Does 7 out of 10 Del Close Marathons make me a comic genius?

8 08 2008

Does 7 out of 10 Del Close Marathons make me a comic genius? Or Does it make me closer to Del? 

I have one true memory of Del Close.  In 1998, my roomie, Tim Mason, brought Del to our apartment after class at IO.  We lived on Buckingham and Clark in Chicago back then.  Del was smoking on our front porch talking about science fiction and improv.  I remember thinking that is one really long beard.

In my attempt to get closer to the man, I am trying to get closer to my Del Close Marathon memories.

My first marathon was 2001 with a group called The Placebo Effect directed by Noah Gregoropoulos seen here playing Del. 

Our show had been running for awhile and we were all super enthused to be a part of this amazing experience.  I tried to remember all the amazing people who went that year:  Jenny Hagel, Joe Brady, Tom Flanigan, Dave Gilley, Shad Kunkle, Erin Davidson, Katherine Gotsick, Scott Recchia, Michael Bertrando, and Pat Gallen.    I think that was the year Horatio Sans gave me elbow titty and Sarah Silverman did the Assssssscat monologues.

From 2002 on,  I’ve had the pleasure of performing at the marathon with an all female group, Cheetarah, who is Erin Davidson, Katherine Gotsick, Amber Tillet, (these three ladies may be familiar to you with their stint on World Series of Pop Culture), and Colleen Murray.  If you are an extreme Del fan, you may remember Katherine from her gripping portrayal of Charna in the night the Harold was concieved.

If you have ever talked to Charna, that is really what happened except Andy Dick watched.

I don’t remember much from those years of Del Marathoning, but here are a few: 

  • Calling Eric Hunnicutt  asking him why he wasn’t at the marathon (this happened every year) 
  • Having the feeling that Matt Besser could look right through me and my improv
  • Drinking at McManus
  • Being trapped in the phone booth at McManus
  • Being asked to leave McManus
  • Watching Ian Roberts  perform improv with this spouse and wondering if I would ever perform improv with my spouse
  • Having Noah Gregoropoulos tell me that the years had been kind to me, except for me eyes 

I am sure Del would have been proud by those memories.  And now in 2008, I get to make some new ones with Cheetarah, and Mr. Diplomat.  I can’t hardly wait.

                                   Mister Paula Pazderka

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