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Become great at performing long-form improv! We skip the basics and get into advanced topics like: being truly present, being authentic, dealing with difficult performers, being actually funny (!) and the rarely discussed but essential skill of being healthy. "Will Hines was my first improv teacher. He's not an improv nut, but he is, you know? He has perspective. " - IlanaBecome great at performing long-form improv! We skip the basics and get into advanced topics like: being truly present, being authentic, dealing with difficult performers, being actually funny (!) and the rarely discussed but essential skill of being healthy. "Will Hines was my first improv teacher. He's not an improv nut, but he is, you know? He has perspective. " - Ilana Glazer, Broad City"Will is one of those teachers that makes you feel like you have something special inside yourself- that you can possibly change the world. " - Abbi Jacobson, Broad City"Despite being a mild mannered man from Connecticut, it's fair to consider Will one of improv's war chiefs, or maybe witch doctors. I'm not sure. This analogy has run its course. " -Chris Gethard, The Chris Gethard Show"I haven't improvised in a loooong time, but Will Hines wrote a book that makes me want to. I'm tearing through it" - Rich Sommer, Mad Men, UCB improv team America"I read this book" - Shannon O'Neill, Artistic Director of UCB NY...

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  • Will Hines
    2019-02-03 20:38

    I wrote this book! Parts I love, parts I wish I could do over. On the whole, I like it a lot.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-06 03:44

    No one will take this review seriously because the author is my brother and I have to say nice things or he won't pass the mashed potatoes next Thanksgiving, but even without that threat I'd still say nice things.This is a very funny, easy read with lots of great advice for improvisers. Tons of ways to simplify the complicated parts of improv and hopefully get you out of your head. This is like having a great one-sided conversation about improv with a guy who really knows his shit.*Again you won't trust this review, but that's your hang up and I can't help you with that.*can you swear on GoodReads?

  • Curtis Retherford
    2019-02-04 23:29

    When I see a particularly good band, my fingers start to twitch: I want to get up and play guitar, to sing, to make music. While reading this book, I kept wishing that I were doing improv at that very second, that I could instantly jump up and put Will's clear, measured advice to practice. No book on improv tackles what it means to be an improvisor better than this book does: the ruts, the team dynamics, and the million little things that make you great in addition to the simple task of saying "yes, and." This a book on technique, on honing your craft once you know the basics. It should be required reading for anyone who has done improv for 6 months.

  • Will Moritz
    2019-02-16 03:44

    4/5. This book offers advice to the intermediate/advanced improviser. The same flavor of UCB “right and wrong”, but provides more nuances and dimensions to the many improv mantras. The importance of not planning ahead but of making assumptions about the current momentp.17: …always assume something is happening. When someone says “hi,”, it’s never just “hi.” You shrink your scope down. Instead of thinking head 22 minutes, or even two minutes, you look around you at the current moment […] ou turn into a Sherlock Holmes of observing the present instant […] You’re constantly waking up into worlds that already exist and trying to fake it Know, care, sayp. 67: “Find the love”. No matter how dry an audition piece seemsyou can find the love between the characters. Even if it’s angry, that anger comes from love. It’s on the actor to find it. This applies to the start of improv scenes. No matter what the situation, find a reason to care about what’s going on in it. Justification, knowing the real “why”Good justification isn’t invented/fabricrated, it’s come from digging deep and looking for real reasons behind the feelings that drive your reactions. You’re looking for real, personal, grounded answers to why your character feels the way they do. p. 111: In improv you’re often doing something before you really know why you’re doing it. This is if you’re doing it right. You react, and now you’ve done something. That’s great. The next step is realizing why you’re doing something—the real natural why that’s inside of you, not the one you think you should have. I saw a two-person class scene where one person said, “I want to run with the bulls in Spain.” The other person had this instictince reaction and responded with just a tiny bit of disgust: “Ugh, not that”. I stopped the scene and said, “I love that, Why don’t you want to run with the bulls?” And the student felt guilty that he has “said no,” and corrected himself: “I mean, I love running with the bulls.” I said, “No, I didn’t want you to change your min. It’s okay you didn’t like it I just wanted to know why your character didn’t like it.” Then the student thought about it too much. He tried to create a big improvably backstory to explain his actions: “Maybe my father was killed by bulls?” “No, I said. “That’s no the reason. You had a reason—there’s something you didn’t like about the idea off a gut level. I’m just asking what that reason was. The one you already had.” And then he remembered what it felt like the moment he answered and he said, “Because running with the bulls is something that jerks do?” The was it. That’s the real reason. That’ the type of reason an audience can sense and will laugh at, when they see you realize and articulate it. You say “Ugh, not that,” and then follow up with, “Don’t be such a a frat gut. Don’t try to be so tough.” It’s your real grounded answer. When you have an instinctual, visceral reaction to something—it’s probably the honest and true one. You just have to say what that honest reaction is. Being able to stop, hold, and articular you r natural feelings is a hugely necessary skill in improv.” Be funnysurprise: to big A to C’s off of suggestionsIronic/opposite ideas are funny, as long as they are still saying yes to the scene. Undermine the expectation while keeping the facts true. p. 139: I saw a scene where the suggestion was “vegetarian”, to start Chris Gethard stepped off the back line and mimed heaving a bucket of paint on someone, while saying, “Fur is murder!”. That right there is pretty funny. It’s surprising in a satisfying way. Instead of an obvious start off of vegetarian, like just sitting down to dinner, he made the A-to-C leap to make a scene about someone protesting animal rights. Surprise fit. The response to this initiation from Zach Woods was even better: “C’mon! This is a gorilla suit!” That player said yes to the fact that he is wearing the silliest, most harmless kind of fur you could think of. be able to name the funny thing simplyp. 156: strategies for this: What IF: Title the game with a “what if.” “What if the top clique at a high school were scientists?”. This makes you isolate the funny part Instead OF: say “instead of” to clarify. “A version of the s how Cops, but instead of domestic violence and drug deals they bust people who play sex games”. This forces you say the “normal” version, which makes “funny” part pop. AS IF: This is direction for the performers. “A guy who tries to wow his date with a fried egg as if it were caviar or champagne.” It also shows you how to play the funny part. “Play the gm trainer talking to her client as if you are a jealous girlfriend.” be ironic behave in the opposite way that people would expect. —Living healthytalking about living healthily as an improviser, and dealing with ruts. He talks about some serious self-defeating shit going on in his head after a decent show, then reflects on it" p. 179: “When I feel like I did that night, I often think of times that I’ve heard people who I think are great express their doubt in themselves. I think “This person is crazy—they’re really good!” They have some weird self0defeating thing going on that they’re giving into.” When I think of that, then I can more easily cast off my own self-defeatism. Someone else would look at me and thin I’m crazy for feeling discourages, so I put this here to make you forget your own self-defeatism. It happen stop everyone; it’s mostly pointless. On haroldssecond beats should repeat and expand the weird philosophy from the first scene, a good strategy is to expand the world. If first beat = marathon runner who insists he be allowed to bring a chair with him on his race, then the word expands to a meeting of an athletic commission to figure the best way to test runners for chairs. third beats: don’t plan or force the connection, ideally, they should surprise you. expand the world of your scenes, and the group will see a way to connect to the other scenes. make lots of choice as if it’s the first scene, and you’ll stumble on the branch to connect. NamesGrab actual names from someone you knew in middle school (p. 201). On a think *I think* Tj and Dave doCharlie Sanders “close eye” move where you stand so your right eye is directly in from of the other son’s left eye. Whatever this is, I like the idea of standing off center from one another. It’s a subtle, almost intangible yet evocative spin, similar to the boogly eyes in Rick and Morty. Life and ambitionp. 204: In a creative life, you don’t always think, “What will this get me later?” You think, “What can I do now that is fun?” Yes and. p. 207: There is a voice in my head that whispers, “This improv that makes you happy is a waste of your time.” That voice is the enemy. Comparing yourself against the barometer of commercial success can be important to do as a motivator, but it isn’t the only measure of success […] Spend your days in love with what you’re doing as much as possible and thank the start for your chances to do that. […] If something is fun and enticing, you are victorious. You should keep doing that. If you’re a zombie and going through the motions it’s time to move on,

  • Keith Moser
    2019-01-21 23:45

    Will Hines is the kind of improv genius who should have written a book like this years ago! He's one of the funniest robot improvisers out there—always cool, calculating, and ready to make a fantastic justification or detailed addition to a scene. I miss seeing him perform in NYC.The book would have been a much quicker read if I hadn't been in the middle of two others. The short chapters make it perfect for a quick refresher any time you need it, and the exercises given at the end of each chapter make it feel like it'd be a great workbook for a new team not lucky enough to be in a major metropolitan area (probably in conjunction with The UCB Manual referenced toward the end).I love the way the book is written—not too scholarly, but still smart. It's almost like sitting down and getting a friendly lesson in improv. I like to read these types of books with a highlighter, to emphasize key sentences to make re-reads quicker, but the way Hines wrote made it sometimes difficult to mark one specific phrase; often the "key" lesson was a whole paragraph or page!Some of the sections felt familiar (I probably read them on his Improv Nonsense blog before) but there was still plenty of great advice in here to earn its spot on my bookshelf next to pretty much every other improv book that's ever been written.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-19 22:37

    I am an improv teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NY and I recommend this book to students all the time. Will Hines is incredibly thoughtful, practical, and clear in his explanations and examples used to illustrate and explain long-form improv concepts that can be confounding to students.As a teacher, the book has been very useful. It includes loads of exercises that pinpoint how to increase skill levels in specific aspects of improv in scenic and fun ways. When I teach an exercise from this book, I can visibly see realizations about their approach wash over students faces.There are a few improv books out there nowadays but I believe this one is the greatest - it's written by a teacher for students with much consideration and that is felt throughout. Highly recommended!

  • Dan
    2019-02-01 01:45

    This is the improv book you've been waiting for. It's not a manual or a how-to book, but a collection of (actually) helpful improv tips and advice from one with years of experience. A must-read for anyone who considers themselves an improviser. Also, Will, if you're reading this, my mom's name is Janice. I wonder if my grandparents were improvisers...

  • Erik Tanouye
    2019-01-26 20:25

    Useful improv advice AND I laughed out loud while reading it

  • Noah Marcus
    2019-02-02 04:35

    After my second improv class, I have a distinct memory of coming home and preparing myself to quit. I was terrible and I couldn't believe it. That night, instead of giving up, I ordered this book. Will Hines ("the closest living thing we have to Del Close") has an improv blog and compiled all of his salient advice into How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth. This book will not give you the foundation the the UCB Improv Manual will give you. Instead, it provides "playable skills." It told me that I was terrible, of course I was terrible! I had taken two classes at that point. This book gave me confidence to get back up there, keep on trying, and set me on track to become the greatest improviser on Earth.

  • Melissa Gedney
    2019-01-24 03:47

    The book I needed to add some extra fuel to my practice. Honest, practical, engaging. “Improv doesn’t try to lead you anywhere. It’s just something that attracts certain kinds of people: comedy nerds who like performing, theater nerds who like comedy, and strange socially awkward list-makers with a good sense of the surreal.”

  • Shirley Shaw
    2019-02-02 20:43

    Written for actual stage improvNot quite what I thought I had purchased but for what it was going for I found it to be thoughtful and thorough. If you're looking to work on your performance improv chops, this is pretty good with lots of steps, exercises and examples. Less focused on application for day-to-day or business.

  • Deb Markham
    2019-02-07 02:38

    What a ridiculous expectation! This book offers some great advice. The best being is: Chill out! If you're not having fun, if you don't feel joy or the satisfaction of a friendly creative community, what's the point?

  • Court Hansen
    2019-01-23 01:23

    Hopefully this goes down as one of the must-read improv books. Hines gets into the more thinky aspects of improv and does a great job of breaking down when it can be so satisfying. I can't wait to incorporate lessons from this book in both my coaching and performing.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-02 04:41

    A must read, especially if you're coming out of the UCB program and need to be reminded to Chill the Fuck Out and Have Fun. It's pragmatic, funny and conversational, and I recommend going through it slowly. It's a book that deserves to be absorbed and read with purpose, like a Proust novel.

  • Evan Barden
    2019-02-01 22:21

    This book is fantastic. I would consider it a must-read for any improviser who has been at it for more than a year. It won't be much help to beginners, but it speaks to the experienced improviser better than any book I've read on the subject thus far.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-24 02:31

    This is a great complement to UCB improv classes, lots of concrete explanations.

  • Charlie
    2019-02-08 03:42

    Reading this is much like taking a class (or several classes) with Will due to his accessible language and simple, concise ideas, but you lose the benefit of his mastered listening skills and propensity to treat a grunt like a profound near-miss of a mighty idea, likely the single most valuable skill an improviser can have. Lots of excellent insights, practical advice, drills and stories for any level of improviser. I read from cover to cover, finding the extra stuff at the end to be among the most enjoyable.The section on playing well with "difficult" people was a great insight into the value of treating people as well as you can manage, which is much more than the majority of people do. If someone in class or in a jam does stuff in improv scenes that drives you nuts, don't avoid the person, just step out and continue to react honestly and do your best under the conditions that exist. The scene might even turn out to be OK.

  • Doug Barton
    2019-02-08 20:34

    This is a great book on improv comedy. Though the author does not say anything new he does organize it very well and uses an economy of words to present the information. Each chapter is focused on a single aspect/characteristic of good improvisation. At the end of each chapter are helpful drills that your troupe can use to strengthen those characteristics. I read the book and will continue to reread and assess if I am improving (or at least not regressing) in each area.

  • RJ
    2019-02-13 03:39

    This is a great book, and I think should be read by anyone going into 401 or advanced. Just gives you so much to think about. This is something I could see myself reading every time I'm in a rut with improv, or if i don't do how i want to in auditions. Also put a lot of things into perspective for me on how I view improv now and how it fits into my life currently. So many great pointers in this book in terms of performing.

  • Tracy Tober
    2019-01-29 03:40

    I loved this book! It helped me to feel good about failure and reminded me to act like a normal person on stage. Will Hine's advice helped me to get out of my head and to keep things simple. It has a lot of great exercises and convinced me that I needed to take a class from the great Will Hines! A very practical and useful guide to improvisers of all levels!

  • Beau
    2019-02-18 23:18

    The best book on improv comedy I've read to date. I'll be going back to this one again and again to read chapters on subjects whenever I feel like I need to focus on improving that skill. While it won't make you the greatest improviser on earth (an impossible dream as improv is a team sport), it will provide you with some valuable tips on how to sharpen your craft.

  • Lui Vega
    2019-01-25 22:28

    Man, I tore through this book. Couldn't put it down. Was filled with helpful advice, exercises, and framed things I was already familiar with in a new way. A breath of fresh air, and food for my improv brain. I'll be turning to this book in the years to come during my improv career - it encouraged me to be a better player, teammate, and overall person. A GOOD READ.

  • Lorin
    2019-02-11 01:43

    I am so glad I read this.

  • Jeff
    2019-02-13 21:19

    The next best thing to having Will Hines as a coach or teacher. A practical guide to being a better improviser on stage and off.

  • Heather Marie
    2019-02-16 00:31

    As a newer improviser, I found this book to be dead useful and I will certainly take these lessons to heart (and to play!).

  • Cody
    2019-01-21 03:24

    If you're an improviser this book will be like a jolt of electricity into your heart. It will invigorate you and make you want to get better at this beautiful, funny and often really dumb thing.