UCB Theater

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Comedy Club, Performing Arts Venue, and Indie Theater
Chelsea, New York
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  • Ben G.
    "How many S's are in ASSSSCAT?"(10 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "Whiplash on Monday nights is one of the best free shows in the city."(8 Tips)
    Nicole N.
    "Stepfathers at 9 on Fridays."(7 Tips)
    Haley J.
    "Harold night is the best."(4 Tips)
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  • Jimmy K.
    This is a neat little underground theater. They like to rush you in and out. Sorry, no pictures.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsApril 30
    Great comedy and you can't beat the price! Grandma's Ashes was really funny.
  • Raven D.
    The improv Mecca doesn't disappoint!
  • Charlotte S.
    Goat was all over the shop. First half was funny, second half was juvenile potty humor. Maybe they were having an off night. Hope so.
  • pow
    powDecember 16, 2016
    check they website for a program. Wait in other line if it's full - you might get a spot on the floor. Or wait for free tickets in another line for night show.
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis McDaidNovember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tickets are cheap, beer is cheap, you will laugh. Harold Night is the epitome of New York comedy, so make sure you go on a Tuesday.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesOctober 22, 2016
    Get there early to get a good seat
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerOctober 2, 2016
    an amazing deal at only $10! cheap drinks too
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AlexaSeptember 29, 2016
    ❤️They have tons of late night free shows to pick from! I would recommend the Sunday night improv.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DSeptember 6, 2016
    Good comedy!!
  • David M.
    David MilbergAugust 8, 2016
    You never really know who you're going to see here but they are always funny! Definitely worth a few visits!
  • Helen W.
    Helen WengJune 6, 2016
    There are 130 spots.
  • Nik D.
    Nik DawsonMay 7, 2016
    Really hit and miss.
  • Carolyn
    CarolynApril 24, 2016
    Cheap. Get there early to get on line so you can get a seat
  • Jonah E.
    Jonah EatonMarch 25, 2016
    Reserve tickets online and get there 30 minutes early to get the best seats. Ridiculously cheap beer.
  • Theresa F.
    Theresa FranciscoMarch 17, 2016
    Good comedy, always a surprise , cheap
  • David E.
    David EdwardsFebruary 6, 2016
    Fantastic value for money!
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HakimiFebruary 3, 2016
    Sketch comedy.
  • Jess B.
    Jess ButlerJanuary 31, 2016
    Grandma's Ashes killed it at the 10:30 Saturday show. And $3 PBRs!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Shows are typically $5 during the week and $10 on Friday/Saturday. It's one of the best comedy deals in the city.
  • David E.
    David EdwardsDecember 11, 2015
    Amazing value for such a great night. A NY must
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SmithDecember 1, 2015
    It's good.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneNovember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth taking a gamble on an unfamiliar show, drop ins are constant.
  • Anissa
    AnissaNovember 2, 2015
    Free show Sundays at 9:30pm. Tickets are distributed at 8:15pm
  • Annie Q.
    Annie QuintanaOctober 29, 2015
    Any place where Amy Schumer randomly shows up is a treasure.
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartOctober 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there earlier then you think. The lines get long real quick.
  • Jay
    JayOctober 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    See an improv or sketch show here.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithOctober 16, 2015
    Always a great cheap night out! Grandmas ashes on sat night is amazing!
  • Richie S.
    Richie StarkOctober 8, 2015
    Asssscat 3000 free show (9:30) was awesome. Get in line around 6:50 with friends (and other things to help kill time), get tix at 8:15, eat/drink, come back at 9:15, sit down, and laugh your ass off.
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 8, 2015
    Asssscat show
  • Jackson I.
    Jackson IsaacsonSeptember 17, 2015
    Sometimes hit, sometimes miss.
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨July 12, 2015
    Good for dates!
  • Migs
    MigsJune 20, 2015
    Wish they had microphones to let everyone hear clearly - good show though
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite show is Gravid Water, the last Monday of every month.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanMay 19, 2015
    "Terry Withers Mysteries" is a hilarious improv show. Catch it if you get a chance.
  • Garima K.
    Garima KapoorMay 12, 2015
    Went here for standup and it was not great. Go to comedy cellar for standup instead
  • Matt A.
    Matt AromandoApril 30, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Multiple comedy shows a night, seven nights a week. Cheap drinks. Cash only.
  • Christen C.
    Christen ClinkscalesApril 25, 2015
    Great space and an awesome crowd. The #deaddadsclub was an amazingly funny and touching performance
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganApril 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Every show will be good + $10 or less 💁
  • Robin J.
    Robin JohannsenMarch 16, 2015
    If you are a lady into improv, you MUST go to the monthly Lady Jam. Such a fun, supportive and creative environment.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    cheap comedy almost every night
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RoseFebruary 23, 2015
    I love the UCB. Definitely catch a show whenever you're in town. FUN!
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaJanuary 13, 2015
    Saw the 30 rock guys do improv for $5 and they were great!
  • Alice A.
    Alice AndersenDecember 28, 2014
    Great string of stand-up comedy on the cheap $5 after midnight. Not far from Barcade (Bar X Gaming Arcade) if you need to kill a few hours before the show!
  • Ben G.
    Ben GDecember 28, 2014
    How many S's are in ASSSSCAT? (Four.)
  • asli c.
    asli calisirDecember 11, 2014
    awesome place, great comedy
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DeNardoDecember 1, 2014
    Check out Grandma's Ashes (improv team) on Saturday night and ASSCAT 3000 on Sunday. Your best bet at a celebrity appearance is ASSCAT.
  • Simon
    SimonOctober 26, 2014
    Comedy, laughs, improv
  • Chris M.
    Chris McDougalOctober 10, 2014
    Just had a very bad experience here. They refused to refund an online credit card transaction that redundantly went through, though it was no fault of my own. That's very bad business.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MaughanSeptember 7, 2014
    Mecca for emerging comics in the United States. If you want to be ahead of all your friends and see people before they become household names get here immediately.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 5, 2014
    Best comedy club in the village..
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JabesAugust 28, 2014
    Comedy at it's finest.
  • David M.
    David MorarAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is a comedy nerd's dream. Special guest stars are always possible. Take a food look at the performers on stage. You'll soon see them on TV.
  • John S.
    John SwordsAugust 22, 2014
    Make reservations in advance on their website. Arrive early for your show and bring an umbrella if it's likely to rain because they queue everyone on the street.
  • Andres M.
    Andres MartinAugust 19, 2014
    THE CURFEW show was F*ing unbelievable!!!
  • Jackson G.
    Jackson GallagherAugust 12, 2014
    Whiplash on Mondays at 11 is awesome and free. If you get in line 60-45 minutes before the show you will get great seats.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DorvilleAugust 10, 2014
    I don't think there is a more hit or miss place in the city. Roll the dice, take your chance.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KrepowAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like funny things, you should come here. If you like grocery store basements, you should definitely come here. See everything you can!
  • Renato B.
    Renato BesabeJune 26, 2014
    Always a good time here! Stop by Moda Espresso & Wine bar before the show. Free Italian appetizers with the wine!
  • Jisu P.
    Jisu PJune 5, 2014
    $10 for a ticket. Totally worth it!! They are all hilarious. If you are going to a weekend show at night, make sure to get there early because the line gets extremely long.
  • Greg D.
    Greg DoughertyMay 30, 2014
    Reserve your tickets online and get in line 30 mins before the show starts. Cash only.
  • Hannah Serena G.
    Best improv in New York, period. Come on a weekday to avoid crowds and a weekend to say hi to Amy and Seth.
  • Rémi J.
    Rémi JacquesFebruary 26, 2014
    Best comedy show in NYC.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BradleyJanuary 12, 2014
    No credit cards and pricy cocktails
  • Alessandra R.
    Alessandra RNovember 14, 2013
    You'll cry from laughter at UCB! Admission is just $10 or you can wait to get in for free!
  • Mary M.
    Mary MullerNovember 11, 2013
    We got there at 7:30 to wait in line for tickets to the 9:30 free show on Sunday (they pass them out at 8:15) and were put on standby, but still got in. If you want to be sure to get in, show up early
  • Justin F.
    Justin FusilierAugust 25, 2013
    Get a reservation and show up early or it is standing room only.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 8, 2013
    Show up early especially for free shows, otherwise you may not get in! Read more
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Don't take it personally when they herd you out and away from the theater after the show. The Molly Wee Pub on 8th ave is a great place to have drinks after. Read more
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    A less talked about show that you have to see is Doppelganger Read more
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Harlod Night and Maude Night are musts. And reservations for them are a must. Read more
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Maude Night is so much fun and the team Bellevue always impresses! Read more
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Must see Death by Roo Roo Read more
  • Jane B.
    Jane BarnesJuly 27, 2013
    Fun, unpretentious, serious talent. Go see Dion Flynn and his 325 personalities! When I lived nearer I used to go every week.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LaForgeJuly 26, 2013
    Best line ever.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    The improv comedy group that produced Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, and countless other comic geniuses has its New York roots in Chelsea.
  • Mistercaves
    MistercavesJuly 21, 2013
    Make reservations and get your ass in line early, at least 30 min. if you want to be well seated.
  • NYC: The Official Guide
    Did you know? Unknowns and up-and-comers have shared the stage here with the likes of Amy Poehler, Robin Williams and Conan O'Brien.
  • Henry C.
    Henry ChengMay 17, 2013
    Okcupid show was a miss. Many f factors of the show can be improved starting by not attacking your volunteer who is generous enough to be your material.
  • Ralph S.
    Ralph StubaMay 6, 2013
    3 dollar PBRs. Yeah
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 12, 2013
    monday nights here are great - $5 for a show and cheap beers.
  • Lizzy
    LizzyApril 5, 2013
    Every show I've seen here is hilarious! Price is great, and you spend the night laughing with your friends. Nothing better!
  • Dino P.
    Dino PantazopoulosMarch 8, 2013
    Reserve tickets, get their early and grab front row seats. Cheap beer and great laughs! Hilarious!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 5, 2013
    Make reservations, otherwise you'll be demoted to waiting outside. Friday nights see The Stepfathers...or go late night for some Liquid Courage - you can perform at that one, if you dare!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DavisMarch 3, 2013
    Death by. Roo too. Rocks
  • Jamy D.
    Jamy DrapezaFebruary 15, 2013
    IMPORTANT: ARRIVE EARLY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU RESERVED TICKETS. Lol made the mistake assuming 15 minutes early was enough. Not a lot of seats, but me and the 50 others are willing to stand for this.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarquesFebruary 5, 2013
    ASSSSCAT 3000. This improv show remains unchallenged for best improv show in the city. Also includes an interesting guest monologist. Sunday, 7:30pm -$10 • 9:30pm – Free, tickets distributed at 8:15pm
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarquesFebruary 5, 2013
    The Stepfathers – One of the biggest headlining improv shows at UCB, described as a "supergroup of improv veterans," including Chris Gethard, Zach Woods, and Will Hines. Friday, 9pm $10
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarquesFebruary 5, 2013
    Whiplash. Up-and-comers and established comics trying out new stuff. With recent drop-ins including Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, and David CrossMonday, 11pm • Free, but reservations recommended
  • Tess S.
    Tess SmithDecember 13, 2012
    See Broad City perform once a month, you won't regret it!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Readers' Poll winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Comedy Club!
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The beer and the improv are pretty decent.
  • Marian E.
    Marian ElbertOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Want a good laugh? Want pretty funny comedy that won't hurt the wallet? Come here. Come early and get good seating.
  • Haley J.
    Haley JonesOctober 3, 2012
    Harold night is the best. Tuesday nights at 7:30!
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽October 1, 2012
    Saw ASSSSCAT 3000... My head hurts from laughing so hard & so much.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Arrive early for the best seats, and be prepared for some major laughs. It’s where some of Saturday Night Live’s most famous alumni got their start!
  • Cliff C.
    Cliff C.July 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong seeing a show here.
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayJuly 20, 2012
    The shows are relatively inexpensive!
  • Emily E.
    Emily EganMay 4, 2012
    Sketch comedy. Tix are Free - $5. Drinks $3-$5.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CarterApril 8, 2012
    Avoid being spilt on
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