Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Del Close Marathon Year 12 On the Horizon!
Come the weekend of July 30th through August 1st, the mighty wizards of the Upright Citizens Brigade will hold their annual weekend marathon of Improv in honor of the late Del Close. Close was the mastermind behind long form Improv known as "The Harold". Comedy teams from around the country (and even the world) are chosen to trod on the black (and sometimes soggy) stage at UCB in New York for around the clock shows. It's sweaty, it's hilarious, and if you get in, it can be like being part of a secret society of comedy geeks who don't see the light of day (if one so chooses) until every awesome and amazing moment of comedy is played out in some kind of beer soaked frenzy. It has to be seen to be believed. And having said that - I almost don't want to spread the word for fear of over crowding. As comedy becomes more prevelent on the internet, fans of UCB and the alternative comedy scene grows, making the DCM marathon a crazy crowded experience.
However, the UCB stage is not the only venue the theatre takes over during this event. Shows are also spread across three locations: Urban Stages, The Hudson Guild Theatre and FIT. A pass gets you in for UCB, Urban Stages and Hudson Guild for the weekend, but tickets for FIT are sold separately. The schedule can be found here.
I'll be covering the DCM12 with pictures and interviews and fun stuff for those who cannot make this incredibly fun event.
Thanks to Sean McCarthy over at The Comic's Comic for dropping the word!