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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



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.



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.



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.



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!



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?



Clown

Clown Author Jon Davison (Clown)
ISBN-10 9781137300751
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 329
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This rich collection of readings offers a wide-ranging and authoritative survey of clown practices, history and theory, from the origins of the word clown through to contemporary clowning. Covering clowns in theatre, circus, cinema, TV, street and elsewhere, the author's stimulating narrative challenges assumptions and turns orthodoxy on its head.



Humorous Political Stunts

Humorous Political Stunts Author Majken Jul Sørensen
ISBN-10 9789188061010
Release 2015-05-09
Pages 606
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A group of anti-conscription activists break into a prison, demanding to be jailed together with their friend already locked up because of his beliefs. Clowns from the rebel clown army mimic police sent to control political protests. Visiting Santas hand out presents taken from shop shelves without the approval of the shopping centre management. These are examples of humorous political stunts - public actions, hoaxes and happenings that confront systems of power. This book contains many amusing stories of such stunts, showing the boldness and creativity of the activists. Interviews and documents are used to show how humour can facilitate outreach, mobilisation and a culture of resistance. Humorous Political Stunts combines insights from the fields of nonviolence and humour studies and makes theoretical contributions to each area.



Style

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.



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

Clowns Author Ezra LeBank
ISBN-10 9781317516934
Release 2015-04-10
Pages 216
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Clowns: In Conversation with Modern Masters is a groundbreaking collection of conversations with 20 of the greatest clowns on earth. In discussion with clown aficionados Ezra LeBank and David Bridel, these legends of comedy reveal the origins, inspirations, techniques, and philosophies that underpin their remarkable odysseys. Featuring incomparable artists, including Slava Polunin, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Oleg Popov, Dimitri, Nola Rae, and many more, Clowns is a unique and definitive study on the art of clowning. In Clowns, these 20 master artists speak candidly about their first encounters with clowning and circus, the crucial decisions that carved out the foundations of their style, and the role of teachers and mentors who shaped their development. Follow the twists and turns that changed the direction of their art and careers, explore the role of failure and originality in their lives and performances, and examine the development and evolution of the signature routines that became each clown’s trademark. The discussions culminate in meditations on the role of clowning in the modern world, as these great practitioners share their perspectives on the mysterious, elusive art of the clown.



The Clown in You

The Clown in You Author Caroline Dream
ISBN-10 8461696522
Release 2014-06-27
Pages 234
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"THE CLOWN IN YOU" is a clowning manual for students, teachers and practitioners. It contains all kinds of valuable clown knowledge; both practical and theoretical. Within its pages readers will find all the basic principles of clowning, first-hand clowning experiences, tried and tested clown games and exercises, quotes from interviews Caroline held with professional clowns, examples of clown improvisations, and explanations of the clown philosophy underlying all the comic techniques used by clowns. The book thus provides an unprecedented insight into the heart of clowning and throws a fresh light on all the skills, audacity and dedication needed to encounter, encourage and set free one's clown. Caroline has worked with clowning from the inside out and the outside in. She writes from the perspective of a life spent investigating her art, both as a professional clown and as an international clown teacher. This is a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the art and practice of clowning, or for anyone simply interested in becoming a healthier, happier and less inhibited person. ""Discovering your clown and allowing yourself complete freedom of expression is an addictive experience; an adventure sport, whose only drawback is that when you're on your way home you feel an urgent desire to keep on practising it."" CONTENTS The first three chapters introduce the reader to the art and craft of clowning as practiced by professional clowns throughout the world today. They also clarify all the misconceptions that have arisen around the clown that in reality hinder a student's ability to be funny. Chapters four to ten tackle specific areas of clown technique. Each chapter contains explanations of the reasons for, and reasoning behind, each element of the technique, plus guidelines and examples of how it all works on a practical level. Chapter eleven explores one of the least discussed aspects of clowning; the most common fears students face and how they can be dealt with. The final chapter examines the necessary ingredients for clowning success. It also covers the phenomenon of "flying," finding one's own unique comic wings. WHAT THE PROFESSIONALS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS BOOK: " The Clown in You cuts past all the jargon and unhelpful generalizations about clowns and tackles the clown's creative process with the kind of insight that can only come from a seasoned performer. Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced clowns." "JOHN TOWSEN, author of "Clowns," director of The (Very) Physical Comedy Institute, U.S.A." "Caroline Dream's superbly documented 30 years of experience as a performer and trainer is an invaluable source of reference for professionals, hobbyists and teachers. One of the most illuminating and insightful clown development guidebooks that I have read." "ROB FLORENCE, physical theatre teacher at The Arts & Entertainment College, NL" "Every clown, aspiring or professional, should have this book in their library. It's a great resource for helping clowns discover deeper layers of their character and creating powerful material. Packed with invaluable gems for understanding and creating in the art of clowning." "ROB TORRES, clown, The Big Apple Circus, U.S.A." "In this book I've found fantastic exercises and material which will inspire clowns to play and, most importantly, help keep their idiot present." "AITOR BASAURI, Spymonkey, UK" "This book is a shortcut to your inner clown, a seductive invitation to joy and freedom, a lodestar for highly effective human development."" ANDRES AGUILAR, Clown, Founder of Risaterapia.org, MEX" "Caroline offers us her 30 years of clowning experience, disclosing a clown philosophy I fully concur with. I wholeheartedly recommend this book."" ANTON VALEN, clown with Cirque du Soleil (Alegria & Kurios), ESP



Impro for Storytellers

Impro for Storytellers Author Keith Johnstone
ISBN-10 9781135863739
Release 2014-01-21
Pages 388
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Impro for Storytellers is the follow-up to Keith Johnstone's classic Impro, one of the best-selling books ever published on improvisation. Impro for Storytellers aims to take jealous and self-obsessed beginners and teach them to play games with good nature and to fail gracefully.



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.



At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions

At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions Author Thomas Richards
ISBN-10 9781134802449
Release 2003-09-02
Pages 152
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`I consider this book a precious report that permits one to assimilate some of those simple and basic principles which the self-taught at times come to know, yet only after years of groping and errors. The book furnishes information regarding discoveries which the actor can understand in practice, without having to start each time from zero. Thomas Richards has worked with me systematically since 1985. Today he is my essential collaborator in the research dedicated to Art as Vehicle.' - from the Preface by Jerzy Grotowski



Clown Through Mask

Clown Through Mask Author Veronica Coburn
ISBN-10 9781841505749
Release 2013
Pages 492
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Richard Pochinko (1946–89) played a pioneering role in North American clown theater through the creation of an original pedagogy synthesizing modern European and indigenous Native American techniques. In Clown Through Mask, Veronica Coburn and onetime Pochinko apprentice Sue Morrison lay out the methodology of the Pochinko style of clowning and offer a bold philosophical framework for its interpretation. Morrison is today a leading teacher of Pochinko's Clown through Mask technique and this book extends significantly the literature on this underdocumented form of theater.