The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
Author: Matt Besser,Ian Roberts,Matt Walsh
Release: 2013
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0989387801
Language: en
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The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation. Written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding "the game" of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, such as "The Harold" and "The Movie". A practical "how to" book, the guide provides exercises throughout to help the reader master each new concept and technique introduced. While the manual is written to be understood by beginners with no previous exposure to improvisational comedy, experienced improvisors will find it to be an excellent resource for honing their skills, clarifying concepts, and generally taking their work to a higher level.

The Comedy Improv Handbook

The Comedy Improv Handbook
Author: Matt Fotis,Siobhan O'Hara
Release: 2015-10-14
Editor: CRC Press
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781317390176
Language: en
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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.

Truth in Comedy

Truth in Comedy
Author: Charna Halpern,Del Close,Kim Johnson
Release: 1994
Editor: Meriwether Pub
Pages: 150
ISBN: 1566080037
Language: en
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DESCRIPTION BOOK:

Furnishes a comprehensive guide to improvisational techniques as used in stand-up comedy

The Ultimate Improv Book

The Ultimate Improv Book
Author: Edward J. Nevraumont,Nicholas P. Hanson,Kurt Smeaton
Release: 2001
Editor: Meriwether Pub
Pages: 272
ISBN: PSU:000048589376
Language: en
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Provides a curriculum consisting of twenty-four lessons, explaining what improvisation is, techniques, and how to start an improvisation team.

The Improv Handbook

The Improv Handbook
Author: Tom Salinsky,Deborah Frances-White
Release: 2017-10-19
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 520
ISBN: 9781350026179
Language: en
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The Improv Handbook is the most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improv available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes, it features a range of games, interviews, descriptions and exercises that illuminate and illustrate the exciting world of improvised performance. First published in 2008, this second edition features a new foreword by comedian Mike McShane, as well as new exercises on endings, managing blind offers and master-servant games, plus new and expanded interviews with Keith Johnstone, Neil Mullarkey, Jeffrey Sweet and Paul Rogan. The Improv Handbook is a one-stop guide to the exciting world of improvisation. Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or would just love to try it if you weren't too scared, The Improv Handbook will guide you every step of the way.

Long Story Short

Long Story Short
Author: Margot Leitman
Release: 2015-10-13
Editor: Sasquatch Books
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781632170286
Language: en
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A comedian and Moth veteran lays out useful tips and tricks for maximizing the impact of your stories—so you can nail it every time Do you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Comedian, Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program founder, and Moth champion Margot Leitman will show you how in this practical guide to storytelling. Using a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, Long Story Short breaks a story into concrete components. From content and structure to emotional impact and delivery, Leitman guides you through the entire storytelling process, providing personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises along the way. Using a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, Long Story Short breaks a story into concrete components. From content and structure to emotional impact and delivery, Leitman guides you through the entire storytelling process, providing personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises along the way.

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth
Author: Will Hines
Release: 2016-06-15
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 226
ISBN: 0982625723
Language: en
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Advice for performing long-form improv from a longtime teacher and performer.

What Are You Laughing At

What Are You Laughing At
Author: Dan O'Shannon
Release: 2012-07-05
Editor: A&C Black
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781441162939
Language: en
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This book presents a comprehensive guide to all the variables that can come into play when we come into contact with comedy.

Ensemble Theatre Making

Ensemble Theatre Making
Author: Rose Burnett Bonczek,David Storck
Release: 2013
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9780415530088
Language: en
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"Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide is the first comprehensive diagnostic handbook for building, caring for and maintaining ensemble. Successful ensembles don't happen by chance: they can be created, nurtured and maintained through specific actions taken by ensemble leaders and members. Ensemble Theatre Making provides a thorough step-by-step process to consistently achieve the collaborative dynamic that leads to the group trust, commitment and sacrifice necessary for the success of a common goal.Through planning and preparation, investigating the essential building blocks of ensemble, identifying ensemble behaviours and techniques of responding to those behaviours, Ensemble Theatre Making gives tools, techniques and recipes for bringing ensemble from the realm of luck into a grounded practice. This conversational, straight-forward guide gives clarity and practical guidance to the sometimes mystifying questions of what creates ensemble bonds, how to fix them when they start to break, and how to strengthen and protect them"--

Improvise Scene from the Inside Out

Improvise  Scene from the Inside Out
Author: Mick Napier
Release: 2015-08-17
Editor: Meriwether Publishing
Pages: 272
ISBN: 156608217X
Language: en
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Renowned improv instructor and award-winning director Mick Napier has been at the heart of the professional improvisation community for more than 25 years. The first edition of Improvise. quickly earned its position as necessary reading for improv students across the country and around the world and gave birth to a new generation of performers who questioned "The Rules" of improvisation. This expanded and revised edition has a new foreword by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, additional advice and tips for success, and a full reproduction of Mick Napier's web journal from his time directing the famous show Paradigm Lost for The Second City that included Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Kevin Dorff. In this entertaining and incredibly informative book, Napier will teach you the essentials of... --Why "The Rules" don't matter --How to take care of yourself in a scene --Using context to your advantage --Effective two-person scenes --Balanced large-cast scenes --Successful auditioning --Solo exercises you can practice at home

The 5 Elements of Improv

The 5 Elements of Improv
Author: Andrew M. Spragge,Karen L. Eichler
Release: 2017-03-19
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 204
ISBN: 1539670694
Language: en
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Drawing on decades of teaching, theater and improvisation experience, Teaching Artists Andrew and Karen of Defiant Monkey Improv show you how to improve your onstage performance and build the confidence and trust necessary to be a truly great improviser.

Improv Nonsense

Improv Nonsense
Author: Will Hines
Release: 2016-09-01
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 600
ISBN: 098262574X
Language: en
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A collection of all six years of posts from the hit (?) blog about long-form improv, Improv Nonsense.

Improv Nation

Improv Nation
Author: Sam Wasson
Release: 2017-12-05
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780544557208
Language: en
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A sweeping yet intimate--and often hilarious--history of a uniquely American art form that has never been more popular

Pirate Robot Ninja

Pirate Robot Ninja
Author: Will Hines,Billy Merritt
Release: 2019-05-20
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 194
ISBN: 1099142245
Language: en
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As an improv comedian: are you a pirate, robot or ninja? Know your type so you can appreciate your strengths while also focusing on what you have left to learn. This book is 200 pages of lessons, exercises and metaphors designed by two teachers and performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles. Also, it's written as a fable where you are an "improv seeker" in an mysterious dojo hidden in the mountains. That's pretty fun! "Billy and Will love to do the 'make'em ups' and they're quite good at it as well. I would read this book...if I could read." - Rob Riggle (Daily Show, US Marine Corps)

Art by Committee

Art by Committee
Author: Charna Halpern
Release: 2006
Editor: Meriwether Pub
Pages: 136
ISBN: IND:30000100203458
Language: en
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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.

Impro for Storytellers

Impro for Storytellers
Author: Keith Johnstone
Release: 2014-01-21
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 388
ISBN: 9781135863739
Language: en
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Impro for Storytellers is the follow-up to Keith Johnstone's classic Impro, one of the best-selling books ever published on improvisation. Impro for Storytellers aims to take jealous and self-obsessed beginners and teach them to play games with good nature and to fail gracefully.

Improvising Better

Improvising Better
Author: Jimmy Carrane,Liz Allen
Release: 2006
Editor: Heinemann Drama
Pages: 71
ISBN: 0325009422
Language: en
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Improvising Better is an easy to read self-help book created with the new generation of improviser in mind. It's written for today's performers, looking for a quick fix to their performance problems. This book is a fast read with long-lasting results. Jimmy Carrane and Liz Allen have improvised, taught, and directed in Chicago for over thirty years combined, and have either seen or experienced the most common problems facing improvisers today. Improvising Better will give you simple tools for repairing your improvisation through original and enhanced exercises. This book addresses the improviser as a whole, including how offstage issues affect onstage performance. Speaking candidly about this very personal art form, Carrane and Allen offer common-sense solutions, some tough love, and a little inspiration along the way. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, Improvising Better will catapult you to the next level in your career as a working improviser.

Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds

Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds
Author: Michelle Schoffro Cook
Release: 2016-11-01
Editor: Rodale
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781623364816
Language: en
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Scientists are predicting that within 8 years, brain disease will kill or disable more people than cancer and heart disease combined. Given this shocking new research, we urgently need to know how to protect and improve our brain health. In Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook aims to turn this prediction around with her prescriptive—and proven—plan. Several years ago, Dr. Cook was in a terrible car accident in which she suffered a brain injury, resulting in cognitive impairment, partial paralysis in her left arm, and severe migraines. Utilizing her expertise in natural medicine, Dr. Cook developed a program that improved her memory, cured her migraines, and reversed her arm paralysis. After her recovery, she continued to research natural methods to improve memory, reduce memory loss, and prevent degenerative brain diseases. Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds an easy, customizable, 4-week plan filled with fun, doable tips you can execute in just 60 seconds a day, including 50 delicious recipes featuring brain-boosting super foods, success stories, and a self-assessment quiz.

Long Form Improv

Long Form Improv
Author: Ben Hauck
Release: 2012-09
Editor: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Pages: 267
ISBN: 9781581159813
Language: en
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DESCRIPTION BOOK:

A handbook of essentialcomedy skills, useful for all performers!

Improvisation at the Speed of Life

Improvisation at the Speed of Life
Author: T. J. Jagodowski,David Pasquesi,Pam Victor
Release: 2015-04-01
Editor: Solo Roma, Incorporated
Pages: 225
ISBN: 0977309339
Language: en
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"Jagodowski and Pasquesi, award-winning master improvisers from Chicago's legendary comedy scene, are internationally known for their acclaimed, two-man longform show, TJ & Dave. [This is] their authoritative and entertaining look at techniques, principles, theory, and ideas behind their approach"--Cover.