My name is Rachael. I teach sketch writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. I act in things sometimes. I write for Splitsider.com and Gloc.net. I go to the movies once a year, but I really want to change that. I drink red wine and have a cat that I will show you pictures of on my phone. You can follow my quirky internet ramblings on Twitter @rachaelmason.Ask me everything I can post something for you, but seriously, just start your own blog, I mean seriously.
"ON THE SPECIOUS BASIS THAT BEING DISPASSIONATE IS THE SAME AS BEING RIGHT"
ugh bless this
We’re doing a project where we ask people: what’s your UCB? We talked to Will Hines about Monkeydick, the early days of the UCBT, teaching, the Stepfathers, and a bunch of other stuff.
LW: How’d you find UCB?
WH: I found it because I was taking an improv class at Chicago City Limits in 1997, 1998, and 1999. I was just doing it for fun, to have something fun to do besides my day job.
The UCB arrived in New York in ’96, and started doing classes in ’98. In May of ’98 I was taking a class at Chicago City Limits, and the students there said, “hey, there’s a new place in town called the UCB, and it’s really cool, and we should go watch one of the shows.” This was really early in UCB time. I’d never heard of them. I don’t think their show had started yet on Comedy Central. So the class agreed to go see a show. The UCB was doing shows at Solo Arts on West 17th Street. They just rented space on the fifth floor—it was basically like doing a show at Under St. Marks or something, but they were renting it three or four nights a week.
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