Improv Book Garners Fans

The book of improv.

The book of improv.

A DOCTOR & A PLUMBER IN A ROWBOAT: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO IMPROV is collecting new fans every day. Among the comments:

“I highly recommend the book A Doctor and a Plumber in a Rowboat: An Essential Guide to Improvisation to anyone starting out or who is still on the path to knowledge.” Mark Ruffalo, star, The Avengers: Age of Ultron

 “I wish I had this book when I was first starting out!” Hal Linden, star, Barney Miller

 “Hats off! A beautiful, worthwhile book. It is deep, informed, reflecting decades of first-hand experience… The two authors have distilled their complex understanding to a very readable volume. Like most great teaching, it comes across as simple. The prose style itself is clean, the syntax perfectly organized. The insights are wisely arranged and described with well-chosen examples. The two have captured the history and craft in 138 pages. It will remain a document of our time and will be read by actors and improvisers for decades to come. But, although it is a great teaching tool for anyone who wants to improvise well, it’s really about living well.  Sharing, listening, being in the moment, saying yes to the offers of others.”  Rob McCaskill, writer, actor, director, master teacher, improviser

Tom Soter, in front of the HomeGrown Theater, longtime home of Sunday Night Improv.

Tom Soter, in front of the HomeGrown Theater, longtime home of Sunday Night Improv.

“I love this book. I learned so much. It made me want to do improv every day. It also made me want to be a better improviser (to paraphrase a famous movie line). And I don’t think you can ask for anything more from an improv guide.” Ian Prior, emcee, All-Star Improv Jam

 “One of improv’s cardinal rules is ‘Never deny.’ In writing characters, the cardinal rule is ‘never sound written.’ Not as easy as it might seem. I found the best way not to sound ‘written’ was to remember my early training with Carol and the gang at Chicago City Limits. I learned to ‘improv’ scenes in my head, with no idea of where they might go. I found some of my best material this way.” William Lucas Walker, writer/producer, Frasier, Roseanne, Will & Grace, The Chris Isaak Show 

“Carol and Tom are the real deal, having been part of the vanguard that put  improv on the map in New York City. They have a deep love for the art form and great insights into the underlying skills. Carol and Tom understand improv.” Paul Zuckerman, executive Producer, Chicago City Limits

Tom Soter, Carol Schindler and other performers at Sunday Night Improv in 2008.

Tom Soter, Carol Schindler and other performers at Sunday Night Improv in 2008.

 “When I wanted to study improv I asked two talented performers I knew who I should study with. They both said, ‘Tom Soter.’ I’m happy, all these years later, to make the same recommendation. Tom is a great teacher who knows his stuff.”  Mike Bencivenga, playwright, Billy and Ray

“It’s hard to imagine my career – and life – being what they are without the skills I learned studying improv, and harder yet to imagine anyone better at teaching those skills than Carol Schindler.” Richard Doctorow, story editor, The Simpsons

 “Carol Schindler and Tom Soter have done an excellent job of explaining the underpinnings of improvisation. For those of us involved in corporate training, applying improvisation techniques is a great way to improve interpersonal communication and collaboration skills. This book gave me a better understanding of how I can incorporate improvisation in my own practice.” Holly O’Grady, corporate trainer 

Tom Soter (pointing) with the New York Improv Squad at the Village Voice Festival of Street Entertainers in 1985.

Tom Soter (pointing) with the New York Improv Squad at the Village Voice Festival of Street Entertainers in 1985.

“I always thought the reason to have improv training at a corporate event was to help managers lighten up and use humor at work. But when I read this, I realized that improv is the perfect model for building a culture of innovation and action. If want to learn how to get your team working together and pushing projects forward, put the lessons of this book in action.” J. Dunston, corporate trainer

“Tom Soter is a great improv teacher, a master of comedy and drama.” Marc Bilgrey, author, And Don’t Forget to Rescue the Princess

 

 

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