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Dave Hill at the 2014 Del Close Awards

Dave Hill receives his award for Coach of the Year at the 2014 Del Close Awards – photo by Teline Guerra Photography

The 8th annual iOWest Del Close Awards were once again a night to remember, which most of you won’t because you drank too much.

After a rollicking opening musical number parodying “Gypsy” and featuring cast members from Dr. Who Live!, The Freedom Fillies, The Dick & The Dame: Improv Noir, The Sound & The Furry and Dave Hill, the evening unfolded like clockwork.

Hill had a big night, becoming the first person to ever win 2 individual Dels on the same night: Teacher of the Year, and his 3rd consecutive win for Coach. This is great news for the hundreds of other coaches out there since it means starting next year he’ll be ineligible for the Dave Hill Coach of the Year award.

And after years of relatively seamless use of trickery, misdirection and outright lies to get the James Grace Award winners there on time, we were overdue for a goddamned circus. Which is what we got with Jaime Moyer’s: Stacy Rumaker pulling her best Jaime impression to accept on her behalf, Canon Wing & Liz Lytle fighting over Moyer’s award, and finally Jaime bursting onto the stage like the Kool-Aid Man to interrupt the presentation of Best Harold Team to give her acceptance speech. Sometimes the accidental bits turn out to be the best of the night.

Check out the full list of winners, plus the official photos. We hope you all enjoyed the show and we’ll see you next year!

2014 Del Close Awards Are Finally Less August

DCA 2014 Nominations Now Open

Photo by Randall Mills

The 8th Annual Del Close Awards will take place at iOWest on Thursday, September 4th at 8pm, a refreshing, yet equally sweltering, date.

Starting today you can go here to nominate your favorite improv and sketch shows, teachers, coaches and posters, and once again the iO West instructors will select candidates for Student of the Year. Finalists will be announced the weekend of August 16th.

Best Harold Team ought to be interesting since the only house team to survive the Haropocalypse is ineligible to win. We’ve added “Best of the Back” as a category to put a spotlight* on DCT & Loft shows. And as usual there will be plenty of laughs and surprises the night of the ceremony, copious amounts of booze, and an after-party with DJ Conroy turning down for what.

Click here to submit your nominees and get your fancy clothes pressed for the big party on September 4th!

* Don’t stand directly under the spotlight. The Phantom of the Loft is known for throwing it at people.

2013 Del Close Awards Nominees Announced. Voting Now Open.

Watch as Rebecca Stevens and Michael McCusker announce the nominees for the 2013 Del Close Awards, then click here to cast your ballot. Winners will be announced live at the 2013 Del Close Awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 20th at 8pm at iOWest in Hollywood, CA. Be there!