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Upright Citizens Brigade podcasts As we get older, heading out for a spontaneous evening of improv doesn't happen often, ironically. Technology now lets us enjoy the talents of two Chicago improv legends who've moved to the coast. Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Walsh and Matt Besser now produce podcasts that feel like both a fun evening out and a riotous time around the kitchen table.

Besser's show, Improv4Humans, features guest stars (like Horatio Sanz and Kevin Dorff) and works like a three-person improv set, even taking suggestions over Twitter. During the football season, Walsh produces The Bear Down Podcast. A labor of love for the fan and homesick actor, the show's not just for gridiron fans. Walsh and his costars barely comment on the week's game, but instead spend time interviewing "celebrities" inhabiting a strange world of ego, money, and fan obsession. In turns offensive, bizarre, and hilarious, it's also smart, like good improv, and a smart use of your time.

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