The Immediate Gratification Players (IGP) are Harvard College's premier improvisational comedy troupe, making audiences laugh since 1986. The players host an annual improv festival that attracts collegiate troupes from across the nation, and they have also taken their comedy to improv capitals all over the world: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London. Graduates of the Immediate Gratification Players have gone on to create comedy in Hollywood — Nick Stoller, ’98, is the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Sarah Haskins, ’01, is writing Amy Poehler’s upcoming film Lunch Lady.
On March 6, Jeff will come to Harvard for an Immediate Gratification Player of the Year award ceremony. Jeff will become an honorary member of IGP by receiving his very own signature red-and-yellow necktie, for which the group is known. He will also perform a guest monologue at an improvised comedy show performed by IGP.
The Immediate Gratification Player of the Year award is given as often as The Immediate Gratification Players wish to give it, sometimes several times a year, sometimes not at all. Jeff Garlin is IGP's first honoree. The award recognizes comedians who have a background in improvisational theater and who The Immediate Gratification Players deem to be hilarious. It is a recognition both of the honoree's comedic ability and appeal to college students like those at Harvard University.
Jeff Garlin is best known as Jeff Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. His directorial debut, I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With, premiered in September 2007.
Learn more about IGP at immediategratification.org and also at the group's Wikipedia page: http://wikipedia.org/