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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

Charna Halpern; Del Close; Kim Howard Johnson

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9781566080033: Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

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This improv manual introduced the concepts of the "Harold" -- the innovative improvisational tool that helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers, Chris Farley, George Wendt, and many others on the road to TV and film stardom. The innovative concepts are described fully in this insightful theatre book that has become the bible for wannabe improvisers. The "Harold" is an improv form involving six or seven players. It consists of many things: scenes, songs, games, and monologs -- the most important of which is the two-scene beginning. A strong opening develops the point of view for "The Group Mind" to follow, often with three different storylines. It tells how to create a non-linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing -- the key to successful improvising.

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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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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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