Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company Press Release

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PRESS RELEASE
August 18, 2011
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
John Ellis, Managing Director
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
Office Ph#: (828) 257-4512
E-Mail: [email protected] com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
What:
2011/2012 Mainstage LOL Series
Who:
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
When:
Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 8:00pm
Where:
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
Tickets:
Regular $25, Student $20, Child n/a
Student Rush Day of Show (with valid I.D.) $10
Info/Tickets:
Box Office (828) 257-4530
www.dwtheatre.com
Tickets on Sale August 18th
Artist Website:
www.ucbtourco.com
For Interviews:
Ryan Haney: [email protected], 203.216.1688
For a season brochure: Call the box office at (828) 257-4530
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For Calendar Listings: Named “Hot Farm Team” by Rolling Stone and a wellspring of some of
the funniest actors and writers on Saturday Night Live, The Office and The Daily Show, Upright
Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings down the house and perhaps the whole city with
their outrageous sketch comedy, intended for mature audiences only. Mainstage LOL Series,
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:00 p.m. Tickets:
Regular $25, Student $20; Student rush day-of-show (with valid I.D.) $10. Tickets/Info: (828)
257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.
“When SNL and The Daily Show need comics, they turn to the Upright Citizens Brigade.”
-The New York Post
THE DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE AT PACK PLACE 2011/2012 MAINSTAGE
SEASON OPENS WITH THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE TOURING COMPANY
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24 AT 8:00PM
The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place’s 2011/2012 Mainstage Series season opens on
September 24, 2011 at 8:00pm with the greatest producer of comedians in America, the Upright
Citizens Brigade, whose touring troupe brings its hilarious improv and sketch comedy to clubs
and theaters across the nation and now to Asheville. Named “Hot Farm Team” by Rolling Stone
and a wellspring of some of the funniest actors and writers on Saturday Night Live, The Office
and The Daily Show, Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings down the house and
perhaps the whole city with its outrageous sketch comedy. Comedian Conan O’Brien quips that
this is “… the type of manic, original, inventive stuff I’m always interested in.” Upright Citizens
Brigade Touring Company’s performance is part of the 2011/2012 Mainstage LOL “Laugh
Out Loud” Series, new to Diana Wortham Theatre this year.
The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company show lasts about 90 minutes and consists of two
hilarious halves of the freshest, longform improv the nation has to offer. The Touring Company
cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles; these
performers are the “next wave” of comedy superstars from the theatre that introduced comedian
greats such as Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Ed Helms (The Daily
Show, The Office), Rob Riggle (Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show), Paul Scheer & Rob
Huebel (Best Week Ever) and many more to the lexicon of household comedy names.
The featured cast for the Asheville performance includes Brandon Gardner, Brandon Scott Jones,
Molly Lloyd, and Shannon O’Neill. All performers are seasoned improv comedians who have
made numerous appearances on television and stage.
Brandon Gardner - Brandon is a comedy writer, performer and teacher at the UCB Theater in
NY. A native of Saranac Lake, NY, Brandon graduated from Binghamton University where he
studied and performed with the improv/sketch comedy group, "The Pappy Parker Players." He is
currently a member of the Saturday show "Let's Have a Ball," the UCB Touring Company, and
the UCB house team "Reuben Williams." He been profiled as a teacher by The New York Times
and featured as an improv expert on "America's Next Top Model."
Brandon Scott Jones - Brandon is a cast member on the Harold Team Grandma's Ashes, and
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the Maude Team Stone Cold Fox. Other UCB credits include: Waiting for Obama; Oh My God, I
Heard You're Dying; the Harold Team Robber Baron.
Molly Lloyd - Molly is a performer with the UCB Harold Team, Bastian. She has appeared in
various TV commercials (including most recently an ad for Yellowbook) and internet videos
(including most recently "Living with First Person Shooter Disease" from The LandLineTV),
and has appeared on "Delocated" (Adult Swim/ Cartoon Network) and in the Comedy Central
pilot, “The Fuzz.”
Shannon O'Neill - Shannon O'Neill is a writer, performer and teacher at the Upright Citizens
Brigade Theatre. She can be seen every Friday night with The Stepfathers, an improv
powerhouse of nerds and dirty dawgs, and every Sunday in UCB's longest running show,
ASSSSCAT 30000. She is a member of the sketch group Thunder Gulch, a UCB Theatre house
team that performs a new show the second Monday of every month. Shannon's one person show
"Prison Freaks: A Talent Show" has recieved rave reviews and in March, Shannon was named
one of "Three to Watch" by Time Out New York.
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company’s Asheville performance is made possible by
Mainstage LOL Series Sponsors Joel & Deborah Bohan Berkowitz and Dr. Richard E. Howell
DDA, PA; with additional support from Media Sponsors 880 AM The Revolution, News Radio
570 WWNC, and WNC magazine.
The 2011/2012 Mainstage LOL Series continues with two other top acts. In Shakespeare on
Trial (October 27, 2011), an unwitting Bill Shakespeare must defend his writing to a court of
some of his most memorable characters: Macbeth, Hamlet, Iago and Juliet, who challenge him to
write in a more modern way. The Adam Growe Comedy & Quiz Showe (November 12, 2011)
brings the wit of Adam Growe, host of Discovery Channel’s hit show Cash Cab in Canada, in a
blend of stand-up comedy and quiz show – where with the right answers, audiences members can
win money right out of Adam’s pocket.
For its 2011/2012 season, the theatre is offering new, flexible discount packages starting with as
few as three performances. Savings range from 10% to 20% off Regular prices depending on the
number of performances.
The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the Pack Square Cultural District within
walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and
boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of
Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina
Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2011/2012 Season Sponsors are the Asheville
Citizen-Times, Asheville Renaissance Hotel, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s
Catering and Gourmet-to-go, and the North Carolina Arts Council. To obtain more information
on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or
visit www.dwtheatre.com.
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