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  Improvisational theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Improvisational Theatre (also known as improv or impro) is a form of theatre in which the actors perform spontaneously, without a script.
Modern improvisational comedy, as it is practiced in the West, falls generally into two categories: shortform and longform.
Some key figures in the development of improvisational theatre are Viola Spolin and her son Paul Sills, founder of Chicago's famed Second City troupe and inventor of Story Theater, and Del Close, founder of ImprovOlympic (along with Charna Halpern) and creator of the longform improv known as The Harold.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Improvisational_theatre   (1243 words)

  
 Improvisational comedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Improvisational comedy (also called improv or impro) is comedy that is performed with a little to no predetermination of subject matter and structure.
Improvisational comedy is a form of improvisational theater.
Longform improvisation is performed around the world, and it is the predominant form of improvisational performance in Chicago, one of the birthplaces of modern improvisational theatre.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Improvisational_comedy   (813 words)

  
 Improvisational comedy: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Commedia dellarte, (italian, meaning "comedy of professional artists") was a form of improvisational theater which began in the 16th century and was popular...
Shortform improvisation (often referred to simply as shortform) is an approach to improvisational theatre and improvisational comedy consisting of a series...
Alternative comedy is a british comedy scene in the late 1970s and 1980s which would eventually go on to become mainstream in the 1990s and up to the...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/i/im/improvisational_comedy.htm   (2444 words)

  
 Improvisational comedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Modern theatrical improvisation began in Chicago in the 1950s with the first theatre games of Viola Spolin, from there evolving quickly to an independent artform worthy of presentation before a paying audience.
The Compass Players and Second City were the first organized troupes, both originated in the windy city and from their success modern improvisational comedy was spawned.
Improv comedy techniques have also been used in film, television and stand-up comedy, notably the mockumentary films of director Christopher Guest and the routines of Robin Williams and Eddie Izzard, who often improvise onstage.
www.pleasantprairie.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Improvizational_comedy   (977 words)

  
 Comedy Sportz
Comedy Sportz is located in the heart of Chicago's North Side, and offers good clean improvisational comedy.
Comedy Sportz is located on the city's North Side in Lakeview at 2851 North Halsted Street.
The best part about Comedy Sportz is that no two shows are ever the same, because of the variety of suggestions from the audience.
www.luc.edu /orgs/accesschicago/culture/north.html   (580 words)

  
 The Wacky World of Improvisational Comedy!
Improvisation is defined by the illustrious Webster's Dictionary as:
Improvisation is the art of extemporizing, of making things up offhand and off the top of one's head.
The history of improvisational comedy could hypothetically be traced back to before the invention of the written word.
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 Ad-Libs Improv History
Improvisational Comedy Troupe has taken cutting edge, fast-paced humor to the next level.
The comedy's subject matter comes directly from the audience, creating interactive entertainment that allows the crowd to become part of the show and feed on the frenzied Mardi Gras atmosphere.
One of the busiest comedy troupes in the country, Ad-Libs performs more than 300 shows a year at its own club in Dallas and tours nationally to colleges, businesses and special events.
www.ad-libs.com /html/body_about_ad-libs.html   (258 words)

  
 English Conversation: Improvisational Language Games
Improvisation is a form of theatre in which no script is used.
Obviously, the focus of our use of the improvisational language games is to develop increased English fluency and facility rather than in performance ability, however the two are closely related.
Improvisational Language Tournament and Competition Rules - These are the rules for competitions using these language structures.
phillips.personal.nccu.edu.tw /improvlang   (1334 words)

  
 Home - Comedy Court
Comedy Court is a short form improvisational (or “Improv”) troupe that has been making Seattle laugh since 2000.
Comedy Court performs 1-2 times per month, primarily in two venues: The Odd Suck Studios at 1214 10th Avenue and the Comedy Underground at 222 S. Main Street (www.comedyunderground.com).
Comedy Underground shows are currently $6 and Odd Duck shows are currently $10 for adults and $7 for children and senior citizens.
www.comedycourtimprov.com   (641 words)

  
 Hilarious ImprovBoston offers consistent laugs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Improvisational comedy is still somewhat newer to the comedy scene than the more established stand-up format.
In improvisational comedy the comedic material is not written beforehand.
The music, like the comedy, is entirely improvised, though Gilbane is well versed in all the musical clichs.
www-tech.mit.edu /V113/N7/improv.07a.html   (593 words)

  
 ComedySportz™ Portland | About | World Comedy League
Luke Dempsey of ComedySportz Portland performed with Greg Proops of ABC-TVs Whose Line Is It Anyway at the ComedySportz World Championships in Washington, D.C. ComedySportz Portland is a member of the World Comedy League and one of 20 ComedySportz cities in the USA and Europe.
We meet annually for the World Comedy Championships, which will be held this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 3-7, 2004.
Team owners of the World Comedy League meet annually to establish rule changes, trade players and vote on important ComedySportz-related issues.
www.portlandcomedy.com /about/wcl.html   (194 words)

  
 Mechanical Engineering "Engineering Management," March 2005 -- "Improv Engineering," Feature Article
Sweeney studied the process of creating comedy at a moment's notice close up during his eight years at the helm of the workshop.
For a comedy sketch, the building blocks are the satirical point, the characters that might appear, and the action points of the scene.
The marketing group had turned into theater students for the day, studying improvisational comedy techniques under the guidance of improv comedians and immediately putting their new skills into practice.
www.memagazine.org /emmar05/improv/improv.html   (1879 words)

  
 Entertainment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Improvisational comedy is a hilarious form of entertainment due to its spontaneous, audience-interactive nature.
While many clients love this customization about their group, others are simply looking for an all-out improv show, and we can certainly create a comedic performance about life in general.
An improv show to cap off on awards banquet; A series of energizing comedic bits throughout a day-long gathering; A surprise visit by five “comedy consultants” that turns out to be a comedy performance.
www.chicagocomedyco.com /what_entert.htm   (639 words)

  
 National Comedy Theatre - improv comedy, corporate entertainment, San Diego comedy shows & improv workshops
Improvisational comedy, or improv, is stage comedy which is created on the spot by the performers based on suggestions from audience members.
Our workshops feature: The fundamentals of stagework and of improvisational comedy, fun games and exercises, a non-competitive atmosphere, lots of laughter, and the experience of planning and putting on a full performance open to family and friends.
The NCT and National Comedy Theatre name, logo and trademark are protected under copyright law
www.nationalcomedy.com /summer.html   (214 words)

  
 Dickinson College Summer Programs - Pre-College Improvisational Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Students first explore the fundamentals of comedy by working together in the art of improvisation.
Once a bond of trust is established within the group and the basic comedic principles are firmly established, comedic writing exercises will be introduced while different disciplines will be explored, such as: stand-up, character monologue, impressions and sketch comedy writing.
Improvisational Comedy is taught by Los Angeles actress Angela Dohrmann, who can be seen on reruns of Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, Star Trek: Voyager, Party of Five and Ellen.
www.dickinson.edu /summer/pccomedy.html   (344 words)

  
 Internet Public Library: Pathfinders
His text moves from Johnstone's very beginnings as an improviser and instructor through a series of discussions about aspects of improvisation that, when mastered, change the learner's overall outlook as a performer.
These are just a few of America's early improvisers who went on to achieve fame and fortune in improvisation and sketch comedy.
With so many regional improv troupes around the US and the world, finding a nearby troupe is most easily done by using a search engine with the search phrase "improvisational comedy" and the name of a particular city.
www.ipl.org /div/pf/entry/48487   (638 words)

  
 Pepper's Comedy Improv Night - dublin - comedy
Pepper's Comedy Improv Night is a new innovative night of sketched- based improv comedy taking place upstairs in Slattery's Pub every Tuesday night.
Peppers brand of night of improvisational comedy uses characters and sketches so the comedians can improvise in a scene and within character.
This style of improvisational comedy is best exemplified by the movies, Spinal Tap and Best In Show, where given a scenario a bunch of very talented actors come up with hilarious improvised results.
www.dublinks.com /index.cfm/loc/15/pt/0/spid/E281BAC9-B4AF-43A0-938275DE0F5C4863.htm   (276 words)

  
 Improv Workshop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
She has taught Improvisation at Wharton and Wall Street, as well as performing improv on her own at Don't Tell Mama and The Ice Palace.
This 8-Week Improvisational Comedy Workshop is designed for the beginner and for the stand-up comic interested in developing new skills.
Level 2 Improvisation is an 8 week class which builds on the storytelling and scenic skills developed in Level 1.
www.ronpoole.com /Links/Improv_Workshop/improv_workshop.html   (310 words)

  
 Open Directory - Arts:Performing Arts:Comedy:Improvisational   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Instruction focuses on the performance of Improvisational Comedy.
Improv festivals bring together multiple improvisers to perform, workshop, and most importantly to have fun.
Sketch groups and combination of Improvisation and Sketch Comedy should be submitted to Comedy Groups.
dmoz.org /Arts/Performing_Arts/Comedy/Improvisational/desc.html   (133 words)

  
 Open Directory - Arts:Performing Arts:Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Other welcome sites include comedy clubs or other venues, comedy or improvisation troupes, and comedy or improvistion courses and schools.
A Comedy Club is a location hosting at least one night weekly of Stand Up, Improvisational, or Sketch comedy performances.
Comedy that is performed live on-stage before an audience.
dmoz.org /Arts/Performing_Arts/Comedy/desc.html   (464 words)

  
 Chicago City Limits
Director Paul Zuckerman defines improvisation as "comedy without a net." The troupe creates a one of a kind theatrical experience by taking suggestions from audience members and crafting scenes -- everything from mini-musicals to game shows -- on the spot.
The Chicago City Limits Extended Residency Program is an intensive week of schooling in improvisational technique that will result in the development of a unique improvisational show to be performed at the conclusion of the week of classes.
It is comedy without a net: spontaneous, interactive and irreverent, where both the actors and audience are the stars.
www.baylinartists.com /chicago.htm   (1306 words)

  
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Ad-Libs Improvisational Comedy Troupe has taken cutting-edge fast-paced humor to the next level.
Ad-Libs bases its award-winning show on a series of improvisational skits scenes and songs performed by two teams of professional comedians.
One of the busiest comedy troupes in the country, Ad-Libs performs more than 250 shows a year at its own club in Dallas and tours nationally for businesses and special events.
www.brooksinternational.com /_Ad_Libs_394.htm   (200 words)

  
 Improv Sucks
Sketch comedy is often a product of improv.
Sketch comedy is the only form that we subject ourselves to watching this process.
The theater relationship is obvious, but there also exists the relationship to comedy because of the desire to fabricate a humorous scene.
www.davidspark.com /improvsucks.html   (2179 words)

  
 Improvisational Theatre Structures Main Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This page is dedicated to the structures of improvisational comedy theatre.
This page explores all manner of improv structures including warm-ups, exercises, long-forms and ask-fors.These pages are aimed at those who practise the art of improvisational comedy theatre.
Handles are the bread and butter of improvisational theatre troupes.
www.staircase.org /structures/structures.html   (395 words)

  
 Past Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
R9 recently unleashed its special homegrown brand of comedy with satirical skits interspersed with improvisational comedy.
Canada’s own “Pride of Comedy” The R9 Comedy Company took several of our well-known classic comedy sketches as well as two of our more experienced improv performers to this exciting event.
Once a week the R9 Comedy Troupe would perform their unique blend of sketches, song parodies, and improvisational comedy to ever increasing and enthusiastic crowds.
web.295.ca /darbud/past_show.htm   (354 words)

  
 View IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY TROUPE TO OFFER PERFORMANCE, WORKSHOP
Unexpected Company, Rhode Island's most acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe, will present a workshop and performance at Salve Regina on Saturday, Sept. 17.
NEWPORT, R.I. – Unexpected Company, Rhode Island's most critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe, will serve as the theater arts department's guest artist this semester, presenting a workshop and performance on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Formed in March 2003, Unexpected Company is the only group in the area strictly dedicated to long-form improvisation.
salve.edu /salvetoday/archives/view_archive_public.cfm?archive_ID=977   (243 words)

  
 The Genius of Improvisational Comedy
While it is true that a lot of the creative process involves extensive planning, a lot of it is also based on some of the rules that apply to improvisational comedy.
He had a way of coaxing us into being more reflexive in our improvisation - for the course was essentially a course in improvisational acting in the framework of theater.
There is so much that can be said for how wonderful improvisational comedy, but I feel that writing about it does it about as much justice as trying to describe a piece of music - it is woefully inadequate at best.
goinside.com /04/5/improv.html   (1119 words)

  
 Second City ~ Undisputed Masters of Improvisational Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Performing their own distinctive mix of classic scenes, songs, and improvisations, Second City has been playing to sold-out houses both nationally and internationally.
This comedy powerhouse has a six-person cast of highly creative, talented comedians performing cutting-edge skits.
The Second City trademark is taking suggestions from the audience to build their comedy skits.
www.lakemichigancollege.edu /news/2003/012004-Second_City.html   (483 words)

  
 Amish Monkeys: Explanation of improvisational comedy
In one game, for example, our actors might have to perform a scene about a certain profession (chosen by the audience) without using a certain letter of the alphabet (also chosen by the audience).
In another game, we might improvise a story (the title of which the audience would provide) in a style such as Western (again, suggested by the audience).
ince it’s all improvised, and since we have a vast repertoire of games, you’re guaranteed never to see the same show twice!
www.amishmonkeys.com /html/improv.htm   (117 words)

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