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Still Some Tix Up for Grabs at Vulture’s Poptastic Culture Festival this Weekend

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We were so busy sifting through the mounds of stuff out there to keep you out-n-about this weekend– from Essex Street Market’s Block Party to the Ukranian Festival to a bunch of gentrification art shows– that we almost almost forgot to mention a biggie on the scene. But never fear, dear pop culture lovers, this weekend also has your name on it.

Our friends over at Vulture, New York‘s culture blog, are kicking off a two-day festival tomorrow with media luminary peeps like Trever Noah, Shonda Rhimes, Sarah Silverman, and Fred Armisen, among others, in attendance.

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You’re Getting a Del: New Doc Gets Up Close With Father of Improv

Still from Thank You Del

Still from Thank You Del

“Watching people struggle to create something on the spot is as much the joy as the joke.” —Todd Bieber

Chances are you’ve never heard of Del Close—and if you have, it’s probably a fair indication that you spend a lot of time watching, practicing, or thinking about improvisation. Not the kind where you have to quickly make up an excuse for your boss about why you’re late for work, or invent the name of a non-existent dive bar to throw your bestie off the scent of what you really did last night—no, we’re talking “improv,” the word bandied around to apply to a collection of theatrical training games that has become an entertainment form in its own right and made millionaires out of many of your comedy favorites. Some of them, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, John Belushi, and Chris Farley, studied, at one time or another, under a man named Del Close.

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‘Poehler Late and Irate’ at UCB’s Del Close Marathon Kickoff

UCB 4 From left: Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Mass Besser, Ian Roberts. (photo: Rob Scher)

UCB 4 From left: Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Amy Poehler & Mass Walsh. (photo: Rob Scher)

A scattering of camera-wielding press members sat in a darkened Upright Citizens Brigade theater last Friday, awaiting the arrival of the UCB 4 (founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh) and the start of the 17th Del Close Marathon “press conference.” This was, of course, a rather loose term for what unfolded, as minutes prior to the start, an improv-enthused audience flooded the theater, swallowing the “press” whole.

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Broad City Goes From Web Series to TV Show to ‘Unique Experience’

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Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (Courtesy of Comedy Central)

Only one episode of Comedy Central’s Broad City has aired so far (the second airs 10:30 p.m. tonight), but the ratings must have been stupendous — stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are going on a 15-state tour.
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Sigh, Amy Poehler Made Fun of Our Name (And a Whole Lot More From DCM)

Amy Poehler at the DCM presser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Amy Poehler at the DCM presser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

UCB: Besser, Poehler, Roberts and Walsh. (Photo: Anna Silman)

UCB: Besser, Poehler, Roberts and Walsh. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Roberts and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Roberts and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Besser, Poehler and Walsh at the DCM presser.

Besser, Poehler and Walsh at the DCM presser.

Poehler and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Poehler and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Ellie Kemper (Photo: Anna Silman)

Ellie Kemper (Photo: Anna Silman)

Zach Woods (Photo: Anna Silman)

Zach Woods (Photo: Anna Silman)

Our best paparazzi shot of new beaus Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll

Our best paparazzi shot of new beaus Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll

Cera and Poehler in Gravid Water (Photo: Joshua Encinias)

Cera and Poehler in Gravid Water (Photo: Joshua Encinias)

Louie C.K. performs at ASSSSCAT (Photo: Tom Meyer)

Louie C.K. performs at ASSSSCAT (Photo: Tom Meyer)

The 56-hour comedy extravaganza known as the Del Close Marathon took place over the weekend. For the improv nerds amongst us, this was the chance to see some of the country’s most talented improv comedians performing at the height of their craft. For the more casual viewer, it was a chance to stalk celebrities, not to mention a whole lot of hey-you-look-familiar faces, running the gamut from Apatow-film-cameo to “that guy from The Office.” Here’s what we took away from it all.

Amy Poehler is busy as hell:
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