January 13, 2011
By Christina Richards
The three-part improv structure known as the “Harold” was invented by SF comedy troupe the Committee in 1967, who jokingly coined the name while driving home from a performance in their VW bus. The gist: the performers accept topics from the audience and take turns making up bits based on their own ideas. Then, they tie the scenes together as a group for the finale. Half a century later, the Upright Citizens Brigade has the style down to a science. Currently made up of Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, UCB is an improv institution and owns theaters NY and LA, where they hold workshops and nightly shows. Tonight, they kick off SF Sketchfest their side-splitting spoofs based on the suggestions you shout out. Special guests include former SNL star Tim Meadows and guest monologist Joshua Malina (Bullworth, The Sarah Silverman Program). Get ready to LOL.