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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

Brennan Lee Mulligan / Scot Armstrong

10/7/2018
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Brennan Lee Mulligan sits down with NY OG, screenwriter, show runner, & director Scot Armstrong (Soundtrack, Mother). They cover his early days studying in Chicago at Second City under Del Close, the Chicago scene, the very first days of UCB New York, helping invite the Soundtrack format, and more.

Duration:00:47:45

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 the...

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

Alex Dickson / Caroline Martin

11/11/2017
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This week our NYC guest is the lovely Caroline Martin (The Curfew, Obama Daughters, Let’s Talk About Race Baby). She chats with Alex Dickson about her experience getting on Lloyd night with Astronomy Club and her progression from Harold teams Coworkers and Mermaids to her current team, The Curfew. She also explains her approach to improv not only as a UCBT improviser but a teacher, and the ways that she deals with self-doubt on stage. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx...

Duration:00:47:10

Joe Leonardo / Alex Dickson

11/2/2017
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This week's guest is veteran improviser Alex Dickson (The Stepfathers). Alex chats with host Joe Leonardo about her her time in Chicago on the Second City touring company and subsequent move to New York for theater school. She takes us through her experiences on UCBT house teams Detroit and The Enemy, and describes how she's inspired by her current teammates on The Stepfathers.

Duration:00:46:56

David Bluvband / Joe Leonardo

10/29/2017
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This week's guest is UCBT Lloyd night performer Joe Leonardo! Joe tells host David Bluvband how he and his friends founded a long-form improv program in Hartford, Connecticut and eventually moved to New York at the suggestion of Kevin Hines. He also describes how his mindset towards improv changed after getting cut from a house team and then put back on.

Duration:00:43:17

Adrian Frimpong / David Bluvband

10/20/2017
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David Bluvband (GOAT, The Chris Gethard Show) is in the New York guest chair this week! David chats with host Adrian Frimpong about his experiences on Harold teams including The Enemy, Good Girl and Brightlight. He explains how he admired the theater before even stepping foot inside it, and tells us about his worst-ever Harold night show. He also tries really hard not to forget any teammates' names! This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the...

Duration:00:51:20

Palate Cleanser: Coaching

10/14/2017
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This week our LaRonde loops back to New York City, where we kick things off with a palate cleanser episode from Kevin Hines. Kevin invites fellow UCB teacher Alex Dickson and veteran improviser and coach Chris Scott to discuss the ins and outs of coaching improv. What makes a good coach? How does it differ from teaching? When are people ready to start coaching? This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:01:09:47

Paul Scheer / Jason Mantzoukas

10/8/2017
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Paul Scheer talks with friend & fellow UCB improv OG Jason Mantzoukas’ to talk their early days coming up in the NY scene, watching early ASSSSCAT shows in 5 story walk ups, early Cage Match beef, to Jason’s personal approach to improv & scene work. They also talk the nuisances of performing improv on stage vs improv for camera & the working & writing process for their show The League, as well the importance of improving for narrative vs. improving for jokes.

Duration:00:58:59

Kale Hills / Paul Scheer

9/29/2017
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Kale Hills sits down with UCB OG Paul Scheer to talk the early days at improv at UCB & why he continues to do shows, the early struggles of producing shows & finding a workable voice, the very real importance of using improv on stage vs using it on a film set & the nuisances of filming an improvised scene, improving from a character’s POV, and more.

Duration:00:50:42

Nina Concepcion / Kale Hills

9/24/2017
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Nina Concepcion (Zoo Zoo) sits down with Kale Hills (Nomi Malone) to talk his improv origin story, his growth in both the LA indie scene & his years on Harold Nights, how his sketch has influenced his improv, his short form background, finding the right opening, and more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:40:44

Matt Apodaca / Nina Concepcion

9/17/2017
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Nina Concepcion (Zoo Zoo) joins Matt Apodaca (DiCaprio) to discuss organic improv, patience, the importance of representation of latino voices on stage, the indie scene, POC in improv, importance of diversity, & more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network

Duration:00:41:06

Dave Theune / Matt Apodaca

9/10/2017
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Dave Theune (Bangarang!) sits with Harold newcomer Matt Apodaca (DiCaprio) to talk his early days of short form leading to long form, the pros & cons of each, his first year on Harold Night, the mentality of “passing of the torch”, & more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:50:32

Palate Cleanser: Mess Hall

9/3/2017
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With LA Harold & Mess Hall auditions around the corner, current & former Mess Hall performers Jonny Svarzbein, Wes Martinez, Anna Raja, & Laci Mosley reflect on their time & experiences on Mess Hall. They share tips for auditioning, what to expect, pros & cons, and more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:44:13

Adrian Frimpong / Jonathan Braylock

8/26/2017
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This week Adrian Frimpong (Ice Cold Bev) sits down with host Jonathan Braylock (Astronomy Club). They chat about how Adrian discovered theatre through plays at his church and his first time seeing UCB TourCo perform. He also explains how Shaun Diston's Textbook Harolds class helped him improve as an improviser, and the feeling of imposter syndrome on a house team.

Duration:00:54:24

Jonathan Braylock / Molly Thomas

8/20/2017
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Molly Thomas interviews this week's guest Jonathan Braylock about his time on Lloyd Night with Astronomy Club, and their current show Let's Talk About Race, Baby. They also discuss why the word 'pineapple' has a history in the improv world, and Jonathan breaks down some of his favorite exercises and openings.

Duration:00:43:22

Molly Thomas / Alexis Pereira

8/12/2017
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Molly Thomas (Higgins, We Know How You Die!) chats with host Alexis Pereira about her experience performing We Know How You Die, the way her commitment to UCB progressed over time, her approach to pattern game and second beats, and the truth behind the "Don't Think" motto. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:49:16