Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT UNRATED

(20) IMDb 7.3/10

Beginning with a suggestion from the audience, a guest monologist tells a story that kicks off a series of high-octane improvised sketches. From medical marijuana to embarrassing sexual encounters, no topic is off limits to the renegade performers who have helped make ASSSSCAT one of the longest running improv shows in the history of the world.

Starring:
Matt Besser, Amy Poehler
Runtime:
1 hour, 1 minute

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Eric Cochran
Starring Matt Besser, Amy Poehler
Supporting actors Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Chad Carter, Sean Conroy, Andrew Daly, Horatio Sanz, Thomas Lennon, Kate Walsh, Paul F. Tompkins
Studio Shout Factory
MPAA rating Unrated
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Todd on March 29, 2008
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When I purchased this improv DVD for $10, I didn't have high hopes. Although I have always been a huge fan of UCB, most improv shows I've seen (like Who's Line) have been a lukewarm disappointment.

Enter ASSSSCAT.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Levine on April 27, 2008
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Like the other reviewer, I too was skeptical, but for different reasons. I've seen ASSSCAT before and it's always been great, but I didn't know how well it would translate to video. That plus I'm more familiar with the New York crew and this ASSSSCAT show was filmed in Los Angeles. By the end of the DVD, though, any doubts I had were quashed. This is brilliant. Prepare to have the phrase "toilet scissors" enter your lexicon, the scene it appears in is one of the funniest things I have ever seen, read, or heard. I highly recommend this for fans of the UCB, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, late '80s/early '90s SNL, and so on. You'll never spend a measly $10 on something this good again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Francis on March 5, 2012
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One of the things on the DVD is an interview with the four members of the UCB from the Comedy Central series, in which they talk about, in part, the origin of the name ASSSSCAT!. Basically the name came about because the show they were doing was failing and was painful for both the improvisers and the audience. This DVD, however, is so funny from start to finish. Off the wall scenes, touching scenes, even a psychic moose. It's got it all. Also, if you are an improv nerd like me, the DVD is a must own for the commentary track on the main feature alone. They go through scene by scene and discuss the "rules" of improv and how they are following them or breaking them, as well as how and why they made the connections they did.

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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ramon Gonzalez on August 12, 2008
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I did not expect this to be this good, the intro and explanation of the asssscat proceedings diminished my hopes for a fun experience, but watching it showed me how deviant the human imagination could be. it was heartening to see my favorite improv group, not disappoint. truly awesome!
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By Bice on March 3, 2012
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I was a big fan of the Upright Citizen's Brigade show when it was on Comedy Central (speaking of which - come on CC, release the third season on DVD already!), so when I stumbled upon ASSSSCAT and discovered there's a UCB disc that I hadn't seen yet, it was like my birthday and Christmas rolled into one. I ordered it immediately and watched it as soon as it arrived, and I wasn't disappointed.

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.
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If you have seen long form improv comedy before and know what to expect, ASSSCAT! is an incredible show. If you haven't and you're willing to give long form improv a fair shot, this is the best place to start; it's the funniest improv show I've ever seen. Matt Besser, Amy Poelher, and Sans are all involved. Need I say more? Poehler, by the way, never stuck out for me on SNL, on ASSSCAT! she's the sole woman performer-- and she's darn funny. For the curious, ASSSSCAT! features a guest monologist [Will Arnett and Kate Walsh among the more famous ones], whose story is then followed by a bunch of scenes. It's great improv, it's funny, and even your friends who like extremely mainstream comedy should be able to enjoy it.

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.
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