Chris and Sarah got a chance to sit down with two of the original members of the Upright Citizens Comedy Brigade, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser, and the director (Todd Bieber) of a new film about the long-lived improv group and their inspiration for being. The film is called Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon and tells the tale both of the man who inspired them and a whole generation of comics to evolve improv into its own art form, and of the UCB theater itself. Check out our video and tell us what you think!
Written by Chris Cox
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.