A Night at UCB with Vinnie G

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This weekend a few friends and I were lucky enough to nab some tickets to the weekly ASSSCAT 3000 long-form improv show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. We’ve been a few times before, but tickets sell out at least a few weeks in advance, if not a month or two, so we’ve been counting down to this day for a while. I’m on the far left in the picture above, with my friends Michelle, Laura and Rebecca. Harry and Jack were there, too, so graciously taking this picture for us.

The thing about going to these shows is that there’s one at 7:30, which is ticketed, and one at 9:30, which is just standby. When you get there, though–at least an hour early–everyone stands on one line down the block, and then at about 7 the ticketed people are able to go pick up their tickets and head inside. It’s pretty ridiculous, and since it’s about a million degrees outside every day right now, it wasn’t our favorite thing in the world. You can see in the picture above that they handed out paper fans, but they weren’t exactly good for much more than just waving around the hot air.

However, we had a really great time, as always. The guest monologist this week was Vinnie G from Jersey Shore, which was a hilarious surprise. When they announced it, we all had mixed reactions of “What is happening?” and “This is the weirdest and best thing that has ever happened ever.” He was pretty funny and did a good job giving the house team something to work with, and I feel sort of like I know him on a lot more personal level right now. You never really know what people are going to say until they’re put on the spot like that, I guess, and we all learned some very interesting things about Vinnie that night. Nevertheless, he was great, the team was great, and as always, I laughed until my face hurt.

Also! Jumping in with the team that night was comedian Zack Woods, who you might know better as Gabe from The Office. He’s pretty hysterical, as well, and I hope I get to see him again because he was great.

Anyway, ASSSCAT is always the best time, so if you have the chance to go, I’d always recommend it. It’s so much fun and you won’t be disappointed!