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From Zero to Improv,
This review is from: Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual (Paperback)
My improv group got off the ground because of this book.
I live in a small midwest town of about 18,000 people. There are no training centers, theaters, or even really any comedy around me for several hundred miles.
After expressing my interest in improv to the Upright Citizens Brigade, I was fortunate enough to receive a few copies of this book before it was released. I assembled a group of friends who had an interest in comedy (but no idea what long form improv was), and we started training using only this book to guide us.
I should reiterate that for emphasis: no one else in my group had ever seen long form improv before we read this book.
The UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual is absolutely amazing. We went from never having done improv before to performing a Harold (one of the most universally taught long form structures) at UCB Chelsea in 2.5 months. All from this book.
I've read a lot of instructional books for various things in my life, but none of them have even come close to being as easy to use as this book. It lays out the fundamentals well, provides exercises for every step (so that you learn by application), and guides you through learning all the way to the end.
If you're interested in learning improv, or even if you're a grizzled veteran of the improv stage, I can't recommend this book enough. It should be a staple in every improv library.
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William A. Ross says:
Posted on Apr 4, 2016 9:32:23 PM PDT
Chris Griswold says:
I remember reading about you guys. You still together?
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