Better get those laugh muscles in shape because this improv fest goes the distance
We hope your laugh muscles are fully functional, because this marathon is going to be brutal. Returning for its 15th year, this UCB Theater-produced weekend-long extravaganza celebrates the teachings of Del Close, the late, great Chicago improv kingpin who influenced the likes of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, and John Belushi. Beginning Friday at 4:30pm and running 56 hours straight, over 400 improv shows are performed across seven stages. Comedy troupes from as far as Tokyo are stopping in, as well as performers Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), John Lutz (30 Rock), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Nick Kroll and Chris Gethard. Even the UCB founders, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, are slated to appear. We plan on rolling in around midnight and staying through dawn.