THANK YOU DEL: THE STORY OF THE DEL CLOSE MARATHON

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( Todd Bieber, U. S.). 84 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Ev­ery June, the founders of the Up­right Cit­i­zens Brigade hold a week­end event in New York City in hon­our of Del Close, the Chicago com­edy guru who died in 1999 but re­mains a leg­end among im­prov per­form­ers for his the­o­ries on the “yes, and” ap­proach to long-form sketch com­edy.

A bi­og­ra­phy of Close al­ter­nates with footage from the 2015 edi­tion, fol­low­ing UCB founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser,

Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts as they or­ches­trate three days of non­stop per­for­mance at the UBC theatre in Chelsea. Both streams are com­pelling in a messy, en­gag­ing way, but if you’re a fan of the alt­com­edy scene – or of Besser’s pod­cast, im­prov4hu­mans – this is an ab­so­lute feast of light­ning-fast funny. NW Apr 29, 9 pm, Is­abel Bader; Apr 30, 12:45 pm, TIFF 1; May 8, 12:30 pm, Hart House

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