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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

Adrian Frimpong / David Bluvband

10/21/2017
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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: 00:50:49


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

10/1/2017
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Kale Hills / Paul Scheer Kale Hills sits down with UCB OG Paul Scheer to talk the early days on 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


Alexis Pereira / Caitlin Puckett

8/4/2017
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Caitlin Puckett is your host this week, interviewing Alexis Pereira about his time on the Harold team Mr. Crime, his show Living Room: The First Generation, the differences between sketch and improv, and ways that the improv world should feel more like dating.

Duration: 00:42:17


Caitlin Puckett / Ashley England

7/25/2017
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Caitlin Puckett (Harold Night, UCB TourCo) joins this week's host Ashley England in-studio to talk about her theatre background, how improv helped her overcome internalized misogyny, her love for the genre form, vulnerability between teammates and more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:39:06


Palate Cleanser: New York vs LA

7/22/2017
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In this palate cleanser episode, UCB-NY turned UCB-LA performers Beth Appel, Pam Murphy, Sara Claspell, and Shaun Diston breakdown the ultimate debate: New York vs LA. They give perspectives of pros & cons, the difference & similarities between styles & community, opportunities, improv scenes, and more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:46:18


Palate Cleanser: Improv in a Second Language

7/13/2017
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Recorded live at the #DCM19 podcast lounge, UCB performers Glo Tavarez (Maude night, Fifty/Cincuenta), Raiza Licea (Improvisos Peligrosos), Tony Rodriguez (Improvisos Peligrosos) and Boris Khaykin discuss what it's like improvising in a second language. They chat about racial representation in media, how language can affect improv style, and how personal background comes into play when establishing a scene's base reality. And, of course, microwaving fish at work.

Duration: 00:39:36


Palette Cleanser: Being a Better Ally on Stage

7/8/2017
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In this palette cleanser episode, UCB performers Kelsey Bailey, Lou Gonzalez, Tony Rodriguez and Brian Faas discuss the different ways improvisers can be better allies to their LGBTQIA+ scene partners, teammates, and audiences in the ever-growing improv community. This episode was recorded live at the DCM19 Podcast Lounge, in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:35:01


Dave Theune / Betsy Sodaro

7/2/2017
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Dave Theune (Bangarang!, Sassy Bluff) sits down with teammate & BFF Betsy Sodaro (Bangarang!, ASSSCAT) to talk Dave’s time doing improv in the mid-west, his beginning in short form, the early days of the LA Indie scene, the Harold years of Bangarang!, teamwork, commitment, & more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:54:06


Betsey Sodaro / Raiza Licea

6/24/2017
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Besty Sodaro (Bangarang!, ASSSSCAT) chats with Raiza Licea about her early days trying to understand The Harold, finding openings that work for you, teammates supporting each other, playstyles, & more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:57:33


Raiza Licea / Kathy Yamamoto

6/17/2017
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Kathy Yamamoto chats with Raiza Licea (DiCaprio, Improvisos Peligrosos) to talk the freedom of Spanish improv & being a bi-lingual, structure, improvisors, growth, group games, & more. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:44:56


Kathy Yamamoto / Ify Nwadiwe

6/10/2017
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Kathy Yamamoto (Nomi Malone) chats with Ify Nwadiwe (White Women) about becoming interested in improv during college, following the funny, commitment, and more.

Duration: 00:38:05

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