Annual Del Close Marathon Posts Massive Line-up

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Comedians famous for televised, live, sketch and unscripted comedy are flocking together once again for the 18th Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon this June.

Three of the UCB founders are hosting 670 improv shows across 9 stages on the weekend of June 24th. It will be tough to beat last year’s events featuring the four founders, the premiere of the Thank You Del Close documentary and a crowd packed so tight that you could barely move.

This year’s line-up is also crammed with amazing talent– so many comedy giants that choosing any one show to attend will mean missing another great one, so you might want to consider a weekend pass.

The festival starts with a press conference on Friday at UCB’s Chelsea Theater and then things get interesting.

Plenty of groups will perform, as well as Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Nick Kroll, Chris Gethard, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Nicole Byer, Cipha Sounds, Scott Adsit, Ben Schwartz, Jason Mantzoukas and so many other great improv talents.

Shows include beloved UCB staples and guest-hosted showcases. Asssscat 3000 will be there, as well as the UCB-incubated cast of Broad City and the sentimental screening of Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon. Famous sketch writers will appear at Nick Kroll and Friends and various shows featuring writers from The Daily Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and SNL’s Bobby Moynihan & Friends. Gravid Water, Party Over Here Improv Show, Mike Birbiglia’s Dream, Gay Pride Improv Spectacular and Take it Personal: Hip Hop Improv will also appear.

Venues include both NYC UCB theaters, three stages at the Theater for the New City, Magnet Theater, two stages at the SVA Theater and FIT Haft Auditorium.

It’s not specified whether all shows will be strictly long-form improv. The shows could consist of improv featuring these comedians or be panels of the guests talking, podcast style. Either way, the incredible names headlining this event only make the absence of a specific one more noticeable: Tina Fey’s friend from work, Amy Poehler.

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