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What is a "Harold?"

Improv people are always talkin' about Harold. Harold this. Harold that. A casual observer might implore, "Um... like, is Harold an adjective, a verb, or just some dude?" The Apiary is here for you!

According to Wikipedia:

The Harold is an improvisational long-form. Developed by Del Close, Harold has become the signature form of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and is now performed by improvisational comedy troupes and teams across the world.

Harold is much like a standard television sitcom. It consists of 3 acts, each comprised of improvised games and scenes. This basic form begins with an opening game, which explores a suggestion provided by the audience. A set of 3 scenes, usually unrelated to each other, follows the opening game, and is known as the 1st beat. The 2nd beat -- another set of 3 scenes that are inspired somehow by the scenes from the 1st beat -- follows, and is capped with a 2nd group game. The third bea) combines themes, characters, situations and games from the whole piece and, hopefully, makes surprising and funny connections or intersections among them.

Does that help?

Where to watch a Harold:
Harold Cage Matches
Every Tuesday at UCB

How to Harold:
Take classes here
Or here
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