101 More Improv Games for Children and Adults: A Smart Fun Book for Ages 5 and Up is the follow-up to Bob Bedore’s popular 101 Improv Games for Children and Adults. This sequel takes us even deeper into the craft of improv — the magical art of creating something out of nothing — with all new games!
Author Bob Bedore emphasizes how you can use improvisation, creativity, and teamwork any time, any place, to get your imagination flowing, win over a crowd, or be a wittier conversationalist. Actors and improv students will appreciate the author's fun, down-to-earth approach to developing theater craft. And improv isn't only for serious thespians. Used as a classroom activity, it teaches kids how to have fun, relax, and work together without seeming like an educational tool at all.
Great on its own or as a companion to Bedore’s first book, 101 More Improv Games for Children and Adults is centered around entertaining an audience and creating memorable scenes. This sequel includes information on how to produce your own improv show.
101 More Improv Games for Children and Adults is full of wacky and brilliant activities for kids, teachers, actors, comedians, improv groups, or anyone else.
About the Author
Bob Bedore has 20 years of improv experience, and has toured as a stand-up comedian, hosted a live Saturday morning kids show, spent a dozen years as a radio disc jockey, appeared in movies, and owned and operated several theaters. He has also written 20 plays and a few screenplays. In 1994, Bob founded the improv comedy troupe Quick Wits. Since then he has performed with the Wits in almost every show (somewhere around 2500 so far) in front of very enthusiastic crowds. He has taken improv to the classroom where he has taught all ages, from kindergarten to college. He lives in West Jordan, UT.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Re-introduction to the Basics
The basic “rules” of improv
Making a Scene Work
Explore what elements make a scene into real theater
Creating Your World
Basic building blocks of improv games
Giving Life to your Character
Explore what makes a good character. Includes stage movement and physicality!
Improv is all about performing as a team. Learn how to be a good team player, and how to avoid being a bad one!
Many improv games are based around a charades-type structure. Learn how to focus on this type of scene while keeping the audience entertained.
Use music within your improv. An expansion of the section on music from 101 Improv Games for Children and Adults
Introduction to long form games
Performing a Show
Creating a show that people will want to see
Warm Up Games
Devo (noise and movement Evo)~ Five Things ~ Fortune Cookie ~ Barney ~ Ninja ~ Samurai ~ Shootout ~ Yes, Lets ~ Alliteration
Single Player Games
No You Didn’t ~ What Happens Next? ~ Sybil ~ ACE (Action, Color, Emotion)
Revolver ~ Over Actor’s Anonymous ~ Infomercial ~ Movie Mad Lib ~ Middle School Movie ~ Michael Bay History ~ Scene With A Soundtrack ~ A to Z
Acronyms ~ Character Motivation ~ Family Dinner ~ Opposites
Not This, but That ~ Soothsayer ~ Marriage Counselor ~ Highjacker ~ Bong, Bong, Bong
Between the Texts ~ Sound Effects ~ Newlywed Game ~ Dating Game ~ Pop-Up ~ Storybook ~ Driver’s License ~ Human Prop
Team vs. Team Games
Big, Bigger, Biggest ~ Double Feature ~ Flashback ~ Heckler Battle ~ Jip--Parody Team vs. Team or Line Up ~ Kangaroo Court ~ No, You Didn't ~ One Word Story Debate ~ When Musicals Collide ~ Singles Bar ~ Speak as One Debate ~ Top That! ~ 5 Seconds Or Die~ Battling Attractions ~ Town Hall ~ Rap Battle
Line Up Games
Scenes From a Hat ~ Scenes Not Seen ~ Caruso ~ Dance Craze ~ Screen Test ~ Tag Lines ~ Back in May Day ~ Connect the Dots ~ Talk or Die ~ Ranting Hot Spot~ Screen Test
Broadway Musical Writers ~ Greatest Hits ~ Lounge Singer ~ Sounds Like a Song Title ~ Bad Beatnik Poetry ~ Musical Chairs ~ Singing Psychiatrist ~ Rap It Up
On Your Toes
Scene in Reverse ~ Horoscopes ~ The Gauntlet ~ Film Noir ~ Accents ~ Hidden Agenda ~ Time Machine ~ Raise the Bar
Deaf Replay ~ Understudy ~ Hear No Scene, See No Scene ~ The Director ~ POV ~ Survivor ~ The Impossible Scene
Spit Take ~ Mousetraps ~ Movie Pitch ~ Amish Rake Fight ~ Ballet ~ Changing Environment
Long Form Games
Armando ~ Following Shot ~ Spoon River ~ RPG ~ Harold (Del Close) ~ Full Length Play ~ Full Length Musical
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is filled with all kinds of fun activities for most ages. I would recommend it for elementary and beyond, though some could be scaled back for kindergartners, as well. The first quarter of the book provides some examples as to how an improv situation works, via descriptions known as "Magic Moments." It provides rules on how to "stay in the game" and provides a general outline that fits all of the different types of activities. It doesn't get very in depth with the methodology involved with doing improv. In fact, author Bob Bedore recommends you read his first book to get more of that information. I don't know much about doing improv, but still felt that there was adequate explanation in this book. Bob does provide his contact information, should you have questions. These activities would be great for building community within a group, forging relationships and bonding experiences. It gives children a chance to practice speech and language skills, as well as helping them to build confidence. They also have to pay attention to what is going on, so that they can effectively participate. My favorites are the ones where the audience calls out different characters or emotions, music is played to dictate movement, or the one-word debate. While kids would benefit from having an adult supervise or guide the activities, once the concept is introduced to them, they could page through this book for ideas on their own. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.