Top 5 Del Close Quotes

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“The world is a slightly better place for having improvisation in it than it was before. There’s something about it that says something positive about the human spirit, that a bunch of people can get together and by following a few simple traffic rules can create art and can entertain an audience and can thrill and exalt each other.”

― Del Close

“The kind of improv that I’m particularly addicted to is the kind that… aims at creating a momentary, fragmentary experience that has a totality to it. It’s kind of like fireworks. It’s the more ephemeral of art forms – once it’s gone, it’s gone, baby.”

― Del Close

“There is something irresistibly funny about a funeral. More basically, I think the point is that beyond the deepest tragedy, there is laughter. Even in the midst of tragedy, there is always the possibility for it.”

― Del Close

“It’s a grim business, this being funny. Every time you come up with a strong, satiric idea, the world tops it.”

― Del Close

“No one else has performed in a play after they’ve died, and I want to be the first person to do it.”

― Del Close
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