1st Edition

The Comedy Improv Handbook
A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance

ISBN 9781138934238
Published November 5, 2015 by Routledge
228 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $32.95

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Book Description

The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.

Table of Contents


SECTION I: History

SECTION II: Rules, Major Theoretical Concepts & Maxims

SECTION III: Skill Building Exercises

SECTION IV: Short Form Improv

SECTION V: Long Form Improv

SECTION VI: The College Improv Team

SECTION VII: Professional Training Programs



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Matt Fotis is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Albright College where he teaches improvisation, acting, and writing for performance. He is the author of Long Form Improvisation & American Comedy – The Harold. His work has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Drama & Theatre, The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, The Encyclopedia of American Studies, and MLB.com, among others. He is also an award-winning playwright. 

Siobhan O'Hara is a graduate from Albright College and former president of Albright Improv. She is continuing her education and training at The Upright Citizens Brigade.