The Second City Almanac of Improvisation

The Second City Almanac of Improvisation

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It all began in a converted Chinese laundry on Chicago's north side on a cold December night in 1959. No one could have known that by the next century, The Second City would have established itself as the premier comedy institution in the world. Taking its act north, The Second City would build a second permanent home in Toronto where it would create the Emmy-Award winning television series "SCTV." Pioneering the use of improvisation in developing talent and creating satiric revue comedy, The Second City has become - in the words of the New York Times - "A Comedy Empire."

The Second City Almanac of Improvisation - like the theatre itself - is a collection of diverse ideas, viewpoints, and memories, written by a vast array of teachers, actors, and directors who all got their start at the legendary comedy theatre. Fred Willard recalls his introduction to The Second City style in the mid-Sixties; Tim Kazurinsky gives a hilarious visual demonstration on the art of object work; "Saturday Night Live" star Tina Fey talks about re-improvising material as a mode of writing revue comedy; noted director Mick Napier takes on the thorny debate between long-form improvisation and short-form improvisation. Anne Libera guides the reader through each essay by providing a road map for understanding how The Second City method of improv-based comedy has become the industry standard.

Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy, Martin Short, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Jim Belushi, Bonnie Hunt, Mike Myers, Ryan Stiles, Rachel Dratch, Nia Vardalos - no other theatre can boast an alumni list of this magnitude. The Second City Almanac of Improvisation provides practical instruction, personal details, and inspiration to both improvisers and their fans.

A Second City Almanac of Improvisation captures the information and wisdom about the art and practice of improvisation as developed and used during more than forty years of work, many glasses of scotch, and too many cups of wretched coffee at The Second City.

This guide - like the theatre itself - is a collection of diverse ideas, viewpoints, and memories, written by a vast array of teachers, actors, and directors who all got their start at the legendary comedy theatre. Anne Libera walks the reader through each essay by providing a road map for understanding how the Second City method of improv-based comedy has become the industry standard.


Baker & Taylor
Some of the diverse teachers, directors, and actors who got their start at The Second City comedy theater share their ideas, viewpoints, and memoirs in a volume that looks at the careers of Tina Fey, Fred Willard, Jeff Richmond, Andrew Currie, and many other alumnae. Original.

Book News
The Second City comedy improvisation troupe has graduated numerous figures who have gone on to even greater fame and success, including Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live and Dan Castellanata of The Simpsons . Those two both contribute to this collection along with a host of other Second City alumni in an attempt to recreate the oral and other traditions of the theatre's improvisation training in textual form. Libera (artistic director of The Second City Training Center) provides a running commentary alongside the essays as contributors explain the art of improv from fundamentals to playing the scene, playing characters, the various forms of improvisation, creating material, and directing. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, Anne Libera collects the diverse ideas, viewpoints, and memories of a vast array of teachers, actors, and directors who all got their start at the legendary comedy theater. Libera puts each essay in context to give readers an understanding of how The Second City method of improv-based comedy has become the industry standard.

Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780810118010
0810118017
Branch Call Number: 792.028 SEC
792.028 SEC
Characteristics: xiii, 196 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Libera, Anne

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