The Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat!
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If you are a fan of the type of humor found on the regular seasons of Upright, you will love ASSSSCAT. I watched this with my skeptical girlfriend, and we were both rolling with laughter for two straight hours.
Have you ever asked yourself who cut the pizza with toilet scissors? Me either, but you will.
This is a bargain, and you owe it to yourself to check it out.
This really is a great DVD to own if you enjoy improv. Not quite the same experience as seeing it live, but as close as you can get from the comfort of your couch. Sooo good
For those who are wondering if ASSSSCAT is similar to the UCB TV show, the answer is no. While the show was basically deranged sketch comedy similar to, say, an American version of Monty Python, this DVD is a live improv show. The four main UCB members from the CC show are joined by a handful of other improvisors, and they make up skits on the spot inspired by stories told by a guest monologist, who's story is in turn inspired by random phrases shouted by the audience.
The main program on the disc is about an hour's worth of one live show - it's edited a bit, but gives the impression of being a complete show. There are also a bunch of bonus features which probably make up at least another hour of highlights from other shows. My favorite bit is the bonus clip of the audience member who gets so drunk that he staggers backstage and completely disrupts the show. It's amazing how well they handle the situation and turn it into part of the show.
I find it odd though that some of the other reviews really praised the commentary tracks - I thought most of what they said was really obvious just from watching the performance. They describe improv comedy like it's as difficult as brain surgery. I'm sure it's not easy to get up on a stage with nothing prepared and try to make people laugh, but it's probably not the rocket science they make it out to be.Read more ›
If you are an improviser, if you teach improv, or if you are even vaguely interested in the techniques that are used in improvisation, order this DVD one-day shipping. Amazing. While there are interviews with the cast members, they're basically filled with only somewhat interesting stories and the answer to the question you'll soon be asking "why ASSSSCAT!?" [the short answer is that it's something Horatio said]. Anyway, the real gold, and I do mean absolute gold, is the very serious and technical commentary on the set by Besser, Walsh and Ian Roberts. The guys lament that they can't be funny, but what you get is far better: people who are hilarious explaining why they're hilarious. Absolutely must-have.
If you don't buy it mini Roger Federer may run up an orifice of yours. Yes, that's a reference you'll get later.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VERY slow, unengaging and the whole show has very little connection with the story the narrator tells... I regret having bought this, being such a fan of good improv.Published 15 days ago by Victor Dias de Oliveira Santos
For the bonus content alone, this DVD is worth owning. Extra scenes and improv, plus commentary from the Matts and Ian dissecting their choices is pretty awesome if you're a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jared
I love this DVD! I think it's absolutely brilliant and funny. It's amazing to see how they can make a scene work, without any script or rehearsal. Highly recommended!Published 4 months ago by Diana
This shows UCB Improv where an audience member throws out a suggestion, a monologist tells a story off this suggestions, and the improvisors work off of that. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tiyana N
For the uninitiated, it honestly takes the first 15 or 20 minutes to get into it but it's hilarious. If you're aware of UCB or improv, you've probably already seen this. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James
I watched all of UCB and whatever I can find from their team. But while there are some funny parts, lot's of it ends up being way too short and cut to be funny. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christopher Katko