Why is that So Funny?

A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy

Author: John Wright

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879103439

Category: Music

Page: 334

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(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.
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The Physical Comedy Handbook

Author: Davis Rider Robinson

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: 9780325001142

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 130

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

Author: Jacques Lecoq

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113424097X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Published in France in 1987, this is the book in which Lecoq first set out his philosophy of human movement, and the way it takes expressive form in a wide range of different performance traditions. He traces the history of pantomime, sets out his definition of the components of the art of mime, and discusses the explosion of physical theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. Interviews with major theatre practitioners Ariane Mnouchkine and Jean-Louis Barrault by Jean Perret, together with chapters by Perret on Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, fill out the historical material written by Lecoq, and a final section by Alain Gautré celebrates the many physical theatre practitioners working in the 1980s.
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Acting Class

Take a Seat

Author: Milton Katselas

Publisher: Phoenix Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597775924

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 295

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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.
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Clowns

Author: John H. Towsen

Publisher: E P Dutton

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 1823

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
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The Craft of Comedy

Author: Athene Seyler,Stephen Haggard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136312943

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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"a work on the art and craft of comedy as important in its own way as works by Stanislavski and Chekhov" – Oxford Theatre Companion In 1939, a young, inexperienced actor wrote to a famous actress of his acquaintance, asking for advice on playing comedy. She responded enthusiastically, and they corresponded variously over the next year. The Craft of Comedy, a record of these exchanges, soon emerged as one of the few classic texts in the field of comedy acting. This major new edition takes a brilliant book and makes it better. Editor Robert Barton has devised extensive supplementary material, including: An introduction to the correspondents, the culture of the time, and the evolution of their book; Summaries, definitions, and exercises and practice scenes for readers wishing to explore Athene Seyler’s invaluable advice; Photographs, additional essays by Seyler, and a guide to easily accessed video clips of her performing. Seyler’s lucid guidance, and Barton’s scrupulous editorship, ensure this legendary work’s rightful status is restored: as one of the great practical guides to the craft of comedy, and an essential resource for actors and students of acting.
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The Art of Clowning

More Paths to Your Inner Clown

Author: E.,Eli Simon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137054468

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

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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!
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Towards a Poor Theatre

Author: Jerzy Grotowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136745866

Category: Drama

Page: 264

View: 1954

Originally published in 1968, Jerzy Grotowski's groundbreaking book is available once again. As a record of Grotowski's theatrical experiments, this book is an invaluable resource to students and theater practioners alike.
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Playing the Mask

Acting Without Bullshit

Author: John Wright

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854595805

Category: Acting

Page: 320

View: 4953

A new book on acting from John Wright, best selling author of Why Is That So Funny?
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Interactive Acting

Acting, Improvisation, and Interacting for Audience Participatory Theatre

Author: Jeff Wirth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780963237491

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

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The Musical Theatre

A Celebration

Author: Alan Jay Lerner

Publisher: Da Capo Pr

ISBN: 9780306803642

Category: Musicals

Page: 240

View: 6911

The author, a successful Broadway lyricist, traces the development of the musical and shares his observations on important composers, writers, and performers
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Acting in High Comedy

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557832146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

View: 9910

(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.
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Serious Play

Modern Clown Performance

Author: Louise Peacock

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841502413

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

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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.
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The Mime Book

Author: Claude Kipnis

Publisher: Paw Prints

ISBN: 9781435262287

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

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Offers a series of exercises illustrating the basic mechanisms, movements, and techniques of mime performance
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Many Love

A Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love(s)

Author: Sophie Lucido Johnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501189794

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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“A fast-paced debut… A candid, modern take on polyamory for fans of memoirs and graphic novels, and anyone interested in stories of dating, love, and romance.” —Library Journal After trying for years to emulate her boomer parents’ forty-year and still-going-strong marriage, Sophie realized that maybe the love she was looking for was down a road less traveled. In this bold, graphic memoir, she explores her sexuality, her values, and the versions of love our society accepts and practices. Along the way, she shares what it’s like to play on Tinder side-by-side with your boyfriend, encounter—and surmount—many types of jealousy, learn the power of female friendship, and other amazing things that happened when she stopped looking for “the one.” In a lot of ways, Many Love is Sophie’s love letter to everyone she has ever cared for. Witty, insightful, and complete with illustrations, this debut provides a memorable glimpse into an unconventional life.
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The Clown in You

Author: Caroline Dream

Publisher: Alejandro Carlos Navarro Gonzalez

ISBN: 9788461696529

Category:

Page: 234

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"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
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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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Clowns

In conversation with modern masters

Author: Ezra LeBank,David Bridel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317516931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Clowns: In Conversation with Modern Masters is a groundbreaking collection of conversations with 20 of the greatest clowns on earth. In discussion with clown aficionados Ezra LeBank and David Bridel, these legends of comedy reveal the origins, inspirations, techniques, and philosophies that underpin their remarkable odysseys. Featuring incomparable artists, including Slava Polunin, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Oleg Popov, Dimitri, Nola Rae, and many more, Clowns is a unique and definitive study on the art of clowning. In Clowns, these 20 master artists speak candidly about their first encounters with clowning and circus, the crucial decisions that carved out the foundations of their style, and the role of teachers and mentors who shaped their development. Follow the twists and turns that changed the direction of their art and careers, explore the role of failure and originality in their lives and performances, and examine the development and evolution of the signature routines that became each clown’s trademark. The discussions culminate in meditations on the role of clowning in the modern world, as these great practitioners share their perspectives on the mysterious, elusive art of the clown.
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Something Wonderful Right Away

Author: Jeffrey Sweet

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 0879100737

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 383

View: 1577

A brief description of the history and goals of two improvizational comedy groups, the Compass and Second City, accompanies interviews with past members from Mike Nichols to Gilda Radner
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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0865478147

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 218

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"One hundred incisive, idiosyncratic essays on life and theater from a major American playwright "Don't send your characters to reform school!" pleads Sarah Ruhl in one of her essays. With titles as varied as "On Lice" to "On Sleeping in Theaters" and "Motherhood and Stools (The Furniture Kind)," these essays are artful meditations on life in the arts and joyous jumbles of observations on everything in between. The pieces combine admonition, celebration, inquiry, jokes, assignments, entreaties, prayers,and advice: honest reflections distilled from years of working in the theater. They offer candid accounts of what it is like to be a mother and an artist, along with descriptions of how Ruhl's children's dreams, jokes, and songs work themselves into her writing. 100 Essays is not just a book about the theater. It is a map of a very particular artistic sensibility and a guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life"--
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