Shout Factory, Upright do ‘Asssscat’

Duo partner for HDTV special, DVD

Shout Factory is partnering with Upright Citizens Brigade for a HDTV special and DVD based on the improv troupe’s long-running “Asssscat” show.

The unscripted show, taping March 3-4 in Los Angles, will star co-founders Amy Poehler, who went on to become a “Saturday Night Live” regular; Matt Walsh; Ian Roberts; and Matt Besser. Horatio Sanz and Will Arnett will make guest appearances.

Spec should air in the summer, with a DVD bow penciled in for August.

Besser said the troupe hopes to mount a series of improv specials and DVDs with Shout Factory, which is making a concerted effort to beef up its comedy offerings. “We have 25 different running shows,” Besser noted.

“We hope it’s the beginning of a relationship,” said Shawn Amos, Shout Factory, veepee of A&R.

The Upright Citizens Brigade came to Gotham from Chicago in 1996 and immediately started performing “Asssscat” on Saturday nights to sold-out crowds. Troupe began performing an L.A. version after opening a Hollywood outpost in 2005, and it too proved successful.

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