East Village comedy theater to be closed
NEW YORK – The Upright Citizens Brigade, facing substantial financial pressures, announced last week it would be closing its East Village location in Manhattan, a month after laying off several staff members.
That will leave the comedy theater with three venues: Its struggling flagship in Hell’s Kitchen, which opened last year, and two locations in Los Angeles.
“The cost of operating two venues in Manhattan has become too high, and after extensive consultation, the UCB4 has decided an exit is necessary,” Michael Hartney, artistic director for the New York theaters, said in an email to the UCB community.
UCB4 refers to the theater’s founders: Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser, who turned a barely available art form in New York City into an institution, and then some.
UCB East, or as it is affectionately known among performers – The Beast – opened in 2011, six years after UCB had opened a location in Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for UCB said the Hell’s Kitchen location was in no danger of closing and that the East Village theater decision was made strictly because of property-tax issues related to that venue.