What Jimmy Likes About Ben Noble’s New Improv Book

I have always liked what St. Louis improviser Ben Noble has had to say about improv in his weekly blog.

Ben found improv only three years ago. He thought it would be great way to make friends and give him a creative outlet after a break up.

Of course, like most of us who fall in love with this thing called improv, he got way more than he bargained for. As he put it, “Improv has made me a better person and has radically changed everything about this life.”

Not bad for someone who been only improvising for three years.

Today, Ben regularly performs on the house team Bad Magic at The Improv Shop as well as with other groups in various venues in St. Louis.

Last April, as he was struggling to get through The UCB Comedy Improvisational Manual – which he said was packed with great info, but read like a textbook — Ben got an idea. He remembered that desire that all improvisers have when they are first starting out: “To get really good really fast.” And he used that as inspiration for his new book: Improv ABC: The A-Z Guide to Becoming An Unstoppable Improviser.

“I decided to write the book I wish I had when I was coming up and learning the craft — something practical, straightforward, and, most importantly, fun.”

I could not agree with him more. I found his book to be so much fun, in fact, that I actually forget I was reading. But please do not take my word for it. He was kind enough to give us a sample chapter from his book so you can decide for yourself.

M is for Monologue



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