The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual Book
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The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual


  • Author : Matt Besser
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 0989387801

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The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual Excerpt :

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 Book

The Comedy Improv Handbook


  • Author : Matt Fotis
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317390176

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The Comedy Improv Handbook Excerpt :

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 Book
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Truth in Comedy


  • Author : Charna Halpern
  • Publisher : Meriwether Pub
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 1566080037

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Truth in Comedy Excerpt :

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

The Ultimate Improv Book Book

The Ultimate Improv Book


  • Author : Edward J. Nevraumont
  • Publisher : Meriwether Pub
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : PSU:000048589376

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The Ultimate Improv Book Excerpt :

Provides a curriculum consisting of twenty-four lessons, explaining what improvisation is, techniques, and how to start an improvisation team.

Long Story Short Book
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Long Story Short


  • Author : Margot Leitman
  • Publisher : Sasquatch Books
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632170286

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Long Story Short Excerpt :

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.

The Improv Handbook Book

The Improv Handbook


  • Author : Tom Salinsky
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-10-19
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350026179

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The Improv Handbook Excerpt :

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.

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth Book

How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth


  • Author : Will Hines
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-06-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 0982625723

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How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth Excerpt :

Advice for performing long-form improv from a longtime teacher and performer.

Improv Nonsense Book

Improv Nonsense


  • Author : Will Hines
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-09-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 600
  • ISBN 10 : 098262574X

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Improv Nonsense Excerpt :

A collection of all six years of posts from the hit (?) blog about long-form improv, Improv Nonsense.

F cked Book
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F cked


  • Author : Krystyna Hutchinson
  • Publisher : HarperOne
  • Release Date : 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0062666924

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F cked Excerpt :

Are You a Dirty, Nasty Slut? Or a Sexually Repressed Nightmare? Regardless of your background or bedroom resume, someone or something has probably made you feel that way at some point. This was what Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson discovered when they created the wildly popular Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast. What started as an outlet to interview— You guessed it!—guys they'd fucked, quickly evolved into an enormous community of Fuckers around the world, and a place to share stories of kinks gone wild, trauma, assault, and the overall confusion among people who don't know what the fuck they are doing (in other words, everyone). F*CKED brings these raw, ridiculous, and serious conversations from the podcast to the page. It is a guide to love and sex for anyone -- female, male, trans, or undecided—who is fed up with double standards and the stigma surrounding sexual beings. It is for anyone who has ever felt afraid to be their authentic self. Corinne and Krystyna won’t talk down to you or coddle you because you’re better than that. They won’t explain why he’s just not that into you, because it doesn’t fucking matter. This book will teach you how to deal with shit, brush your shoulder off, and move on. You'll also learn about: Why shame is completely made up and how we can stop giving into it Sexual exploration and how it sometimes ends in a trip to the ER Stuff we should stop doing: Snooping, nitpicking our bodies, and faking orgasms Asking your sexual partner uncomfortable questions Masturbation, threesomes, porn, sex toys, butt stuff, and much, much more Despite what Rom-Coms and magazines tell you, you can handle sexual exploration without the assistance of a man, a glass of rose, and a Xanax. More importantly, you’re fine all by yourself. This is the book Bridget Jones should’ve read instead of writing that shitty diary in the first place.

Long Form Improv Book

Long Form Improv


  • Author : Ben Hauck
  • Publisher : Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012-09
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9781581159813

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Long Form Improv Excerpt :

A handbook of essentialcomedy skills, useful for all performers!

Direct Action Book

Direct Action


  • Author : David Graeber
  • Publisher : AK Press
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 594
  • ISBN 10 : 9781904859796

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Direct Action Excerpt :

A radical anthropologist studies the global justice movement.

Art by Committee Book
Score: 3
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Art by Committee


  • Author : Charna Halpern
  • Publisher : Meriwether Pub
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : IND:30000100203458

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Art by Committee Excerpt :

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.

Improvise  Scene from the Inside Out Book

Improvise Scene from the Inside Out


  • Author : Mick Napier
  • Publisher : Meriwether Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-08-17
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 156608217X

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Improvise Scene from the Inside Out Excerpt :

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

Improv Wisdom Book
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Improv Wisdom


  • Author : Patricia Ryan Madson
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • Release Date : 2010-03-24
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307531841

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Improv Wisdom Excerpt :

In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.

The Complete Improviser Book

The Complete Improviser


  • Author : Bill Arnett
  • Publisher : Bookbaby
  • Release Date : 2017-01-16
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN 10 : 1483588998

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The Complete Improviser Excerpt :

"If it happens in life, it can happen on stage." With a fresh approach and powerful techniques, the Complete Improviser strives to liberate players from the classic improv rules. While well-meaning, many of the classic rules and approaches to improv (such as always say yes and don't ask questions) say that certain scenes and choices are improper or completely illegal. Yet many of those illegal situations happen in our everyday lives. They also happen in the lives of characters in books, TV shows, and movies without any problems. When we recognize and play by the rules of life, many of the common confusions and stumbling blocks with traditional improvisation go away. Combining basics with pro tips, actors, improvisers, drama teachers, theater directors and new players of all backgrounds will find tremendous value with this life-first, in the moment philosophy. Though primarily focused on Chicago-style long form improv, readers will find information on relationship scenes, game scenes, and long form strategies with sample forms. Included are exercises with examples.