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Looking to learn more about the art of improv? Consider these resources to help you get started.

Web Sites

The Improv Encyclopedia
Free Web site with links, info, improv games you can search for, and a downloadable version of its tome of improv games.

The Improv Page
Good material on improv terms, how to get into/start an improv troupe, and resources.

Learn Improv
Learn improv through the games, different structures, and other info on this site. Also contains a handy show generator that picks games for you.

The New Improv Page
Information on troupes, games, and happening in the international improv community.

Books

Impro: Improvisation and the Theater
by Keith Johnstone
An excellent book for someone just starting out in improv, and worthwhile reading for people who've been doing it for a while. Discusses a lot of basic theory, and explores the nature of spontaneity. Keith Johnstone is best known as the the inventor of Theatresports.
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Improvisation for the Theater
by Viola Spolin
Another essential text for budding improvisors. This and "Impro" are probably the two fundamental texts to start from. Whereas "Impro" covers the theory, this book emphasizes the practical use of theater games. Viola Spolin was one of the founders of modern improv, and her early work in the 1930's led to the Compass Theatre and Second City.
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Truth in Comedy
by Del Close, Charna Halpern and Kim "Howard" Johnson
One of the best "contemporary" books above improv. Very practical approach, aimed directly at people who are actively performing in an improvisational format. Del Close is one of the pioneers of improvisation, and was one of the founding members of the Chicago-based Second City.
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Comedy Improvisation
by Delton T. Horn
Solid discussion of the basic principles of improv; also has a brief overview of forming a troupe and staging a show.
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