Truth in Comedy: Manual of Improvisation

Truth in Comedy: Manual of Improvisation


By (author) Charna Halpern, By (author) Etc., By (author) Del Close, By (author) Kim Johnson, Foreword by Mike Myers

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  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 150 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm x 10mm | 231g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Colorado
  • ISBN 10: 1566080037
  • ISBN 13: 9781566080033
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: illus
  • Sales rank: 34,448

Product description

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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