UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE TO HOST FUNDRAISERS IN SUPPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH AND PARTNERSHIP WITH CALLISTO
Shows featuring Rachel Bloom, Chris Redd and Eliza Skinner among others to be held on April 23rd in Los Angeles and April 24th in New York
(NEW YORK, NY)– April 17, 2017– The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre will host two fundraisers during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) in support of their partnership with Callisto, a nonprofit that creates technology to combat sexual assault by empowering survivors to make the reporting decisions that are right for them. The fundraisers will be held on Sunday, April 23rd in Los Angeles and on Monday, April 24th in New York.
Fundraising from these events will support Callisto’s efforts to reach more students across the country. Upright Citizens Brigade will also become the first training center to adopt Callisto’s online reporting and documentation tool, which currently operates on seven college campuses in the United States. The tool will be available at UCB by summer of 2017.
“The Upright Citizens Brigade continually strives to provide a space where our members are free to develop their comedic voices without fear of sexual violence, harassment or retaliation. Our partnership with Callisto gives us a unique opportunity to support our students and performers while creating a more equitable culture in comedy,” said Marissa Tunis, UCB’s Director of Support & Counseling.
“We are thrilled to receive the support of Upright Citizens Brigade in our mission to empower survivors of sexual assault,” said Tracey Vitchers, Callisto’s Chief Development Officer. “UCB’s leadership will be critical in informing our efforts to reach more students, wherever they are, with the means to take control of their reporting and documentation experience.”
The fundraisers, Enthusiastic Consent: A Comedy Show To Stop Perverts, will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 23rd at UCB Sunset at 9:00PM featuring Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Chris Redd (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Eliza Skinner (writer on The Late Late Show with James Corden), Beth Stelling (Red Oaks, writer on Crashing) and Jenny Yang (Disoriented Comedy, The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival), among others. It will be held in New York on Monday, April 24th at UCB Theatre East Village at 9:30PM featuring Shannon O’Neill (Artistic Director of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY), Lindsay Calleran (Harold Team, By the Book!), Lydia Hensler (Asssscat 3000), Jackie Jennings (host of School Night at UCB Chelsea), Molly Gaebe (Harold Team, Women and Men), Maritza Montanez (UCBT Living Room: The Next Generation) and Arti Gollapudi (host of LAWL at New Women Space).
All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Callisto, which envisions a world where survivors get the support they need, authorities have the information required to take action and sexual violence is deterred from happening in the first place.
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Callisto is a non-profit that creates technology to combat sexual assault and empower survivors. It provides an online documentation and reporting tool with three options for survivors: to record sexual assault, to report electronically to authorities, and to only report if the perpetrator is identified by another user. For more information, visit: projectcallisto.org
ABOUT UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE
The Upright Citizens Brigade was founded and is currently owned by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. With two theaters in New York, two theaters in Los Angeles — including the newly opened training center and stage on Sunset Boulevard — the UCB continues to offer the best and most innovative improv and sketch comedy every day of the week on both coasts. Named “the most influential name in improv today” –New York Times and “the nucleus of the nation’s alternative comedy scene” –Los Angeles Times, The UCB Theatre is widely recognized as home to today’s funniest actors and writers. Among their esteemed alumni include performers and writers for Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Key & Peele, Veep, Broad City, Silicon Valley, New Girl, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Inside Amy Schumer, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, @midnight, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Wet Hot American Summer, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, The Heat, 21 Jump Street, The Hangover, Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters (2016) and countless other films, commercials and television shows. Performers who have gained success continue to lend their talents to the theatre and accredited training centers in both New York and Los Angeles.
For audiences not in NY/LA, UCB Comedy is the online home for Sketch, Original Series, & Short Films from the Upright Citizens Brigade. From sketch and experimental comedy to short films and narrative series to comedy podcasts, UCB Comedy is a one-stop shop for short and long form comedy video, audio, and custom branded digital entertainment.