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Will Hines

  1. An Insanely Thorough and Expansive Ranking of Every Weird Al Polka MedleyLet’s get right to it: below is an unnecessarily analytical and even more unnecessarily expansive ranking of all of pop song parodist “Weird […]
  2. Improv as Practical Life AdviceWhen you ask people to think of reasons why someone took an improv class for the first time you get answers like “I wanted to do something fun” […]
  3. Why People Get Obsessed: The Religion of ImprovA cult. A philosophy. A religion. These are the terms people use to describe improv. The casual outsider would be amazed at how intensely some […]
  4. Talking to Zach Woods About Bringing Improv to TV and Film ActingThere’s a growing flock of people in TV and movies whose primary training is improv comedy. On one hand, it makes sense: these people have […]
  5. Finding True ‘Improv’ Moments in MoviesSometimes you’ll hear that a movie used “a lot of improv,” but when pressed the director will reveal that at most a handful of lines of […]
  6. Talking Del Close and the Early Days of Chicago Improv with SNL’s Alex BazeThis is the first in a series of columns and interviews in which I’ll examine improv comedy and how it affects the comedy scene in general. I’m […]
  7. Chivalry and ImprovWill Hines is a teacher at the UCB Training Center in New York. This is republished from his blog Improv Nonsense with permission. Something […]
  8. Diving Into the Archives of ‘Spy,’ The Funniest Magazine EverMaybe you’ve heard of Spy Magazine, the satirical magazine that was one of the funniest things ever in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but never […]
  9. The Dan Harmon School of Comedy WritingSo you love Community, not just because it’s funny but because it’s impressively written. It seems each half-hour episode packs in a movie’s […]