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Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon

Saturday, March 12
4:30PM - 5:54PM

Alamo Lamar A
1120 S Lamar Blvd


Hashtags: #sxsw #thankyoudel

Del Close was never a household name, but any comedy enthusiast is aware of his impact. From Bill Murray to Chris Farley to Amy Poehler, many of the most famous comedians consider him their mentor. Fifteen years after Del Close’s death, thousands of Improv students, comedy fans, actors, and successful comedians gather to celebrate the most important person in modern comedy that no one knows.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 84min

Director: Todd Bieber

Executive Producer: Matt Besser, Matt Walsh

Producer: Julie Gomez

Cinematographer: Denis Cardineau

Editor: Denis Cardineau, Tessa Greenberg, Zach Goldbaum

Principal Cast: Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Del Close, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts


Todd makes comedies and documentaries. He's directed for Comedy Central, Vice, IFC, Above Average, Nerdist, Broadway Video, and College Humor. He was the Creative Director for UCB Comedy and previous to that he worked at the Onion News Networks during their Peabody Award Winning year.

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Todd Bieber
UCB Comedy

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