Improvisation: Acting Comedy

School of Drama: Acting Technique

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Improvisation: Acting Comedy

Spring 2021

Taught By: John Murphy

Section: A

CRN: 3404

Credits: 2

Students create a comedic character from their own research and volition. The course builds on the universality of comedy tempered by character choices and the character’s view of the world. It explores the boundaries of comedy through exercises and improvisations designed to identify the essence of why people laugh. Aspects of Jacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Viola Spolin among others inspire the sense of play inherent in the course. Individual and group improvisations lead to the construction and the staging of scenes. Students investigate the uniqueness of humor, drawing upon their particular way of seeing and experiencing their surroundings. As they develop their comedic skills they look into new areas of themselves –meeting up with their own personal ridiculousness. The course includes exercises and improvisations to refine the senses, to foster authenticity and spontaneity, to strengthen concentration, to improve confidence, ensemble, and studies in the qualities of movement, rhythm, tempo, and aesthetics. Course requirement: stage, theatrical, or film experience and/or the strong desire to communicate through humor. Students are responsible for finding and developing their individual costumes. Open to Mr. Murphy’s continuing students and to students inspired by comedy.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Acting Technique (TUAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:55pm 7/3/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 905

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021