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“Surf Reality” Birth of Alt Comedy


Alt comedy in New York started in a second-floor theater in downtown New York. The co-founder of “Surf Reality” talks about starting the theater that nurtured many alt-comics.

After talking to Robert Prichard about his work in “The

Toxic Avenger” we started talking about his first love, “Surf Reality.” He talks about the theater and all the famous people who started at the famed theater. Jeff Ross, Brody Stevens, Rev Jen, Marc Maron and performance artist and R.O.T.O.R. star Margaret Trigg.

From Wikipiedia:

Surf Reality’s House of Urban Savages, also known asSurf Reality, was a 65 seat performance venue onManhattan‘s Lower East Side from 1993-2003. A laboratory for experimental performance of all kinds, Surf Reality was known for cutting edge comedy, performance art, classic burlesque, modern music, vaudeville and experimental theater.

Surf Reality began as a video production company that produced a series called The Movie of the Month Club, including such works as Dick and Jane Drop Acid and Die and Manic A-Go-Go.

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Lost Upright Citizens Brigade Movie

Lost Upright Citizens Brigade Movie

UCB got together to make an improvised movie

.  “Wild Girls Gone” featured and .

Listen to guest John Ennis talks about the challenges of directing a movie on the fly. Stealing every shot and most of the props. John applied what he learned from “Wild Girls Gone” to make political documentaries. “Wild Girls Gone” also features future comedy superstars like John Ross Bowey (“Big Bang Theory”), Neil Flynn (“The Middle”), Andrew Daly, K

ate Flannery (“The Office”), Jamie Denbo, Rob Huebel, David Koechner, Kevin Farley maybe Rob Delaney and Adam Spiegelman (“Proudly Resents”).

From Wikipedia: In 2003 the UCB filmed their first full-length improvised movie, Wild Girls Gone. After several years of being unreleased, in early 2010 the long-awaited film was screened at several indie theaters in the Los Angeles area.

 

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