Are you a musician who plays with an improv comedy group, or is interested in trying it? If so, this book is for you! You'll also greatly benefit if you're a director, teacher, or part of an improv group who wants to help a musician learn how to play with you. It's fun even if you're just a hardcore Whose Line fan.
      
This book is an opportunity for me to share knowledge gained from my years of improv experience. You'll learn how I do what I do on Whose Line is it Anyway (plus get some insider stories about the show!) And you'll get tips and pointers on how to play for live improv shows, play in different styles, accompany improvised songs, know how to approach long and short form, improvise musicals, be a valuable team player, and lots more.

“The key to our Whose Line gig is really understanding the role that music plays in the show, and Laura is the queen of that skill.” - Linda Taylor (Guitarist - Whose Line is it Anyway)

People asked me to write about this subject, because there aren't many resources available. But I didn't know how to begin writing a book.  Then I did a podcast with the talented Bob Baker, and we got to talking afterward.  He's an accomplished author, teacher, musician and improviser, so it was perfect for us to write the book together.

"I loved "The Improv Comedy Musician"! You covered so many important aspects of music direction in a way that's friendly, accessible and informative. Can't wait to get all our musicians in the ImprovBoston training program reading the book!"
- Mike Descoteaux (Artistic Director - ImprovBoston)


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"I know and highly respect both Laura & Bob.  I can't think of a better pair to teach you the fundamentals of musical improv" - Bill Chott (Founder - The Improv Trick)  

From the Foreword by Colin Mochrie:    
"On Whose Line, Laura supplies note-perfect music styles for Wayne Brady, Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten, Jeff Davis, et al, to shine on. But Laura's true genius is that she can make caterwaulers like me sound good and, more important, makes caterwaulers like me feel safe enough to try.
      
Laura Hall is a damn fine musician, period. There is no musical style she isn't well versed in. With Laura you get experience, knowledge, and a teacher you can trust. What more could you ask for? So get reading, start playing, and have more fun than you're ready for."     

When you find yourself working with a tremendous musician who likes to laugh and
is an expert in comedy, improvisation, and teamwork, her name is Laura Hall."
- Ron West (Director - The Second City)

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Camp Improv Utopia (Yosemite)

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Camp Improv Utopia, Calvin Crest - Oakhurst, CA

I'm so excited to be teaching Music Improv with my friend, the wildly talented Shulie Cowen. Camp Improv Utopia is a 3 night retreat for adults 21. Near Yosemite National Park, this camp is tucked away near the Sierra Nevadas, where you’ll see America’s most beautiful landmarks like El Capitan, Half Dome and The Yosemite Valley. This three-night camping experience includes improv workshops from top instructors, camp activities like archery, pool swimming, a trip to half-dome and more! Your accommodations are great too, with cabin camping with showers and bathrooms, all your meals and much more. Camp is a relaxed environment to learn while experiencing camaraderie, community and nature.

Rick & Laura Hall in Concert

South Bay Community Concert Association

This is a livestream you can enjoy in the comfort of your home, wherever you are. From 7:00-8:30 Pacific Time, Rick and I will share my original music and his storytelling. Join us for a family friendly evening of entertainment. The event is free, but you have to pre-register for tickets!

The Molls

South Bay Community Concert Association, Live stream

I'll be improvising with two of the most talented musical improvisers in Los Angeles, Shulie Cowen and Hilary Rowe. Together, we're "The Molls". This livestream is free, but you have to pre-register for tickets!

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