Comedy fans know the Upright Citizen Brigade as modern comedy’s foremost farm system, developing stars like Ellie Kemper, Kate McKinnon and pretty much every funny person who’s been on TV lately.

It’s been 25 years since Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Amy Poehler and Matt Walsh started the troupe that turned into a theatre, an improv training ground, a short-lived TV show and eventually a comedy empire and to celebrate, the gang sat down with the Today show for an interview that most old people probably ignored while they tended to their potato salad.

It’s a nice little piece that sees the four fondly remember their humble beginnings of being improv comedians in New York at a time when improv was not the coveted and marketable skill it is today. To celebrate the anarchic spirit of the UCB, we’ve totally stolen the interview and will now present it for your benefit, as well as our own:



If you’re visiting New York this weekend you’ll want to check out the annual Del Close marathon where improvisers from all over the world converge at UCB to celebrate improv’s founding father by putting on a 72-hour marathon. With the 25th anniversary to celebrate as well, it’ll be a party of epic proportions and will give fans a chance to see huge stars be silly in the best environment possible. If you’re not in New York then you’ll just have pretend you’re there, which is fine because improv is all about pretending.