The TV show ended in 2000, but the group's founders have continued to flourish. Poehler became a breakout sensation on Saturday Night Live and has starred in such films as Blades of Glory and the recent Baby Mama. After a stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Walsh appeared in such films as Old School and Be Kind Rewind. Besser created the faux debate show Crossballs for Comedy Central and last year played bandmate to John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Roberts, perhaps best known for his scene-stealing turn as flamboyant choreographer Sparky Polastri in Bring It On, appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and had a recurring role on Arrested Development as an overly literal doctor.
After Besser, Roberts, and Walsh relocated to Los Angeles, UCB opened a theatre on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood in 2005. Since then, it has become a hot spot where one can find solid laughs any night of the week at reasonable rates (prices range from free to $10). It's not uncommon to find a line around the block for its Sunday-night flagship show, ASSSSCAT, which features long-form improvisation. A DVD of the ASSSSCAT show was released in March, loaded with extras overseen by the group. Much like its New York counterpart, the L.A. theatre also offers a variety of classes and opportunities for students. Besser, Roberts, and Walsh sat down with Back Stage to discuss New York versus L.A., common improv mistakes, and how what one person finds funny, another can find abusive.