Long Form Improvisation And American Comedy

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Long Form Improvisation And American Comedy

Author : M. Fotis
ISBN : 9781137376589
Genre : Performing Arts
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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.
Category: Performing Arts

The Comedy Improv Handbook

Author : Matt Fotis
ISBN : 9781317390183
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 45.6 MB
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The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.
Category: Performing Arts

The Art Of Chicago Improv

Author : Rob Kozlowski
ISBN : UOM:39015056263695
Genre : Performing Arts
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Kozlowski traces the history of improvisational acting in Chicago from the days of Viola Spolin to the appearance of the Compass, Second City, and today's practitioners
Category: Performing Arts

The Harold

Author : Matt Fotis
ISBN : OCLC:872566145
Genre : Electronic Dissertations
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The Harold is widely regarded as the foundation of long form scenic style improv. First developed in the late 1960's by the San Francisco group The Committee, work-shopped by Del Close in the 1970's, and transformed into a repeatable structure by Close and Charna Halpern at ImprovOlympic (now iO) in the 1980's, the Harold reinvented the possibilities of what could be done with improv on stage. Using the form's core principles- yes-and, make active choices, and support your partner- the Harold has become one of the most important and influential forms of performance. The comic philosophy of the Harold has ushered in an era of comedy marked by support, trust, and collaborative creativity. Despite its vast influence on contemporary performance the Harold has been largely ignored by the scholarly community and thusly pushed to the margins. Therefore, this study will tell the story of the Harold, beginning with the development of improvisational theatre and the tensions and evolutions that led to the Harold's creation at iO, up to its use in contemporary comedic filmmaking. Furthermore, I will be examining the ways in which the Harold has helped transform American comedy by reshaping it to follow the principles and philosophy of the Harold.
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Whose Improv Is It Anyway

Author : Amy E. Seham
ISBN : 9781496802026
Genre : Social Science
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On both sides of the stage improv-comedy's popularity has increased exponentially throughout the 1980s and '90s and into the new millennium. Presto! An original song is created out of thin air. With nothing but a suggestion from the audience, daring young improvisers working without a net or a script create hilarious characters, sketches, and songs. Thrilled by the danger, the immediacy, and the virtuosity of improv-comedy, spectators laugh and cheer. American improv-comedy burst onto the scene in the 1950s with Chicago's the Compass Players (best known for the brilliant comedy duo Mike Nichols and Elaine May) and the Second City, which launched the careers of many popular comedians, including Gilda Radner, John Belushi, and Mike Myers. Chicago continues to be a mecca for young performers who travel from faraway places to study improv. At the same time, the techniques of Chicago improv have infiltrated classrooms, workshops, rehearsals, and comedy clubs across North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Improv's influence is increasingly evident in contemporary films and in interactive entertainment on the internet. Drawing on the experiences of working improvisers, Whose Improv Is It Anyway? provides a never-before-published account of developments beyond Second City's mainstream approach to the genre. This fascinating history chronicles the origins of "the Harold," a sophisticated new "long-form" style of improv developed in the '80s at ImprovOlympic and details the importance and pitfalls of ComedySports. Here also is a backstage glimpse at the Annoyance Theatre, best known on the national scene for its production of The Real Live Brady Bunch. Readers will get the scoop on the recent work of players who, feeling excluded by early improv's "white guys in ties," created such independent groups as the Free Associates and the African American troupe Oui Be Negroes. There is far more to the art of improv than may be suggested by the sketches on Saturday Night Live or the games on Whose Line Is It Anyway? This history, an insider's look at the evolution of improv-comedy in Chicago, reveals the struggles, the laughter, and the ideals of mutual support, freedom, and openness that have inspired many performers. It explores the power games, the gender inequities, and the racial tensions that can emerge in improvised performance, and it shares the techniques and strategies veteran players use to combat these problems. Improv art is revealed to be an art of compromise, a fragile negotiation between the poles of process and product. The result, as shown here, can be exciting, shimmering, magical, and not exclusively the property of any troupe or actor.
Category: Social Science

Improv Nation

Author : Sam Wasson
ISBN : 9780544557208
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A sweeping yet intimate--and often hilarious--history of a uniquely American art form that has never been more popular
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Satire The State

Author : Matt Fotis
ISBN : 9780429807305
Genre : Humor
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Satire & The State focuses on performance-based satire, most often seen in sketch comedy, from 1960 to the present, and explores how sketch comedy has shaped the way Americans view the president and themselves. Numerous sketch comedy portrayals of presidents that have seeped into the American consciousness – Chevy Chase’s Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey’s George H.W. Bush, and Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush all worked to shape the actual politician’s public persona. The book analyzes these sketches and many others, illustrating how comedy is at the heart of the health and function of American democracy. At its best, satire aimed at the presidency can work as a populist check on executive power, becoming one of the most important weapons for everyday Americans against tyranny and political corruption. At its worst, satire can reflect and promote racism, misogyny, and homophobia in America. Written for students of Theatre, Performance, Political Science, and Media Studies courses, as well as readers with an interest in political comedy, Satire & The State offers a deeper understanding of the relationship between comedy and the presidency, and the ways in which satire becomes a window into the culture, principles, and beliefs of a country.
Category: Humor

The Compass

Author : Janet Coleman
ISBN : 0226113450
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Compass began in a storefront theater near the U. of Chicago campus in the summer of 1955 and lasted only a few years before its players--including Paul Sills, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, Barbara Harris, Severn Darden, and Shelley Berman--moved on. Coleman recreates the time, the place, the personalities, and the neurotic magic whereby the Campus made theater history in America. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
Category: Performing Arts

Art By Committee

Author : Charna Halpern
ISBN : IND:30000100203458
Genre : Performing Arts
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This new guidebook for the best in improvisation performance si a sequel to the best-selling book, "Truth in Comedy." It tells how to empower improvisation using the "yes" concept with improv performers.
Category: Performing Arts


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113597483
Genre : College and school drama
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Category: College and school drama

The Behavior Therapist

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ISBN : UVA:X006176954
Genre : Behavior modification
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Category: Behavior modification

Behind The Scenes Improvising Long Form

Author : Mick Napier
ISBN : 1566082218
Genre : Performing Arts
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In this follow-up to his highly regarded book Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out, globally acclaimed improviser, director, and instructor Mick Napier focuses on the complexities and theories of long form improvisation. This extended form of improvisation invites performers to be inspired for at least thirty minutes by a single suggestion as they push their creativity to the limit.Napier taps into more than 30 years of experience and distills his tools for success into practical, engaging lessons: --The art of introductions and edits --Different approaches to openers --Pros and cons of the back line --Why it's okay to be funny --Finding the dominant energy --Sustaining a strong character
Category: Performing Arts

Dk Eyewitness Real City Chicago

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ISBN : 0756626854
Genre : Travel
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A stylish collection of handbooks for the twenty-first-century traveler spotlights the unique places where local city inhabitants eat, shop, party, and relax, covering the hottest restaurants, hotels, specialty shops, and local hangouts in all price categories and styles, accompanied by special ratings of high-value locations and an up-to-date Web site that features reviews, local news, and more.
Category: Travel

The Second City Almanac Of Improvisation

Author : Anne Libera
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114353563
Genre : Performing Arts
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Some of the diverse teachers, directors, and actors who got their start at The Second City comedy theater share their ideas, viewpoints, and memoirs in a volume that looks at the careers of Tina Fey, Fred Willard, Jeff Richmond, Andrew Currie, and many other alumnae. Original.
Category: Performing Arts

Truth In Comedy

Author : Charna Halpern
ISBN : 1566080037
Genre : Humor
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Furnishes a comprehensive guide to improvisational techniques as used in stand-up comedy
Category: Humor

The Listener

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105007800720
Genre : Radio broadcasting
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Category: Radio broadcasting

American Theatre

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ISBN : UOM:49015003074615
Genre : Periodicals
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Category: Periodicals

Humor In America

Author : Lawrence E. Mintz
ISBN : IND:39000006080209
Genre : Humor
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This comprehensive survey of sources and scholarship should prove invaluable to anyone organizing a course in American humor, and to graduate students or advanced undergraduates as well. There are excellent summaries of respected histories of the field and such serious, well-planned chapters as `The Comics, ' `Humor in Periodicals, ' `Standup Comedy, ' `Women's Humor, ' `Racial and Ethnic Humor, ' and `Political Humor.' . . . Well-written and clearly presented, this volume will greatly assist those making their way in this fascinating interdisciplinary area. Choice Focusing on a multitude of genres, this unusual collection stresses the overall importance of humor as an index to popular thought. Primarily descriptive rather than theoretical, each chapter is organized to provide an overview of a specific genre of expression or a significant topic in modern humor. Subjects range from literature, the comic strip, film, broadcast humor, the magazine, and standup comedy, to racial and ethnic humor, women's humor, and political humor. Each genre or topic is traced historically and analyzed with respect to those characteristics that make it unique. A bibliographical essay and checklist is provided for each chapter to facilitate further study.
Category: Humor

Koream Journal

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105123424819
Genre : Korean Americans
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Category: Korean Americans