Long-Form Improv: The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds [NOOK Book]

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Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors.   

A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and ...

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Long-Form Improv: The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds

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Overview

Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors.   

A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and character creation, improvising scenes for extended periods of time and enhancing them—and even performing the most famous expression of long-form improv, the half-hour improvised form known as “The Harold”—this astute text is written in a friendly, supportive voice by an experienced improv teacher and professional actor whose own frustration in learning the craft drove an obsession to create a program free of confounding teachings and contradictory concepts. The book’s groundbreaking infusion with drama theory and game theory brings new life to the teachings of the craft, breaking down various aspects of long-form improv into short chapters for swift, step-by-step intake of its vital lessons.   

Students of acting and long-form improv alike should expect Long-Form Improv to bolster their education and fast-track their course to improv greatness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621532361
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 736 KB

Meet the Author

Ben Hauck holds more than twelve years of experience as an internationally known long-form improv teacher, performer, and student, as well as more than twenty years of experience as a professional stage and screen actor. In 2007–2008, he developed and directed an extensive full-scale corporate improv training program exclusively for a multinational consulting firm, teaching the firm’s software engineers to perform long-form improv for audiences in New York City, Toronto, and London. From 2002–2006, he was the exclusive coach for the improv comedy group known as Devil’s Dancebelt.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface ix

Section I Background Information 1

Chapter 1 Long-Form Improv 3

Chapter 2 Rules VS. Principles 11

Chapter 3 Comedy 15

Chapter 4 The Structure of Plays 19

Chapter 5 The Structure of Harolds 27

Chapter 6 Getting Comfortable 35

Chapter 7 Getting Creative 43

Chapter 8 Playing Characters 47

Chapter 9 Exploring Relationships 57

Section II Foreground Information 65

Chapter 10 The Long-Form Improv Tradition 67

Chapter 11 The Long-Form Improv Code of Ethics 79

Chapter 12 Endowing 81

Chapter 13 Yes-Anding 91

Chapter 14 Justifying Seeming Inconsistencies 99

Chapter 15 Generating Ideas 105

Chapter 16 Improvising Scenes 109

Chapter 17 Finding the Game of the Scene 111

Chapter 18 Playing the Game of the Scene 115

Chapter 19 Differentiating Player-Game and Character-Game 127

Chapter 20 Managing Your Attitude 131

Chapter 21 Tweaking the Game of the Scene 135

Chapter 22 Tweaking Scene Structure 139

Chapter 23 Tweaking Scenic Dynamics 153

Chapter 24 Tweaking Action 157

Chapter 25 Heightening 161

Chapter 26 Ending 167

Chapter 27 Playing Group Scenes 173

Section III Application 179

Chapter 28 Harold Execution 181

Chapter 29 The Solicitation of the Suggestion 185

Chapter 30 Ideation 191

Chapter 31 The First Beat 207

Chapter 32 The First Group Scene 215

Chapter 33 The Second Beat 217

Chapter 34 The Second Group Scene 221

Chapter 35 The Third Beat 223

Chapter 36 Audience Theory 229

Supplemental Material 237

On Teaching and Directing Long-Form Improv 239

Citations 255

Bibliography 257

Index 259

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