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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (26 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325001146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325001142
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a resource for actors, teachers and directors interested in physical comedy - from slapstick pratfalls to the theatre of the absurd. The author believes that the basic physical skills of comedy can be taught to anyone. His 20 years of practical experience - including workshops with Jacques LeCoq, Tony Montanaro, Bill Irwin, Avner Eisenberg, Mark Morris and Ronlin Foreman - have taught him so. Robinson shares what he has learned in this book, providing a thorough explanation of a range of techniques for developing comic timing, writing original material and working with scripts. The book includes numerous hands-on exercises designed to help anyone, regardless of experience, develop their sense of play.

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By A Customer on 29 April 1999
Format: Paperback
I have studied with Davis Robinson for a Year now at Emerson College, and I wouldn't trade this year of training for anything. He is one of the most brilliant acting teachers I have ever encountered, and I have had the pleasure of reading this book before it's publication date. I truly believe that this should become a standard for all acting classes and teachers for years to come. His brilliance and down to earth approach to this handbook is really something that any actor/teacher who takes their studies and work seriously NEEDS to learn from. I for one am going to keep this book in my back pocket for years to come. Davis Robinson is the Misner of our time, and his book is the perfect way to ring in the Millenium! Davis Robinson has changed my life, and if you read this book it will change yours as well! In fact, Yesterday I saw The Physical Comedy class performance here at Emerson, Davis' last class before he ventures off to Bowdain College, and it was probably one of the funniest things I have ever watched on stage. This book is an imperative item on anyones bookshelp who is serious about the performing arts and the technique behind it all! Buy it now. Read it Often!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, practical and inspirational 27 April 2016
By Jason Pern - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. There is great insight into the world of physical comedy and I found the exercises to be very helpful and explained in great detail. In particular I like how the author notes variations and pitfalls as well to all of the exercises. I came away with an appreciate for how fun/play meets practice and technique in the world of physical comedy. I've also been inspired to go back and watch films and skits from some of the masters (Keaton, Chaplin, Marx Brothers, etc). Well worth the time and effort. As other reviewers already mentioned, some illustrations would have been a big help with certain exercises, but the book is still worth a 5 star review in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 14 Jan. 2013
By Jill Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a challenging topic - how do you write about things that probably should be shown? This book does an excellent job, and some of these exercises are a permanent part of our curriculum.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 14 July 2013
By abombtmc - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! Very well written, with a perfect blend of specific instruction balanced with open-ended freedom to explore each exercise. I've been using many of these techniques on stage for years, but it was incredibly validating to see them written out and to understand why they were already such an integral part of my unconscious comedic mind.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars concise and to the point 29 Dec. 2012
By jorjan Plimmer - Published on Amazon.com
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I like not having to read through a lot of wordy horse pucky to get to the point. I have been able to add some good moves to my clown routine from reading this book.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Davis "Genius" Robinson 29 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have studied with Davis Robinson for a Year now at Emerson College, and I wouldn't trade this year of training for anything. He is one of the most brilliant acting teachers I have ever encountered, and I have had the pleasure of reading this book before it's publication date. I truly believe that this should become a standard for all acting classes and teachers for years to come. His brilliance and down to earth approach to this handbook is really something that any actor/teacher who takes their studies and work seriously NEEDS to learn from. I for one am going to keep this book in my back pocket for years to come. Davis Robinson is the Misner of our time, and his book is the perfect way to ring in the Millenium! Davis Robinson has changed my life, and if you read this book it will change yours as well! In fact, Yesterday I saw The Physical Comedy class performance here at Emerson, Davis' last class before he ventures off to Bowdain College, and it was probably one of the funniest things I have ever watched on stage. This book is an imperative item on anyones bookshelp who is serious about the performing arts and the technique behind it all! Buy it now. Read it Often!
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