You probably could name at least one famous person who came out of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, if not several dozen.
But everybody who performed at the UCB could tell you about Chuck Dauble. They’d describe Dauble as affable and irritable, sometimes at the same time. They might tell you he loved Detroit and its sports teams. They might recall his improv shows with fellow Chucks Todd and Sanders. They might regale with you escapades at UCB’s house bar, McManus. I can tell you how he was always the nicest, easiest person to work with in the basement underneath Gristedes for the 10 years I visited UCB’s Chelsea theater. And now we all can tell you how saddened we are that he’s gone. Dauble, the longtime house manager for UCB Chelsea, died suddenly Wednesday of a heart attack. He was only 44.
Charlie Todd writes: “Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on stage was with Chuck Dauble. In 2005 I asked Chuck to be on a 3 on 3 team with me and Charlie Sanders. I had never seen him improvise. I asked him for exactly one reason: Charlie Sanders already said yes, and I thought it would be funny to have three guys named Charlie on a team. Turned out, he was hilarious. We won the tournament and won the CageMatch tournament a couple of years later. While he came off as a grump from behind the box office window, on stage he was full of energy, wildly unpredictable, and a joy to play with.
Chuck was a kind friend, always randomly texting to check in and share some news or ask about my kids, usually at 4 AM when the rest of the world was asleep. Chuck you left us way too soon pal. I know you’re up in the big recliner in the sky, watching the Tigers and ordering some food. RIP.”
Dauble starting taking classes at UCB back in 1999, and remained a fixture onstage and off ever since. He put on multiple shows with fellow UCB fixture Jawnee. Here’s the intro to one of those shows.
I don’t have information on services yet, but if you want me to share them, I certainly will.
A Go Fund Me for his family is here: https://www.gofundme.com/the-chuck-d-final-detroit-pizza-fund
From longtime UCB tech guru Pat Baer yesterday: “Chuck Dauble passed away today. He was THE house manager at UCB Chelsea. Had two sketch show runs. Won 3×3. Survived a bad health scare once. Wanted you to stay an intern if you were great and didn’t want a hug. He was funnier than he ever gave himself credit for and I’m going to miss him.”
From Billy Merritt: “Truly saddened by Chuck Dauble’s passing.
He was a great guy, a funny guy, and just a good person.
He was one of the people that helped make the UCB Chelsea a home for many of us.
He was always there to have a drink with you at McManus.
You will be missed.”
From Anthony King: “The UCB exists because there are dedicated people behind the scenes working harder than they have any reason to work to make it the weird, ridiculous comedy home it’s become for so many of us.
Chuck was one of those people. In fact, I think Chuck may have spent more hours in that Chelsea basement than anyone. He wasn’t always in a good mood. And he didn’t like putting up with bullshit. But he was always funny. Always dedicated. And he made that place RUN.
When I would come back to NYC from LA, seeing Chuck is what made me feel like I still belonged there. He was a good guy. A loyal guy. Fun to drink with. And one hell of an improviser.
RIP Chuck. You made my life better.”
Chuck Dauble was an incredible boss, comedian, drinking partner, late night movie watcher, Thanksgiving dinner thrower and friend. He was the heart, soul and engine of @ucbtny Chelsea and a good, kind, hilarious man. He will be missed. https://t.co/tYkcpeMjak
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) December 6, 2018
This was Chuck annoyed with me the night the UCB Chelsea closed. He was my first friend and UCB, we lived four blocks from each other in Astoria years and years ago. We drank beers in his Apt, we played poker, we improvised. Chuck Dauble is a kind soul. I’ll miss him. RIP pic.twitter.com/rUycTJDFoT
— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) December 6, 2018
Chuck Dauble had a wry grin and a humble but noble soul. Always felt like I came home when I saw him at the foot of the stairs. We have truly lost a piece of the theatre with his passing. RIP Chuck D.
— Owen Burke (@owenburke) December 6, 2018
My heart aches hearing about Chuck Dauble’s passing. Some of my best memories at UCB were hanging out w/ him after shifts. Watching bad movies, karaoke, going to see The Toadies, closing down McManus way too many nights. Rock the fuck out in the afterlife, brother. I’ll miss you.
— Frank Garcia-Hejl (@frankgarciahejl) December 6, 2018
This is such a loss. Chuck Dauble was the best of the best. The biggest part of UCB NY for me. His capabilities in managing our nights were my ideal. I loved seeing Chuck every time I walked in the theater and he made me feel secure and full of trust. https://t.co/BNInloVLRj
— Christina Gausas (@christinagausas) December 5, 2018
Chuck Dauble helped a lot of people do a lot of comedy over the years and made sure the place didn't burn down while we were doing it. Thanks, Chuck. Here's a dumb tweet in your honor. Literally the very least any of us could do for all you did for us.
— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) December 6, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving from UCBT Vet Chuck Dauble for #byechelsea: “We did 1am dinner at Chelsea for a few years on the Wed night before, for staff stuck in NYC. Turkey, Natty and a bad movie. Then most moved to LA..but that was our family back then. They still are." pic.twitter.com/pOT1CfdNYJ
— UCB Theatre NY (@ucbtny) November 23, 2017