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