The 2015 Del Close Awards ceremony was held last week, and it was a big success! Congratulations to all the winners, especially to two-time winner Heyday for Best Harold Team and three-time winner Lauren Miller for Most Satisfying Service! See the full list of winners here.

A big thank you to Lauren Miller for her excellent performance as host, as well as to Philip Wilburn as announcer, Babbs and Maria Lopez as Technical Del Awards presenters, Shane Hartline as trophy presenter, and John Conroy for DJ-ing the after party. And of course, a special thanks to our committee — Mike Hughes, Stacy Rumaker, Erik Voss, Markeia McCarty, Tommy Bechtold, and Dan Banas.

See you all next year!


The 9th Annual Del Close Awards will take place at iO West on Tuesday, September 1st at 8pm. Superficial award ceremonies have no sympathy for your weekday work schedules.

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

We’ve updated the category list this year. Firstly, we added a new category for sketch teams, to celebrate iO West’s exploding sketch community on Sunday nights. We also added a category called “Breakthrough Performer,” to acknowledge an emerging performer on a Harold or sketch team who has been kicking ass this year (this will be voted on by fellow house team performers in a closed ballot). Finally, we’re thrilled to announce the return of the hotly contested “Sexiest Player” category. We encourage you to have fun with that one… like all the Del Close Awards, we shouldn’t take these too seriously.

The night of the ceremony will be one of laughs, drinks, upsets, a DJ Conroy hosted after-party, and that normally goofy-looking person cleaning up shockingly well. So click here to submit your nominees, and mark your calendars for an unforgettable Tuesday night on September 1st!

Well That Happened

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!