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Elite Improv Touring Company Visiting The Hamptons

Nicole Barylski

Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational and sketch comedy group, is making an appearance at Southampton Arts Center (SAC) during Hamptons Arts Network's THAW FEST, a weekend hosted by 19 local nonprofit organizations who will present exhibitions, theater, film, music, garden tours, and more.

On Saturday, March 24, the elite touring company will bring the laughs during a spontaneous 90-minute show that is totally spur-of-the-moment and completely unscripted.

"We have been eager to expand our programming in the theater with the recent upgrades, and live comedy is something that has been on the wish list for some time now," said Amy Kirwin, Southampton Arts Center Director of Programs. "Being able to bring one of the absolute best improv comedy troupes in the world to our stage is truly thrilling, and will be a special treat to all who attend."

The SAC performance will be led by four comedians who will come up with their material on the spot, and skits performed will not only have never been seen before, but they will never ever be performed after this show.

Founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, The UCB Theatre has attracted some of comedy's most notable names. Former Upright Citizens Brigaders have appeared in hit movies like Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, as well as TV shows like Comedy Central's Broad City, NBC'sSaturday Night Live, Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and HBO's Silicon Valley and Veep. Many also pen the laughs for Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Key and Peele and many more.

In addition to UCB, THAW Fest programming at SAC will include a free screening of Milton Glaser - To Inform and Delight, presented with Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, on Friday, March 23, a complimentary Immersive Sound Meditation in the Galleries with Daniel Lauter on Saturday, March 24, A Radical Voice Encore Gallery Tour with Curator Janet Goleas - also free - on Sunday, March 25, a free screening of The Breadwinner, presented with Hamptons International Film Festival, on Sunday, March 25, and The Art of Chess - Learn & Play! with Ulysses Tapley on Sunday, March 25.

The Upright Citizens Brigade show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, call 631-283-0967 or visit southamptonartscenter.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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