NEW YORK! Del Close Marathon 12

27 07 2010

Zach Ward, Jeremy McDonald, Paula Pazderka and Harrison Brookie head to New York this weekend to represent DSI Comedy Theater at the 12th Annual Del Close Marathon. It has been an incredible honor for MISTER DIPLOMAT to take the stage at the UCB Theatre over the past couple years.

For 2010 MrD performs Sunday 8/1 230PM at the UCB — Are you coming?

For the DCM we are sadly down Andy Lavender (Andy may be off performing some amazing feats of Chemisty or SAVING THE WORLD!)

Both AU JUS and THE 708 are representing the DSI Comedy Theater Harold program in New York, so you should check them out and support HAROLD —  (The 708, Saturday 12pm Hudson Guild and AU JUS, Sunday 1pm Hudson Guild).

New York should get our song ready. Love, Mister Diplomat





MrD hijacks Charleston

3 12 2008

charleston-comedy-festivalMISTER DIPLOMAT proudly joins the best alternative improv, sketch and standup comedy acts in the country for a 4-day comedy festival produced by The Have Nots! and The City Paper at American Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina.

MrD heads down on Saturday January 17, 2009 after opening for God’s Pottery at the LOCAL 506 on Thursday January 15 (details of the 506 show unconfirmed, but we’re excited for the opportunity) and of course, rocking our FREE home show on Friday.

So where do you want us to go next? You want Diplomat to rock your college? Let’s make that happen. You want MrD to Headline your SUPER SWEET SIXTEEN? Let’s make that happen. But we can’t promise that Mister Paula Pazderka won’t assault your boyfriend with a Bedazzler once she gets to the party. Seriously.

New MrD clips coming soon. But until then, Homoners on Ocracoke!





MrD hijacks Philadelphia

13 11 2008

For the past 3 years DSI has been represented at the Philadelphia Improv Festival and 2008 looks to be no different. MISTER DIPLOMAT has been scheduled to headline the entire weekend.

We are welcoming guest Rene Duquesnoy on loan from Beatbox (DSI Chicago) and former Diplomat Corey Brown on loan from Whorenado (UCB Theatre). Apparently PHIF confirmed a radio personality to deliver monologues for our show. Awesome.

Oh, Btw- MrD left the blog for a month, and we’d like to apologize to our online fans, but we’re back. Luckily, since we’ve been gone a couple posts have kept the internet reading. Diplomat Zach Ward still wants to apologize for one of those posts, the Breyers Lickable Gymnasts, but only after it stops being so damned popular.





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





Escape to New York

5 08 2008

It’s been an AWESOME 2008 SEASON so far… 

Does DSI operate on a Season Schedule? Sure, why not.

However you look at it, we have some awesome theater news! Four shows were selected to appear during the 10th Annual Del Close Marathon in New York City. DSI comedians are being featured at venues all over Gotham, in shows produced by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. That means your local comedy has made plans to close the Carrboro theater and Escape to New York Friday August 8th for some shows in THE city this weekend.

MISTER DIPLOMAT, Sat 9:00 pm at UCB Theatre
Zach Ward, Jeremy Griffin, Paula Pazderka, John Reitz, Joe Jones, Andy Lavender
** special guest Alum Corey Brown performing with us
** the Mr.D showtime was a huge honor for the theater

Proletariat Princess, Sun 4:00 pm at Hudson Guild
Mano Agapion, Kit FitzSimons, Joe Jones, Remi Treuer, Becky Whittemore, Kelly Tilyard, Jennifer Bell Moxley

TIME OUT, Sun 12:45 pm at Urban Stages
John Loftin, Joe Stanton, Lillith Fallon, Mary Sasson, Bryan Barnes, Colette Henderson, Eitan Lees

St Patrick’s Wake, Sun 2:15 am at UCB Theatre
Zach Ward, Jeremy Griffin, Greg Brainos, John Loftin, Joe Stanton, Kit FitzSimons

Don’t worry. We’re coming back on Sunday…








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