For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close


  • Heather Ross
  • Jennifer Pike
  • Heather Ross and Adam Samuel Goldman
  • SXSW 2020 Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Portland International Film Festival
  • Utopia Distribution
  • Hulu

The story of Del Close, the comedy guru who trained an untold number of our most beloved comedians, from John Belushi to Tina Fey. Onstage, he helped revolutionize comedy by demanding that it confront life’s most brutal truths. Offstage, he blazed a gleeful path of self-destruction, blurring fact and fiction, comedy and tragedy. As we become entangled in Del’s contradictions, the guru brings us up as close as we can bear to the messy heart of Comedy itself.

An official selection of SXSW 2020, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Portland International Film Festival, For Madmen Only has been picked up by Utopia Distribution and was released theatrically in 2021. The film is now available to stream on Hulu.