Thursday, November 6, 2014

INCOMING: Upright Citizens Brigade at ECC Arts Nov 15th #improv #comedy

The ECC Arts Center Takes Pre-Show Dining Alfresco with First-Ever Food Truck Night

Here at ChiIL Live Shows we've been fans of Upright Citizens Brigade forever. I came from an improv background myself, founding the long running, award winning Miami University improv group, Tower Players back in the mid 80's. I've been a sucker for the genre since my first high school improv class way back in the day. Come check out UCB. You'll be glad you did!

The critically acclaimed Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company comes to ECC Arts Center, located in Building H on the Elgin Community College Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Saturday, Nov.15th, 7:30 p.m. Known for their long form improv episodes inspired from a single suggestion, improvisers from UCB will create a hilarious, 90-minute show guaranteed to leave the audience laughing.

The ECC Art Center offers a special pre-show dining opportunity for this performance…Food truck Night! The Calle Wagon, a gourmet Mexican/Mediterranean mobile eatery, will be arriving at the Arts Center one hour before the show. Advance reservations are not required but audience members are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy food truck fare in front of the Arts Center. For more information visit or call 847-622-0300. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The UCB New York-based four-person cast scheduled to appear at the ECC Arts Center includes Yoni Lotan, Morgan Miller, Kim Parker and Keaton Patti. UCB has established the reputation of being a place to see the next generation of rising comedy stars and sports an impressive alum list featuring performers/writers from “30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show.” SPIN Magazine hails UCB as "New York City's only relevant live comedy troupe;" New York Magazine calls them, "New York's hardest-working sketch comics" and The Onion and Entertainment Weekly calls UCB "twisted and uproarious." 

In the 1990s, Chicago’s own Matt Besser ("Comedy Bang! Bang!") and native New Yorker Ian Roberts (Exec. Producer, Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”), along with Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Chicago-born Matt Walsh (“Veep”) of Chicago’s improv community, formed the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe. The foursome went on to create their own Comedy Central series and later opened the affiliated Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. Both theaters have become well-known hotspots for watching live alternative comedy and improv shows, and in recent years, have helped launch the careers of many of today's most popular comedians. Chicagoan’s had an opportunity to see UCB in action this past spring when they headlined the 2014 Chicago Improv Festival.

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company comes to the ECC Arts Center located in Building H on the Elgin Community College Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $27. For tickets or more information visit or call 847-622-0300.

The ECC Arts Center, located in Building H on the Elgin Community College Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, presents amazing artists in intimate theater settings. Delicious dinners prepared through a partnership with the ECC's award-winning culinary arts program often accompany events. Parking is plentiful and free.

For more information about the ECC Arts Center, visit or call 847-622-0300. The arts center also can be followed on Twitter at Become a fan of the arts center on Facebook at

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