by Kat Martineau
The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) had several troupes and members perform at the 19th Annual Del Close Marathon in New York City last weekend. They joined performers from around the world for three days of laughs with an inclusive community of performers. Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) theater hosted the marathon that took place at 10 theaters and featured over 700 performers.
BIG troupes and special projects Gus, Local Spot, and Minority Re’port played at various stages in Manhattan. Andy McIntyre, who has attended and performed in the Del Close Marathon for three years, said 'Every year, DCM is one of my favorite times as you get to see and meet improvisers from all over the world. I think it is something that should be on all improvisers' bucket lists.' This year, he performed with BIG special project The Local Spot and indie troupe Remote Possibilities.
Del Close is one of the originators of improvisational comedy who trained heavyweights Amy Sedaris, Horatio Sans, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and more. When he passed in 1999, UCB started an improv comedy festival to celebrate his legacy. Nineteen years later, the festival continues to attract improvisers from as far as Australia.
Managing Director Terry Withers also attended the festival and performed in more than 10 shows around Manhattan over the weekend. That is a lot of running around! ‘Probably my favorite experience was running Short Form Is The Only Art Form. This wasn't a DCM show but it was inspired by DCM. Well attended in a terrible venue, this show featured Jason Herbert as a Judge. Also judging the proceedings was Beth Appel, a past Harold Night teammate of mine and the current Artistic Director of UCBLA. I thought that was neat to see Biggies and UCBers together in an indie show I created 5 years ago.’ Terry said.
Heather Moyer, one of the founding members of BIG, also attended the festival with her troupe Gus. 'DCM was a very fun time. I really enjoyed the wide variety of improv I saw and meeting lots of new people. My favorite troupes were UCB's The Stepfathers, Two Man Movie, UCB's Grandma's Ashes, and the Shahs of Improv.' said Heather.
The festival fun continues this summer with Baltimore Improv Group's festival from July 31st - August 6th. Get your laugh on, and join talented improvisers from New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and more! Week long passes are $55 and can be purchased on the festival website in July.
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