Artist of the day: The Third Thought
Comedy nerds know Del Close as the hugely influential father of long-form improv. Every year, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York hosts a weekend-long marathon to keep Close's memory alive and kicking in the minds of younger comics.
The 13th annual Del Close Marathon took place last weekend in New York. It featured artists and improv groups like Horatio Sanz, Derrick Comedy, writers from the Colbert Report ... and Tampa Bay's own long-form improv troupe The Third Thought.
The troupe, which performs at 8 p.m. Mondays at Jack's Junk Food Joint (a.k.a. Coconuts Comedy Club) in Clearwater, was invited to perform last Saturday at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York. The group has only been around this year, but they're devoted to the craft of long-form improv, and "to creating smart and edgy truthful-comedy." Members include Brett Correa, Randy Hill, Heidi Lux, Patrick McInnis and Billy Milec.
For more info on The Third Thought's upcoming shows including next Monday at Jack's Junk Food Joint, click here. And keep an eye on their Tumblr page for videos and updates. Above, check out a skit called "Ninja Dad."