The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.
A Comedy Improvisation Manual! The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is by Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh.
The authors, with Amy Poehler, are founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City in 1998. They grew into a second location is Los Angeles, and also began the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv. They also began the Sketch Comedy Training Center.
The Comedy Improvisation Manual!
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From the book’s description on the Upright Citizens Brigade website:
The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improv Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation.
The book was written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. The manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding “the game” of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures. Examples are “The Harold” and “The Movie”. A practical “how to” book, the guide provides exercises throughout to help the reader master each new concept and technique introduced. The manual is written to be understood by beginners with no previous exposure to improvisational comedy. However, experienced improvisors will find it to be an excellent resource for honing their skills, clarifying concepts, and generally taking their work to a higher level.
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