I hope everyone’s coping as well as you can with the current COVID 19 situation. As well as missing friends and family you might be missing improv! Here’s some suggestions for Improv related things to read, listen and watch.
Katy Shutte: The Improviser’s Way
Katy’s one of the UK’s best improv performers and teachers. The Improviser’s Way is a Longform workbook intended to be worked through alongside her 12 week course of the same name, but can be read in it’s own right. As well as the usual exercises, tips and advice, I like that the book encourages a lot of self-reflection and Improv homework!
Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts: Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
If you’re reading this blog you probably have at least a passing interest in UCB style improv, so reading a book written by 3 of the founders might be a good idea!
Will Hines: How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth
My favourite book on or about improv, and lots of other improvers ‘go to’ book. The book is filled with simple, good and useful advice. It has helpful exercises, interesting stories and a distinct lack of bullshit. Read this book! It’s great!
There’s not as much improv on Youtube as you might think, but search for UCB Harold nights and you should have enough to keep you going for a while. Try and actively watch. What’s the game? Why have they made that tag? What move would you have made?
Film: Don’t think Twice
To my knowledge probably the only film that overtly focuses on Improv. Staring Keegan-Michael Key, the film follows an improv group as one member joins an SNL style show. I enjoyed it!
I’m not a big podcast listener, but there’s a ton of improv podcasts out there. Have a start with Matt Besser’s Improv4humans.
Hope you found that helpful. Let me know what you’re reading, watching or listening to at the moment.