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Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation
A sequel to ”Truth in Comedy”


By Charna Halpern


 

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This sequel to the ’improv bible’ Truth in Comedy delves deeper into the mindset and history of improvisational theatre.  The book expands on many of the ideas from Truth in Comedy as it explores the evolution of long-form improv into the New Harold and provides expanded thoughts on what makes improvisation effective.  Readers also get an insider’s perspective of Del Close, who many consider to be the father of modern improv, along with book author Charna Halpern, as together they established the famous iO theatres.

What’s really fantastic about Art by Committee is the accompanying three-and-a-half-hour DVD, which provides clear examples of these principles in action.  The DVD includes more than 90 minutes of performances by four influential improv groups:  Upright Citizens Brigade (with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), Beer Shark Mice (with Neil Flynn of Scrubs), Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience, and The Reckoning, along with additional short clips featuring Peter Hulne.  The disc also contains over 100 minutes of interviews with many celebrity improv artists:  Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Stephnie Weir, Tim Meadows, Andy Dick, and Adam McKay.  To get both this DVD and the book for under $20 is an incredible value!

(144 pages plus DVD [about 3½ hours], 5½ x 8½, paperback)

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