Tempe Improv Owner Reported Missing

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Just days before the Tempe Improv is set to disappear from the Valley's comedy scene, the club's longtime owner has gone missing.

Mark Anderson, who has run the club for more than 23 years, reportedly has been missing for the past two weeks. News broke within the past 24 hours that the 60-year-old Oklahoma City resident, who also owns a second Improv location in Washington, D.C., hasn't been seen since May 15.

Anderson reportedly was last spotted in San Diego at that time driving a silver 2011 Dodge Durango. His wife reported him missing on May 12, three days before he was last seen. There also have been possible unconfirmed sightings of Anderson in Las Vegas and Dallas.

Thomas Martin, an California-based private investigator who is searching for Anderson, says the comedy club owner's credit cards last were used on May 11. The Oklahoma Police Department also is investigating the disappearance.

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The Tempe Improv, which is closing its doors on Friday.

Per the P.I., Anderson's disappearance may be linked to an undisclosed mental illness or breakdown, which may have brought about by the impending closure of the Tempe Improv.

Earlier this month, Anderson announced the Improv's closure on June 1 due to increased competition from newer comedy club Stand Up Live. Employees at the Improv have told reporters that Anderson was under "a great deal of stress" around the time of the announcement.

Anderson's disappearance adds a melancholic aura to the Improv's closure this week. While word spread about Anderson's disappearance this past weekend, the club hosted its final comedy showcases, including performances by comics Arden Myrin and Steve Hytner.

Anderson first opened the Tempe Improv in 1988 and helped put the club on the comedy map by featuring a "who's who" of yukksters over the decades.

Numerous comedy superstars who were regulars at the Improv, including Kevin Hart and Kevin Nealon, have commented about the owner's disappearance via Twitter.

"Mark Anderson from the Improv is missing! Please help! He has a wife & 2 yr old..my prayers are with you," Hart tweeted yesterday.

Anyone with information on Anderson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Oklahoma City Police Department at (405) 297-1129 or Thomas Martin at (800) 577-1080.

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25 comments
Marcy
Marcy

He killed himself. why doesn't NTs know this?

MrPumpkin
MrPumpkin

You are still just a RAT in a cage...

RaptorJ
RaptorJ

That is not really an appropriate subject to lie about.

Heretic Warlord
Heretic Warlord

 I know it was on fox 10 news at 5pm. new times writers are HACKS!

Larryinsunnyslope
Larryinsunnyslope

  what is appropriate to lie about? did you know humans lie about 30 to 50 times a day? every day of the year?

Benjamin Leatherman
Benjamin Leatherman

Um...nothing like that has been reported. Mark Anderson is still considered missing, not dead.

Jim
Jim

 More proof that Benjamen Leatherboy is a Hack just like James King was. lazy ass ignorant fucktard punks dont ever watch the local news.

Larryinsunnyslope
Larryinsunnyslope

 Your wrong it was reported last night on news tv 3, 10 ,15. at 5 pm.

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