Riffs Obits
Published March 1999
A Venerable Yet Still Swingin' Prince Takes a Cab
Del Close 1934 - 1999

Sadly, LBO reports that Del Close, actor, director, one of the founding fathers of Chicago's Second City comedy review swooped the satellite Thursday night March 4, 1999 at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Along with Severn Darden, Prince Close performed with Lord Buckley in a legendary evening of comedy in Chicago called "The Seacoast of Bohemia." This was in 1960, only a month or so before the Great Master himself flagged down transport to the Great Poppy field in the Vauns.

Prince Close appeared in seven movies including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Blob". He is also the progenitor of two of the most beautiful expeditions into the Vinyl Jungle: "How to Speak Hip." and "The Do-It-Yourself Psychoanalysis Kit", the former a linguistic goof on his native tongue and the latter a triple goof on a scene too good for this sphere: Sigmund Freud meets The Prince of Denmark: "To slip or not to slip!