I'm Doug Moe, an Actor/Comedian at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where I also teach improv.

I blog about the absurdity of parenting at Man Vs Child and I tweet here: @dougmoe.

Had a lot of fun last month shooting for a few days on Fourth Man Out.  I play Bradstar, who’s maybe not the most honest about his looks on his online profile.

Wardrobe was kind enough to let me keep my wardrobe:  standard creep pleated khakis and a yellow polo shirt.  They’re editing it now; can’t wait to see the footage!

amburdoll:

canyoushipit:

darkxbunnyprincess:

This is one of my favorite childhood stories.

WHAT THE FUCK

I loved these books

frankhejl:  I’ve been thinking about this all day and have to add my two cents:

Growing up, I had a book called “Offbeat Humor” which delivered on its title’s promise.  It contains a joke similar to this story.  I am going to embellish/paraphrase it below:

THE GREEN RIBBON:  A JOKE

A man fell in love with a beautiful woman.  Every time he came to court, she wore the same green ribbon around her neck.  He asked her, “Say, what’s with the green ribbon around your neck?”  ”It’s not important,” she replied.

She was beautiful, they got along great and eventually they married.  Still, the ribbon rankled him.  He asked again and again:  ”Why the green ribbon.” “It’s not important,” she always replied.  Frustrating.

Eventually, they got super-old.  He was afraid that he was going to die before knowing what the deal was with that ribbon.  One day, he really wouldn’t let it drop.  Finally, she said, “Fine.  I will take off the ribbon if that is what you wish.”

She slowly untied the ribbon.  As she did, her secret was revealed:  her throat was a bright green color underneath the ribbon.  It was a little gross.

"Why is your neck green?" he asked.

She replied:  ”My neck always turns green when I wear my green ribbon.”

BETWEEN THE SCENES:  STAR WARS

Yay!  So psyched this is out.  The incredible folks of ucbcomedy made this series for nerdiest and I’m amazed at how great it looks.  

If you ever wondered what it feels like to work for Darth Vader, here’s your chance to find out!

ucbcomedy:

Check out the trailer for a new series from UCB Comedy and The Nerdist! Go Between the Scenes of movies’ most iconic moments. 

Premiering this Wednesday, June 18th on the Nerdist Channel

Can’t wait!

manvchild:

FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE
This Father’s Day, find the perfect gift for YOUR dad with my perfect gift guide!  What kind of dad do you have?  There’s a perfect gift for every dad!
GADGET DAD
Is your dad a tech-whiz who always has to have the latest gadget?  Does he have a Roku?  He does?  What about a Universal Remote?  Yeah, those are tricky.  Uh huh, mine doesn’t work that well either.  A Grill Light?  A Roomba?  A Kindle?  I’d probably get him a Gift Card then.
KITCHEN DAD
Does your dad love to cook?  Well then, he’ll love this Meat Thermometer!  Too cheap?  Try this Cook Set.  He has that?  That exact one?  You think so, but aren’t sure.  Maybe a Gift Card.
SPORTS DAD
For the sporty dad who likes to get his sport on, why not try these Golf Balls?  What kind of sports is he into then?  Does he run?  Because if he does, he would probably love this Heart Rate Monitor.  You’re not sure?  How many times do you talk to your dad?  You should call him more often.  But for now, how about a Gift Card?
BOOKWORM DAD
This one looks good.  Or does he like history?  What DO you know about him?  Is he into business?  Okay, good!  He goes to an office.  That’s super helpful.  What does he do there?  Uh huh.  He’s a “manager of something?”  This book is about management.  I know, it’s kind of a risk.  Yeah, I’d probably go with a Gift Card.
A Gift Card is truly a wonderful gift for any kind of wonderful dad!
manvchild:

FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE
This Father’s Day, find the perfect gift for YOUR dad with my perfect gift guide!  What kind of dad do you have?  There’s a perfect gift for every dad!
GADGET DAD
Is your dad a tech-whiz who always has to have the latest gadget?  Does he have a Roku?  He does?  What about a Universal Remote?  Yeah, those are tricky.  Uh huh, mine doesn’t work that well either.  A Grill Light?  A Roomba?  A Kindle?  I’d probably get him a Gift Card then.
KITCHEN DAD
Does your dad love to cook?  Well then, he’ll love this Meat Thermometer!  Too cheap?  Try this Cook Set.  He has that?  That exact one?  You think so, but aren’t sure.  Maybe a Gift Card.
SPORTS DAD
For the sporty dad who likes to get his sport on, why not try these Golf Balls?  What kind of sports is he into then?  Does he run?  Because if he does, he would probably love this Heart Rate Monitor.  You’re not sure?  How many times do you talk to your dad?  You should call him more often.  But for now, how about a Gift Card?
BOOKWORM DAD
This one looks good.  Or does he like history?  What DO you know about him?  Is he into business?  Okay, good!  He goes to an office.  That’s super helpful.  What does he do there?  Uh huh.  He’s a “manager of something?”  This book is about management.  I know, it’s kind of a risk.  Yeah, I’d probably go with a Gift Card.
A Gift Card is truly a wonderful gift for any kind of wonderful dad!

manvchild:

FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

This Father’s Day, find the perfect gift for YOUR dad with my perfect gift guide!  What kind of dad do you have?  There’s a perfect gift for every dad!

GADGET DAD

Is your dad a tech-whiz who always has to have the latest gadget?  Does he have a Roku?  He does?  What about a Universal Remote?  Yeah, those are tricky.  Uh huh, mine doesn’t work that well either.  A Grill Light?  A Roomba?  A Kindle?  I’d probably get him a Gift Card then.

KITCHEN DAD

Does your dad love to cook?  Well then, he’ll love this Meat Thermometer!  Too cheap?  Try this Cook Set.  He has that?  That exact one?  You think so, but aren’t sure.  Maybe a Gift Card.

SPORTS DAD

For the sporty dad who likes to get his sport on, why not try these Golf Balls?  What kind of sports is he into then?  Does he run?  Because if he does, he would probably love this Heart Rate Monitor.  You’re not sure?  How many times do you talk to your dad?  You should call him more often.  But for now, how about a Gift Card?

BOOKWORM DAD

This one looks good.  Or does he like history?  What DO you know about him?  Is he into business?  Okay, good!  He goes to an office.  That’s super helpful.  What does he do there?  Uh huh.  He’s a “manager of something?”  This book is about management.  I know, it’s kind of a risk.  Yeah, I’d probably go with a Gift Card.

A Gift Card is truly a wonderful gift for any kind of wonderful dad!

Here’s a radio spot I did for Baltimore Equitable that’s pretty funny.  I got to play a bored sales clerk just like I used to be.

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Inside Amy Schumer

Check me out on Inside Amy Schumer!  

(by the way, if you know a better way to embed this video, let me know.  The Comedy Central embedded video didn’t look any better on a Tumblr video post).

Episode 35: Doug Moe

biggirlpantspod:

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Actor/Comedian/Improviser/Instructor Doug Moe stops by to talk to us about the idea of “deserved success”, memorable moments in the UCB classroom, fart machine dogs, how the bad allows you to see the good, and, negotiating office bathroom drama during auditions. Check him out at Dougmoe.net or Manvchild.com. You can also see him live Wednesday nights @ UCBeast’s “Hot for Teacher”!!!!

Listen to it here or subscribe on iTunes today!

The kind ladies of Puttin’ On Your Big Girl Pants had me on their podcast to talk about improv, life, “success” and other topics. Give it a listen!

talkingbreakfast:

I wanted to write a bit about this video, since it holds a special place in my heart, and comes from an interesting time in my life.

Believe it or not, I’ve been working on Critical Hit! since 2006. For real. 2006. And it was finally finished in late 2013… SEVEN YEARS LATER.

Crazy, right?
So, first of all, I’ve had this weird imaginary weight on my shoulders for that entire time, and I’m relieved to finally be done with it and have a finished product out there for people to enjoy. (And I’m trying not to think about the steps necessary in promoting this video and sharing it with the world. Yikes.)
But, yeah, 2006. It was a time when Mr. Ghost (a video-making trio made up of me, Dyna Moe and Bill Buckendorf) was coming to an end, and I found myself not really knowing what to do.
In past years — thanks especially to Channel 102 (now called Channel 101 NY) — Mr. Ghost made a web series pretty much on a monthly schedule, and it was fun, it was productive, it was challenging. It was also stressful, time-consuming, and exhausting. 
I can’t really state enough how grateful I am for the opportunity Channel 102 brought to the NYC comedy world. Not only did I learn a lot about making videos, but at the end of it all, I had something to show for it. A real finished product!
I tend to classify each year according to what project I was working on, and in 2005 we made My Wife, the Ghost, then in 2006 we made Cakey! The Cake From Outer Space, then sometime after that Dyna and I broke up, and that was the end of Mr Ghost.
And all that really sucked, as endings and break-ups often do, but I still had these plans and dreams and ideas for a Dungeons & Dragons-like show, and so I went ahead. Draggingly slow, but still.
My earliest email I can find about Critical Hit! is from 2/24/2006, to Birch, where it was still a web series (not just a web pilot) and he was gonna play an Elf Druid, not a Magic-User. Boy, did things change! Am I right, folks?
BTW, someone asked me “How did you book all those great people?” Well, in those days no one was famous. We were just UCBers and, I just asked them. I’ve always considered one of my strong points to be casting the right person for the right role (and writing it tailor-made for them). But I just asked.
And nine months later we shot the bulk of the pilot. NINE MONTHS. 
In that time I rewrote the script a dozen times, ordered costumes and weapons (after being given money by my brother — an act of kindness I’ve never forgotten, even if I’ve never repaid it), got advice from a park ranger on how to shoot in Central Park without a permit and not get thrown out, and, most time-consumingly, figured out the schedules of 14 or so actors. Also, real life and the inevitable sadness that follows a break-up.
Anyway. The day we shot was perfect, I can remember that. It was one of those beautiful fall days that you’d want to spend outdoors. We didn’t get hassled by The Man, everyone was in high spirits (getting to play with fake weapons will do that), and while I felt I was too distracted to be much of a director, it’s a very positive memory.
Six months later we shot the interior scenes. Same sort of reasons/excuses — finding a suburban-y location in NYC isn’t easy, but Michelle Dobrawski graciously lent us her East Village living room for the day. Plus finding teen actors (thank you, Louie Pearlman!) and assuring their parents I wasn’t a predator. And the usual scheduling nightmare, only now with teens and parents.
But we shot the rest and it was fine and dandy AND THEN I DID NOTHING WITH IT FOR LIKE THREE YEARS. What the hell?!
(It’s also worth nothing I didn’t even work on other video projects at the time. I improvised and coached and taught and did a lot of live-stage projects, but that’s all now lost in the time and space. I wish I had made more things that were less ephemeral.)
Then in 2009 I finally asked Bill (who shot the pilot) for the footage… AND THEN I DID NOTHING WITH IT FOR THREE MORE YEARS.
I dunno. I can’t even.
Finally I gave the footage to a friend to edit and another friend to add special effects and they worked on it in their spare time and I didn’t think about it or prod  too hard until I realized I was moving to LA, and then it was finally finished… AND THEN I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING FOR LIKE TWO MONTHS.
I can blame moving to LA, but I was also looking for a “right time” to release it, whatever that means, and it’s also this fear of putting out your work — and this is something I wrote almost eight years ago, so I’m a different writer and creator now, it’s kind of embarrassing — and everyone looks so young, and this is before HD cameras, really, but then it was Bobby and Jon’s birthday and I figured “Now is the time.”
It took a long time, but it’s done. The weight is off my shoulders, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope in the future I don’t let procrastination get the best of me (says the fellow who has another web pilot that’s been in post-production for years).
TL;DR
- Making stuff is scary and fun and can take a long time.
- Eff that, make it anyway, then finish it.
- Ask. Ask people you admire to work with you. Ask friends to help you.
- Dreams do come true?
Thanks for reading this. 
(And if you did find this story interesting and/or thought the video was fun, please reblog it and share with your friends. That’s always the next step, after post-production — sharing and spreading the world. I appreciate it, and thank you for your help.)

I love this Kirk.  I was vaguely aware of the backstory on this, but it is super-brave of you to FINISH and then share your story.  There are many creative people out there with half-finished things, screwed up vestigial projects and it can feel pretty lonely.  

manvchild:

OMG
My daughter has started saying “OMG.”  As she informed me, “It means ‘Oh My Gosh’ but then I don’t have to say all the words.”  This comes directly from her terrible TV show Jessie that she likes to watch now.  Or Lab Rats.  Or Kickin It.  Or A.N.T. Farm or Crash & Bernstein or Three Kings.  
She’s in a cycle of horrible Disney tween shows.  I have a hard time stomaching them, though they’re no worse than the crap I used to love like Gilligan’s Island or The Brady Bunch.  They’re light, silly and dumb.  She calls them the “laugh-y” shows because of the laugh track.  
It’s fair to say that we’ve lost control over what she watches.  Netflix really has its recommendation algorithms worked out and is feeding her a steady diet of Laughies.  And I don’t have the heart to ban them.  I just wish Netflix had better *taste*.
What I want is a Parental Control feature with more nuance:
Explicit Content:  No
Explicit Language:  No
Nudity:  No
Main characters are Dummies:  No
"Funny":  No
Actually funny:  Yes
High schoolers dressed like they are in a porno:  No
Puppet:  Sure
Dumb, annoying puppet:  No thanks
Punctuate every scene change with a wailing guitar riff:  NO, GOD NO
Or, hold up - is this my job?
manvchild:

OMG
My daughter has started saying “OMG.”  As she informed me, “It means ‘Oh My Gosh’ but then I don’t have to say all the words.”  This comes directly from her terrible TV show Jessie that she likes to watch now.  Or Lab Rats.  Or Kickin It.  Or A.N.T. Farm or Crash & Bernstein or Three Kings.  
She’s in a cycle of horrible Disney tween shows.  I have a hard time stomaching them, though they’re no worse than the crap I used to love like Gilligan’s Island or The Brady Bunch.  They’re light, silly and dumb.  She calls them the “laugh-y” shows because of the laugh track.  
It’s fair to say that we’ve lost control over what she watches.  Netflix really has its recommendation algorithms worked out and is feeding her a steady diet of Laughies.  And I don’t have the heart to ban them.  I just wish Netflix had better *taste*.
What I want is a Parental Control feature with more nuance:
Explicit Content:  No
Explicit Language:  No
Nudity:  No
Main characters are Dummies:  No
"Funny":  No
Actually funny:  Yes
High schoolers dressed like they are in a porno:  No
Puppet:  Sure
Dumb, annoying puppet:  No thanks
Punctuate every scene change with a wailing guitar riff:  NO, GOD NO
Or, hold up - is this my job?

manvchild:

OMG

My daughter has started saying “OMG.”  As she informed me, “It means ‘Oh My Gosh’ but then I don’t have to say all the words.”  This comes directly from her terrible TV show Jessie that she likes to watch now.  Or Lab Rats.  Or Kickin It.  Or A.N.T. Farm or Crash & Bernstein or Three Kings.  

She’s in a cycle of horrible Disney tween shows.  I have a hard time stomaching them, though they’re no worse than the crap I used to love like Gilligan’s Island or The Brady Bunch.  They’re light, silly and dumb.  She calls them the “laugh-y” shows because of the laugh track.  

It’s fair to say that we’ve lost control over what she watches.  Netflix really has its recommendation algorithms worked out and is feeding her a steady diet of Laughies.  And I don’t have the heart to ban them.  I just wish Netflix had better *taste*.

What I want is a Parental Control feature with more nuance:

  • Explicit Content:  No
  • Explicit Language:  No
  • Nudity:  No
  • Main characters are Dummies:  No
  • "Funny":  No
  • Actually funny:  Yes
  • High schoolers dressed like they are in a porno:  No
  • Puppet:  Sure
  • Dumb, annoying puppet:  No thanks
  • Punctuate every scene change with a wailing guitar riff:  NO, GOD NO

Or, hold up - is this my job?

I make a small appearance in this video as Annoying Diner #45.  Enjoy!