Last week, we gave a spotlight to our dear friend Rudy Behrens, whose improv team will be participating in the annual 14th Del Close Marathon at the UCB Theatre in NYC. Thanks to Ed Vail we have some history of this epic event.
Del Close is seen as one of the most important people in the development of modern day improvisational acting. He is credited with being the creator of the “Harold,” a structure that is still used today for long-form improv scenes. Based out of Chicago (though he also spent time in NYC and San Francisco), Close was a great inspiration for such comedians as Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler,Chris Farley, and the forming of the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre.
His last words, “I’m tired of being the funniest person in the room”. Del Close died at the age of 64 in 1999. That year his former students, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, began the Del Close Marathon in honor of their sensei.
This year, the marathon will consist of over 150 shows at 4 different NYC theatres, and will run from the afternoon of Friday July 29th through Sunday July 1. Check for the site, www.DelCloseMarathon.com, for updated schedules.
This is a weekend not to be missed. Start laughing now!
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