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Author Wasson, Sam, author.

Title Improv nation : how we made a great American art / Sam Wasson.

Publication Info. Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    792.028 WAS    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    792.028 WAS    Available
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Description xiii, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
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Note "An Eamon Dolan book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 384-435) and index.
Summary "At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word of mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy ensemble, and its offshoots-- the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL, and a slew of others. Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly reported, scene-driven narrative that, like its subject, moves fast and digs deep. He shows us the chance meeting at a train station between Mike Nichols and Elaine May. We hang out at the after-hours bar Dan Aykroyd opened so that friends like John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner would always have a home. We go behind the scenes of landmark entertainments, from The Graduate to Caddyshack, The Forty-Year-Old Virgin to The Colbert Report. Along the way, we commune with a host of pioneers-- Nichols, Harold Ramis, Dustin Hoffman, Chevy Chase, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Alan Arkin, Tina Fey, Judd Apatow, and many others. With signature verve and nuance, Wasson shows why improv deserves to be considered the great American art form of the last half century-- and the most influential one today."--Dust jacket flap.
Contents Hi, how are you? -- We the Jews: 1940-1968 -- We the punks: 1969-1984 -- We the nerds: 1984- -- Goodnight, everyone.
Subject Improvisation (Acting) -- History.
Comedy -- History.
Stand-up comedy -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Stand-up comedy routines.
ISBN 9780544557208 (hardback)
0544557204 (hardback)
Standard No. 99974505423

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