Truth In Comedy: The Manual For Improvisation
  • Truth In Comedy: The Manual For Improvisation
  • Truth In Comedy: The Manual For Improvisation
  • Truth In Comedy: The Manual For Improvisation
ISBN: 1566080037
EAN13: 9781566080033
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 1994
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.51" H x 8.39" L x 5.39" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Want to learn the improv techniques that helped Mike Myers, Chris Farley, John Belushi, and many others along the road to TV and film stardom? Then let two esteemed founders of long-form improvisational theatre, Del Close and Charna Halpern, teach you the Harold. This groundbreaking acting exercise emphasizes pattern recognition and subversion of the audience's expectations, which are important factors for making people laugh without ever telling a joke. It involves six to seven players and many kinds of scenes: games, monologues, songs, skits and more, all of which are bound to keep both actors and audience members guessing. The Harold is non-linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing the key to successful improvising and has become a standard in comedy clubs and improv theatres around the globe.

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Then I really liked it. I think Napier's book was a response to this ''. This one is a little bit softer in the writing.
   The Manual Of Improv
Even if you are not a long-form improviser, this book is a must read for anyone actively working in an improv group.
   Pretty good, doesn't generalize
This book was a quick, entertaining, and interesting read. It is well organized by section but not well written, the flow of argument is not so clear. It is perhaps written in the style of a Harold? I did not read it to learn how to play improv comedy, I read it for insights into group improvisation that could translate to playing music. In this, it was somewhat disappointing. Compare Zen and the Art of Archery, which is a book about archery the lessons of which transfer to other activities. Improv games contained therein may be good fodder for amusement on long car journeys, better than I spy.
   Great Book for Beginners
I just started Improv classes with Armando Diaz in NYC. He recomended this as a kind of read along textbook for our class. It does drop a lot of names in a very proud fashion, which is annoying, but it has all the games you 'll need to start. It contains a very solid wholistic concept of The Harold.. It features Improv's leading long-form style. If you are an actor, improver, beginner or just wanna get together a group in class or office to play games. Pick up this book and learn the basics. Then get in class and have a solid temper towards the next level. But I recommend IMPROVISE by Mick Napier as a much better book.
   The definitive book on The Harold
About a year ago, I started taking a long formimprov class. After reading the first few pages of this manual, it became clear to me that this was the class I had taken for over a year. Charna Halpern-with quotes and exercises by the late Del Close-have put together an excellent how to book that any improviser would find etxremely helpful from beginning to proffessional. For anyone interested in imrovisation, this is the book for you!
   Buy this book now!
I was given this book as a gift to help me to get started in improv comedy. I love it and is a classic. You need to get this book whether you are a stand-up comedian or an improv comedian. And if you want to learn about the business of comedy, you should get my book [...].
   There are better books if your actually interested in learning improv but ...
There are better books if you are actually interested in learning improv, but this book does a fine job and gives a lot of interesting history.
   required reading for improve comedy
This book was recommended by my husband's improver teacher as the best book on how to do better. As she read this book, many of the things that our instructor taught us in class became clear.
   Great Resource for Anyone Wanting to Get Into Comedy or Improv
I bought this book to teach improv research before I was to take an improv class in Brooklyn. This is a wonderful resource with lots of lessons in improv comedy with games and exercises that help sharpen your improv muscles.
   Great compendium to live instruction. #clarity2020
Improvisation is a tricky beast and is even more difficult to capture in the written word. After completing the Second City and UCB programs and being performed for over 20 years throughout Los Angeles, I would say that this book is definitely worth the read for anyone interested in art form. It is well written and organized, but I would recommend only in association with a live instructor. After all that said, I encourage everyone interested in improv to read this book, put away your fear and ego and just jump in with both feet!