PROMOTING DIVERSITY IN COMEDY: THE UCB Diversity Scholarship 

What do some of the freshest comedy writers and performers working today have in common? Many got their start with the UCB Training Center Diversity Scholarship, a program designed to bring new voices into comedy. Established in 2009, the UCB Training Center Diversity Scholarship was created to increase the diversity of races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities at UCB, as well as the number of people over 40, individuals with disabilities, and U.S. military members or veterans. This scholarship is offered through our Training Center, the only accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. Since 2009, we have awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships.

The UCB Training Center Diversity Scholarship provides free enrollment in two classes every six months, as well as free admission to UCB shows while students are enrolled in a class. In addition, students have access to periodic workshops in improv and sketch comedy. A fellowship program offers similar benefits, without the financial component, for students who simply have difficulty enrolling in classes due to high demand.

"I'm constantly amazed and delighted by the improv, sketch, and character work that comes from our student body, and having a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and life experiences makes all the scenes richer, more truthful and funnier,” says Erik Tanouye, Diversity Coordinator for UCB. “As a teacher, performer and audience member, I've benefitted from the increasing diversity of our students over the last eight years. The diversity program has been the most meaningful experience of my time managing the school, and I look forward to its continued growth and success in the future."

UCB Training Center Diversity Scholarship recipients have gone on to work on shows all across the industry. Past scholarship recipients include writers and performers on staff at:

●      Arrow

●      Broad City

●      Brooklyn Nine-Nine

●      The Daily Show

●      Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

●      Girl Code

●      Inside Amy Schumer

●      Key & Peele

●      Late Night with Seth Meyers

●      Party Over Here

●      Saturday Night Live

●      The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

●      Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

●      Ghosted

●      New Girl

●      I Love You, America

●      Why? with Hannibal Buress

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