Excited to play with Mother at the Del Close Marathon

24 06 2008

It’s been 3 whirlwind (AWESOME) years since Mother, from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, won the 2005 International Super CageMatch at the Chicago Improv Festival, beating Dual Exhaust (my first comedy duo) after two rounds of improv competition. We had won the previous two years, after coming in second to The Improv Bandits from New Zealand in 2002. Dual Exhaust had been retired to the Chicago CageMatch Hall-of-Fame and we hoped to retire after completing the Super CageMatch improv hat trick (not The Improv Trick with Bill Chott) but a hat trick of Super CageMatch wins. You get it. Anyway…

Mother put on an amazing set that year in Chicago. Tara Copeland (teaching genius), Jason Mantzoukas (interview), James Eason (imdb) and Christine Walter (cast page) absolutely destroyed the stage at ImprovOlympic. Was there another Mother there? Can’t remember. We all went out drinking at a latenight biker bar afterwards, but that’s a different story.

On Saturday August 9th Mother and MISTER DIPLOMAT share the stage in New York. I am REAL excited. It’s going to be an amazing opportunity for Diplomat fans to see some mind-blowing groups during the Del Close Marathon. 7:00PM Improvised Shakespeare, 8:00PM I Eat Pandas, 8:30PM Mother, 9:00PM MISTER DIPLOMAT – I suggest spending sometime in the Stand-by line before the Theater Cleaning at 6:30PM so you can check out this entire block.

Dual Exhaust

Before I end this post, I am going to put a personal goal down on the books. In 2003 Dual Exhaust was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Comedy Duos of the Past Decade” – Beth Melewski and Zach Ward (that’s me!) WILL submit a reunion show for the DCM or the Chicago Improv Festival next year to be THAT funny, again. Maybe we could share the stage with Mother, again… I should call Beth.

– Mister Zach Ward

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