Brandon Gardner

Brandon is a writer, performer, director and teacher at the UCB Theater in NY. A native of Saranac Lake, NY, Brandon graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Theatre and performed with the improv/sketch comedy group, “The Pappy Parker Players.”

Brandon is a member of the UCB TourCo All-Stars with whom he performs and teaches workshops across the country. When he isn’t touring Brandon can be seen performing every weekend with The Curfew and Improv Nerds at the UCB NY and UCB East theaters.

As a writer, Brandon has written over twenty original sketch shows with UCB Maude Teams as well as the one-act plays HOT TEA and The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: A Comedy.

Brandon has been an instructor at UCB since 2009 and has directed the Advanced Performance classes The Improvised Play and The Harold (Pinter). He has taught workshops in improvisation at theaters and Universities across the United States as well as London and Montreal.

Outside of UCB, Brandon has written the NYC dialogue of the experimental play Skype Duet and directed The Pitch for the 2012 Fire This Time Festival.

Guest Appearances

McCartney Plays a Middle School Dance

improv4humans #412September 11, 2019

Brandon Gardner, Anna Salinas, Mia Schauffler, and Frank Garcia-Hejl join Matt Besser for scenes about visiting an IKEA cafeteria, family holiday traditions, and a grandma catcher. Later, fourth graders show off their questionable Halloween costumes and Paul McCartney performs at a middle…


Brandon Gardner - Spotlight On: Maximillian Burger III

WOMP It Up! #39April 3, 2018

The gifted and talented teacher Maximillian Burger III (Brandon Gardner) aka Dr. Burger descends from his tower to join Marissa and Listler for this week’s Womp It Up! We’ll hear all about Listler’s solitary confinement and Dr. Burger’s new approach to dating…


Best of i4h Vol. 8

improv4humans #335March 22, 2018

The humons have voted, and here are your favorite scenes of 2017! These performances feature Andy Daly, Bob Dassie, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Erin Whitehead, Stephanie Allynne, Mookie Blaiklock, Craig Rowin, Brandon Gardner, Tim Meadows, Shaun Diston, Chad Carter, Horatio Sanz, Rafe…


The Zone Between

improv4humans #314October 26, 2017

Mookie Blaiklock, Brandon Gardner, and Craig Rowin join Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! We’ll meet a surveillance program for Catcher in the Rye fans, the world’s most obnoxious automated delivery service, and a dancer who loses his cool after seeing a…


Matt's First Locker-Room Talk

improv4humans #266November 17, 2016

Jessica McKenna, Dominic Dierkes, and Brandon Gardner join Matt Besser this week to engage in consensual locker-room talk. Maggie Smith refuses to come out to sign for her packages, Tori Spelling lands a starring role as a boat, and the world's most annoying…


LIVE FROM SXSW: The Future of Comedy

Hollywood Handbook #125March 15, 2016

The boys appear LIVE at an SXSW panel hosted by a major star and take questions about podcasting and technology, then fly home to do a guest segment with college basketball expert BRANDON GARDNER.


Brandon Gardner, Our Close Friend

Hollywood Handbook #120February 9, 2016

Hayes and Sean are talkin' sports this week as they dish out some hot takes about their feelings on "a very large event". Then, they chat with Brandon Gardner about his career in advertising and he lets them peak behind the curtain a…


LIVE from DCM 17 Pt. 1

improv4humans #194July 2, 2015

Recorded LIVE at UCBeast from the 17th Annual Del Close Marathon in New York is part 1 of a colossal improv4humans with Matt Besser featuring an incredible roster of improvisers which include Ian Roberts, Adam Frucci, Ryan Haney, Joanna Bradley, Chad Carter,…

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