Truth in Comedy

The Manual of Improvisation

Author: Charna Halpern,Del Close,Kim Johnson

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing

ISBN: 9781566080033

Category: Humor

Page: 150

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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

Author: Charna Halpern,Del Close,Kim Johnson

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing

ISBN: 9781566082167

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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Want to learn the improv techniques that helped Mike Myers, Chris Farley, John Belushi, and many others along the road to TV and film stardom? Then let two esteemed founders of long-form improvisational theatre, Del Close and Charna Halpern, teach you the "Harold." This groundbreaking acting exercise emphasizes pattern recognition and subversion of the audience's expectations, which are important factors for making people laugh without ever telling a joke. It involves six to seven players and many kinds of scenes: games, monologues, songs, skits and more, all of which are bound to keep both actors and audience members guessing. The Harold is non-linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing -- the key to successful improvising -- and has become a standard in comedy clubs and improv theatres around the globe.
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Art by Committee

A Guide to Advanced Improvisation

Author: Charna Halpern

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

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This new guidebook for the best in improvisation performance si a sequel to the best-selling book, "Truth in Comedy." It tells how to empower improvisation using the "yes" concept with improv performers.
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Long-form Improv

The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds

Author: Ben Hauck

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1581159811

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 267

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Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today's top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and "finding the game of the scene," this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors. A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and character creation, improvising scenes for extended periods of time and enhancing them--and even performing the most famous expression of long-form improv, the half-hour improvised form known as "The Harold"--this astute text is written in a friendly, supportive voice by an experienced improv teacher and professional actor whose own frustration in learning the craft drove an obsession to create a program free of confounding teachings and contradictory concepts. The book's groundbreaking infusion with drama theory and game theory brings new life to the teachings of the craft, breaking down various aspects of long-form improv into short chapters for swift, step-by-step intake of its vital lessons. Students of acting and long-form improv alike should expect Long-Form Improv to bolster their education and fast-track their course to improv greatness.
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Improvisation for the Spirit

Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy

Author: Katie Goodman

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402219997

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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"A practical, fascinating, and funny guidebook. I've already begun applying hints from Improvisation for the Spirit, and I'm hoping that from now on, when people point and laugh at me, it will be for more appropriate reasons. A delightful read, filled with wonderful strategies." - Martha Beck, Life Coach Columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, and author of Steering by Starlight Wish you could gag your Inner Critic? Feeling blocked creatively? Want to make a big change, but fear taking the leap? Comedy improv requires quick thinking, collaboration, getting out of your own way, and being in the moment without being a perfectionist. Katie Goodman, an internationally touring improv comedian and comedy writer, uses her witty and encouraging style to show you how to acquire the skills of improv comedy and apply them to every aspect of daily life. Along the way Goodman shares hilarious and insightful stories from her experiences onstage, as well as step-by-step exercises from her popular self-discovery workshops and retreats. Packed with creative, original, and, most importantly, fun exercises, Improvisation for the Spirit offers a truly transformational guide for anyone wanting to get more out of life. "Bottom line: Katie is funny. She teaches you to live your life like an improv scene - no fear and fully committed." - Wayne Brady, improv comedian, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Don't Forget the Lyrics "Katie Goodman's writing fl ows and then jumps with anecdotes and prescriptions for finding courage. Fun to read, hard to put down." - Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes "If you feel that something is holding you back, that the life you are meant to live is out there somewhere if only you could fi nd it, then this book should go straight to the top of your reading list." - Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness and Under Pressure
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Improv for Actors

Author: Dan Diggles

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1581159412

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons—each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises—Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, exploring a character’s social status, using the voice and body as effective tools of storytelling, and more. Actors of all levels will soon be able to give a fresh, original approach to classic characters, create funnier performances in farce and comedy, and make dramatic characters richer and more believable.
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Improv Comedy

Author: Andy Goldberg

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573606083

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 194

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Presents the building blocks of an improv comedy -- characterisation, plot and environment -- an extensive series of progressive scene set-ups and exercises, and practical advice on forming and running an improv comedy troupe. Improv Comedy is a definitive course in the practice of this popular theatre genre, as well as a valuable text for writers wishing to study the basics of controlled spontaneity as a path to believable humour.
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Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy

The Harold

Author: M. Fotis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137376589

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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Long form scenic improv began with the Harold. The comic philosophy of this form started an era of comedy marked by support, trust, and collaboration. This book tells of the Harold, beginning with the development of improv theatre, through the tensions and evolutions that led to its creation at iO, and to its use in contemporary filmmaking.
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Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out

Author: Mick Napier

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing

ISBN: 9781566082174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Renowned improv instructor and award-winning director Mick Napier has been at the heart of the professional improvisation community for more than 25 years. The first edition of Improvise. quickly earned its position as necessary reading for improv students across the country and around the world and gave birth to a new generation of performers who questioned "The Rules" of improvisation. This expanded and revised edition has a new foreword by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, additional advice and tips for success, and a full reproduction of Mick Napier's web journal from his time directing the famous show Paradigm Lost for The Second City that included Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Kevin Dorff. In this entertaining and incredibly informative book, Napier will teach you the essentials of... --Why "The Rules" don't matter --How to take care of yourself in a scene --Using context to your advantage --Effective two-person scenes --Balanced large-cast scenes --Successful auditioning --Solo exercises you can practice at home
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Improvisation for Actors and Writers

A Guidebook for Improv Lessons in Comedy

Author: Bill Lynn

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

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The Improv Handbook

The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Author: Tom Salinsky,Deborah Frances-White

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350026174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 520

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The Improv Handbook is the most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improv available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes, it features a range of games, interviews, descriptions and exercises that illuminate and illustrate the exciting world of improvised performance. First published in 2008, this second edition features a new foreword by comedian Mike McShane, as well as new exercises on endings, managing blind offers and master-servant games, plus new and expanded interviews with Keith Johnstone, Neil Mullarkey, Jeffrey Sweet and Paul Rogan. The Improv Handbook is a one-stop guide to the exciting world of improvisation. Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or would just love to try it if you weren't too scared, The Improv Handbook will guide you every step of the way.
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Impro

Improvisation and the Theatre

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350017973

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. Divided into four sections, "Status", "Spontaneity", "Narrative Skills" and "Masks and Trance", arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity. "If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre . . . " Irving Wardle
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Improv!

A Handbook for the Actor

Author: Greg Atkins

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 143

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This friendly, informative book looks at the reasons many actors hate improvisation, while quietly reinforcing the reasons improv is a vital part of acting and of theatre.
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Improvising Better

A Guide for the Working Improviser

Author: Jimmy Carrane,Liz Allen

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: 9780325009421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 71

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Improvising Better is an easy to read self-help book created with the new generation of improviser in mind. It's written for today's performers, looking for a quick fix to their performance problems. This book is a fast read with long-lasting results. Jimmy Carrane and Liz Allen have improvised, taught, and directed in Chicago for over thirty years combined, and have either seen or experienced the most common problems facing improvisers today. Improvising Better will give you simple tools for repairing your improvisation through original and enhanced exercises. This book addresses the improviser as a whole, including how offstage issues affect onstage performance. Speaking candidly about this very personal art form, Carrane and Allen offer common-sense solutions, some tough love, and a little inspiration along the way. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, Improvising Better will catapult you to the next level in your career as a working improviser.
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Stella Adler - The Art of Acting

preface by Marlon Brando compiled & edited by Howard Kissel

Author: Howard Kissel,Stella Adler

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 147684562X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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(Applause Books). Stella Adler was one of the 20th Century's greatest figures. She is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. The great voice finally ended in the early Nineties, but her decades of experience and teaching have been brilliantly caught and encapsulated by Howard Kissel in the twenty-two lessons in this book.
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Impro for Storytellers

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135863733

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 388

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Impro for Storytellers is the follow-up to Keith Johnstone's classic Impro, one of the best-selling books ever published on improvisation. Impro for Storytellers aims to take jealous and self-obsessed beginners and teach them to play games with good nature and to fail gracefully.
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Improv Nation

How We Made a Great American Art

Author: Sam Wasson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544558251

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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A Finalist for the 2017 George Freedley Memorial Award “With Saturday Night Live looming ever larger in the pop culture landscape, it’s time for a history of improv comedy. Wasson delivers, moving nimbly from improv’s origins in 1950s Chicago to movies like Caddyshack and TV shows like The Colbert Report.” —Entertainment Weekly “A compelling, absolutely unputdownable story . . . And, in case you’re wondering, yes, the book is funny. In places, very funny. A remarkable story, magnificently told.” —Booklist From the best-selling author of Fosse, a sweeping yet intimate—and often hilarious—history of a uniquely American art form that has never been more popular. At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots—the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL, and a slew of others. Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly reported, scene-driven narrative that, like its subject, moves fast and digs deep. He shows us the chance meeting at a train station between Mike Nichols and Elaine May. We hang out at the after-hours bar Dan Aykroyd opened so that friends like John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner would always have a home. We go behind the scenes of landmark entertainments from The Graduate to Caddyshack, The Forty-Year Old Virgin to The Colbert Report. Along the way, we commune with a host of pioneers—Mike Nichols and Harold Ramis, Dustin Hoffman, Chevy Chase, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Alan Arkin, Tina Fey, Judd Apatow, and many more. With signature verve and nuance, Wasson shows why improv deserves to be considered the great American art form of the last half-century—and the most influential one today.
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