Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are about the Training Center.  If you have questions about our theatre, please see the UCB Theatre FAQ

How do I sign up for a course?

From this page you can get to all courses currently available. There are two ways to sign up. You can register online and pay for the course using credit card or debit card. You can also register and pay in person at our Training Center with credit card, debit card, cash, or check. 

How much do courses cost?

Tuition is typically $450 for an 8 class course. Payment is required in full upon registration.

How often do courses meet?

Courses typically meet for 3 hours once a week for 8 weeks.

Where are courses located?

  • Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center
    5419 W Sunset Blvd, 2nd Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
Click on your desired course to see the room number.

What parking is available?

UCB Sunset offers valet service in the driveway along the east side of the building. The service fee is currently $5.00.  Please allow sufficient time for traffic, weather and parking.

UCB Franklin offers valet service at Franklin & Tamarind (in front of The Daily Planet & Bourgeois Pig). The service fee is currently $7.00. Other nearby valets are not contracted by UCB Theatre.  Please allow sufficient time for traffic, weather and parking.

Will I get to perform?

Yes. Improv 101, 201 and 301 courses each include a graduation show held at UCB Theatre. Improv 401 courses include two performances. Performance opportunities vary for electives and Advanced Study courses

Who teaches the courses?

Working professional comedians trained by the Upright Citizens Brigade teach core classes. The Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh) teach advanced courses and special workshops. Extra-curricular courses are taught by highly qualified comedy actors, writers and directors with exceptional working experience.

Do you allow auditing?

No. To maintain class integrity, we do not allow auditing. Only students who have registered and paid will be allowed in class. Student guests or auditors are not allowed. Prospective improv students are encouraged to attend Harold Night or graduation shows at UCB Theatre for a sense of UCB Training Center's improv training philosophy and style. Prospective sketch writing students are encouraged to attend Maude Night at UCB Theatre for a sense of UCB Training Center's sketch writing philosophy and style.

When are new classes announced?

Registration for our core improv and sketch writing courses is ongoing as we are continually announcing new classes. Check back in a few days if you do not see a class that fits your schedule. We announce classes chronologically.  We recommend checking the website about three weeks before you want to start class. Unfortunately we don't announce classes before they are posted on the site and we don't have waitlists for current classes. As soon as we know that a new class is available we put it on the website immediately.  

We have a notification tool where you can get email updates about newly available classes. You can opt in via the dashboard in the at in the "Options" section.

The class I want is sold out. Can I get on a waiting list?

We can't maintain waiting lists. If a student withdraws from a course before it begins, that spot will be made available online. Keep checking our upcoming courses for openings.

Which improv level should I start in?

New students start in Improv 101. UCB Training Center's long form improv training begins with Improv 101 and our philosophy, curriculum and terminology are different from other improv and acting schools.

We offer advanced standing to students who have studied at iO Chicago or iO West. If you have experience at either of these schools and you would like to inquire about advanced placement, please email School Director Lindsay Lefler ([email protected]). Only students who have received special permission from the Training Center may start in Improv 201.

Which sketch writing level should I start in?

Sketch Writing 101. Each level of our sketch writing program builds upon the previous level. It is important to study in order and from the beginning.

I have zero experience. Will I be okay?

Yes, our program is built for all walks of life so no individual should feel lost in class. Our teachers are trained to make every student feel welcome and comfortable.

Do you allow make-up classes?

Improv 101, 201 and 301 courses have opportunities for make-up classes. Students are allowed to schedule a maximum of two make-up classes per course. All make-up classes must be cleared by a school manager. Due to limited class capacity, instructor requests and possible scheduling conflicts, make-up classes are not guaranteed. Students are not able to make up the first or last classes of a session. Make-up classes are not available for special workshops, sketch writing or advanced improv courses.

Do you offer payment plans?

No. All students must pay tuition upon registration. Your spot in the course is not secure until full payment is received.

Do you offer gift certificates?

We do not currently offer gift certificates for tuition at our school.

How can I get a refund?

Email School Director Lindsay Lefler ([email protected]) with your full name and the class you would like to be removed from. (Please also send the five digit class ID.) If you qualify for a refund the Director will remove you from the course and you should see the funds back on your card within 3-4 business days. Refunds differ per course so check the class policies (which you receive a copy of via email after registration) to see if you qualify.

It's been a while since I took a class. Where should I start?

If it's been over two years since you completed a class at UCB, students should contact the Training Center ([email protected]) to see which level you will be re-admitted to.

Do you offer teen classes?

We allow students as young as 16 for our standard core classes. A parent or guardian must sign a parental release form before the student begins a class. Email School Director Lindsay Lefler ([email protected]com) to receive a copy of the form. 

When will I receive a class confirmation email?

After successfully completing registration, you will receive a class confirmation email within 24 hours from UCB Training Center. To ensure delivery of class confirmation emails, please  [email protected] to your contacts or address book. 

Do you have a Diversity Program?

The UCB Training Center offers diversity scholarships twice a year. We also offer meets-up and improv jams. More information can be found at:

Do you offer Work Study?

We do have work-study positions at both theaters, which students can apply for after they have started a class at UCB.  For more information email Lindsay Lefler ([email protected]).

Can I take sketch and improv classes concurrently?

Many of our students feel confident about enrolling in improv and sketch simultaneously. As long as the classes don't overlap and you believe you can handle the workload it is fine.

Do I need to buy the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual?

Improv 101 students are required to acquire the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual for the course. To get credit for this class bring your copy of the book to class by session 2.

The Manual can be purchased for non-refundable $25 at UCB Theatre, UCB Training Center, UCB Inner Sanctum, or

What is a Harold?

Harold is the original long form structure developed by Del Close and outlined in his book, Truth in Comedy. To perform a Harold, a team takes a single suggestion from the audience, spins the suggestion into a set of ideas through an opening which then inspires a number of scenes and group games. Characters, ideas and games return throughout the Harold and eventually connect. The best introduction to the Harold is to check out Harold Night on Mondays and Fridays at UCB Theatre Franklin.

How do I get on a Harold/Maude/Mess Hall team?

A committee of experienced UCB Theatre performers including UCB Theatre's Artistic Director select performers and writers for our house teams based on teacher recommendations and occasional auditions. It should be stressed only a small percentage of students graduate to a house team. It takes skill, talent, a lot of dedication and time to become a house team member at UCB Theatre.

Can UCB teach a workshop at my business or a show at my school? 

Yes. The UCB Touring Company offers both improv and sketch workshops and shows. Contact David Ma ([email protected]) for more information.

I still have questions, is there someone I can talk to?

Yes! You can email [email protected]com or call our Training Center staff at 323-285-3805.