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I had been on this improv team at this really great improv theater. It's called iO now. It used to be called improv Olympic. They have showcases for Lorne Michaels and other writers and people who work at 'SNL' usually about once a year, although I don't know if it always happens.
Vanessa Bayer

Meaning of "improv" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF IMPROV

improv  [ˈɪmprɒv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF IMPROV

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Improv is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES IMPROV MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of improv in the English dictionary

The definition of improv in the dictionary is improvised performance, esp by a comedian.


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WORDS THAT END LIKE IMPROV

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Synonyms and antonyms of improv in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «improv» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF IMPROV

Find out the translation of improv to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of improv from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «improv» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

即兴
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

improv
570 millions of speakers

English

improv
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Improv
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يمبروف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

импровизация
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

improv
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উন্নতি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

improvisation
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Improv
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Impro-
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

即興
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

즉석
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Improv
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

Improv
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இம்ப்ரூவ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

इमोटिकॉन्स
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

doğaçlama
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

improv
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

improv
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

імпровізація
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Improv
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

αυτοσχεδιασμός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

improv
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

improv
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

improv
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of improv

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «IMPROV»

The term «improv» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.804 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about improv

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10 QUOTES WITH «IMPROV»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word improv.
1
Scott Adsit
Generally, I've found that a heckler in an improv audience is just enjoying the show so much that they want to be in it.
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Scott Adsit
What crushed my soul was hanging out with bitter, desperate comics backstage. They're a different breed than the bitter yet eager psyches in the wings of an improv theatre. Struggling stand-ups have externalized self-loathing into an art form. They're a hunching, quaking, unshaven lot.
3
Jason Alexander
Things that make me laugh range from a wonderful stand-up like Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock to my son Gabe, who does great improv work. I also look backwards to the great comedic actors like Jackie Gleason, Paul Lynde and Phil Silvers.
4
Diedrich Bader
Working on a sitcom and improv improves your comedic chops. If you do it long enough, the one thing you learn to do is listen to the other characters.
5
Elizabeth Banks
I love physical comedy. I love Oscar Wilde, I love Shakespeare comedies, I love improv.
6
Ike Barinholtz
I used to teach improv courses in Amsterdam where we would do team-building exercises, and they can go south very quickly.
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Vanessa Bayer
I had been on this improv team at this really great improv theater. It's called iO now. It used to be called improv Olympic. They have showcases for Lorne Michaels and other writers and people who work at 'SNL' usually about once a year, although I don't know if it always happens.
8
Wayne Brady
Theatre sports is the best improv training period.
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Kurt Braunohler
We are going to do 'Hot Tub' until we die. Every Monday. Then we'll come back and do it as zombies. 'Hot Tub' is very important. What we do is based on our live skills. It's stand-up and sketch and improv; everything we do in 'Hot Tub' is important to our jobs. And every Monday I'm excited to do it.
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Hannibal Buress
I took an improv class in 2005 in Chicago at ComedySportz, which was short-form, more of a games-based improv. I remember it being real fun and helping with my stand-up. If I did an improv class, and then I did stand-up later, I felt looser on stage and more comfortable.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «IMPROV»

Discover the use of improv in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to improv and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up
From the Hardcover edition.
Patricia Ryan Madson, 2010
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Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone's involvement with the theatre began when George Devine and Tony Richardson, artistic directors of the Royal Court Theatre, commissioned a play from him.
Keith Johnstone, 2012
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The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using ...
Praise for The Second City Guide toImprov in the Classroom "This lively book reminds us that both real teaching and real learning are essentially exploratory, empowering, and downright fun." —Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, author, Imagining to Learn ...
Katherine S. McKnight, Mary Scruggs, 2008
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The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy ...
Ultimate Improv Book is a Meriwether Publishing publication.
Edward J. Nevraumont, Nicholas P. Hanson, Kurt Smeaton, 2001
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Improvise: scene from the inside out
In this book, Napier takes an irreverent, but constructive look at the art and practice of improvised scenes.
Mick Napier, 2004
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Long-Form Improv: The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, ...
A handbook of essentialcomedy skills, useful for all performers! ...
Ben Hauck, 2012
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Improv Yourself: Business Spontaneity at the Speed of Thought
This book represents Joe's theoretical and practical applications of his art. This art is desperately needed in today's corporate environment. Read, learn, then practice what he's preaching.
Joseph A. Keefe, 2003
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Improv for Actors
In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater.
Dan Diggles, 2004
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Whose Improv is it Anyway?: Beyond Second City
Readers will get the scoop on the recent work of players who, feeling excluded by early improv's "white guys in ties," created such independent groups as the Free Associates and the African American troupe Oui Be Negroes.
Amy E. Seham, 2001
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Improv Comedy
Improv Comedy is a definitive course in the practice of this popular theatre genre, as well as a valuable text for writers wishing to study the basics of controlled spontaneity as a path to believable humour.
Andy Goldberg, 1991

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «IMPROV»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term improv is used in the context of the following news items.
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Like a family dinner: Troupe serves up laughs with spoof, improv
Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- David Vitrano, below, and more of the Family Dinner Improv Comedy Troupe crew get the ... «The Advocate, Jul 15»
2
LeBron James Floored Judd Apatow And Bill Hader With His Improv
"I went to Second City L.A. to learn how to do improv, and everything it took me two years to figure out, he just inherently knows how to do," ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Free admission at Tempe Improv with donation - ABC15.com
TEMPE, AZ - Tempe Improv and St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance are teaming up to give comedy fans a chance to laugh for a good cause. «ABC15 Arizona, Jul 15»
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Man-Cave | Watch: John Cena shows off his comedy improv skills in …
Trainwreck is shaping up to be the comedy hit of the summer, and it looks as though the WWE's John Cena is going to have a big role to play in ... «Entertainment.ie, Jul 15»
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Improv Genius: Jazz Setlist, July 16-22 - Arts Desk
More and more, saxophonist JD Allen evokes memories of the great Thelonious Monk, at least in one important respect. Monk's improvisational ... «Washington City Paper, Jul 15»
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Laugh local at Georgetown's Improv Comedy Jam-bash-a-do
On Thursday, July 23, at 8 p.m., for $10, Georgetown Little Improv Club (GLIC) is throwing an Improv Comedy Jam-bash-a-do. Come to 33 ... «theifp.ca, Jul 15»
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Improv comedy on the fly? That's a 'yea,' not a 'boo.'
Seattle comedians Kesan Holt and Graham Tordoff will teach improv comedy tonight at Tonglen Lake Lodge followed by a community ... «Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Jul 15»
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Improving the Improv at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-After celebrating its 25th Anniversary last November, Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres ... «KARE, Jul 15»
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Random Acts celebrates 10 years of improv insanity
The improv comedy troupe Random Acts of Insanity will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance Saturday July 18 at Cinematique ... «Daytona Beach News-Journal, Jul 15»
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Family-friendly improv comes to Harbor
HARBOR — Be prepared to laugh 'til your sides hurt when the wacky Improv Team hits the Harbor stage at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19. «Coos Bay World, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Improv [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/improv>. Sep 2020 ».
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