Mike Myers to Play His Own Comedy Mentor Del Close in New Movie “Del”


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Sometimes, in the world of comedy, the student surpasses the teacher. Other times, like this one, the student becomes the teacher. Thus, is set to play his own comedy mentor, , in an upcoming indie movie simply titled , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

, who helped make Howard Stern’s Private Parts one of the most underrated comedies of the ’90s, will direct Del from a script by .

Close was among the early influencers of improv comedy, and helped train many famous funny people besides Myers, including his fellow Saturday Night Live players Chris Farley, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. Close died in 1999 after making quite the impression in the comedy community.

In Del, the legendary teacher will take an aspiring comedian under his wing, with the intimate relationship eventually transforming both of them.

is fully financing the film, and its CEO will produce alongside Diane Alexander of Second City (where Myers got his start), of , ’s and Thomas herself. Executive producers include Andrew Alexander, Covert’s , Media Content Capital’s and , and Thruline’s .

Myers starred in the Austin Powers, Wayne’s World and Shrek franchises, and he’ll soon be seen alongside Margot Robbie in the indie Terminal. He’s represented by  and .

In addition to Private Parts, Thomas directed The Brady Bunch Movie, Doctor Dolittle and 28 Days. She also produced the classic teen movie Can’t Hardly Wait. Thomas is repped by .

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

 Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief

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