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Famed Improv Company Comes to Woolly for
First Extended Run Outside of NYC
(Washington, DC) Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to DC for a three-week extended engagement this summer, featuring the new show We Know How You Die! A cast of four UCB Theatre comedians will bring the company’s unique brand of longform improvisation to DC, marking a new chapter in Woolly’s history of delivering renowned comedy acts to Washington audiences between seasons.

Since its founding in the 1990s, The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre has become a major producer of American comedic talent; training thousands of students a year, maintaining four nightly sold out theaters and creating groundbreaking digital content at bi-coastal production facilities. Famous alumni include Amy Poehler, Ellie Kemper, Donald Glover, Kate McKinnon, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms, Bobby Moynihan, Horatio Sanz, and many more.

For their first-ever multi-performance run outside of New York City, the world’s most audacious innovators in improv comedy are creating a completely new long-form show every single night just for Woolly audiences. In a whirlwind of interconnected scenes performed by a hand-picked cast of brilliant improvisers, they’re going to tell you a story about your own life. Quick heads up, though: it doesn’t end well.

“I’ve been fascinated by longform improv for many years,” says Howard Shalwitz, Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director. “To see people bravely navigate into unknown territory, walking a tightrope of both truth and comedy, is a completely different kind of theatrical pleasure, and one that’s been under-represented in Washington. We’re thrilled to welcome one of America’s best-known improv troupes to our stage, where they’ll engage in a wonderful conspiracy between performers and audiences to create a unique story every night.”

The cast will include UCB Theatre performers Shannon O’Neill (The Chris Gethard Show), Brandon Scott Jones (The Characters), Shaun Diston (Broad City) and Connor Ratliff (Search Party)*. These four represent some of UCB Theatre’s mainstage performers in New York. Additionally, UCB Theatre will also offer improv classes at Woolly throughout the run taught by members of the cast.

Single tickets will be on sale starting May 1, and can be purchased on Woolly’s website or by calling the box office at 202-393-3939.

*Cast subject to change.



The Upright Citizens Brigade was founded and is currently owned by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. With two theaters in New York and two theaters in Los Angeles—including the newly opened training center and stage on Sunset Boulevard—the UCB continues to offer the best and most innovative improv and sketch comedy every day of the week on both coasts. Named “the most influential name in improv today” (New York Times) and “the nucleus of the nation’s alternative comedy scene” (Los Angeles Times), The UCB Theatre is widely recognized as home to today’s funniest actors and writers.


Among their esteemed alumni include performers and writers for Saturday Night LiveParks and RecreationKey & PeeleVeepBroad CitySilicon ValleyNew GirlUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtInside Amy SchumerThe Mindy ProjectBrooklyn Nine-Nine@midnightThe Daily ShowThe Tonight Show starring Jimmy FallonLate Night with Seth MeyersJimmy Kimmel Live!Wet Hot American SummerPee-wee’s Big HolidayThe Heat21 Jump StreetThe HangoverBridesmaids, Ghostbusters (2016) and countless other films, commercials and television shows.  Performers who have gained success continue to lend their talents to the theatre and accredited training centers in both New York and Los Angeles.


For audiences not in NY/LA, UCB Comedy is the online home for Sketch, Original Series, & Short Films from the Upright Citizens Brigade. From sketch and experimental comedy to short films and narrative series to comedy podcasts, UCB Comedy is a one-stop shop for short and long form comedy video, audio, and custom branded digital entertainment.





Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Rec)

Kate McKinnon (SNL)

Bobby Moynihan (SNL)

Casey Wilson (SNL, Happy Endings, Marry Me)

Abbi Jacobson (Broad City)

Ilana Glazer (Broad City)

Rob Huebel (Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Donald Glover (Community, 30 Rock)





We Know How You Die! runs July 12, 2016 to July 31, 2016, with performances Tuesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pm, and Sunday at 7pm (with a special 2pm matinee on Sunday, July 31). The performance on Tuesday, July 12 will be a preview, and there will be no performance on Thursday, July 28.




July 12, 2016: Preview Performance at 8pm

July 13, 2016: Opening Night Performance at 8pm

July 14, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 15, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 16, 2016: Performances at 5pm and 8:30pm

July 17, 2016: Performance at 7pm

July 19, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 20, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 21, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 22, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 23, 2016: Performances at 5pm and 8:30pm

July 24, 2016: Performance at 7pm

July 26, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 27, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 29, 2016: Performance at 8pm

July 30, 2016: Performance at 5pm and 8:30pm

July 31, 2016: Performance at 2pm and 7pm




Tickets to We Know How You Die! start at $45 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (202) 393-3939, via email at [email protected], or in person at the Box Office, located at 641 D Street NW.


Patrons who are 30-years-old and younger may, at any time, purchase Section B tickets to any performance. There are also discounts available for first responder men and women and active US military personnel, spouses, and veterans. More information is available at





Intro to Improv


Our Intro to Improv workshops offer a “crash course” in the UCB style of longform improvisational comedy. This workshop introduces the basics of how to perform longform improv scenes, with focal points that run parallel to our Improv 101 curriculum here in NYC. Students will learn how to adopt and make use of the ‘yes-and’ philosophy, how to play at the ‘top of their intelligence,’ and how to use active listening/support as means of creating comedic improvised scenes.




Running Time: Three Hours


Dates: July 17, July 24, July 28 (morning), July 28 (afternoon)




Twitter: @WoollyMammothTC #WoollyKnows




Now in its 36th Season, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “one of the most influential outposts for the best new American plays” (The Washington Post), and “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (The New York Times), Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in the development of new works, and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.


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