Brandon Gardner is an improviser, writer and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. He is a member of the Harold team Bastian and the UCB TourCo. He is the co-creator of the improv show Couples Skate as well as an original writer/performer on the UCB Maude teams iBadger and mixtape'98. In addition to his activities at UCB, Brandon is also a performer and teaching artist with the Striking Viking Story Pirates, a multi-media children's education group.
Brandon is originally from the very small town of Saranac Lake, NY and graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Theater. Brandon was a member of BU's comedy group the Pappy Parker Players from 2001 to 2005, and president of the group for three of those years. He liked improv so much he switched his major from pre-law to theater as the closest thing to studying improv. While in the "Pappys" Brandon was introduced to the UCB by attending a workshop taught by the UCB TourCo at Skidmore's 2005 National College Comedy Festival. He liked the UCB teachers so much that he came to New York City a week after graduation with the sole intention of taking classes at the UCB and getting to perform there. He didn't have a plan for what to do after that and he's still working on finding one. In addition to performing with Bastian and TourCo, Brandon can be seen performing with Clements and Gardner,Classic Masculinity, and the 2008 UCB 3 on 3 Improv Tournament Finalists The Greatest Actor in All of France. He also clearly likes going around and editing the entries on this site that involve himself, a trait that Brandon openly admitted to on the Improv Resource Center. Brandon Gardner: a story of improv and self-obsession.
Favorite Harold Team Ever: The Shoves