Sometimes, in the world of comedy, the student surpasses the teacher. Other times, like this one, the student becomes the teacher. Thus, Mike Myers is set to play his own comedy mentor, Del Close, in an upcoming indie movie simply titled DEL, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
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.
Covert Media is fully financing the film, and its CEO Paul Hanson will produce alongside Diane Alexander of Second City (where Myers got his start), Robert Teitel of State Street Pictures, Thruline Entertainment’s Ron West and Thomas herself. Executive producers include Andrew Alexander, Covert’s Elissa Friedman, Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine, and Thruline’s Chris Henze.
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 CAA.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
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