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

ISBN-10: 0826428584
ISBN-13: 9780826428585
Edition: 2008
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

The Improv Handbook is smart, fun, helpful, and inspiring, and it's on a mission to bring Improv to a much wider audience.

Antiquity: Forms of improvisation from before the 20th Century
Calgary: Keith Johnstone, the Theatre Machine, and the Loose Moose
Chicago: Del Close and the Chicago scene
Spolin: The Compass Players and Viola Spolin's continuing influence
The World Over: The spread of improvised theatre across Europe, America and the rest of the world
The Spontaneity Shop
UK: Improvisation in the UK - a personal history
TheatreSports: The grandaddy of them all
Micetro, Gorilla Theatre, LifeGame: Later inventions of Keith Johnstone
The Harold and Its Relations: Del Close's way of doing things
The Rest: Less interesting, influential, or popular forms: �ǣWhose Line Is It Anyway�Ǡ;
�ǣImprovised�Ǡ films and television;
Intermission: Great Teachers
How to Improvise
Core Beliefs
Storytelling: Improvisation isn't about jokes, or about �ǣanything goes�Ǡ. It's about telling a story.
Failure - on and off the stage: Why �ǣwe suck and we love to fail�Ǡ is the most important thing anyone's ever said to us.
How To Use This Section
Day One
Spontaneity: Pointing at things;
What are you doing?
Saying �ǣYes�Ǡ: Block/Offer/Accept;
Yes and...
Day Two
Fundamentals of Storytelling: Platforms - go through an unusual door;
Breaking routines;
The right trouble for the right hero;
Day Three
Status: What status is and what it isn't;
High status and low status �ǣtriggers�Ǡ;
Status and space;
Status is relative
Day Four
Working Together: Tug of war;
Word at a time;
Speak in one voice;
Day Five
Being Changed: Status switch;
It's Tuesday
Day Six
Upping the Ante: Jump and justify;
He said she said;
Questions only
You can't learn mime from a book
Day Seven
Characters: Changing the body image;
Characters from a hat
Day Eight: Blind Offers
Intermission: The rules and why there aren't any
How To Improve
All Talk and No Action
Silent scenes
Three word sentences
Can't Define, Won't Define
Solid as a Rock
Shoe shops
It's Tuesday
The Gagmeister General
Story Woes
Continue or thank you
Shoe shops
Intermission: Game Corruption
How To Improvise In Public
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Nuts and Bolts
The group
The venue
Press and publicity
On the day
Next steps
Pick Your Format
Licensed formats
Unlicensed formats
Innovating formats
Intermission: Truth in Comedy in Bits and Pieces
How To Improvise All Over the World
Getting On the Television
Getting On the Festival Circuit
Hosting Your Own Festival
Intermission: �ǣPlease don't...�Ǡ
Making Improvisation Pay
The Corporate Market
Corporate Training
Corporate Entertainment
Intermission: Why Improvisation
Talk the Talk - Interviews with Improvisers
Tom and Deborah interview each other
Keith Johnstone
Dan O'Connor
Patti Stiles
Paul Sills
Charna Halpern
Plus several more alumni of shows like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, who we should be able to include
Final Thoughts
Glossary, bibliography, index, useful contacts

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