Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The Tj and Dave Book (TJ Jagodowski / David Pasquesi)
english , ensayo / 19 de abril de 2018

T.J. and David are internationally known, award-winning, master improvisers from Chicago’s legendary scene. This in-depth look at the techniques, principles, theory and ideas behind what they do is both authoritative and entertaining. Since their early years playing the iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and the Second City mainstage theater (where David won a Joseph Jefferson award for best actor in a revue), TJ and Dave have been performing for over fifty years combined – fifteen as a team. David worked with improvisation guru Del Close, in development of theThe Harold, the preeminent longform theatrical structure, and both are multi-award winning actors.

Impro. Dinámica de lo impensado (Feña Ortalli)
ensayo , español / 31 de marzo de 2018

Ediciones Status presenta Impro: Dinámica de lo impensado, el primer libro de Feña Ortalli. Un libro que plantea una serie de ideas y conceptos de la improvisación explicados a través de analogías futboleras. “En Impro: Dinámica de lo Impensado, Feña Ortalli nos saca al terreno de juego sin perder de vista la pizarra. De forma magistral nos sumerge en la historia de los grandes y permite que con nuestras propuestas hagamos rodar el esférico”. Javier Pastor (Director de El Club de la Impro) Web

Second City Almanac Improvisation (Anne Libera)
english , ensayo / 23 de marzo de 2018

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…

High-Status Characters (Brian Raftery)
english , ensayo / 22 de marzo de 2018

By the early ‘90s, comedy was no longer cool. The stand-up bubble had burst, sitcoms had become more formulaic than ever, and Hollywood studios were pumping out soulless, star-driven schmaltz. There were signs of hope in shows like Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The Larry Sanders Show, all of which favored cranky hard-truths and giddy pop-culture references over glib punchlines. But for the most part, anyone looking for a laugh had no choice but to wade through hours of predictable, risk-averse corporate comedy. Things just weren’t that funny anymore. Enter the Upright Citizen’s Brigade: a sketch-and-improv collective born in early-‘90s Chicago. When the group relocated to New York City in 1996, its core members—Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh (a.k.a. “the UCB Four”), brought with them a punk-meets-Python comedic sensibility unlike anything found on TV or in stand-up clubs. Shortly after their arrival, they’d turn an abandoned Manhattan strip-club into a hot downtown theater, attract big-name fans like Conan O’Brien, and amass a legion of eager students; many of whom would go on to create (and populate) a kinetic new wave of TV shows, movies, and stand-up comedy. For more than twenty years, the UCB has been at…

Yes Please (Amy Poehler)
english , ensayo / 18 de marzo de 2018

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’sUpright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter onSaturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, andThey Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope onParks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last twoGolden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners? If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy,Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous,Yes Please…