Happy 74th birthday @ericidle! And Sir Robin, and Stan (also known as Loretta), and Dirk McQuickly, and Arthur Nudge, Dickie Attenborough, Mr. Badger, Arthur Tree, Mr. Gumby, Kenny Lust, Mrs. Brainsample, Arthur Lemming, Harold Larch–well, you get the idea…
Del Close would have been 83 years old today.
I think he’d be pretty happy.
The new iO theatre building is attracting students and audiences from all over the world, and Charna is continuing to carry on his work.
Long form improvisation is still growing in popularity every year, and has become accepted as a legitimate entertainment in its own right, and more than just a way to develop sketches (which was always his goal).
There’s even a movie under way loosely based on his life.
So happy birthday, my friend. You are indeed a gift that keeps on giving.