The line to enter iO’s Del Close Theater, where a capacity crowd gathered for Chin’s memorial, began at the front door, wrapped around the perimeter of an expansive rectangular bar and continued down a long hallway. Overflow traffic was accommodated in the nearby Mission Theater, where a live video feed was projected on a large screen.
Before a steady stream of speakers (including iO owner Charna Halpern) took to the dais during a special version of the weekly, monologue-centric “Armando Diaz” show to recall Chin’s good cheer, welcoming nature, prodigious memory for obscure pop culture facts, unabashed nerdism and numerous other qualities both laudable and laugh-eliciting, attendees watched a photo slide show of scenes from Chin’s life.
If you didn’t have a chance to attend the event or missed the live feed and want to check out the proceedings — which spanned roughly three hours and were by turns touching, biting and hilarious — they’re posted here.
Above all, as Chin’s close friend and improv colleague Noah Gregoropoulos said, it was “a night for laughter.”