Valentine's laughs are coming to EIU

Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company are bringing their comedy talents to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Valentine's Day. Andrew Bisdale photo

CHARLESTON — Typically Valentine’s Day is a time of romance and roses, but EIU’s Doudna will make it a night of laughs and levity when the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company presents an evening of improv comedy Feb. 14 at Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston.

And since it is Valentine’s Day, the Doudna is offering a special date night dinner and ticket combo for two people. The dinner will take place in the Doudna from 6 to 7:15 p.m. prior to the UCB performance at 7:30 p.m. and features an Italian buffet, including chicken Parmesan, fettuccine Alfredo, salad, green beans, bread sticks, beverage and assorted desserts.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets for the one-night only performance are available at doudnatix.com, by phone at 217-581-3110 and at the Doudna Box Office.

The UCB touring show is a 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised comedy performance based on audience feedback.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences around the country. The UCB Theatre, founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today.

UCB performers have brought their comedy talents to TV shows like “Broad City,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” to films such as “Bridesmaids,” “The Hangover” and “The Heat.” UCB members have also graced the writing rooms of “Key and Peele,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and many more.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company cast members coming to EIU include Lily Du, Matthew Rubano, Jessica Morgan and Tanner Dahlin.

EIU’s two comedy groups Hello Dali and Lunch Box Voodoo will open before UCB takes the stage. Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company’s performance is intended for adult audiences.

Tickets for the Feb. 14 performance of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors (62+) and $10 for students.

Tickets for the Valentine’s Day Date Night dinner and show combo are $60, $55 and $50 and can be purchased online at doudnatix.com or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the scheduled performance.

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is located at 1860 South Seventh Street in Charleston on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Free parking is located near the fine arts center. To arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services at 217-581-3110 or doudnatix@eiu.edu.

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