Long-Form Improv: The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds (英语) 平装 – 2012年9月1日
Ben Hauck holds more than twelve years of experience as an internationally known long-form improv teacher, performer, and student, as well as more than twenty years of experience as a professional stage and screen actor. In 2007–2008, he developed and directed an extensive full-scale corporate improv training program exclusively for a multinational consulting firm, teaching the firm’s software engineers to perform long-form improv for audiences in New York City, Toronto, and London. From 2002–2006, he was the exclusive coach for the improv comedy group known as Devil’s Dancebelt.
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My guess is that Ben must be an engineer, computer scientist or mathematician. He takes a cut-and-dried stance early in the book, that moves to practical and anecdotal. He does not dip in to a cadre of celebrity quotes and Del Close eulogies, which is totally fine with me, since 8 out of 10 improv books seem to.
If you are looking to start a long-form troupe, and you don't have a reliable mentor, I would pick up this book and "Improv for Actors" by Dan Diggles. If you like punchy, high-comedy, fast-laugh improv, then add the UCB Comedy Manual, with the warning that UCB is laser-focused on "the game". Ben Hauck gives you the tools you need to create a range of different kinds of stories, while Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts will teach you to find the game as fast as possible, and heighten it. For some people, this style is exactly what they are looking for. For me, I want to create a compelling story first, and see the comedy emerge from players doing something genuine and believable enough that when they say something absurd, it becomes hilarious.
That said, this book really helped me when I was looking to teach my group The Harold. If I could recommend only one book it would be Dan Diggles' Improv for Actors, with this being a close second.