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The Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat!

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On the heels of their enormously popular TV show, the Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh) bring you ASSSSCAT! - an unparalleled improv comedy juggernaut. 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.

Featuring:
Chad Carter
Sean Conroy
Andrew Daly
Horatio Sanz

Monologists:
Will Arnett
Ed Helms
Jen Kirkman
Thomas Lennon
Paul F. Tompkins
Kate Walsh

EXTRAS

Upright Citizens Brigade Interview
Monologous Interruptus
We Love Our Audience
The ASSSSCAT Theme
Commentary by Upright Citizens Brigade


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Roberts, Will Arnett, Kate Walsh, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz
  • Directors: Eric Cochran
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000XUUQRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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Asssscat! is a show done by the Improv group UCB, or Upright Citizens Brigade, in both New York and Los Angeles. UCB is important because it is one of the most successful groups to exist outside Chicago. It is great to see that the original members of UCB, Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, playing along side other great improviser. The format is basically an Armando, with a special guest monologist that tells a story that inspires the scenes done by the actors.
Let's start with this first. I have been an Improviser since 2001. I have always had an issue with Improv that has been recorded and edited. The real "magic" of Improv is seeing it live. If you never seen a live show, go see one. There are Imporv groups in almost every town. Okay, my rant is over, moving onto Assscat!
It is fun to watch because over 3/4th of it is "funny". That is a high ratio for Improv. One of the joys of Improv is that sometimes scene and things don't work. It happens. The people in it are doing a great job of playing the game in the scene and exploring the worlds they have created. As far as Improv skills go, these guys are close to being scary good.
This is a great show to watch if you want to learn Improv. I often recommend it to students. The extras that come on the DVD are amazing, like cast commentary and an interview with the four founders. I am happy with it in my collection and I watch it at least once a month. Sometimes I even take notes.
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