Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has affordable, comedy shows seven nights a week in NYC and LA. Watch the best improv, sketch and standup in the country. Our original comedy video productions have garnered the national spotlight. We also run the first nationally accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. For information on our courses, visit the Training Center.

Eli Newell

Eli was raised by friendly giants in Oregon. He moved to the east coast to study at Wesleyan University in CT and then headed down the road to New York City where he spent ten years performing on a whole mess of teams at UCBNY and on the road with the UCBTourCo. On TV, Eli's notable credits include Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Best Week Ever, Adult Swim's Delocated, both Children's Hospital AND General Hospital - as well as a bunch of commercials and pilots that nobody will ever see. 

Eli is a world traveler with forty countries and five continents under his belt. He doesn't like to brag about it but if you buy him a beer he can tell you some pretty crazy stories. 
When he is in town, Eli hosts the OkCupid Show at UCBT, a live dating show he created with co-host Amanda Sitko. The show features real people from OkCupid going on blind dates live on stage and the results are both more awkward and compelling than you can imagine. Check it out if you've never seen it.

The highlight of Eli's year is emceeing the Firecracker Wiener Nationals every Fourth of July up in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. You've probably heard of it if you're a wiener dog.