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Overview By Edward J. Nevraumont, Nicholas P. Hanson, with additional material by Kurt Smeaton. A complete guide to comedy improvisation. This comprehensive manual shows the who, what, when, why and how of comedy improvisation. It is a complete improv curriculum program divided into four sections. The introduction explains what improv is and how to create an improv team. Improvisational skills shows some basic rules, physicalization, characterization, teamwork, use of suggestion, etc. Structuring describes who, what and how to make improv structures, suggestion and reality based. Strategies gives hints and tips for evaluating performance and putting on a show. Unlike other improv books, it provides the tools that show how to structure and create you own new improv games. Also includes appendices with many games and exercises.
Publishers Description This comprehensive manual shows the who, what, when, why and how of comedy improvisation. It is a complete improv curriculum program divided into twenty-four class-length units. The book is divided into four parts including: Introduction explains what improv is and how to create an improv team. Improv Skills shows some basic rules, physicalization, characterization, teamwork, use of suggestion. Structuring describes who, what and how to make improv structures. Strategies gives hints and tips for evaluating performance and putting on a show. Unlike other improv books, this book provides the tools to start an improv team or club at your school. Includes a lesson plan and a unique section that shows how to structure and create your own new improv games. Also includes appendices with many games and exercises. Sample chapters: What is improv?, Creating an improv Team, Improv Foundations, Rules of the Stage, Physicalization, Characterization, Teamwork, Use of Suggestion, Games, and many more.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation by Edward J. Nevraumont, Kurt Smeaton & Nicholas P. Hanson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation?
Improvisation Instruction at its best Sep 12, 2007
This is the best improvisation book I have come across because it actually has instruction and rules about improvisation. It's not just a list of improv situations and games - it's a real "how-to" and "why" and "what appeals to an audience" book. I teach improvisation and even though other books are great resources, this one is a front runner just because of its instruction aspect of the whole concept of Improvisation.
The improv bible Nov 6, 2002
ANYONE and EVERYONE involved with the Canadian improv games should own this book. Teams who are just starting out, teachers who are thinking of starting a team, and players who have been improvising for years can all benefit from the information. Great skill-developing games, lists of characteristics, genres, and so on to help teams practise, and conprehensive descriptions of each game. Outlines dos and don't of improv. I love this book more than life itself.
One book that lives up to its title! Oct 24, 2002
If you are interested in becoming a "player" or coach with an improv team or troupe - this book is all you will ever need. It is organized for easy action and understanding. It is almost always hands-on, explains each technique with real-life examples and never misses the mark. It is like buying a teacher's manual and includes an awesome training schedule and system for whipping any group into a great improv team. I highly recommend this book. I have used it to take 2 teams to the Canadian Improv Games national finals in Ottawa! Buy it!
Who is this book for? Mar 18, 2002
I had thought that this book would be a good guide for beginner or experience improvisors to improve their skills; however the book is written with advice on how to start an improv team at a high school and has a great deal of focus on competiting in the Canadian Improv Games (two areas i was just not intersted in). The chapters are very short and try to drop in every improv term without going into depth on any. The book does have a nice list of exercises and suggestions at the end, but many again focus on performating them with younger improvisors and some descriptions weren't complete enough to attempt to use them.
This book would probably be most helpful to someone who is already very familiar with improv and who wants to teach it to high school students. But for the sake of those you are teaching, seek out more complete references like those by Viola Spolin.
A complete curriculum in 24 class-length units Feb 4, 2002
Edward Nevraumont and Nicholas Hanson's Ultimate Improv Book provides a complete curriculum in 24 class-length units, covering the basics of improvisational skills, comedy basics, and improv work. Games and skits lend to honing skills as well as putting on productions.