Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern
The Manual of Improvisation

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Truth In Comedy is a Meriwether Publishing publication.

This improv manual introduced the concepts of the "Harold" -- the innovative improvisational tool that helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers, Chris Farley, George Wendt, and many others on the road to TV and film stardom. The innovative concepts are described fully in this insightful theatre book that has become the bible for wannabe improvisers. The "Harold" is an improv form involving six or seven players. It consists of many things: scenes, songs, games, and monologs -- the most important of which is the two-scene beginning. A strong opening develops the point of view for "The Group Mind" to follow, often with three different storylines. It tells how to create a non-linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing -- the key to successful improvising.

 

About Charna Halpern

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Kin Howard Johnson ran away to join the circus in 1974 as a fan, friend, and stalker (not in that order). He lived on location with Monty Python in Tunisia during the filming of "Life of Brian, "where he won the hearts of the zany Brits after serving as a double for the taller Pythons, then followed it up with an award-winning portrayal of the"Pantomime Goose" in "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. "He is the author of three previous books on Monty Python, "The first 200 Years of Monty Python, And Now for Something Completely Trivial, "and "Life (Before And) After Monty Python, "as well as "Truth in Comedy, "an improvisational manual cowritten with Del Close and Charna Halpern. He lives outside Chicago with wife Laurie Bradach and son Morgon.
 
Published April 1, 1994 by Meriwether Pub. 160 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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