Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation
The 'Harold', an innovative improvisational tool, helped many actors on the road to TV and film stardom, including George Wendt (Norm on Cheers). Now it is described fully in this new book for would-be actors and comics. The 'Harold' is a form of competitive improv involving 6 or 7 players. They take a theme suggestion from the audience and 'free associate' on the theme into a series of rapid-fire one-liners that build into totally unpredictable skits with hilarious results. The 'Harold' is a fun way to 'loosen up' and learn to think quickly, build continuity, develop characterisations and sharpen humour.
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Review: Truth in Comedy: The Manual for ImprovisationUser Review - Jeff - Goodreads
It is easy to see why this is one of the seminal improv texts. Halpern does a great job of laying out the key principles that make successful long-form improv possible. Read full review
Review: Truth in Comedy: The Manual for ImprovisationUser Review - Colin - Goodreads
It didn't take me long to finish this, because it was short, rather than unputdownable. "Truth in Comedy" is largely a biography of Del Close, a drug addict who died aged 65. Ok, sorry, that's a bit ... Read full review