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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation [Paperback]

By Charna Halpern (Author), Del Close (Author) & Kim Johnson (Author)
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Item description for Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation by Charna Halpern, Del Close & Kim Johnson...

Furnishes a comprehensive guide to improvisational techniques as used in stand-up comedy

Publishers Description
Who would have ever thought that learning the finer points of improvisation could be such fun? The "Harold, " an innovative improvisational tool, helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers and Chris Farley, George Wendt ("Norm" on Cheers) and many other actors on the road to TV and film stardom. Now it is described fully in this new book for the benefit of other would-be actors and comics. The "Harold" is a form of competitive improv involving six or seven 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 teams compete with scoring based on applause. The "Harold" is a fun way to "loosen up" and learn to think quickly, build continulty, develop characterizations and sharpen humor--all part of successful improvising.

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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation by Charna Halpern, Del Close & Kim Johnson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 04/15/1994 page 1497

Item Specifications...

Studio: Meriwether Publishing
Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Meriwether Publishing
ISBN  1566080037  
ISBN13  9781566080033  

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Not bad  Jun 20, 2008
This is the first improv book I haver ever read; as a result, I was very new to the concept of basic improv and learned pretty much the solid foundation of improv. Yet for somebody more advanced, and read other improv, they might not find this book helpful.

The downside to this book, is that it is very boring and presented in a technical way like you are reading a boring college textbook. That is what I hated about his book, but the author made up for that by providing practical examples to illustrate her point. If it weren't for that, there is no way anybody can learn anything from this book.

Overall, a great improv book.
So that is how it is done  May 25, 2008
I have been doing improv comedy for 5 years and now I know what we were doing wrong and what we were doing right. If you are thinking about starting out in improv this is the book to start with, if you are doing impov and have not yet read it, buy it.
The Manual Of Improv  Sep 2, 2007
Even if you're not a "long-form" improviser, this book is a must read for anyone actively working in an improv group.
This book is The Bible of improv.  Jun 29, 2007
Any improviser worth his/her salt owns at least one copy. And can quote from it directly.
The definitive book on The Harold  Jun 26, 2007
I began taking a long form (The Harold)improv class about a year ago. Halfway through my term, the instructor suggested a few books to read on the subject. After reading through the first few pages of this manual, it became clear to me that this was the class that I had been taking for over a year. Charna Halpern-with a fee quotes and exercises by the late, great Del Close-have put together an excellent "how to" book that any improviser, from beginning to proffessional would find etxremely helpful. For anyone interested in imrovisation this is the book for you!

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