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Why is that So Funny

Why is that So Funny Author John Wright
ISBN-10 0879103434
Release 2006
Pages 334
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(Book). This unique exploration of the principles and practice of physical comedy starts with a discussion of the various types of laughter that can be provoked by performance. It then presents graduated sequences of over a hundred games and exercises devised to demonstrate and investigate the whole range of comic possibilities open to a performer. The result is an intensely practical and thoroughly stimulating investigation of how comedy works in physical terms.

The Physical Comedy Handbook

The Physical Comedy Handbook Author Davis Rider Robinson
ISBN-10 0325001146
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 130
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The Physical Comedy Handbook is a one-of-a-kind resource for actors, teachers, and directors interested in physical comedy

Theatre of Movement and Gesture

Theatre of Movement and Gesture Author Jacques Lecoq
ISBN-10 9781134240975
Release 2006-08-31
Pages 184
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Published in France in 1987, this is the book in which Lecoq first set out his philosophy of human movement, and the way it takes expressive form in a wide range of different performance traditions. He traces the history of pantomime, sets out his definition of the components of the art of mime, and discusses the explosion of physical theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. Interviews with major theatre practitioners Ariane Mnouchkine and Jean-Louis Barrault by Jean Perret, together with chapters by Perret on Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, fill out the historical material written by Lecoq, and a final section by Alain Gautré celebrates the many physical theatre practitioners working in the 1980s.

Acting Class

Acting Class Author Milton Katselas
ISBN-10 9781597775922
Release 2008
Pages 295
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Previously only available to Katselas' students at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse, Acting Class presents the concepts and methods that have helped lead a generation of actors to success on stage, in cinema, and on television. Now for the first time, this all-encompassing book is available to the general public, taking readers and sitting them in the legendary acting class of Milton Katselas, where he not only covers techniques and methods, but also includes valuable discussions on the attitude any artist needs to fulfill his or her dream.

Finding Your Funny Bone

Finding Your Funny Bone Author Nancy Gold
ISBN-10 1575254492
Release 2007
Pages 182
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Finding Your Funny Bone is a how-to approach to creating comedy, geared to you. Comedy knows no bounds. It is the sweet smile that makes your life more enjoyable.Some people are naturals . . . they have the gift. Others need a little guidance. Either way, these games, exercises, improvisations, and clown entrees will enrich you both on the performance level and within yourself.Explore, experiment, and enjoy the arts of: mime masks movement clowning juggling improvisation acting as you discover your silly stupid side. Then create the combination of these tools that works for you.It takes a great deal of courage, intelligence, and grace to be funny. Comedy is a serious business. Be funny now! NANCY GOLD is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher and writer. Her passion is expressed in mime, mask, movement, clowning, juggling, acting, writing, and improvisation. She has studied physical theater in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a masters equivalency degree. Ms. Gold teaches at the ACT Young Conservatory and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Her performing arts program BodyTalk has been supported by numerous foundations and featured in the national media. Ms. Gold teaches at schools and universities throughout the country. She lives in San Francisco and performs internationally with her partner and husband Lol Levy.

The Art of Clowning

The Art of Clowning Author E.
ISBN-10 9781137054463
Release 2012-04-23
Pages 195
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The Art of Clowning is the first book on clowning technique and offers a step-by-step process for actors and other theatrical enthusiasts to discover their inner clown. This fun and accessible guide expands on theories and exercises to help students and beginners develop solo and group performances. Now with even more ways to find your inner clown!

The Craft of Comedy

The Craft of Comedy Author Athene Seyler
ISBN-10 9781136312946
Release 2013-02-15
Pages 176
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"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.

Performing in Comedy

Performing in Comedy Author Ian Wilkie
ISBN-10 9781317429289
Release 2016-04-20
Pages 238
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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.


Clowns Author John H. Towsen
ISBN-10 UOM:39015004809128
Release 1976-01-01
Pages 400
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A pictorial and textual account of the evolution of clowning shows that clowns, usually identified with the circus, have played important roles in other forms of entertainment such as theatre, folk dances, and rituals and rodeos

Playing the Mask

Playing the Mask Author John Wright
ISBN-10 1854595806
Release 2018-02
Pages 320
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A new book on acting from John Wright, best selling author of Why Is That So Funny?

Something Wonderful Right Away

Something Wonderful Right Away Author Jeffrey Sweet
ISBN-10 9780879100735
Release 1978
Pages 383
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A brief description of the history and goals of two improvizational comedy groups, the Compass and Second City, accompanies interviews with past members from Mike Nichols to Gilda Radner

Interactive Acting

Interactive Acting Author Jeff Wirth
ISBN-10 0963237497
Release 1994
Pages 212
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Interactive Acting has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Interactive Acting also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Interactive Acting book for free.

The Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre Author Alan Jay Lerner
ISBN-10 030680364X
Release 1989-01-01
Pages 240
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The author, a successful Broadway lyricist, traces the development of the musical and shares his observations on important composers, writers, and performers

Towards a Poor Theatre

Towards a Poor Theatre Author Jerzy Grotowski
ISBN-10 9781136745867
Release 2012-11-12
Pages 264
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Originally published in 1968, Jerzy Grotowski's groundbreaking book is available once again. As a record of Grotowski's theatrical experiments, this book is an invaluable resource to students and theater practioners alike.


Style Author
ISBN-10 1557832145
Release 1996
Pages 142
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(Applause Books). This book isn't a critical examination of high comedy. Rather, it's a collection of suggestions for the middlemen: the actors who have to catch the comic spark from the playwright and pass it on to the audience. The effort involved must be imperceptible: one has to acquire the cleverness, the articulacy, the febrility of the characters and then make the whole laborious exercise seem like swimming through silk...The characters in high comedies don't find verbal sophistication difficult or unfamiliar; they enjoy it as you might enjoy slang.

The Improv Book

The Improv Book Author Alison Goldie
ISBN-10 9781783196791
Release 2015-07-14
Pages 296
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A smart, witty and accessible guide to the rewarding and joyful practice of improvisation. • Classic improv games and variations • Telling stories and creating characters • Using improv to make theatre and comedy, from monologues to full-scale productions An asset to students and teachers of improvisation in schools, drama schools, higher education and theatre groups, both professional and amateur. It will also be of benefit to organisations and individual readers who want to discover how improv stimulates creativity and confidence in all areas of life. The Improv Book opens up this exciting discipline to a wider audience.

Serious Play

Serious Play Author Louise Peacock
ISBN-10 9781841502410
Release 2009
Pages 183
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Slapstick comedy is the primary mode of performance for clowns, and in Serious Play, drama scholar Louise Peacock explores the evolution over the past fifty years of this unique brand of physical comedy. Though an analysis of clowning in a range of settings—theaters, circuses, hospitals, refugee camps, and churches—Peacock offers a framework for the evaluation of clowning, and she examines the therapeutic potential of the comedic performance. This is the first book to consider clowning venues and styles in light of play theory, including comparisons of traditional clown comedy and contemporary circuses like Cirque du Soleil. A distinctive study, Serious Play also provides authoritative definitions of clowns and clown performance styles that establishes a critical vocabulary for clowning performance.