Poupak's Parisian Life in New York

I am a French-Iranian woman with a passion for comedy. I have been lucky enough to be performing all over New York since 2010. I was a TV producer and a head writer for a morning live news show in France, as well as a free lance journalist and a book editor for many years.

Now, I am a life and a career coach (member of ICF), an improviser, a writer, and a show producer. I love my life!

I am a performer at the UCB & sometimes produce shows at The PIT in New York.

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I fight cancer with a passion - I want to contribute to a world where cancer will be as benign as a simple cold. Where you can donate against cancer of any kind and give hope to families and patients

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The UCB Training Center Diversity Program scholarship applications are up at the link below: 


They’re due Friday, July 13. Some of the questions and word-counts for answers have changed. Download the app and then submit your answers in the body of an email to the address listed on the application.

If you have any questions, please contact Erik at erik@ucbcomedy.com.

Also, as a reminder, we’re having a meet-up as part of the Del Close Marathon this Saturday 1-3pm at the Training Center.


Some upcoming events/information:

1) Meet-up Friday June 15, 5-6pm. Come hang out at the Training Center and meet/talk to other students/performers/writers. Immediately after the meet-up is the Training Center Open House (6-9), so you can stay the whole evening and make new friends and talk about improv and sketch!

2) Practice Session Saturday June 16 1-3pm. Those of you interested in trying or getting some practice with improv can come to a free practice session Saturday June 16 1-3pm.

3) Meet-up Saturday June 30 1-3pm. We’ll also have a diversity program meet-up the weekend of the 14th annual Del Close Marathon. Come by and maybe meet some out-of-towners! For those of you who don’t know the Del Close Marathon is an annual celebration of improv that centers around a weekend of non-stop improv across four stages. For more information, see here: http://delclosemarathon.com/dcm14/

4) Scholarship Applications for June. I’m working on an online submission process for scholarships this time, so it’s taking me longer to get the application up. But it should make things easier for us in terms of reading the applications, and it will be better for the environment. If you’re getting this email, then you’re on the email list and I’ll send out a notification when the application is online so you don’t have to worry about missing it. I’m hoping to get it up this week, but it depends on some technical matters.


  • UCB Training Center Diversity Program Meet-up and Practice
    Saturday, May 19; 1:00-3:00 pm - Meet Up; 3:00-5:00 pm - Improv Practice Session.
    Both events are the at UCB Training Center: 145 W 30th St, 4th Floor. Everybody is welcome to attend, whether or not you have ever taken a class at the UCB Training Center. The meet-up is pretty informal - there will be food and a chance to meet other students or ask questions about the program or classes. You can stop in anytime.
  • FREAK DANCE movie - Saturday midnight at UCBEast
    Come to a special screening of Matt Besser’s FREAK DANCE with a live appearance by the writer/director/star himself, MATT BESSER! There will be an audience Q&A, a real b-boy dance squad, and a party at the Hot Chicks Room Bar. Get your tickets here: http://east.ucbtheatre.com/performances/view/23170
  • Free Besser improv lecture - Sunday 1pm at UCB Chelsea.
    On Sunday 5/20 from 1pm-3:30pm, Matt Besser will lead a workshop at the Chelsea theatre on the topic of improv comedy. Free for current performers and students. In case you don’t realize, Besser is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and also of this theater. His workshops are always smart and great and if you haven’t studied with him, try to check it out! No reservations necessary, just go.  (UCB Chelsea is at 26th St and Eighth Ave)

  • The Soul Glo Project
    Saturday May 26, 7 pm, UCBEast
    Join Keisha Zollar and Poupak Sepehri as they host the Soul Glo Project, a comedy variety show featuring a diverse cast of performers bringing to the stage the very best stand up, sketch, improv, video, dance, and music. Just let your SOUL GLO!

  • Training Center Guide - We’ve written a 20-page guide to the training center that any student who plans on taking several classes should read. It has an overview of the main courses we offer, lists of performance opportunities, general advice for getting the most of out of the program. There are printed copies available in the Training Center lobby or you can download it right here:

@UCBDifference: So much happening between this weekend and next! Not to be missed!!


Interview with @LennonParham & @JessicaStClair from @NBCBFF

Some great advice from two wonderful comediennes! 

#SaveNBCBFF I interviewed @LennonParham & @JessicaStClair for @UCBDifference.  I want to be their BFF!


Hi all, 

A few announcements for May. Read the bold heading of each to see what is relevant for you. 

New 3v3 improv opportunity at UCBeast - THREE FOR ALL
Starting in May, Fridays at midnight will be a new 3v3 improv competition show, hosted by improv team J. Leno. Show link. 

Stand-up Smackdown! 
Aspiring stand-ups, check out this monthly show at UCBeast - next show Monday May 14th. Show link

Creative Control - screenplay finalists
Congratulations to our screenplay finalists, Dan Chamberlain & Halle Kiefer’s I.O.U. and Morgan Evans’ Survival of the Fittest. A staged reading will take place next Monday at UCBeast to determine the winner, who will return to an industry showcase in early June, along with the winners of the pilot and web series events. Show link   

May 1st - 99 Comics For The 99% - hosted by The Tony and Johnny Show
This should be a gigantic fun spectacle. Stop by. We’re selling tickets ahead of time for this one, so buy tickets here

Training Center - office hours
Did you know that the training center does office hours? It is true! Spread the word to your students and people you coach/direct. If you direct people to the training center message boards, they times will be listed, like here. Anyone is welcome to come with questions/concerns/ideas/suggestions about anything they want. 

Del Close Marathon - when will we hear if our team/show was accepted?
Soon. I am finalizing the schedule this week. 

WHAT I DID FOR LOVE - new show that is free for students for a limited time
Starting in May, a new improv show called WHAT I DID FOR LOVE, UCBeast Fridays at 7:30pm, will be free for students for a limited time. Please let your students know. Show link

Karaoke Night for UCB Community - 4/28 6pm
Alan Starzinski is organizing a karaoke night. See below for a blurb from him with details about the event: 
“Come on out to the UCB Karaoke night.
April 28th starting at 6pm
6pm-7pm OPEN BAR!!!
7pm-9pm 2 for 1 drinks
*****Pulse Karaoke lounge is located at 135 West 41st Street between 6th ave. and Broadway*****
Come out and get to know your community a bit better.  If I forgot anyone just invite em’ this thing is open to all!
FB Invite here.”

Thanks all. 

Nate Dern
Artistic Director
UCB Theatre NY
145 30th Street, 4th floor


MANEATER:  The True Story of the Champawat Tigress 
Thu. Apr. 19 6:30 pm - UCB Theatre NY (307 W 26. @ 8 ave) - $5
Written by/Starring:  Josh Sharp (a homosexual!) and Matt Dennie (a straight, married man…).  Directed by:  Brandon Gulya.  Choreography by:  Kassia Miller.

Mon. Apr. 23 8pm - Parkside Lounge - Free
COHOST Melissa Gordon! Featuring: John Poveromo, Jessica Rionero, Becky Yamamoto, John Flynn, US National Improv Team, and The sketch group all the way from Philly: CAMPWOODS.

Pou & Nic: You’re Welcome
Sat. Apr. 21 7 pm - Peaple’s Improv Theater Underground (123 E 24 St. Bet. Park & Lex) - $5
Our Monthly show is back at its regular venue!! We wanted to celebrate by bringing you original comedy by a bunch of super talented teams!! Clowns: Everybody Nose!; Sketch: Pirate Sugar; Improv: North Coast.  And as usual, a surprise veteran improviser will be leading the jam. You know what we say: you bring the peanut butter, we bring the jam! H
osted by Poupak Sepehri & Nicole Lee.

The Soul Glo Project
Sat. Apr. 21 Midnight - UCB East (153 E 3 St. @ Ave A) - $5
Join Keisha Zollar and Poupak Sepehri as they host the Soul Glo Project, a comedy variety show featuring a diverse cast of performers bringing to the stage the very best stand up, sketch, improv, video, dance, and music. Just let your SOUL GLO!  This Month Features: Stand-up by Abbi Crutchfield and James Smith III; Improv by P.I.G; Music by People With Teeth; Sketch by Gay Bomb: The Musical.

The Lady Jam
Sat. Apr. 21 Midnight - UCB Theatre (307 W 26 St. @ 8 ave) - Free
Once a month something special will happen. We will all improvise together. If you want to perform in this lady only open improv jam come to the theatre, put your name in the bucket and get ready! Everyone who puts their name in will perform. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to participate. Guys are welcome to watch, just don’t be a creep about it.  Hosted by Shannon O’Neill (THE STEPFATHERS) and friends! 



Just a quick reminder:

  • The Soul Glo Project is THIS Saturday, March 17, at midnight at UCBeast.  That’s right - it’s our St Paddy’s Day edition!  There’s a great line up of improv, sketch and music.  Hosted by Keisha Zollar and Poupak Sepehri.  After party in the Hot Chick Room, the bar adjacent to the theater on Avenue A.
  • The next meet-up for the UCB Training Center diversity program will be next Sunday March 18 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the UCBeast3rd St and Ave A; Everyone is invited, whether or not you’re enrolled in a course or have ever done improv or written sketches.  We’ll provide the food, and the bar will have cheap drinks.

Yep! I am co-hosting the Soul Glo Project and we do have a great line up!! Check it our here!!