Ian Roberts (actor)

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Ian Michael Roberts (born July 29, 1965) is an American actor, comedian and writer best known as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe.

Life and career

Roberts was born in Queens, New York to parents Don and Penny Roberts, but spent the majority of his childhood in Secaucus, New Jersey, where he moved at age four. Roberts is a 1987 graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, where he majored in acting. After graduating college, Roberts moved to Milwaukee and eventually to Chicago where he became involved in improvisational comedy, studying improv under comedy legend Del Close.

In the early 1990s, Roberts and Matt Besser (along with several other Chicago improv comics) would eventually form the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe, Amy Poehler and Matt Walsh would later join the group, forming the UCB foursome who went on to create their own Comedy Central series and later opened the affiliated Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. Both theaters have become well-known hotspots for watching live alternative comedy and improv shows and in recent years have helped launch the careers of many of today's most popular comedians.

Roberts wrote and starred in the limited release film Martin & Orloff, and appeared with memorable supporting roles in films such as The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bring It On, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Drillbit Taylor, Miami and Semi-Pro. On the Upright Citizens...
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