This weekend is UCB’s 15th annual Del Close Marathon - a weekend of improv comedy across seven stages in New York City!
As artistic director, one of the biggest things that I do at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is plan our annual Del Close Marathon. This is the second time I’ve had the honor of doing it, and I’m especially proud of this year’s marathon.
We had over 1000 teams submit from all around the world, the most we have ever had. This improv comedy thing must be catching on.
From Friday at 4pm until Sunday at midnight, we have improv comedy happening non-stop across seven stages, with special performances from UCB alumni and friends, like Nick Kroll, Horatio Sanz, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Zack Woods, and the founders of the UCB Theatre Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts. Check out the full schedule here:
You can get a wristband for $30 to check out all of the shows, or you can buy a ticket just to see some of our premium shows at our satellite stages at the SVA and FIT Theatres. For example, we’ve got Michael Cera (Arrested Development) doing a scene with Amy Poehler during Gravid Water, a show that pairs actors and improvisers together. Get a ticket for that show here.
A special thank you to John Frusciante, Alex Sidtis, Lynne Arkin, and Herson Castillo, my UCB admin colleagues, without whom DCM would not be possible. And thanks in advance to Pat Baer, Alex Adan, Phil Del Costello, Chuck Dauble, Rachael Mason, Claire Gilbertsen, and all of the theatre techs, managers, bartenders, interns, and volunteers who will be down in the trenches this weekend making everything happen.
If you are in New York City, I highly recommend stopping on by and checking out DCM. It is a very special thing and I’m beyond grateful to be a part of it.