Person Place Thing: Randy Cohen with the Upright Citizens Brigade by 92Y published on 2013-09-26T01:55:14Z It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Upright Citizens Brigade to comedy in New York. In their performances, at their theaters, and in their classes, they’ve influenced a generation of performers, particularly in improv and sketch comedy. These days, Matt Besser lives in Los Angeles and hosts the podcast Improv for Humans. Matt Walsh co-stars on the HBO series Veep. After a ton of writing and performing, Ian Roberts may well be remembered as the captain of the blimp in a series of commercials that launched the Conan O’Brien show. I’ve wildly understated their credits, but I'm in their debt, as are we all.