Improv Tips #135 – Set Improv Games For The Harold – (Un)Conducted Story (2019)

Set Improv Games For The Harold – Slideshow
(The sixth in a six part series)

The Harold is considered by many to be the mother of all long form improv but teaching and learning the Harold can be tricky at times. We, as improvisers, spend most of our time (as we should) on the scenes that make up the Harold but often ignore or just look blankly at the group game parts of the Harold, but to have a great Harold, every part of the Harold needs to be great…even the group games. So, in this series of Improv Tips videos veteran teacher and improviser Paul Vaillancourt lays out his 6 favorite “set games” for the Harold. These 6 games are the ones that Paul has found, in his performance and teaching, to be the most impactful in terms of flexibility and utility as games themselves and, maybe more importantly, in terms of their ability to teach a score of underlying skills that players need to make up their own games or create games on the fly in a Harold (or any long form).

Whether you’re doing improv comedy, playing improv games, using improv in your acting classes or expressing yourself with some other kind of improvisation, Improv Tips is here to help you on your improv journey.

0:00 Set up of (Un)Conducted Story
2:00 Explanation of the sixth game – Conducted Story
18:50 Players demonstrate Conducted Story – Take 1
22:31 Notes on player demonstration
28:39 Explanation of the sixth game – Unconducted Story
37:08 Players demonstrate Unconducted Story – Take 1
41:37 Notes on player demonstration
49:58 Player introductions

Paul Vaillancourt is the author of “The Triangle of the Scene”.
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Carmen Scott
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Saskia Muller,
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Jarrett Lennon Kaufman
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Austin Mooney
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Stan McConnell
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Lauren Baumbauer

Xchel Hernandez
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Behind the camera:
Mandy Levin
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Special Thanks to:
ACME Comedy
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Josh Spence
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