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Scene from the Inside Out, Second Edition

By Mick Napier
Foreword by Stephen Colbert


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Renowned improv instructor and award-winning director Mick Napier has been at the heart of the professional improvisation community for more than 25 years.  The first edition of Improvise. quickly earned its position as necessary reading for improv students across the country and around the world and gave birth to a new generation of performers who questioned “The Rules” of improvisation.  This expanded and revised edition has a new foreword by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, additional advice and tips for success, and a full reproduction of Mick Napier’s web journal from his time directing the famous show Paradigm Lost for The Second City that included Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Kevin Dorff.  In this entertaining and incredibly informative book, Napier will teach you the essentials of...

  • Why “The Rules” don’t matter
  • How to take care of yourself in a scene
  • Using context to your advantage
  • Effective two-person scenes
  • Balanced large-cast scenes
  • Successful auditioning
  • Solo exercises you can practice at home

PLEASE NOTE:  Contains occasional adult language.
(272 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback)

Hardcover edition also available.  Please call for pricing and details.

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