FOR MADMEN ONLY
What can you say about Del Close? Wait, what do you mean you’ve never heard of Del Close? Or more accurately, I’m surprised if you don’t work in comedy and you HAVE heard of him. Which is a crime because the guy more or less single-handedly invented modern improv comedy, taught every major comedian for decades, and was a kinda crazy, unbalanced, drug addict who never got the recognition and success he craved. This new documentary assembles a sizable amount of folks who worked with Del, trained under him, and were deeply influenced by him, to talk about all sides of this irascible, insane, genius of a guy. Chris, Marco, Mindy, and Drew do their best to ‘yes, and’ the film on their review.
DIRECTED BY: Heather Ross
STARRING: Andrew Alexander, Ike Barinholtz, Bernadette Birkett, Craig Cackowski, Janet Coleman, Robert Dassie, Josh Fadem, Mike Gold, Ed Greenberg, Charna Halpern, Howard Johnson, Joe Keefe, Lauren Lapkus, Michael McCarthy, Adam McKay, Tim Meadows, Susan Messing, Alan Meyerson, Bob Odenkirk, John Ostrander, Patton Oswalt, Lennon Parham, David Pasquesi, Diona Reasonover, Paul Scheer, Brian Stack, Jason Sudeikis, Dave Thomas, James Urbaniak, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, George Wendt
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
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. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)
Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.
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