Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation

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Meriwether Pub., 1994 - Humor - 150 pages
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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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A nice improv refresher (or introduction, depending). - Goodreads
It's got a good pace and I learned a lot reading it. - LibraryThing
Research-slash-oh god I am an improv nerd these days. - Goodreads

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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

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

I rarely read a book in any genre which is as well-written as this introductory guide to the art of improvisation. Well laid-out with clear, incisive examples from masters of the art, the reader is ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Mike Myers
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CHAPTER
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CHAPTER THREE
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About the author (1994)

Kin Howard Johnson ran away to join the circus in 1974 as a fan, friend, and stalker (not in that order). He lived on location with Monty Python in Tunisia during the filming of "Life of Brian, "where he won the hearts of the zany Brits after serving as a double for the taller Pythons, then followed it up with an award-winning portrayal of the"Pantomime Goose" in "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. "He is the author of three previous books on Monty Python, "The first 200 Years of Monty Python, And Now for Something Completely Trivial, "and "Life (Before And) After Monty Python, "as well as "Truth in Comedy, "an improvisational manual cowritten with Del Close and Charna Halpern. He lives outside Chicago with wife Laurie Bradach and son Morgon.

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