Upright Citizens Brigade

Trailer Park: Spies and Tigers and Psychics, Oh My!

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Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got ten new trailers for you this week; check ’em all out after the jump.
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Rate-a-Trailer: UCB Founder Matt Walsh’s Stoner Comedy ‘High Road’

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Will 2011 be the year of the stoner comedy? Less than four months into the year, theaters have already seen the release of David Gordon Green’s uneven Your Highness, and now there’s a trailer for another paean to weed-smoking — directed by a guy with an impeccable comic pedigree. High Road is the feature film debut of Upright Citizen Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh. Billed as “a totally improvised ‘high’ comedy,” it stars James F. Pumphrey as a small-time pot dealer whose brush with the law forces him to decide between drugs, making music, and his pregnant girlfriend (Abby Elliott). The supporting cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Rob Riggle, Ed Helms, and Horatio Sanz (who’s long been known among New York audiences for showing up unannounced at UCB performances and ruining the show with his laughing-at-my-own-jokes schtick). High Road will premiere April 29th at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Honestly, based on this trailer, the movie looks like it might be a bit too Judd-Apatow-lite for our taste, but considering how much we like Walsh, Elliott, Caplan, and Helms, we ‘ll still likely give it a chance if it ever makes it to theaters.
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Video of the Day: Jesus Hates Runners

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Perhaps we only find this clip funny because we’ve never actually run a marathon. Or maybe it’s that moment around the 1 minute mark when a guy in the crowd who’s dressed up like Luigi really flips out on the Jesus Hates Runners protesters. Either way, none of the runners even seem to notice, so kudos to Matt Besser (who just so happens to be one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre) for having the guts to pull off this stunt at the LA Marathon.
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