Why is that So Funny?

A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy

Author: John Wright

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879103439

Category: Music

Page: 334

View: 1896

(Book). This unique exploration of the principles and practice of physical comedy starts with a discussion of the various types of laughter that can be provoked by performance. It then presents graduated sequences of over a hundred games and exercises devised to demonstrate and investigate the whole range of comic possibilities open to a performer. The result is an intensely practical and thoroughly stimulating investigation of how comedy works in physical terms.

The Physical Comedy Handbook

Author: Davis Rider Robinson

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: 9780325001142

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 130

View: 7990

The Physical Comedy Handbook is a one-of-a-kind resource for actors, teachers, and directors interested in physical comedy

The Tricks of the Trade

Author: Dario Fo

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780878300082

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 217

View: 3949

Clown, political activist, playwright, actor: Dario Fo is an unclassifiable genius of the modern theatre. In his "mini-manual for actors," Fo lays bare the tools of his craft. With the assistance of his wife, playwright Franca Rame, he explains how text, song, humor, mime and political intelligence can be fused into brilliant "popular theatre."

Acting Class

Take a Seat

Author: Milton Katselas

Publisher: Phoenix Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597775924

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 295

View: 4522

Previously only available to Katselas' students at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse, Acting Class presents the concepts and methods that have helped lead a generation of actors to success on stage, in cinema, and on television. Now for the first time, this all-encompassing book is available to the general public, taking readers and sitting them in the legendary acting class of Milton Katselas, where he not only covers techniques and methods, but also includes valuable discussions on the attitude any artist needs to fulfill his or her dream.

Comedy Incarnate

Buster Keaton, Physical Humor, and Bodily Coping

Author: Noël Carroll

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405188324

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

View: 5730

Exploring the intricacies of Buster Keaton's unique visual style to discover what provokes laughter in his timeless films, paying special attention to 'The General', this title is an examination of the comedy of the steam, steel and railroad era.

Finding Your Funny Bone!

The Actor's Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters

Author: Nancy Gold

Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781575254494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 182

View: 5827

Finding Your Funny Bone is a how-to approach to creating comedy, geared to you. Comedy knows no bounds. It is the sweet smile that makes your life more enjoyable.Some people are naturals . . . they have the gift. Others need a little guidance. Either way, these games, exercises, improvisations, and clown entrees will enrich you both on the performance level and within yourself.Explore, experiment, and enjoy the arts of: mime masks movement clowning juggling improvisation acting as you discover your silly stupid side. Then create the combination of these tools that works for you.It takes a great deal of courage, intelligence, and grace to be funny. Comedy is a serious business. Be funny now! NANCY GOLD is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher and writer. Her passion is expressed in mime, mask, movement, clowning, juggling, acting, writing, and improvisation. She has studied physical theater in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a masters equivalency degree. Ms. Gold teaches at the ACT Young Conservatory and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Her performing arts program BodyTalk has been supported by numerous foundations and featured in the national media. Ms. Gold teaches at schools and universities throughout the country. She lives in San Francisco and performs internationally with her partner and husband Lol Levy.

Encountering Ensemble

Author: N.A

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408155184

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 6941

Encountering Ensemble, is a text for students, teachers, researchers and practitioners who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the history, conceptual foundations and practicalities of the world of ensemble theatre. It is the first book to draw together definitions and practitioner examples, making it a cutting edge work on the subject. Encountering Ensemble combines historical and contemporary case studies with a wide range of approaches and perspectives. It is written collaboratively with practitioners and members from the academic community and is divided into three sections: 1. Introduction and an approach to training ensembles 2. Practitioner case studies and analysis of specific practical approaches to training ensembles (or individuals in an ensemble context) 3. Succinct perspectives from practitioners reflecting on a range of questions including: What is an ensemble?; the place of ensemble in the contemporary theatre landscape; and training issues.

The Art of Clowning

More Paths to Your Inner Clown

Author: E.,Eli Simon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137054468

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

View: 9988

The Art of Clowning is the first book on clowning technique and offers a step-by-step process for actors and other theatrical enthusiasts to discover their inner clown. This fun and accessible guide expands on theories and exercises to help students and beginners develop solo and group performances. Now with even more ways to find your inner clown!

Performing in Comedy

A Student's Guide

Author: Ian Wilkie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317429281

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 238

View: 2867

Ian Wilkie contends that comic acting is a distinct art form, and as such demands a unique skillset. By exploring the ways in which performance choices and improvised moments can work in conjunction with texts themselves, Performing in Comedy offers an indispensable practical tool for enhancing comic performance. This volume is a must-read for any actors, directors or students who work with comic texts. Wilkie synthesises theories and principles of comedy with practical tips, and re-evaluates the ways in which these ideas can be used by the performer. Most importantly, these skills – timing, focus, awareness – are teachable rather than being innate talents. Exercises, interviews and guides to further resources enhance this comprehensive exploration of comic acting.

Interactive Acting

Acting, Improvisation, and Interacting for Audience Participatory Theatre

Author: Jeff Wirth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780963237491

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

View: 1625



Acting in High Comedy

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557832146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

View: 778

(Applause Books). This book isn't a critical examination of high comedy. Rather, it's a collection of suggestions for the middlemen: the actors who have to catch the comic spark from the playwright and pass it on to the audience. The effort involved must be imperceptible: one has to acquire the cleverness, the articulacy, the febrility of the characters and then make the whole laborious exercise seem like swimming through silk...The characters in high comedies don't find verbal sophistication difficult or unfamiliar; they enjoy it as you might enjoy slang.

Impro for Storytellers

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135863733

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 388

View: 867

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.

Angels Can Fly

A Modern Clown User Guide

Author: Alan Clay

Publisher: Artmedia Publishing

ISBN: 9780957884410

Category: Drama

Page: 540

View: 9152

Alan Clay's new book on clown, Angels can Fly, promises a mix of fiction, following the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the nature of modern clown.

Serious Play

Modern Clown Performance

Author: Louise Peacock

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841502413

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

View: 1969

Slapstick comedy is the primary mode of performance for clowns, and in Serious Play, drama scholar Louise Peacock explores the evolution over the past fifty years of this unique brand of physical comedy. Though an analysis of clowning in a range of settings—theaters, circuses, hospitals, refugee camps, and churches—Peacock offers a framework for the evaluation of clowning, and she examines the therapeutic potential of the comedic performance. This is the first book to consider clowning venues and styles in light of play theory, including comparisons of traditional clown comedy and contemporary circuses like Cirque du Soleil. A distinctive study, Serious Play also provides authoritative definitions of clowns and clown performance styles that establishes a critical vocabulary for clowning performance.

The Moving Body (Le Corps Poetique)

Teaching Creative Theatre

Author: Jacques Lecoq

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408141183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 2827

'In life I want students to be alive and on stage I want them to be artists' Jacques Lecoq Jacques Lecoq was one of the most inspirational theatre teachers of our age. The International Theatre School he founded in Paris remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. In The Moving Body, Lecoq shares his unique philosophy of performance, improvisation, masks, movement and gesture which together form one of the greatest influences on contemporary theatre. Neutral mask, character mask, and counter masks, bouffons, acrobatics and commedia, clowns and complicity: all the famous Lecoq techniques are covered here - techniques that have made their way into the work of former collaborators and students inluding Dario Fo, Julie Taymor, Ariane Mnouchkine, Yasmina Reza and Theatre de Complicité. This paperback edition contains a Foreword by Simon McBurney, Artistic Director of Complicité and an Afterword by Fay Lecoq, Director of the International Theatre School in Paris.

The Clown Manifesto

Author: Nalle Laanela,Stacey Sacks

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783196181

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 104

View: 6943

Part clown manual, part storytelling and part rant – The Clown Manifesto covers the experiences, philosophies and methods of the clown performer/director/teacher Nalleslavski. A book for clowns, physical comedians, actors, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians, street performers and dancers. Whatever form your clowning takes – theatre, street theatre, comedy, burlesque, magic, circus – the mischievously named Nalleslavski Method gives you practical tools to create comedy material that works universally, across cultural and language barriers.

The Sly Company of People Who Care

A Novel

Author: Rahul Bhattacharya

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429929233

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 6545

In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. Amid beautiful, decaying wooden houses in Georgetown, on coastal sugarcane plantations, and in the dark rainforest interior scavenged by diamond hunters, he grows absorbed with the fantastic possibilities of this new place where descendants of the enslaved and indentured have made a new world. Ultimately, to fulfill his purpose, he prepares to mount an adventure of his own. His journey takes him beyond Guyanese borders, and his companion will be the feisty, wild-haired Jan. In this dazzling novel, propelled by a singularly forceful voice, Rahul Bhattacharya captures the heady adventures of travel, the overheated restlessness of youth, and the paradoxes of searching for life's meaning in the escape from home. The Sly Company of People Who Care is the winner of the 2012 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

Three Farces and a Comedy

Author: Ben Travers

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437939

Category: Drama

Page: 412

View: 9444

Contains the plays Rookery Nook, Thark, Plunder and The Bed Before Yesterday. ‘Travers should be regarded as an important figure post-Pinero and pre-Orton, and certainly one of the most skilled of British farceurs’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ‘The single-track dirty mind, the double entendre, the treble think, the quadruple bluff: funny names, funny local yokels, domineering women, pretty girls and the ever-swinging bedroom door... Explosively funny’ Richard Usborne, The Times Literary Supplement

The Clown in You

Author: Caroline Dream

Publisher: Alejandro Carlos Navarro Gonzalez

ISBN: 9788461696529


Page: 234

View: 2980

"THE CLOWN IN YOU" is a clowning manual for students, teachers and practitioners. It contains all kinds of valuable clown knowledge; both practical and theoretical. Within its pages readers will find all the basic principles of clowning, first-hand clowning experiences, tried and tested clown games and exercises, quotes from interviews Caroline held with professional clowns, examples of clown improvisations, and explanations of the clown philosophy underlying all the comic techniques used by clowns. The book thus provides an unprecedented insight into the heart of clowning and throws a fresh light on all the skills, audacity and dedication needed to encounter, encourage and set free one's clown. Caroline has worked with clowning from the inside out and the outside in. She writes from the perspective of a life spent investigating her art, both as a professional clown and as an international clown teacher. This is a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the art and practice of clowning, or for anyone simply interested in becoming a healthier, happier and less inhibited person. ""Discovering your clown and allowing yourself complete freedom of expression is an addictive experience; an adventure sport, whose only drawback is that when you're on your way home you feel an urgent desire to keep on practising it."" CONTENTS The first three chapters introduce the reader to the art and craft of clowning as practiced by professional clowns throughout the world today. They also clarify all the misconceptions that have arisen around the clown that in reality hinder a student's ability to be funny. Chapters four to ten tackle specific areas of clown technique. Each chapter contains explanations of the reasons for, and reasoning behind, each element of the technique, plus guidelines and examples of how it all works on a practical level. Chapter eleven explores one of the least discussed aspects of clowning; the most common fears students face and how they can be dealt with. The final chapter examines the necessary ingredients for clowning success. It also covers the phenomenon of "flying," finding one's own unique comic wings. WHAT THE PROFESSIONALS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS BOOK: " The Clown in You cuts past all the jargon and unhelpful generalizations about clowns and tackles the clown's creative process with the kind of insight that can only come from a seasoned performer. Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced clowns." "JOHN TOWSEN, author of "Clowns," director of The (Very) Physical Comedy Institute, U.S.A." "Caroline Dream's superbly documented 30 years of experience as a performer and trainer is an invaluable source of reference for professionals, hobbyists and teachers. One of the most illuminating and insightful clown development guidebooks that I have read." "ROB FLORENCE, physical theatre teacher at The Arts & Entertainment College, NL" "Every clown, aspiring or professional, should have this book in their library. It's a great resource for helping clowns discover deeper layers of their character and creating powerful material. Packed with invaluable gems for understanding and creating in the art of clowning." "ROB TORRES, clown, The Big Apple Circus, U.S.A." "In this book I've found fantastic exercises and material which will inspire clowns to play and, most importantly, help keep their idiot present." "AITOR BASAURI, Spymonkey, UK" "This book is a shortcut to your inner clown, a seductive invitation to joy and freedom, a lodestar for highly effective human development."" ANDRES AGUILAR, Clown, Founder of Risaterapia.org, MEX" "Caroline offers us her 30 years of clowning experience, disclosing a clown philosophy I fully concur with. I wholeheartedly recommend this book."" ANTON VALEN, clown with Cirque du Soleil (Alegria & Kurios), ESP


Author: John H. Towsen

Publisher: E P Dutton


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 7183

A pictorial and textual account of the evolution of clowning shows that clowns, usually identified with the circus, have played important roles in other forms of entertainment such as theatre, folk dances, and rituals and rodeos