Reuben Williams is a house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
Reuben Williams was originally called Robin Williams. At that time, it was a side project for NYC improvisers who were on other teams at that time. After watching one of their shows, Matt Besser and Amy Poehler suggested that they be made a house team, which happened on October 26, 2004. Amy made them change their name so people would not incorrectly assume their group had anything to do with the comedian Robin Williams.
They became a weekend team at UCBT in October 2005.
Reuben is one of several successful Harold teams which essentially put themselves together, like Respecto Montalbon. Much like Respecto, Reuben was a team of people who were not only talent and popular performers but among the leaders of the community offstage. They became a Harold Team at the same time their founder Anthony King was named artistic director, just as Respecto's cast included the former artistic director Owen Burke.
On Harold Night, Reuben most often performed sound-and-movement openings. They had an aggressive, high-energy style and were almost always big crowd-pleasers. When they became a weekend team, they introduced a form of creating a television station based on an interview with an audience member.
Cast (past and present)
- Founding members: Katie Dippold, Anthony King, Chris Kula, John Reynolds, Eric Scott, Kate Spencer, Charlie Todd, Joe Wengert.
- Lennon Parham replaced Katie in September 2006 after Katie moved to L.A. to write for MadTV.
- Charlie Sanders replaced Reynolds after moved to L.A. to write for The Craig Ferguson Show.
- Eugene Cordero replaced Chris Kula in September 2007 after Chris moved to L.A. to write for MadTV.