Truth in Comedy

The Manual of Improvisation

Author: Charna Halpern

Publisher: Meriwether Pub


Category: Humor

Page: 150

View: 421

Furnishes a comprehensive guide to improvisational techniques as used in stand-up comedy

Art by Committee

A Guide to Advanced Improvisation

Author: Charna Halpern

Publisher: Meriwether Pub


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

View: 969

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.

Dante's Poets

Textuality and Truth in the COMEDY

Author: Teodolinda Barolini

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Poetry

Page: 328

View: 933

By systematically analyzing Dante's attitudes toward the poets who appear throughout his texts, Teodolinda Barolini examines his beliefs about the limits and purposes of textuality and, most crucially, the relationship of textuality to truth. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Funniest One in the Room

The Lives and Legends of Del Close

Author: Kim Howard Johnson

Publisher: Chicago Review Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 872

Containing recollections from more than 80 of the comedic giant's closest friends and colleagues, this absorbing biography explores Del Close's old haunts, his sensational past, and the reality behind the tales he told so often. From traveling with a carnival and hanging out with a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard to riding with the Merry Pranksters and using a coven of witches to help him kick a lifelong cocaine habit, Close led an incredibly rich life--one whose absurdity proved great fodder for improv theater. Astute and compassionate, Close influenced improvisational theater's greatest comedic talents of the last 50 years--Nichols and May, Lenny Bruce, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Tina Fey--and coached the witty masterminds behind such comedic institutions as Second City, "Saturday Night Live," Groundlings, and the Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Truth in the Public Sphere

Author: Jason Hannan

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

View: 992

Has truth become a casualty of America’s increasingly caustic and volatile political culture? Truth in the Public Sphere seeks to understand the significance of truth for the everyday world of human communication. To this end, this book explores the place of truth in several facets of the public sphere: language, ethics, journalism, politics, media, and art. Featuring an international group of contributors from across the humanities and social sciences, this collection is a definitive supplement to theoretical debates about the meaning and status of truth.

Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy

The Harold

Author: M. Fotis

Publisher: Springer


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

View: 829

Long form scenic improv began with the Harold. The comic philosophy of this form started an era of comedy marked by support, trust, and collaboration. This book tells of the Harold, beginning with the development of improv theatre, through the tensions and evolutions that led to its creation at iO, and to its use in contemporary filmmaking.

Comedy, Seriously

A Philosophical Study

Author: D. Nikulin

Publisher: Springer


Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 903

Comedy, Seriously provides a philosophical interpretation of comedy and argues that comedy displays a particular kind of rationality that reflects philosophical thinking. In particular, that comedy is defined not so much by laughter or jokes, but rather the structure of its plot, which is isomorphic with that of the philosophical argument. Comedy allows for the resolution of a conflict and the achievement of well-being and equality through action that follows the comic plot. Moreover, such action is propelled by the 'thinker on stage,' who, as socially and politically oppressed, contributes to the liberation of all and the achievement of the good life. Comedy, therefore, establishes the universal pattern for justice and well-being and allows us to rethink the notion of subjectivity not as the modern isolated subject, but rather as integrated with others through shared action and dialogical involvement.

Performing in Comedy

A Student's Guide

Author: Ian Wilkie

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

View: 146

Ian Wilkie contends that comic acting is a distinct art form, and as such demands a unique skillset. By exploring the ways in which performance choices and improvised moments can work in conjunction with texts themselves, Performing in Comedy offers an indispensable practical tool for enhancing comic performance. This volume is a must-read for any actors, directors or students who work with comic texts. Wilkie synthesises theories and principles of comedy with practical tips, and re-evaluates the ways in which these ideas can be used by the performer. Most importantly, these skills – timing, focus, awareness – are teachable rather than being innate talents. Exercises, interviews and guides to further resources enhance this comprehensive exploration of comic acting.

Nothing But the Truth

A Comedy in Three Acts

Author: James Montgomery

Publisher: New York : S. French


Category: Comedy

Page: 109

View: 907

On a wager Bob Bennett undertakes to tell the truth and nothing but the truth for three weeks. He is invited to a houseparty during that period, and because the girl he loves will be there he hasn't the strength to refuse. Many of the resulting complications are amusing.

The Craft of Comedy

The 21st Century Edition

Author: Athene Seyler

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 147

View: 412

"a work on the art and craft of comedy as important in its own way as works by Stanislavski and Chekhov" – Oxford Theatre Companion In 1939, a young, inexperienced actor wrote to a famous actress of his acquaintance, asking for advice on playing comedy. She responded enthusiastically, and they corresponded variously over the next year. The Craft of Comedy, a record of these exchanges, soon emerged as one of the few classic texts in the field of comedy acting. This major new edition takes a brilliant book and makes it better. Editor Robert Barton has devised extensive supplementary material, including: An introduction to the correspondents, the culture of the time, and the evolution of their book; Summaries, definitions, and exercises and practice scenes for readers wishing to explore Athene Seyler's invaluable advice; Photographs, additional essays by Seyler, and a guide to easily accessed video clips of her performing. Seyler's lucid guidance, and Barton's scrupulous editorship, ensure this legendary work's rightful status is restored: as one of the great practical guides to the craft of comedy, and an essential resource for actors and students of acting.


A critical guide

Author: Matthew Steggle

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

View: 786

A comprehensive introduction to Ben Jonson's Volpone - introducing its critical history, performance history, current critical landscape and new directions in research on the play.

A Conservative Walks Into a Bar

The Politics of Political Humor

Author: A. Dagnes

Publisher: Springer


Category: Political Science

Page: 239

View: 520

This book examines why there are so few conservative political satirists today and explores the consequences of this imbalance.

How To Be A Comedy Writer

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 80

View: 800

Think you're funny? Writing successful comedy isn't just about having a gift for gags; you need to hone your talent and polish your humour to earn a living from making people laugh. If you want to write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or even a comic novel or film, How to be a Comedy Writer tells you all you need to know and more about the business, the structure of jokes and the nuts and bolts of a craft that can be learnt. This new ebook edition has been specially formatted for today's e-readers.

Training Using Drama

Successful Development Techniques from Theatre & Improvisation

Author: Kat Koppett

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers


Category: Drama in education

Page: 212

View: 632

The use of training techniques originally developed for theatre and improvisation within the workplace has increased enormously in recent years, and the proven effectiveness of this approach has found many enthusiastic followers. Sometimes, actors are brought into an organization to act as catalysts within a training/role-play setting, but, increasingly, trainers themselves are using the techniques. Written by an expert in the field, drawing on her substantial experience in business, training and acting, this practical guide shows clearly how anyone can make use of these techniques easily and effectively. With information on the theories and principles behind using drama in training, this book also includes the details of 50 activities and shows how to use a diverse range of techniques to improve creativity, leadership, teamwork and personal development. Training Using Drama covers the key issues, including: storytelling; role-plays; coaching; non-verbal communication; spontaneity; trust and awareness.

How I Met the Man of My Dreams:

a Guide to MANifesting® Yours

Author: Debbianne DeRose

Publisher: PiscAquarian Press


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 184

View: 240

Whether you're new to the "woo-woo" or a veteran looking for a breakthrough, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more practical, fresh (or fresh-mouthed) look at the MANifestation process. So much more than just the metaphysical mechanics of rustlin' up a mate, it's about who you become in the undertaking. And, of course, there's a juicy true love story to prime your imagination. Prepare to laugh, to take an honest look within, and best of all, to be taken off the market!

Pushing the Edge

Explore, Engage, Extend : Proceedings of the Fourteenth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, March 12-15, 2009, Seattle, Washington

Author: Association of College and Research Libraries. National Conference

Publisher: Amer Library Assn


Category: Education

Page: 343

View: 589

"This book contains the proceedings of ACRL's 14th National Conference held in Seattle, WA, March 12-15, 2009. The 3 invited papers and 39 contributed papers explore the latest thinking and research into issues facing academic librarians today. The theme areas of these papers include Changing Environments and Cultures, Changing Political Realities, Converging and Collaborating, Evolving Models of Scholarly Communication, Managing Electronic and Digital Information, Redefining Traditions, and Teaching and Learning." --Book Jacket.

Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Volume XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Author: Ezra Mendelsohn

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: History

Page: 400

View: 924

Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts collects essays on Jewish literature which deal with "the manifold ways that literary texts reveal their authors' attitudes toward their own Jewish identity and toward diverse aspects of the 'Jewish question.'" Essays in this volume explore the tension between Israeli and Diaspora identities, and between those who write in Hebrew or Yiddish and those who write in other "non-Jewish" languages. The essays also explore the question of how Jewish writers remember history in their "search for a useable past." From essays on Jabotinsky's virtually unknown plays to Philip Roth's novels, this book provides a strong overview of contemporary themes in Jewish literary studies.

Tragedy and Comedy

A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel

Author: Mark William Roche

Publisher: SUNY Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 450

View: 383

The first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy, this book also develops an original theory of both genres.

Tribe of Blondes

Adventures of Break Up Survivors Seeking Love Online and Happiness in Relationships

Author: Hadley Finch



Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 486

"The Tribe Of Blondes find an oasis of love in the desert of solitude. Why suffer through a lonely bout of lost love when you can quench your parched soul with secrets of the Tribe?" Ken Donaldson, Relationship Expert and Author of Marry YourSelf First "It's Sex and the City Meets First Wives Club who know The Secret. I'm jealous of the Tribe Of Blondes." Charna Halpern, Author of Truth in Comedy The Manual of Improvisation Hadley Finch is devastated when her CEO husband leaves her for a much younger woman after two decades of a happy marriage. When her extreme efforts to win back her husband's love fail, Hadley begins a quest for the next great love of her life with the help of her friends-the Tribe Of Blondes. Not a hair color, it is a resilient, hopeful spirit that gives the Tribe its name and fuels their passionate choices and personal triumphs. While exploring the brave world of Internet dating, Hadley meets extraordinary men who present provocative Love Tests: Can a dating friendship spark the Fire Of Love? Should a friendship be sacrificed for a new love? Will a mysterious injury destroy her chance for a new relationship? Will Hadley give up her homeland to live with a Mountain Man? Or will she discover a new secret to live happily ever after? While seeking the answers, Hadley learns from joy. She also endures fiery trials that test her mettle and ultimately melt her heart's armor for amore. Hadley's novel and bonus album are inspired by her real-life journey from lost love to the Fire Of Love. That journey becomes an adventure in the spirit of the Tribe Of Blondes.

The Art of Comedy Writing

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Transaction Publishers


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

View: 118

Just as a distinctive literary voice or style is marked by the ease with which it can be parodied, so too can specific aspects of humor be unique. Playwrights, television writers, novelists, cartoonists, and film scriptwriters use many special technical devices to create humor. Just as dramatic writers and novelists use specific devices to craft their work, creators of humorous materials—from the ancient Greeks to today’s stand-up comics—have continued to use certain techniques in order to generate humor. In The Art of Comedy Writing, Arthur Asa Berger argues that there are a relatively limited number of techniques—forty-five in all—that humorists employ. Elaborating upon his prior, in-depth study of humor, An Anatomy of Humor, in which Berger provides a content analysis of humor in all forms—joke books, plays, comic books, novels, short stories, comic verse, and essays—The Art of Comedy Writing goes further. Berger groups each technique into four basic categories: humor involving identity such as burlesque, caricature, mimicry, and stereotype; humor involving logic such as analogy, comparison, and reversal; humor involving language such as puns, wordplay, sarcasm, and satire; and finally, chase, slapstick, and speed, or humor involving action. Berger claims that if you want to know how writers or comedians create humor study and analysis of their humorous works can be immensely insightful. This book is a unique analytical offering for those interested in humor. It provides writers and critics with a sizable repertoire of techniques for use in their own future comic creations. As such, this book will be of interest to people inspired by humor and the creative process—professionals in the comedy field and students of creative writing, comedy, literary humor, communications, broadcast/media, and the humanities.