• What is the Del Close Marathon?

The Del Close Marathon is the largest improv festival in the world, and was founded by the Upright Citizens Brigade in 1999. The first DCM had 36 shows in 30 hours at one venue. Over the past 20 years, DCM has expanded to 3 days, multiple venues, and hundreds of shows. DCM has slowly grown into a festival that not only celebrates the man responsible for turning improvisational comedy into its own art-form, but DCM is also an inclusive celebration that embraces and brings together voices from around the country and world all in one weekend through the use of the art form of comedic improvisation.

  • Who is Del Close?

Del Close is generally considered the father of Improv. He was the driving force behind improvisational comedy in Chicago for over 30 years, influencing Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, John Belushi, Chris Farley, and the Upright Citizens Brigade, to name a few. After Del's passing in 1999, the UCB started the Del Close Marathon to celebrate their mentor and keep alive his name and teachings for future generations.

  • UCB on Del Close

"He just challenged you to be better." - Matt Besser 

"The best advice Del ever gave me was to be fairly close to yourself. Let your performance come through the rules so it was organic." - Ian Roberts 

"He lived his life to make improv an art form unto itself," - Matt Walsh 

"He was a comedy genius who had taught all of my heroes," - Amy Poehler

  • Why should I attend?

Because you love comedy. Because you are performing. Because it's the only place where you can see a high school improv team, a new team from Kansas, a reunited team from Chicago, a famous team from Los Angeles, and the hottest new team from Australia in one weekend. Because it will probably change your life. Because your roommate said so? If you’re interested in attending, we will have more info in Spring 2018!

  • AND these people also think it's cool.

"The DCM is the closest thing I've experienced to Woodstock" - Nick Kroll 

"I feel like this is comedy comic con a little bit, but for me it's just a reunion. I get to see all my friends that I haven't seen in a while and that's the best." - Bobby Moynihan 

"Three Days of Peace, Love, and Improv Mania" - Brooklyn Vegan 

"DCM has become a glorious 56-hour improv binge where comedy celebs mingle with the little people, everyone laughs and nobody sleeps." - Huffington Post 

"During DCM, dedicated comedy nerds stay up all night waiting for hours to see some of the funniest people in the world perform,' - Buzzfeed

  • How can I perform?

If you’re interested in submitting a show or team to perform, you can check dashboard.ucbcomedy.com for the most recent information. Submissions are not currently open. If you don’t already have an account, you can create one! Please do not create a new account if you already have one from a previous year.

  • Do you need volunteers?

Yes! If you’re interested in volunteering for the festival, check out the volunteer page and fill out an application!

  • How can I attend?

Purchase a General Admission Pass, Performer Pass and/or purchase Individual Ticket(s) (to our premium shows) or become a DCM Volunteer! If you are a DCM Performer you can purchase your weekend Pre-Paid Performer Pass ($35) starting May 24th. Or, if you want to wait, you can purchase your Performer Pass ($45), at the UCB Training Center starting June 28th at 12PM. If you are NOT a DCM Performer, you can purchase a weekend General Admission Pass for $45 starting Friday, June 29th, 12:00pm at UCBT Hell’s Kitchen or UCBT East Village, and 30 minutes prior to the first daily show time at Theater for the New City and Magnet Theater.

Please Note: Shows are set up back-to-back with no breaks in between, except for individual ticketed shows (premium shows). We do not clear the theater after each show, but instead clear it during the scheduled "Theatre Cleanings" or at the end of each night. If you want to see a specific show at one of our 24-hour venues, you should be prepared to wait in long lines. Unfortunately, we are not able to tell you when to get in line to see a specific show, as it changes every year. Some venues do not have theatre cleanings and you can go in and out of them based on capacity. Instead of setting your sights on one show or performer, a better approach is to see any shows you can and fall in love with something new. Follow @dcm_lines on Twitter for the most updated info on line length and seat availability.

Festival Passes grant access to all DCM theaters throughout the festival (Friday - Sunday), except to individual ticketed shows at Signature Theatre and All Stars Project (access with wristband is standby only). Festival Passes include General Admission Pass Holders, Performer Pass Holders, Pre-Paid Performer Pass Holders, and Working (Volunteer) Pass Holders.

Please go to the Tickets + Passes and Venue pages for more information about our ticketing procedures and venue locations.

  • Does my weekend pass get me into the individual ticketed shows?

There will be a standby line to get into individual ticketed shows (AKA premium shows) for people with Festival Passes. However, to guarantee entrance to premium shows, you must buy a ticket. Some of these shows will definitely sell out and the standby line of wristband pass holders will be let in on a first come first served basis.

  • What if I’m new to the Del Close Marathon and I want to see if I like it before I commit to a whole festival pass?

This year, we’re offering a Poet & Genius pass for $5.

The Poet & Genius pass is a “try-before-you-buy” sample of DCM. For $5, you are admitted into one show of your choice at Theater for the New City. If you’d like to see more of the festival, redeem you Poet & Genius pass for a $5 discount* on a Del Close Marathon wristband!

*Passes cannot be combined for a greater discount

  • So if I am performing at Theater for the New City and my friends just want to see my show, can they buy a Poet & Genius pass?

And if your friends want to keep watching improv, they can exchange their Poet & Genius Pass for $5 off a General Admission wristband!

  • If I am performing at another venue and my friends just want to see my show, do they still need to purchase a General Admission Pass?


  • How can I perform?

Submissions are now closed, but we will have free improv jams during the weekend, check the schedule!

  • How do I sign up for DCM20 Improv workshops?

Workshops are being scheduled, check back later or HERE!

  • DCM20 Staff

  • About The Artist

Symin Adive is New York based artist and designer. She taught herself to code websites at age 11 due to having a childhood devoid of both sun and fun. In her free time, she enjoys writing, contemplating life's mysteries near a body of water, playing sports where she can hit things, watching an arguably unhealthy amount of film/tv and composing bios about herself in the third person. Keenly aware of the catastrophic state of the world, Symin likes to distract herself by drawing pretty pictures. Check them out won't you at the creatively titled syminadive.com

  • Thank You

Beth Appel, Arik Cohen,  Lou Gonzalez, Chrissie Gruebel, Susan Hale, Charlie Mihelich, Brian Uretta, Anthony Apruzesse, Jonny Svarbein,  Ed McNamee and the Pershing Square Signature Center staff, John Rankin and the All Stars Project, Armando Diaz and everyone at Magnet Theater, Crystal Field and Emily Pizella of Theater for the New City, Jane and James Brady of Studio 450, caffeine, marijuana, and alcohol.

  • Credit Card Processing Services

Special thanks to Rob Appel ([email protected]) and Automated Merchant Services for providing card processing hardware and services for the marathon.

  • Contact us

If you have issues with creating a dashboard account or the website: [email protected] 

If you are a performer and have questions please email: [email protected]