Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has affordable, comedy shows seven nights a week in NYC and LA. Watch the best improv, sketch and standup in the country. Our original comedy video productions have garnered the national spotlight. We also run the first nationally accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. For information on our courses, visit the Training Center.

Stephen Ruddy

Stephen Ruddy worked for the State Department in Guantanamo Bay, and the U.N. in Western Sahara and Algeria, before deciding to settle in NYC. He began studying at the UCBT in 2002, where he majored in Applied Mathematics. No, wait, it was Improv. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Ancient History, and has also studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. He improvises, acts, directs, and writes all over NYC. Stephen created Gravid Water in 2004, which he also directs and frequently performs in at UCBT. Gravid Water has also enjoyed a successful run, produced by Charna Halpern, at Chicago's i.O. theater. Stephen loves working with all the talented people in the UCBT community and beyond.