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on March 10, 2004
I think this book is a complete waste of time and merely serves as a lure to get people to take classes at the Improv Olympic theater in Chicago. It is incoherent and all it suffices to do is drop names the entire time. Wow, so famous people studied at IO then we all should. A complete ego stroke for owner Charna Halpern, but nothing new is taught here. Do yourself a favor, save the money on the book and actually go take classes. This is paperback trash.
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on July 10, 2003
If you think "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" is funny, and that's the kind of comedy you want to do, then this might help. I personally don't care for that. I was just looking for something to help me generate ideas on how to think on my feet as a public speaker. I didn't really find anything useful in this book for neither public speaking nor stand up. This only seems to be geared toward group comedy.
I don't know what all the good reviews are about.
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on March 21, 2002
I found this book a waste of time. It was a real chore to get through as the authors spend half of the book blowing sunshine up Del Close's _______( fill in for yourself). The HAROLD is a form of improvisation for the self - centered. As I was reading its description I could ask myself only TWO questions: As a performer -why would I want to alienate my audience with my own self-indulgence? As an audience member - why would I want to watch something like this?. The authors discuss this improv form as though it is some sort of mystical, exclussive cult activity. No thanks. Keith Johnstone's IMPRO and IMPRO FOR STORY TELLERS are the only way to go if you are interested in improvisation that your audience will remember long after they've left the theatre. If you are more interested in the inner workings of your own mind - stay home and do a Harold with your friends.
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on June 3, 1999
I have studied improvistation for over a year now and I have to say that the Harold is one of the most difficult to perform let alone learn. Moreover, the Harold is no good if it is performed by less experienced improvisors. The Harold is one of the more boring types of improv experiences that I have ever encountered. I have heard it best described as "An opening, three sets of scenes, a group scene, another three sets of scenes, another group scene, and finally the round up three scenes where the first laugh happens." How true this statement is. This book is the manual on performing this utmost boring improv form.
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