From the Renaissance commedia dell'arte to today's Second City comedy troupe, improvisation has been a hit. Learn the structure behind the spontaneity of comedy improvisation. Over thirty-five performance-tested improv structures and performance tips in this book help even a beginner tackle this "off the cuff" humor with confidence. Learn the elements of successful improvisation: setting, characters, conflict and action, and dialog and humor. Then have fun polishing your new skills in comedy clubs, coffee houses or acting classes. Instruction on loosening up, writing routines, coping with audiences and protecting original routines through contracts and copyrights are also included. Nine chapters: Basics of improvisation and Comedy, improvisation in the Classroom, Simple Improv Structures, Character Improv Structures, Advanced Improv Structures, Advanced Acting Exercises, Forming a Comedy/Improv Show, Putting on an Improv Show, Protecting Yourself and Your Work.