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 - Mikesloan8 - Goodreads
I loved it! The tips on how to effectively perform improv comedy were incredibly useful. They've greatly helped me in my first improv class, gave a beginning improv performers a head start before they jump into classes! Read full review
Review: Truth in Comedy: The Manual for ImprovisationUser Review - Brian LaCarrubba - Goodreads
I read this while just beginning improv classes. It has proven to be a great help in giving a more full picture of what long form improv is all about and providing lots of useful tips. It can be a ... Read full review