UCB Theater

UCB Theatre East

Comedy Club and Theater
East Village, New York
  • StageBuddy
    "I love watching Take It Personal, the hip hop improv show."(3 Tips)
    Time Out New York
    "big-name comedian"(3 Tips)
    dipti p.
    "... love this place! It's cheap, you get great laughs, and get to see some..."(6 Tips)
    Marcie Q.
    "Hip hop Friday improv with Cipha Sounds was great."(2 Tips)
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  • dipti p.
    dipti p.October 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    i love this place! It's cheap, you get great laughs, and get to see some amazing new/old talents...shows sell out. I suggest making reservations.
  • Ara N.
    Ara NasheraJanuary 10
    Not sure how they pull it off, the tix are quite affordable the set up quite impressive. Stage & Team is set up for skits more than stand up; different flavour from neighborhood basement comedy sites.
  • Rishi S.
    Rishi SatsangiJanuary 19, 2015
    I like this place better than the other ucb because it is low key and more underground feeling. I have some some bad shows, but also really good ones.
  • Lien S.
    Lien SaerensApril 6, 2016
    What a cozy place! I had a great laugh and a nice draught beer at the bar. There's also a good pizza place next door for that pre- or aftershow snack.
  • L
    LDecember 28, 2016
    Only $5 per comedy show, about 4 shows per night so u can pick a time that suits u. Check their website. Relaxed bar to hang out pre/ post show. Where the locals go.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BassinFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Enter from the bar side to get a closer seat to the stage.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FafoutakisOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great comedy venue with a spacious theater. Rotating craft beers on tap. Check out a jam to do some improv.
  • Harold K.
    Harold KramerOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    After the show grab a slice from the original Two Boots. The best slice on Ave A. If you drive here allow an hour to find parking. Really.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonFebruary 24, 2014
    Get here at least 10 minutes early for the Sunday 8pm show so you can get some good seats. Comedy is way better when you can clearly see the face of the guy / lady on stage!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    June 24th: Catch one of the dozens of all-night improv shows at UCB’s Del Close Marathon, where the chance of an Amy Poehler sighting is extremely high. Read more
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MoriniDecember 22, 2014
    Best shows in the city for 5-10 bucks. UCB is and always will be champ!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanAugust 13, 2015
    Go in through the entrance on A street, when you get into the actual space, you'll be right up front.
  • Clay F.
    Clay FoxMarch 4, 2012
    Get here early to get a seat. Show up close to show time and you could be standing the entire time.
  • David H.
    David HuJuly 5, 2015
    Shows here are more hit/miss than the one in Chelsea, but for $5 you really can't beat them. Watch amateur comics try to work the NYC scene
  • Neil C.
    Neil CJune 14
    Very popular venue. Book ahead for weekends! Improv is life!
  • Matt A.
    Matt AromandoDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    It's a long way to the back of the room, so it's a lot easier to hear the show closer to the front.
  • Clay F.
    Clay FoxMarch 4, 2012
    Cash only! Come prepared. Luckily the PBRs are $3 and admission is $10.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Great comedy for cheap. I love watching Take It Personal, the hip hop improv show. Read more
  • Gildas L.
    Gildas LefevreJune 3, 2016
    I loved the Play by Play show, it was really funny and I love the concept
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerSeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Come see an improv show, and if it looks like fun they also have classes!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoAugust 7, 2014
    Reserve tickets on line before heading over. Just takes a minute and they do sell out on weekends.
  • Abbi C.
    Abbi CrutchfieldOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can read The Onion in the lobby and memorize lines from it to recite later during your "improvised" performance.
  • Camden A.
    Camden ArmsbyNovember 16, 2015
    Usually love this spot for Friday night, but was not impressed this week, despite being the NY comedy festival
  • Sandeep A.
    Sandeep AhluwaliaMarch 29, 2016
    Great show! You can't go wrong for just $5
  • Harold K.
    Harold KramerMay 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    When at the Tony Show I always sit far enough back so as their mic cable cant reach. God help me if they ever get wireless mics.
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoMay 29
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a ticket in advance & support great theater! Tickets are only ~ 7-12 dollar.
  • Lauren N.
    Lauren NathanielMay 6, 2016
    Reserve tickets on line before heading over. Just takes a minute and they do sell out on weekends.
  • Garett P.
    Garett PressMarch 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Wednesday nights are great to sit through a gauntlet of 3 shows and then get up and jam!
  • Margot V.
    Margot VigeantDecember 27, 2014
    Bring your drink into the theatre by transferring it to a plastic cup, available at the door.
  • Hal K.
    Hal KirklandJanuary 29, 2012
    Be sure to use the floors to traverse between rooms and places to stand.
  • Edward H.
    Edward HeyburnFebruary 20, 2015
    Love this price. Tons of laughs at a reasonable price!:-)
  • Harold K.
    Harold KramerOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Atfer the show why not grab a slice at the original Two Boots. The best slice on Ave A.
  • Margot V.
    Margot VigeantDecember 27, 2014
    Saturday, 11:30 O.S.F.U.G. Is awesomely funny rapid fire punk sketch comedy.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Phil Hanley's free standup comedy show Tuesday nights at 10 always has a bunch of great comedians.
  • Hal K.
    Hal KirklandSeptember 27, 2011
    If you own a pair of pants u should probably wear some. The seats have a tendency to chafe bare buttocks.
  • Stephen L.
    i will be heading off to the ucb theatre when i get to nyc starting this month.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    This offshoot of the original Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre can’t be beat for a cheap and hilarious date. Plus, you’ll look especially cool on the off-chance that a big-name comedian shows up. Read more
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestDecember 11, 2015
    Homeschooled is an awesome infotainment night, and only $5 to get in
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanJanuary 15, 2016
    Good improv! Definitely worth a trip.
  • David M.
    David MilbergJuly 6, 2016
    Great little theater and always funny!
  • Emmaline H.
    Emmaline HarveyJune 16, 2013
    Great atmosphere! Indie Cage Match left me in stitches!!!
  • Pat B.
    Pat BaerApril 2, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Buy your ticket BEFORE you buy a drink at the bar.
  • benjamin b.
    Sit up close and personal and support your comedian.
  • Jay
    JayNovember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Come Monday nights at 9:30 for Improv Nerds.
  • Marcie Q.
    Marcie QuintanaAugust 15, 2015
    Hip hop Friday improv with Cipha Sounds was great.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only everything!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJuly 27, 2015
    Cheap beers and good comedy.
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 2, 2015
    Sat night show- what I did for love
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 15, 2015
    Good laughs for a small amount of cash.
  • Gretchen A.
    Gretchen AltmanJuly 9, 2012
    $5. Hilarious. Well worth it.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SmithSeptember 22, 2015
    If you get a mani/pedi, ask for Stacy. She is the best in the biz and has great stories about her previous careers. Will definitely be back!
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn MeadeJune 5, 2012
    Camille's songs are the best!
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LalaMarch 24, 2012
    Avoid the bar when improv class is letting out. Those kids are loud!
  • Jenny R.
    Jenny RoseDecember 14, 2013
    Cipha Sounds on Friday nights! #TakeItPersonal
  • andy d.
    andy dongSeptember 23, 2014
    jam night is awesome
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KNovember 8, 2016
    Improv was fun
  • Dmtiry R.
    Dmtiry RomantsovApril 6, 2016
    This place is awesome!
  • Iversen
    IversenMay 5, 2012
    These tips arent funny
  • Sabrina G.
    Sabrina GoverApril 28, 2015
    Upright citizens brigade!
  • Jenna F.
    Jenna Flateman PosnerDecember 23, 2012
    Don't show up late....standing room...wah wah
  • Tal S.
    Tal SafranSeptember 8, 2011
    Try the improv.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CJune 4, 2016
    The improv is hit or miss. I thought only the first half of the "F--- Friday" show was funny. Drinks are inexpensive and not mandatory, but highly recommended. Get there early for decent seats.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TangNovember 6, 2011
    Go see airwolf
  • Tee C.
    Tee ChivoreNovember 2, 2014
    Scary Clowns!
  • Kristie K.
    Kristie KishMarch 1, 2013
    Hilarious stand ups!
  • Xiomara T.
    Xiomara TamaraNovember 12, 2016
  • Colleen G.
    Colleen GearyMarch 11, 2012
    I dig the bathroom!
  • Harrison M.
    Harrison MarkeySeptember 8, 2011
    Bring cheese
  • Chris S.
    Chris SullivanNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get BEATdown!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HofferJune 11, 2015
    Hey w:-) wasnt 2
  • Harrison M.
    Harrison MarkeySeptember 8, 2011
    Don't eat Chinese food
  • Talat S.
    Talat SarıJanuary 28, 2015
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