FUNNY BUSINESS

Improv's finest bring you a nonstop marathon of laughs

Though it's possible you may not be familiar with the name Del Close, you certainly know his acolytes—Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, and Mike Myers are just a few who were influenced by the late master of modern improvisational theater in Chicago. The 11th annual Del Close Marathon, founded by his students of the Upright Citizens Brigade, is a three-day festival of nonstop comedy (yes, there are actually shows at 5 a.m.), featuring improvisers from across the U.S. and Canada, and even a team from Finland. Shows will be held at UCBT, Hudson Guild Theater, Urban Stages, and F.I.T.'s Kate Murphy Amphitheater. Highlights include the "30 Rock-Prov," with the writers and actors of the hit show; a very exciting reunion of the UCBT house team Respecto Montalban, with Human Giant's Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer and former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle; and legendary improv team the Swarm. Don't forget the Red Bull.
Aug. 14-16, 2009

 
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