Improvisation for Actors and Writers: A Guidebook for Improv Lessons in Comedy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566080941
  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,441,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Improv comedy schools 5
Ch. 1 Why study improv comedy? 6
Ch. 2 Comedy schools 7
Ch. 3 Auditioning and placement 10
Ch. 4 What have I gotten myself into? 14
Sect. 2 Improv comedy basics 21
Ch. 5 The enlightenment 22
Ch. 6 The comedy commandments 23
Ch. 7 Four falling anvils of improv 27
Ch. 8 Falling anvil #1 : collaboration 28
Ch. 9 Falling anvil #2 : agreement 33
Ch. 10 Falling anvil #3 : foundation (who, what, and where) 43
Ch. 11 Falling anvil #4 : exploring, heightening, and finding a game 53
Ch. 12 Basics wrap-up 59
Sect. 3 Developing comic characters 61
Ch. 13 Overview 62
Ch. 14 Developing character essences 68
Ch. 15 The character toolbox 76
Ch. 16 Character workout 86
Ch. 17 Character wrap-up 97
Sect. 4 Long form improv 99
Ch. 18 Introduction to long form improv 100
Ch. 19 Long form skill #1 : building a logical absurdity inside one scene 104
Ch. 20 Long form skill #2 : "circling up" (replicating the problem inside one scene) 106
Ch. 21 Long form skill #3 : extending the game across multiple scenes 109
Ch. 22 Long form skill #4 : editing scenes 114
Ch. 23 Long form extras 116
Ch. 24 Long form wrap-up 121
Sect. 5 Writing sketch comedy 123
Ch. 25 Sketches : getting started 124
Ch. 26 Finding and shaping sketch material 127
Ch. 27 The sketch writing toolbox 135
Ch. 28 Getting your sketch on its feet 153
Ch. 29 Sketch writing wrap-up 159
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    Posted May 10, 2004

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    <p>This is the book that improvisers will secretly buy, not tell any of their friends, and then say 'Oh, yeah, I know all that basic stuff already.' <p>A list of sketch structures, character defense mechanisms, techniques for creating character 'essence', character 'game', 'hooks', montage long form techniques, and so forth. <p>Helpful to a point, then you gotta do it

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