If you live in Los Angeles or ever come to visit, I’d highly suggest carving out some time to drop by the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) theater in Hollywood. It’s a comedy club founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, and Matt Besser, and it’s one of the best places to find famous comedians, writers, and actors doing stellar improv and all kinds of crazy shows each night of the week. They also have special events there on occasion, and their most recent high profile happening revolved around a Live Read of the 1996 film, Space Jam.
Though Space Jam had a big influence on a certain generation growing up (its official website is still live, and it’s quite the time portal back to the early days of the internet), despite what millennials may tell you, Space Jam is not a good movie. I liked it when I was a kid, but it’s been on cable a lot recently and I’ve caught parts of it here and there, and it’s practically unwatchable as an adult. It would have been cool to see this live read in person, especially with a cast full of great people like Paul Scheer, Ben Schwartz, and pro basketball players who were clearly influenced by the film growing up. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, now we all get to experience the story reimagined by this eclectic group (freakin’ Topanga, you guys!).
What do you think about the Space Jam Live Read? Which Live Read should these guys do next?
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