This will be a UCB-specific post, as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is where I’ve had my experience. But I hope a lot of what I write can be useful to anyone writing sketch comedy or submitting writing packets.
This is all based on my personal experience. I don’t work for UCB, I’m not a…
Students really. READ THIS!!!! Ari is a great writer and everything she says here is spot on. From the really big advice to the really small advice. Especially follow the small stuff. I get so exhausted by students not doing the simplest things to help their sketches like spell check and writing their names on the sketches. Most of the time I get the glazed over “right right yeah I know” and then they continue to make the same mistakes.
Ari is also helping me prove my theory that 5 1/2 years is the top shelf for a Maude writer. Welcome to the 5 1/2 timer club (sketch reference).
I really love “Song 25” by The Austerity Program. I have seen them in and out throughout the years and always felt they were a real competent band. Sure working in the realm of Big Black/Albini worship. But a great example of following your own path and getting better at that singular path that you wish to walk down. Man this song speaks to me way too much. A great example of what we all should do. Which is our own thing. Do the work you want to be doing. There is little to no need for this type of music for 99% of the people in the world. And I think I can say the same thing about most of the music I have created and continue to create (most days I wonder if that is the same with comedy as well). But it speaks to me. It speaks to them. And they are the creators. So when he preaches out “you can do your best. But it’s still never enough. Go to the field. Past where the kids are buried…and in the morning you will recall that there is only sorrow”. Well then. Golden. I will keep on listening to this song on loop, feeling no need to explain why it’s great but if you enjoy we can bask in the sorrow together.
Neighbor Boy: They wanted to laugh so bad.