WHAT IS IMPROV COMEDY

Improv Comedy Theater is a theatrical art form much different than any other. There is no script, there are no predefined characters, there is no safety net. The audience offers the actors a suggestion that will serve as inspiration. From there on, the entire play is improvised and created on the spot, right in front of the entire audience. This art form is widely known as "Improv".

In Improv every show is unique. It has never been played before and will never be performed again, other than the day during which it was created.

There are countless Improv Comedy Theater formats, comical or not. They are all based on the exact same principles of taking risks and embracing failure, saying "Yes And..." to everything and anything, being in the moment, not hesitating. 

Improv is spontaneous, impressive and incredibly entertaining. It's one of those things that you have to see it with your own eyes to appreciate it and understand what it's all about. And if you end up not believing it was all made up on the spot... Well, that means we did a good job.

 

DEL CLOSE

An American actor, writer, and teacher who coached many of the best-known comedians andcomic actors of the late twentieth century. In addition to a prolific acting career in television and film, he was considered a premier influence on modern improvisational theater.

Close co-authored the book Truth in Comedy, which outlines techniques now common in longform improvisation, and describes the overall structure of "Harold", which remains a common frame for longer improvisational scenes.

In his will, he bequeathed his skull to Chicago's Goodman Theatre, to be used in its productions of Hamlet , and specified that he be duly credited in the program as portraying Yorick.

 

KEITH JOHNSTONE

Drama teacher born in the UK. His teaching went through a number of stages, but in the end he focused on improvised theater. He affected the evolution of Improv comedy theater, wrote two books about it and it considered one of the founders of modern day improv.

His book "Impro: Improvisation and the theater" is the most widely known improv book around the world and has been translated in dozens of languages, including Greek. He continues teaching workshops around the world to this day.

“There are people who prefer to say 'yes' and there are people who prefer to say 'no'. Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have. Those who say 'no' are rewarded by the safety they attain.”