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Standout installments include "Infested with Friars," a spoof of Eisenhower-era humor, and "Mogomra vs. the Fart Monster," a goof on Japanese pop culture, from noise rock to creature features (Mogomra is a giant lobster). Every episode also incorporates hidden camera encounters with the real world. "Didn't I once sell you crack?" for instance, doesn't garner any takers when directed at a gaggle of lawyers. Among the guest stars are the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA ("Bomb Squad") and Poehler's former SNL cast mates Tina Fey ("Mogomra") and Horatio Sanz ("Spaghetti Jesus," an episode bursting with excretory functions). Further, Upright Citizens Brigade served as a training ground for future movie directors, like Bring It On's Peyton Reed and Junebug's Phil Morrison.
The plentiful extras on this two-disc set include deleted scenes, early stage routines, an audience Q&A, and uncensored commentary on all 10 episodes (the commentary for "Spaghetti Jesus" and "Super Cool" was recorded live at the UCB Theater). Despite the parental advisory regarding "explicit content," most episode profanity has been bleeped, though the material still easily qualifies as "adult" (sexual situations, drug references, etc.). -- Kathleen C. Fennessy
- All 10 episodes from the second season on 2 discs
- Audience Q & A
- Early Live Performances
- Deleted Scenes
- Live Audio Commentary at the UCB Theater
Top Customer Reviews
Sketch comedy and guerilla street theater were the sword and with them, the UCB skewered modern life with thematically linked episodes and season-long running story lines. Featuring Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts as the UCB (and many other characters!) and a slew of comedians and actors like Rob Cordry of the Daily Show (many of whom got their start working with the UCB).
Springing forth from long-running live shows, the UCB were a shadowy anarchist organization, fighting every day to break the tyranny of a civilization seemingly designed to drive people insane. That civilization? None other than our own. This world was also home to many memorable recurring characters, all brought to life by the expert members of the UCB troupe.
The second season continued and built-upon a strong first season. The first season, while great, was mainly made up of sketches and story lines the UCB had been performing or working on for years, although perfected and sometimes expanded for television. The second season was conversely new material, specifically written for the show, or developed from their concurrent and weekly live improv show in New York. This meant a greater cohesion in the threaded stories of the sometimes diverse sketches contained in an episode. Some topics covered in this season: the (at the time) trend of bastardizing Asian culture, the American Drug War, religion, theme restaurants and even the weather.
Though cruelly canceled by a heartless and terrible corporation, the UCB as a group continues to perform and teach improv comedy at their theaters in NYC and LA.
If you are familiar with the UCB, just buy it already! Let's hope the 3rd season comes out in the next decade. Oh, by the way, the following skits are NOT on this 2nd season collection: 'Werewolf sex', 'Vibrating boot', 'Pro Thunderball', and the episode in which a man is being held captive in a basement though he is unaware that he is actually hooked up to a virtual reality machine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When this show first started, I absolutely loved it and was sad when the series ended. Years later I remembered that this show existed and was super excited that I was able to find... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tya Collier
Once again, this is sketch comedy that borders on the ridiculous. But, it's pretty funny at times other times kinda dumb, but they take chances and stretch comedy to it's borders. Read morePublished 10 months ago by penname
THE FIRST ONE WAS FUNNY, THIS ONES ALL ABOUT NASTY SEXUAL REFENCES AND CRAZY STUFF, I DIDNT LIKE IT AT ALL. VERY CHEESY TOO. I WOULD ONLY GET THE FIRST SEASON.Published 11 months ago by Casper
Great show, hillarious! I'm glad I thought to seek it out. Wasn't disappointed!Published 12 months ago by keith miller
Great show, with some classic episodes in this season. Some decent special features and commentary.
But the video quality is absolutely terrible. Read more