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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

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ISBN13: 9781566080033
ISBN10: 1566080037
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Who would have ever thought that learning the finer points of improvisation could be such fun? The "Harold, " an innovative improvisational tool, helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers and Chris Farley, George Wendt ("Norm" on Cheers) and many other actors on the road to TV and film stardom. Now it is described fully in this new book for the benefit of other would-be actors and comics. The "Harold" is a form of competitive improv involving six or seven 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 teams compete with scoring based on applause. The "Harold" is a fun way to "loosen up" and learn to think quickly, build continulty, develop characterizations and sharpen humor--all part of successful improvising.

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Bill Cernansky, April 30, 2007 (view all comments by Bill Cernansky)
The Harold is perhaps the signature improv structure. This book explains the Harold and leads the reader through exercises and games that prepare improvisors to perform a Harold, and then teaches the Harold itself. The book is excellent; sometimes referred to as the improv bible, Truth In Comedy will teach you something today, and 5 years later, it will still lead you to discover better ways to improvise. NOTE: the book synopsis here on Powell's web site is clearly written by someone who does not understand improv, so take the description with a grain of salt.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781566080033
Afterword:
Myers, Mike
Author:
Close, Del
Author:
Close
Author:
Halpern, Charna
Author:
Johnson, Kim Howard
Author:
Myers, Mike
Publisher:
Meriwether Publishing
Location:
Colorado Springs, Colo. :
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Stage and screen
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Improvisation (acting)
Subject:
Stand-up comedy
Subject:
Improvisation.
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
19940431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.68x5.52x.39 in. .51 lbs.

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