I feel like the UCB4 created a place with a great energy. They picked the right people to start off with, or maybe they didn’t pick them, maybe the right people found them. But they started a really good thing that feels self-sustaining to me. I know that the theatre is getting bigger, and the training center is getting bigger, but it doesn’t feel, to me, different than it does when I started.
I think throughout all of life, across the board, people tend to think things are changing a little more than they actually are changing because they themselves are moving through it. They are navigating and maneuvering through their own life. So UCB has changed in relation to them, because they changed in relation to UCB.
Shannon O’Neill just Instagrammed a picture of the ASSSSCAT line. It was raining or snowing, it was really shitty out, and they had duct-taped a plastic tarp to the wall and draped it over the divider so they could stay a little dry and get into the free show to see Shannon and Gethard and the greatest improvisers at the theatre perform. And seeing that really brought me back, because I would wait in that line in the dead of winter, until I couldn’t feel my feet, to see that show. Even though I knew that I could spend the ten dollars or whatever, it was like a ritual that I had with my friend—the same friend who told me about UCB at that hostel. We stayed friends, we were UCB buddies. And we would go to ASSSSCAT every Sunday, no matter what the weather was.
Seeing that picture reminded me that yeah, I’m not doing that now, but there’s still new people doing that. It still has that exciting “new crazy awesome thing in my life and I need more of it” effect on people. So I’m not concerned. I think that UCB is in a great place.
I was happy to be interviewed by Lauren and Erin of Magic Buttons for this project. Here are the results.