[ Free Reading ] Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation [With DVD]Author Charna Halpern – Bilb-weil.de

This new guidebook for the best in improvisation performance si a sequel to the best selling book, Truth in Comedy It tells how to empower improvisation using the yes concept with improv performers

12 thoughts on “Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation [With DVD]

  1. Jane cnowr Jane cnowr says:

    Bought this for my son who is very much involved in imrov scene in Beijing He has found it useful.

  2. Carrie Hunter Carrie Hunter says:

    Having a DVD to look at to see the application of what is in the book is a great idea A bit like a follow up to truth in comedy.history background on Close and iO is interesting, but not necessarily something that will help you become a better improviser.

  3. Shaky Shaky says:

    There is some good info in this book The best part of the book is that Halpern references examples from the included DVD to illustrate some of her points These examples come in the early chapters and are by far the strongest part of the book.In fact, the DVD itself is worth the price of the book with full performances by Beer Shark Mice and the Reckoning as well as performance snippets of ASSCAT and an Armando with Joe Bill as the Armando There are also interviews with various well known improvisers such as Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, etc.Halpern s writing is weak because even though she makes good points she never takes you through the whole thing so that you can get it A book that would lay out specific issues in teaching long form improv and then useful exercises and teaching points would make for a useful book It seems like she is either describing the final result what makes up a Harold, for example or making a small teaching point how to treat mistakes as gifts , but she s never taking you through the whole process If Halpern could write with the discipline of Carol Hazenfield see Hazenfield s Acting on Impulse , you would have an excellent long form improv book.Halpern uses the last part of the book to tell some stories about Del Close and the history of improv Anyone with an interest in the development of long form will find this part of the book interesting Art is a good book not great, but good Even if you are not a fan of Halpern s work, the DVD itself is worth the price of the book.

  4. Private Profile Private Profile says:

    I read Truth in Comedy, and was hoping for of that but Halpern spends these pages dropping names, and telling interesting but useless stories.

  5. French Freak French Freak says:

    This book re addresses a lot of the ideas introduced in Truth in Comedy and explores them in a little depth The only thing I really didn t like about it was the way it talks about improv as if it is the meaning of life, and great improvisers as if they re the second coming I love improv, but let s try to keep a bit of perspective on it Anyway, just as with Truth in Comedy, I found myself highlighting and making notes right and left, and this one s also accompanied by a DVD with examples of iO performers illustrating the concepts Halpern s explaining That is EXTREMELY helpful for someone who s only ever done short form like myself , just reading about long form doesn t quite cover it Also, as a female improviser just getting started at a theater where the boys outnumber us by a longshot , I appreciated the brief but illuminating chapter on women in improv Highly recommended if, like me, you learned a lot from Truth in Comedy and want to take it to the next level.

  6. chad larson chad larson says:

    Art By Committee is a fairly good sequel to one of the most perfect improv books out there Truth in Comedy, though a great book, had hardly any details it was literally a skeletal outline, that if read by someone without additional knowledge of the Harold concept, could get really confused Art By Committee helps to flesh out the Harold a bit and also to give some generic improv advice as well many may not have considered Art By Committee also includes a DVD with videos of some improv troupes showing off the Harold and long form improv shows A worthwhile read for true improvisers.

  7. processes-infrastructure.co Customer processes-infrastructure.co Customer says:

    There s some pretty sexist and ablest language in this book what the hell Blaming women for being pigeon holed in to sexist roles, and saying it s okay to play a person with a disability or mental illness mockingly are just a few examples Yuck her privilege shows in her writing for sure There s a total of 4 5 small, good pieces of advice that she gives, but the rest of the book is her bragging about how important she is and name dropping.

  8. Taylor Taylor says:

    The book is great but the dvd is really helpful It isnt always easy to find good improv that is watchable and clear I am excited for iO s new book.

  9. Dan Revilos Dan Revilos says:

    Great buy.

  10. Ann Herberger Ann Herberger says:

    Great book on improvisation and The Harold Even better it comes with a DVD of actual improv work and examples of what is discussed in Charna s second book I highly recommend and it was a very fast read.

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  12. Lara Lara says:

    Art by Committee is a wonderful follow up to Truth in Comedy The cd is amazing as well and the cd is a necessary complement.