Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art
  • Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art
  • Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art
ISBN: 0544557204
EAN13: 9780544557208
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 5, 2017
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 1.51" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.54 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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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   Please - have the writer read the text
It is a well researched and written book about an art form that has informed so much of the narrative art of the 20 th and early 21 st Century. Next time, have the writer read it.
   Great read!
There is a book about the evolution of improv. While taking class at the Groundlings in Los Angeles. It is so informative.
   Disappointed - Botched Dust Jacket
When the book was opened, it was obvious that it was either used or faulty. The dust jacket was wrinkled, which wouldn't have been a hug issue, but it was folded in all the wrong places and looked very shoddy. I tried to re- fold but it just looked bad. I put it in a gift bag because there was no time to request a new one. I usually wouldn't bother reviewing, but this one did irritate me. That kind of wear and tear was not indicated in the description.
   She thoroughly enjoyed the history
This was a present for my niece who has taken classes at Second City. She loved the history.
   Hefty but Easy
It was appreciated in the depth of the history of improv. Personal anecdotes and back stories add so much. It is easy to read.
   An excellent, exillerating read
The read was excellent. The author makes the history come to life, even though I knew a bit about second city. I bought several copies as gifts.