This is improv comedy from top to bottom and from inside out. If you want to form an improv comedy workshop, sharpen your improvisational acting skills in a group setting, or simply study the subject on your own, Andy's well-thought-out text and invaluable exercises will put you on the right track. Improv Comedy is also a useful text for writers or anyone else who wishes to study the basics of controlled spontaneity as a path to believable humor.
Most of us are familiar with improvisational comedy without realizing that it follows a basic structure. However, the author states in his introduction that ``for every so-called rule of improvisation . . . you will sometimes break the rest of the rules. The heart of improv comedy is spontaneous creativity.'' Goldberg is a director and performer with the Off-the-Wall improvisational comedy group, and has been teaching improv since 1978. The various exercises which he presents build on the three elements of improvisation--character, plot, and scene. This book should serve well as the definitive text for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the field. Recommended for performing arts collections.--Howard E. Miller, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Missouri Lib., St. Louis