While improvisers from around the country (and even some international actors) converge on New York City this weekend for the annual Del Close Marathon, some of the Upright Citizens Brigade star pupils inevitably cannot make it because they’re in the middle of production of a TV or film project.
This summer, the UCB’s Jeffrey Marx is living in a glass house. Make it The Glass House, the new reality competition program on ABC (that CBS failed to stop, claiming it was ripping off its own Big Brother show). It airs on Monday nights and offers live streaming online for viewing late-night Mondays and Tuesday-Thursday afternoons.
Marx has “survived” the first two weeks in the house. Marx, 35, billed himself as a receptionist from Brooklyn whose special skill is “collecting kitsch.”
See his intro video for the show!
And for his bio, Marx wrote:
I had never been to New York City before moving here 9 years ago with my friends. My job as a paraeducator for people with disabilities in California ended due to budget cuts, and since I didn’t have the resources to finish college, I thought a creative adventure would be worthwhile. After many retail positions, writing classes, and temp assignments, I settled into being a very, very high powered… receptionist. I miss the days when I worked as a summer camp administrator and job coach for people with developmental disabilities, but I am a true believer of that tired, old saying “Everything happens for a reason.” My motivation in life right now is trying to define and discover the new American Dream. We have all been told it exists, but there are so many paths to choose from on the way to finding it. Perhaps this show is part of that journey. My humorous outlook on the world around us keeps me grounded and sane. My family of friends and I have fun hosting game nights, themed brunches, and silly hat parties. I am very passionate about LGBTQ civil rights and activism, Mexican food, and my sweet mother, who, as a cancer survivor, has taught me that the power of positivity conquers all.
Speaking of a humorous outlook — on the show, he describes himself as a big, fun bear; in NYC, Marx has studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2003.
He has coached improv teams and also performed with UCB house teams such as Tantrum and Beverly Hills, participated in “The Dirtiest Sketch Show,” “Marx the Spot,” and “B-Roll: Fact or Fiction.” Back in California, he had helped found the Rude Guerilla Theatre Co., in Santa Ana.
Marx’s easy-going, fun-loving attitude has carried him through the first two televised episodes of The Glass House, in which he has had to team up with half of his competitors in weekly challenges that help decide which two players will be up for the weekly vote-off by the show’s viewers.
You can see how he does this summer by watching on TV Monday nights or online.
The final resident of “The Glass House” will win $250,000.