Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation

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Meriwether Pub., 1994 - Humor - 150 pages
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Want to learn the improv techniques that helped Mike Myers, Chris Farley, John Belushi, and many others along the road to TV and film stardom? Then let two esteemed founders of long-form improvisational theatre, Del Close and Charna Halpern, teach you the "Harold." This groundbreaking acting exercise emphasizes pattern recognition and subversion of the audience's expectations, which are important factors for making people laugh without ever telling a joke. It involves six to seven players and many kinds of scenes: games, monologues, songs, skits and more, all of which are bound to keep both actors and audience members guessing. The Harold is non-linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing the key to successful improvising and has become a standard in comedy clubs and improv theatres around the globe.

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Interesting insight into the world of improv. It gives you a good understanding of what to expect and how to handle yourself onstage. Read full review

Review: Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

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Nothing a basic improv class can't teach someone. It's a good refresher if you look at it as loose guidelines to doing improv. This will help you the most if you read it without being afraid to disagree with parts depending on your natural personality traits. Read full review


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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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