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  • 5 years ago

Mark Beltzman has been around the block and he's been around the world. He's a staple in the improv/ sketch scene in Los Angeles and Chicago. He goes way back to the first days of Improv Olympic aka iO and studied closely with Del Close. He was on the Second City Mainstage in Chicago. He has worked a few times with John Hughes, George Wendt, Adam Sandler, Norm MacDonald, Larry David. He talks about the late great Jay Leggett, Chris Farley, Del Close. He's been on According to Jim, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mo Money, Home Alone, Billy Madison, Wedding Singer, Speed 2, Norm, House M.D., Pretty Little Liars and more!!

Mark tells me about Del Closes death bed conversation with Mark, cursing out Larry David, how Chris Farley replaced Mark on the Secind City Mainstage, the big drug scene in the early days and his participation, how improv teaches lessons for life, growing up in Detroit, his love for the tuba, obesity in his family, co-writing (sort of) John Candy's lines in Home Alon