Up Next featuring Fred Armisen
Above Average and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater present an evening with some of the freshest faces in comedy. Featuring performances from Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata, Good Neighbor, Chris Gethard and more. Hosted by Tim Robinson.
Beck Bennett recently joined the cast of Saturday Nightt Live as a featured player. In addition to co-founding the Good Neighbor sketch group, which also features SNL cast mate Kyle Mooney, Bennett has been a regular writer/performer at UCB since 2007. He also starred in an AT&T commercial campaign Bennett hails from the north suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in New York City. His birthday is October 1.
BriTANicK (rhymes with Titanic) is the two part comedy explosion of Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney. They are currently writing a movie for Lionsgate and have recently been seen on "How I Met Your Mother" and in Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing". Their internet videos have amassed over 25 million views worldwide. Please don't shout mean things at them while they perform.
Chris Gethard is a writer, actor, and comedian living in New York City. A mainstay performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, he has performed at the Just for Laughs festivals in both Montreal and Chicago, at South by Southwest, and at various colleges and theaters throughout the United States. He was named one of Variety’s Ten Comics to Watch in 2010, and has told stories on This American Life.
Chris was a guest writer at Saturday Night Live. He was also an original writer on The Onion News Network, which launched its online platform with a sketch he wrote that was written about in The New York Times. He also sold a pilot to Comedy Central.
Chris is the creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show, a variety and talk show that began as a stage show at UCB before becoming a weekly live public access show during the summer of 2011. The show has a fervent cult following, and is known for staging amazing stunts such as using a Twitter campaign to book Sean “Diddy” Combs as a guest on the show. Chris also once granted a young fan the night of her life by devoting an entire episode to her and booking all of her favorite celebrities. The Chris Gethard
Show has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and dozens of other publications. Chris has also promoted the show as a guest on both Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan.
Chris is the author of the book A Bad Idea I’m About to Do, named one of the Huffington Post’s ten books to read for the month of January upon its publication in early 2012. He is also the author of the book Weird NY, and the co-author of Weird NJ volumes one and
two, Weird US, and Weird VA.
As an actor, you can see Chris this summer in Iron Man 3, and later this year opposite Mila Kunis and Robin Williams in The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. Chris can also be seen in multiple episodes of the final season of NBC’s The Office.
A filmmaker and member of acclaimed sketch comedy team Good Neighbor, Dave McCary is currently a segment director at Saturday Night Live.
Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing and writing in both comedy and music.
He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s Portlandia alongside Carrie Brownstein. The critically acclaimed show enters its fourth season in 2014. He received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” in 2012 and 2013 category for his work on the series. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011.
An eleven season veteran of Saturday Night Live, he has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters including world leaders like President Barack Obama or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the popular digital short “Iran So Far Away” to “Weekend Update” fixtures like political comedian Nicholas Fehn or half of the songwriting team of Garth and Kat (with Kristen Wiig) to name a few. He closed out his last season in the guise of British punk rocker Ian Rubbish with a star-studded performance of the original song “It’s a Lovely Day.”Armisen has landed on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List” and has several times on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List.” He has appeared in countless feature films including Easy A, The Rocker, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Eurotrip and ThePromotion as well as lending his voice to the feature The Smurfs. He has also appeared in the films Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black, Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, The Ex with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman, and in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.He has made guest appearances on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, and the cable comedy shows The Sarah Silverman Show, Human Giant and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! He was also seen in the smash kids show Yo Gabba Gabba on Nickelodeon.
His career began as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with the Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came with the 1998 underground short film Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and SXSW which followed him through the Austin, Texas “South By Southwest Music Festival” posing as a music journalist. In 2006, he interviewed Cat Power for the influential music website Pitchfork.com and later combined his love for music and comedy by creating the role of drummer Jens Hannemann and releasing an instructional DVD,Complicated Drumming Technique, in 2007.
Joe is currently in his second season working as a staff writer for Kroll Show on Comedy Central. He has previously written for Comedy Bang! Bang!, Playing House, and the Onion News Network. As a stand up, Joe was named one of the "New Faces" at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs festival. He has appeared at SXSW, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Telluride Comedy Festival. Wengert has been a regular improv performer at the UCB Theater since 2003. Currently he can be seen improvising every Monday night with UCB-LA house team, The Smokes and every Saturday and Sunday with ASSSSCAT.
Kyle Mooney studied film at USC, where he began taking his VHS collection more seriously, while also writing and performing with the school's improv and sketch group, Commedus Interruptus. After college, Kyle co-founded the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, with two college buddies and a childhood friend. The group's online videos have been viewed over 12 million times, and have received praises by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Adam McKay. Kyle has also appeared on VH1, G4's Attack of the Show, a couple national commercials, short films, and various internet things. He recently joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player.
Nick Rutherford is a writer and comedian and a member of the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor. His work can be seen on MTV, E!, Current TV and the CW network. Nick was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, The Los Angeles Comedy Festival, The SF SketchFest, and the Out of Bounds Festival in Austin TX. He performs stand up regularly around LA and on the road.
Sasheer Zamata is a actress, writer and performer based in New York City. She has performed improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and stand up across the country. She can currently be seen as a featured player on Saturday Night Live.
Tim Robinson, a Detroit native, is an actor and improviser who has performed at The Second City, ImprovOlympic, iO Theater,GO Comedy, and Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival. Robinson was a featured player on Saturday Night Live for the 2012-2013 season, and has returned to the show as a writer, making him the second cast member after Brian Doyle-Murray to go from featured player to staff writer.