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.

Erik Tanouye

Current Shows

Erik Tanouye is a comedian who can be seen every Saturday night performing with The Curfew at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea.

He is also senior writer for the UCBComedy's topical and pop culture group, Pocketwatch. Until recently he was a writer for the house sketch comedy team (212).

His popular twitter feed is available here: http://twitter.com/toyns

He has been a writer/performer at the UCB since 2002. He co-wrote the viral hit "BP Spills Coffee" video (in which he also appears as a Halliburton employee).

Erik has directed many Maude Night shows in the past and written for Neighbor Boy, Chunk, and Dinner. As an improviser, he performed at Harold night for eight years as a member of Grandma's Ashes, Bastian, The Scam, 1985, The Shoves, and Dillinger.

He is originally from Rockville, Maryland, he is half Japanese and half German.

He was a contributing writer for the Onion's ONN video network, directed acclaimed improv shows by I Eat Pandas and T.J. Monkeys, and co-wrote and performed in the sketch shows "Proceed With Honor" and "Red Christmas" at the UCB Theatre.

He has an English degree from Dartmouth College and is currently Director of Student Affairs for the UCB Training Center.

He lives in Brooklyn.

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