teammates, applying game & lessons from improv to their sketch writing, and more!

Duration:00:49:26

Palate Cleanser: #ByeChelsea Audio Tour

11/24/2017
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In honor of the UCB Theater's move from from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen, Artistic Director Shannon O’Neill gives listeners a very special audio tour of the Chelsea Theater space. She’s accompanied by UCBT performers Connor Ratliff and JD Amato, who simultaneously record for their podcast 12 Hour Day. To see Shannon's photos that accompany the audio tour, go to our album on the UCB Comedy Facebook page. And for a cool 360-degree tour of the space, check out http://tiny.cc/chelsea360

Duration:01:53:57

Caroline Martin / Kelsey Bailey

11/17/2017
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This week's guest is Kelsey Bailey (Sleuth, Fluffty)! She chats with Caroline Martin about how improv helped her build confidence in her identity, and how she still deals with nerves on stage. She also details her favorite openings, exercises, and show moments with house teams and her indie team, Future Wives. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:53:40

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