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Improv Nerd? Don’t Hesitate to See Mike Birbiglia’s New Film, Don’t Think Twice

Birbiglia, Micucci, Tami, Gethard, Jacobs. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Birbiglia, Micucci, Tami, Gethard, Jacobs. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s a case of #improveverywhere this year at South by Southwest. Not only is Thank You, Del Close screening, but UCB is doing live shows: last night, Anthony Atamanuik dropped into one of them and just destroyed with his scarily spot-on impression of Donald Trump going after America’s new foe, Italian ISIS (say it out loud and you’ll get it). In addition to all that, Mike Birbiglia world-premiered his new dramedy about a UCB-esque New York City improv troupe on Sunday.

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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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Don’t Even Think About Asking These Improv Legends to Do ‘Real Housewives’

(Photo: Facebook, Baby Wants Candy)

As mentioned in this week’s comedy roundup, the 15th annual Del Close Marathon kicks off this Friday, with 56 straight hours of improvised comedy taking place across 7 stages throughout the city, including East Village’s own UCB East theater and Theater 80 on St. Marks Place.

There’s reason to range beyond the Bedford + Bowery borders, as well: Baby Wants Candy — the long-running, Chicago-based improvised musical — is one of the most beloved institutions within the improv world and a Marathon fixture, having played over 1,700 shows worldwide.
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