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Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation

Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation
Your Price: $29.95 CDN
Author: Charna Halpern
Publisher: Meriwether Publishing
Format: Softcover with companion DVD
# of Pages: 144
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1566081122
ISBN-13: 9781566081122

About the Book:

Art by Committee is a must read if you are seeking to improve your improv skills.

This guidebook for the best in improvisation performance is a sequel to the best-selling improv book, Truth in Comedy. It is designed to help you move up to the more advanced levels of improvisation using the "yes" concept with improv performers. The companion DVD is a valuable learning tool featuring performers in action demonstrating the instructions and ideas covered in the book Art by Committee. The DVD includes performances by four popular improv groups: Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), Beer Shark Mice, Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience, The Reckoning, and assorted short clips with Peter Hulne. Also on the DVD are interviews with many celebrity improv artists including: Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Stephanie Weir, Tim Meadows, Andy Dick, and Adam McKay.

The book Art by Committee is divided into 3 parts:
• 1. Art by Committee Forms deals with the New Harold, Tag Outs and Monologues
• 2. The Improviser is a general commentary of what makes good improvisation.
• 3. History tells more about Del Close and his work with the author over the years.

About the Author:

Charna Halpern has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 25 years. Having founded the world famous i.O. (formerly ImprovOlympic) in Chicago and Hollywood, Halpern's theaters are the meccas of training in the art of improvisation and act as a recruiting stop for television shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and MADtv, supplying Hollywood with writers and performers. She is the author of the improv training manuals Truth in Comedy and Art By Committee.