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 is a Meriwether Publishing publication.

Behind the Laughs

Community and Inequality in Comedy

Author: Michael P. Jeffries

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 1503602974

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Comedy is a brutal business. When comedians define success, they don't talk about money—they talk about not quitting. They work in a business where even big names work for free, and the inequalities of race, class, and gender create real barriers. But they also work in a business where people still believe that hard work and talent lead to the big time. How do people working in comedy sustain these contradictions and keep laughing? In Behind the Laughs, Michael P. Jeffries brings readers into the world of comedy to reveal its dark corners and share its buoyant lifeblood. He draws on conversations with comedians, as well as club owners, bookers, and managers, to show the extraordinary social connections professional humor demands. Not only do comedians have to read their audience night after night, but they must also create lasting bonds across the profession to get gigs in the first place. Comedy is not a meritocracy, and its rewards are not often fame and fortune. Only performers who know the rules of their community are able to make it a career.

The Improv Handbook

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

Author: Tom Salinsky,Deborah Frances-White

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472536622

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 8106


The most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improve available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes. From The Improv Handbook: The problem for improvisers is anxiety. faced with a lot of nameless eyes staring at us, and feeling more than anything else like prey, we are likely to want to display very consistent behavior, so that anyone who looks at us, looks away and then looks back sees the same thing. Thus we become boring, we fade into the background, and we cease to be of interest. The Improv Handbook provides everything someone interested in improvisational comedy needs to know, as written by a husband and wife comedy duo with years of experience and teaching in the field. in addition to providing a comprehensive history of improvisational theater as a backdrop, it also looks at modern theories and practices of improvisation on a global scale, including how the form of comedy has evolved differently in different parts of the world, from Europe to the UK to the Chicago scene. The Improv Handbook also contains an essential performance segment that details different formats of improvisation. Chapter topics include Theatresports, Micetro, Gorilla Theatre, and the inventions of Keith Johnstone and Del Close as well as other popular forms of improv, like those on "Whose Line is it Anyway." The core section of the book is called simply, "How to Improvise" and delves into issues of spontaneity, the fundamentals of storytelling, working together, upping the ante, and character development. The book concludes with sections on how to improvise in front of an audience and- just as crucially- how to attract an audience in the first place.

The Improvisation Playbook

Author: Tristan MacAvery

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781425913083

Category: Reference

Page: 204

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should prove invaluable to beginners, journeymen/women and seasoned pros. Ren Auberjonois Boston Legal, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Have you ever watched a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway, and wondered if you could do that? Trust me: You can. Everyone improvises. Yes, even you. Or did you wake up this morning, get a cup of coffee, open up your script, and read the scene where you sit at your computer, reading this description of the book? You make it up as you go along, from what you do during your day to everything that you say to other people. It may simply be that you, like many of us, want to be able to improvise a little better. I am amazed at the huge knowledge of improv you convey. Your readers, pros or amateurs, should find your book fascinating. Adam West, actor The Improvisation Playbookis a self-contained how-to manual that guides you through the basics of improvisation and describes a series of classes for exploration, growth and just plain fun. Improvist and coach Tristan MacAvery shares his experience, his knowledge and his encouragement in showing how everyonenot just comedians and actorscan bring out the best in every area of life. It all comes together when you discover this simple truth: Improvisation is Telling the Truth Without a Script I wish I had this book when I was starting out! Dean Haglund, Actor/Improviser (X Files, Lone Gunmen

Tribe of Blondes

Adventures of Break Up Survivors Seeking Love Online and Happiness in Relationships

Author: Hadley Finch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780981700946

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 5327


"The Tribe Of Blondes find an oasis of love in the desert of solitude. Why suffer through a lonely bout of lost love when you can quench your parched soul with secrets of the Tribe?" Ken Donaldson, Relationship Expert and Author of Marry YourSelf First "It's Sex and the City Meets First Wives Club who know The Secret. I'm jealous of the Tribe Of Blondes." Charna Halpern, Author of Truth in Comedy The Manual of Improvisation Hadley Finch is devastated when her CEO husband leaves her for a much younger woman after two decades of a happy marriage. When her extreme efforts to win back her husband's love fail, Hadley begins a quest for the next great love of her life with the help of her friends-the Tribe Of Blondes. Not a hair color, it is a resilient, hopeful spirit that gives the Tribe its name and fuels their passionate choices and personal triumphs. While exploring the brave world of Internet dating, Hadley meets extraordinary men who present provocative Love Tests: Can a dating friendship spark the Fire Of Love? Should a friendship be sacrificed for a new love? Will a mysterious injury destroy her chance for a new relationship? Will Hadley give up her homeland to live with a Mountain Man? Or will she discover a new secret to live happily ever after? While seeking the answers, Hadley learns from joy. She also endures fiery trials that test her mettle and ultimately melt her heart's armor for amore. Hadley's novel and bonus album are inspired by her real-life journey from lost love to the Fire Of Love. That journey becomes an adventure in the spirit of the Tribe Of Blondes.

Designing Urban Transformation

Author: Aseem Inam

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135006385

Category: Architecture

Page: 252

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While designers possess the creative capabilities of shaping cities, their often-singular obsession with form and aesthetics actually reduces their effectiveness as they are at the mercy of more powerful generators of urban form. In response to this paradox, Designing Urban Transformation addresses the incredible potential of urban practice to radically change cities for the better. The book focuses on a powerful question, "What can urbanism be?" by arguing that the most significant transformations occur by fundamentally rethinking concepts, practices, and outcomes. Drawing inspiration from the philosophical movement known as Pragmatism, the book proposes three conceptual shifts for transformative urban practice: (a) beyond material objects: city as flux, (b) beyond intentions: consequences of design, and (c) beyond practice: urbanism as creative political act. Pragmatism encourages us to consider how we can make deeper and more systemic changes and how urbanism itself can be a design strategy for such transformations. To illuminate how these conceptual shifts operate in vastly different contexts through analysis of transformative urban initiatives and projects in Belo Horizonte, Boston, Cairo, Karachi, Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Paris. The book is a rare integration of theory and practice that proposes essential ways of rethinking city-design-and-building processes, while drawing critical lessons from actual examples of such processes.

Pushing the Edge

Explore, Engage, Extend, : Proceedings of the Fourteenth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, March 12-15, 2009, Seattle, Washington

Author: Association of College and Research Libraries. National Conference

Publisher: Amer Library Assn

ISBN: 9780838985144

Category: Education

Page: 343

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"This book contains the proceedings of ACRL's 14th National Conference held in Seattle, WA, March 12-15, 2009. The 3 invited papers and 39 contributed papers explore the latest thinking and research into issues facing academic librarians today. The theme areas of these papers include Changing Environments and Cultures, Changing Political Realities, Converging and Collaborating, Evolving Models of Scholarly Communication, Managing Electronic and Digital Information, Redefining Traditions, and Teaching and Learning." --Book Jacket.

Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy

The Harold

Author: M. Fotis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137376589

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

View: 934


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.