UCB alum recall celebrity guests, memorizing Tina Fey sketch 'like a psycho'
A star-studded cast of comedy royalty helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of Upright Citizen Brigade theater’s Del Close Improv Marathon, which opened with a Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reunion at Carnegie Hall.
UCB performers like SNL alum Horatio Sanz are sharing with EW memories of their time with the group, like when he would have to beg for tips after shows to buy bins to collect the water that dripped onto performers from the theater’s leaking ceiling, but a lot has changed in 20 years.
Though it wasn’t always glamorous, the theater has always been a reliable go-to for spotting the next big comedic talent. “Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey had a sketch show that I saw so many times I memorized it and like a psycho I would be back by the light booth mouthing all the words,” former Playing House star Jessica St. Clair confessed. “And to this day when Tina Fey enters a room, if I’m there, she feels unsafe but doesn’t know why.”
UCB is also known for its celebrity drop-ins. “We convinced Brooke Shields to come on and play Brooke Shields,” Paul Scheer says. “It was one of the highlights to have Brooke Shields [there] at three in the morning.” “Robin Williams showed up to do an Improv Jam and it was amazing,” Colton Dunn remembers.