The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
Author: Matt Besser,Matt Walsh,Ian Roberts
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017
Genre: Comedy
ISBN: OCLC:1012178007

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Yes And

Yes  And
Author: Kelly Leonard,Tom Yorton
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-02-03
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780062248558

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Executives from The Second City—the world’s premier comedy theater and school of improvisation—reveal improvisational techniques that can help any organization develop innovators, encourage adaptable leaders, and build transformational businesses. For more than fifty years, The Second City comedy theater in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. But it also provides one-of-a-kind leadership training to cutting-edge companies, nonprofits, and public sector organizations—all aimed at increasing creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. The rules for leadership and teamwork have changed, and the skills that got professionals ahead a generation ago don’t work anymore. Now The Second City provides a new toolkit individuals and organizations can use to thrive in a world increasingly shaped by speed, social communication, and decentralization. Based on eight principles of improvisation, Yes, And helps to develop these skills and foster them in high-potential leaders and their teams, including: Mastering the ability to co-create in an ensemble Fostering a “yes, and” approach to work Embracing failure to accelerate high performance Leading by listening and by learning to follow Innovating by making something out of nothing Yes, And is a must-read for professionals and organizations, helping to develop the invaluable leadership skills needed to succeed today.

The Improv Handbook

The Improv Handbook
Author: Tom Salinsky,Deborah Frances-White
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 520
Release: 2017-10-19
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781350026179

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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.

Truth in Comedy

Truth in Comedy
Author: Charna Halpern,Del Close,Kim Johnson
Publsiher: Meriwether Publishing
Total Pages: 164
Release: 1994
Genre: Improvisation (Acting)
ISBN: 1566080037

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The 'Harold', an innovative improvisational tool, helped many actors on the road to TV and film stardom, including George Wendt (Norm on Cheers). Now it is described fully in this new book for would-be actors and comics. The 'Harold' is a form of competitive improv involving 6 or 7 players. They take a theme suggestion from the audience and 'free associate' on the theme into a series of rapid-fire one-liners that build into totally unpredictable skits with hilarious results. The 'Harold' is a fun way to 'loosen up' and learn to think quickly, build continuity, develop characterisations and sharpen humour.

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth
Author: Will Hines
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2016-06-15
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0982625723

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Advice for performing long-form improv from a longtime teacher and performer.

Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy

Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy
Author: M. Fotis
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2014-02-11
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781137376589

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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.

Impro

Impro
Author: Keith Johnstone
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2012-11-12
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781136610455

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Keith Johnstone's involvement with the theatre began when George Devine and Tony Richardson, artistic directors of the Royal Court Theatre, commissioned a play from him. This was in 1956. A few years later he was himself Associate Artistic Director, working as a play-reader and director, in particular helping to run the Writers' Group. The improvisatory techniques and exercises evolved there to foster spontaneity and narrative skills were developed further in the actors' studio 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 techniques and exercises which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is both an ideas book and a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.

Improv Nonsense

Improv Nonsense
Author: Will Hines
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2016-09-01
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 098262574X

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A collection of all six years of posts from the hit (?) blog about long-form improv, Improv Nonsense.