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Haters Back Off! Cancelled at Netflix

Haters Back Off! Cancelled at Netflix
Maybe the haters were right after all: Netflix has cancelled the comedy Haters Back Off! after two seasons, our sister site Deadline is reporting.

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Based on Colleen Ballinger’s YouTube videos, Haters Back Off! starred Ballinger as the hopelessly deluded Miranda Sings, a young performer with no discernible talent who nonetheless dreams of superstardom. The Office alum Angela Kinsey co-starred as Miranda’s mother Bethany, with Eastbound & Down‘s Steve Little playing Miranda’s uncle Jim. Comedian Matt Besser (Fresh Off the Boat, Parks and Recreation) joined the cast in Season 2 as Miranda’s estranged dad.
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How Amy Poehler and Veep's Matt Walsh Started an Improv Empire — and Are Bringing It to Carnegie Hall

How Amy Poehler and Veep's Matt Walsh Started an Improv Empire — and Are Bringing It to Carnegie Hall
One of the biggest weekends in comedy got started in 1998 with a simple premise: Honor the complicated guru that championed a new art form and taught the improvisers who would become some of comedy’s biggest names in years to come.

Now, 19 years later, the Del Close Marathon (a three-day event with a weekend full of straight improv) has become one of the best places to catch stars like Amy Poehler and Veep‘s Matt Walsh back in the place they started — sweaty improv theaters.

Del Close was the improv guru in Chicago that trained all of us that started the Ucb,
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Seeso Renews ‘The Ucb Show’, Acquires Documentary ‘Thank You Del’

Seeso has renewed its popular original series The Ucb Show from Upright Citizens Brigade founders Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser. Season 2 begins shooting today at the 18th Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon in NYC. The Ucb Show is a weekly variety showcase for the best sketch, characters and stand-up homegrown at the Ucb Theatres in L.A. and NYC. Besser, Poehler, Roberts, and Walsh executive produce with Bart Coleman and Lou Wallach. In…
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Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Signs First-Look Deal with Universal Cable

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Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Signs First-Look Deal with Universal Cable
The comedy troupe made famous by Amy Poehler is getting a studio deal. Upright Citizens Brigade, the sketch and improv group owned by Poehler along with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, has signed a first-look agreement with Universal Cable Productions, the studio behind “Mr. Robot” on USA and “12 Monkeys” on Syfy. The deal is the studio’s first with a live theater group. Also Read: 'Veep' Star Matt Walsh Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Post-Production on 'A Better You' (Video) Projects under development include “We Can Fix You,” a parody of pop-psychology gurus, as well
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Upright Citizens Brigade Signs Deal With Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Universal Cable Productions will assist Ucb in developing scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s cable networks as well as other outlets.

“Ucb is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development at Universal Cable Productions. “This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into Ucb’s unique point of view. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”

“This collaboration with Universal Cable Productions provides us with the resources to execute ideas and cultivate new audiences across platforms,” said
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Upright Citizens Brigade Inks First-Look Deal With Ucp, Sets 5 Comedy Projects

Universal Cable Productions is making a push into comedy, signing a first-look deal with improv and sketch comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. Under the deal, the group, led by co-founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, will develop scripted programming for NBCUniversal's portfolio of cable networks as well as external networks and streaming services. Under the pact, the two companies already are working on five series projects, We Can Fix You…
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon’

“Thank You, Del” exalts the continuing legacy of Del Close, the late actor, writer and teacher whose coaching of numerous future stars (including multiple “Saturday Night Live” generations) and popularizing of improv techniques indelibly shaped modern comedy. Todd Bieber’s documentary doesn’t offer in-depth biographical treatment, or even much insight into improvisation itself, preferring instead to dwell on some celebrity personal reminiscences and the torch-carrying annual Del Close Marathon hosted by acolytes the Upright Citizens Brigade. The result isn’t all that enlightening, but provides a fun watch with comedy luminaries like Amy Poehler and as-yet-unknown talents demonstrating their love for the performance idiom on stage and off. Cable broadcast is the pic’s natural destination.

Close, who died in 1999 at age 64, worked in various New York stage settings (including with Mike Nichols and Elaine May) before joining San Francisco’s influential sketch comedy troupe the Committee in the late 1960s.
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Jash Announces Inaugural Comedy Festival Featuring Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera And More

Digital comedy collective Jash is taking its unique stylings offscreen for the inaugural JashFesht -- a two-day gathering taking place in Palm Springs, Calif., during the first weekend of April.

The event will comprise live comedy sets, musical performances, screenings and talent panels featuring Jash’s founders: Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and Tim & Eric.

In the digital world, Jash recently announced a pact to create original content for the Verizon streaming app Go90. Jash's upcoming real life festival will serve to premiere some of those new shows, including episodes of Pound House, starring Doug Lussenhop and Brent Weinbach, and Arkippiana from Ucb Founder Matt Besser.

The network, which was founded in 2013 to help comedians hone their digital strategies and also serves as a distribution platform for comedy content, describes Jashfesht as “a unique and historic gathering of the comedy community, creating a grassroots and experiential vibe,” according to a press release.
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Interview: Richard Cotovsky on Abbie Hoffman Fest, Directing & Final Days of Mary-Arrchie

Chicago – In founding and being an artistic director of a theater company for over 30 years, Richard Cotovsky of Mary-Arrchie Co. has a few stories to tell. In Part Two of an interview with the “Godfather of Chicago Storefront Theater” Cotovsky talks about the annual Abbie Hoffman Died for our Sins Festival, and the various acts of producing memorable stage productions.

Rich Cotovsky is a lifelong Chicagoan, growing up and currently living in the Rogers Park neighborhood. He was a founding member of Mary-Arrchie Co. – an amalgamation of parent’s names from one of his early acting students – and has served as its Artistic Director since it began in 1986. His award-winning theatre company has served up gritty and memorable productions for 30 years, but their current show, “American Buffalo” – which features Cotovsky in a lead role – will be their final show. The building that houses the space the company has had since the late 1980s,
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NBCU’s Seeso Teams With Nytvf to Award Comedy Series Development Deal

NBCU’s Seeso Teams With Nytvf to Award Comedy Series Development Deal
The New York Television Festival Festival has added NBCUniversal’s Seeso comedy streaming service to its lineup of partners seeking fresh and funny indie talent.

Seeso, the Peacock’s $4-per-month ad-free channel that launched publicly last month, has teamed with the Nytvf to offer the Seeso Comedy Award: an opportunity for independent TV creators to develop a series for the subscription service. The pact marks the first time the Nytvf has partnered with an over-the-top service to develop original content.

“Our goal is to not only get things piloted, but ordered to series,” Nytvf founder and executive director Terence Gray said.

Seeso joins previously announced Nytvf partners Bento Box Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC and truTV, which also will offer development opportunities to comedy creators this year. Additionally, the Nytvf extended its long-term partnership with Montreal-based comedy festival producer Just For Laughs to solicit TV comedy submissions.

“It’s thrilling that
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NBC Will Debut Its Streaming Video Service SeeSo On January 7

NBCUniversal is ready to bring some more comedy to your digital screens. The broadcast network has set January 7, 2016 as the official release date of its ad-free, comedy streaming subscription service SeeSo.

SeeSo will be available at seeso.com and on iOS and Android devices, with NBC planning to add more platforms in the coming months. Several original series and specials will be available at the time of SeeSo’s launch, including the animated comedy The Cyanide & Happiness Show (brought to you by the Streamy Award-winning team behind the Cyanide & Happiness YouTube channel and its more than five million subscribers) , the Matt Besser special Besser Breaks the Record, and the Amy Poehler-hosted variety sketch show The Ucb Show. NBC will release new episodes for each of SeeSo’s five original series every week after the service’s official launch.

NBC originally announced its plans to launch a comedy video subscription
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NBCUniversal’s Seeso Finalizes Launch Date, Comedy Slate

NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises has finalized the launch date and schedule for Seeso, its much-buzzed about ad-free subscription comedy channel.

The channel will launch Jan. 7 with the previously announced shows “The Ucb Show,” “Dave and Ethan: Lovemakers,” “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane,” “Before the Morning After” and “The Cyanide & Happiness Show” as well as comedy specials from Rory Scovel and Matt Besser. The first episodes of the new series are free, with new episodes being made available to subscribers each week starting Jan. 13.

Other series and specials, such as Dan Harmon’s fantasy role-playing series “HarmonQuest” and Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s stand-up series “Take My Wife,” will be rolled out throughout the coming year.

Seeso’s library also includes high-def remastered versions of “Kids in the Hall” and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

“We think the world needs more laughter, so we put together what we think is
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NBC’s Streaming Comedy Service Seeso Gets Launch Date

Seeso is slated to have you laughing into the New Year. The new ad-free streaming comedy service will launch Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises announced this morning. “We think the world needs more laughter, so we put together what we think is the best collection of comedy in one place,” NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises executive vice president Evan Shapiro said in a statement. “Come, seeso for yourself.” In addition to fan favorites (“30 Rock”), cult classics (“Nathan Barley”), curated films ("Monty Python"), and late-night talkies (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”), the streaming service is rolling out 2,000 hours of original content. For $3.99 per month, subscribers will get daily Seeso-exclusive content with five original series like “The Cyanide & Happiness Show” and “The Ucb Show” (from hosts, creators, and Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh), two standup specials, and—in a push for live content via streaming
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NBC’s Streaming Comedy Channel Seeso Sets Launch Date

We now have an official launch date of January 7 for NBC’s new ad-free subscription streaming channel Seeso. The channel from NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, will be available on http://www.seeso.com, iOS and Android platforms beginning on that date for $3.99 per month, with additional platforms added later. Original series available at launch include The Ucb Show, from hosts, creators and Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt…
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‘The Ucb Show’ Trailer: The Upright Citizens Brigade Gang Has a New Comedy Home

‘The Ucb Show’ Trailer: The Upright Citizens Brigade Gang Has a New Comedy Home
If you’re a comedy fan, then you’ve probably heard of the Upright Citizens Brigade. The improv troupe formed by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin emerged out of Chicago in the early ’90s and went on to get its own TV show on Comedy Central […]

The post ‘The Ucb Show’ Trailer: The Upright Citizens Brigade Gang Has a New Comedy Home appeared first on /Film.
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Upright Citizens Brigade, Dan Harmon Drive Originals Strategy For NBCUniversal’s Seeso

Upright Citizens Brigade, Dan Harmon Drive Originals Strategy For NBCUniversal’s Seeso
NBCUniversal’s plan to launch a streaming channel next year to better mine the value of “Saturday Night Live” and all of its late-night comedy programming has been no secret in TV and digital circles. What was a surprise at the Oct. 15 unveiling of the subscription service, dubbed Seeso, was the high volume of original series slated for the ad-free platform.

An inaugural lineup of more than 20 series and specials have been put into production by Evan Shapiro, exec VP of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, and the handful of “comedy nerds,” aka execs, that he recruited to launch Seeso. Shapiro reasons that potential subscribers will come to channel for the marquee titles — “SNL,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” etc. — but will hopefully be intrigued by the originals to fork over $3.99 a month. (That’s the inspiration for the moniker: You’ve come to “see” this, “so” now you should check out that.
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Watch: Amy Poehler and the Ucb Team Lead an Underground Society of Comedians in Exclusive Seeso Video

Watch: Amy Poehler and the Ucb Team Lead an Underground Society of Comedians in Exclusive Seeso Video
In this first episode of "The Seeso Secret Society," a web series leading up tot he launch of new comedy streaming platform Seeso, comedians Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell are on a quest to join a secret society of comedians by fulfilling a series of mysterious tasks. Read More: Fake Werner Herzog Unveils a Fake Secret Society in Teaser For Real Streaming Service 'SeeSo' Following an anonymous note, the duo finds that their first job happens to be cleaning the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles. Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the founders of Ucb, make an appearance as the mysterious taskmasters, eventually sending the young comedians off to their next job once they've adequately tidied up the theater. Ahdoot and Fixell will star in their own original series on Seeso, "Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers." Poehler, Roberts, Besser and Walsh are also involved with Seeso through another original series,
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Here’s A Trailer For SeeSo, NBCUniversal’s Upcoming Comedy Service

On October 15th, NBCUniversal announced SeeSo, a subscription service with a focus on comedy programming. Four days later, a trailer for the service has arrived, and it shows us some of the people who subscribers will see.

As with other digital comedy platforms (like Broadway Video’s Above Average), SeeSo will mine a lot of its talent from New York’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Specifically, Ucb’s four co-founders--Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh--all show up together in the new service’s trailer. So too do cult favorite comedy writer Dan Harmon and well-traveled actor Thomas Lennon. Also, they’re all apparently in the Illuminati, or something like that. Watch the trailer and you’ll see what I mean:

Of course, Poehler and Harmon share more in common than just their affinity for comedy. They’re both well-known as NBC collaborators: Poehler for Parks and Recreation
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Fake Werner Herzog Unveils a Fake Secret Society in Teaser For Real Streaming Service 'SeeSo'

Fake Werner Herzog Unveils a Fake Secret Society in Teaser For Real Streaming Service 'SeeSo'
Last week NBCUniversal unveiled SeeSo, confirming talk that the network may put out its own streaming service for comedy. The service is targeted at "comedy super fans" and promises new original content every week. In addition, there will be a curated selection of movies and TV, as well as live streams of stand-up comedy on a monthly basis.  Read More: The 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This October: 'Beasts of No Nation,' 'Nasty Baby' and More The teaser sets up a fake documentary with a voiceover in the style of Werner Herzog that unveils a secret comedy society. It then unveils some of the players who will appear on the SeeSo service, including Ucb co-founders Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, Amy Poehler and Ian Roberts, as well as Tom Lennon and "Community" creator Dan Harmon. Watch the teaser above. The service also released descriptions for three new
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Fake Warner Herzog Unveils a Fake Secret Society in Teaser For Real Streaming Service 'SeeSo'

Fake Warner Herzog Unveils a Fake Secret Society in Teaser For Real Streaming Service 'SeeSo'
Last week NBCUniversal unveiled SeeSo, confirming talk that the network may put out its own streaming service for comedy. The service is targeted at "comedy super fans" and promises new original content every week. In addition, there will be a curated selection of movies and TV, as well as live streams of stand-up comedy on a monthly basis.  Read More: The 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This October: 'Beasts of No Nation,' 'Nasty Baby' and More The teaser sets up a fake documentary with a voiceover in the style of Warner Herzog that unveils a secret comedy society. It then unveils some of the players who will appear on the SeeSo service, including Ucb co-founders Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, Amy Poehler and Ian Roberts, as well as Tom Lennon and "Community" creator Dan Harmon. Watch the teaser above. The service also released descriptions for three new
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