Tonight the Sam Houston State University Program Council is hosting the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company as part of “PC Guide Week.” The Touring Company’s performance is a 90-minute improvisational act, taking place in the LSC Ballroom.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. The show is free to students.
The Upright Citizens Brigade is a comedy group largely active in New York City and Los Angelos with popular comedy clubs. The Upright Citizens Comedy Brigade run training centers in New York City and Los Angelos for aspiring improv comedians. The Brigade also offers workshops to college campuses and students of all levels.
The offshoot touring company is made up of talented improv comedians and travels around the country to universities and festivals.
“It’s a group of five people, they come in and do an improve act for you. They’re the same type of skits as you would see on Saturday Night Live,” Angie Burns, Assistant Director for Student Activities said.
Members of the Touring Company are successful comedians, with credits including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “MadTV,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Showbiz Show with David Spade,” “MTV’s Boiling Points,” “VH1’s Best Week Ever.”
As with the other events of “PC Guide Week,” free t-shirts will be given out, as long as supplies last.
Bringing in a nationally-acclaimed comedy group to Sam Houston is a matter of connections. The Upright Citizens Comedy Brigade Touring Group was one option the Program Council decided to take for student’s benefit.
“Each year I take the programming board or the university sponsors the PC Board to go to different conferences. They’re basically conferences that bring different venders and artists together along with school and university programming boards so we can meet each other, find different acts and bring things back to your school.” Burns said. “We saw them at a conference and decided to bring them here.”