im·​prov | \ ˈim-ˌpräv How to pronounce improv (audio) \

Definition of improv

: of, relating to, or being improvisation and especially an improvised comedy routine

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improv noun

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The improv performer Nicole Pasquale hosts this socially conscious variety show, now at a new time slot. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 31 May 2018 In our class of improv newbies, warm-up exercises helped everyone get over their jitters about jumping into scenes with strangers and trying to be clever. Francesca Gino, WSJ, "Want to Run a Good Meeting? First, Take a Comedy Class," 26 Oct. 2018 But these also happen to be skills that are at work during improv comedy. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "Funny Girls Is Teaching Girls to Be Leaders Through Improv," 6 Dec. 2018 So, after eight hours and 500 miles: thumbs-up to the improv DVD system. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Figured Out the Best Way to Distract My Kids on a Road Trip: DVDs (Seriously)," 9 Nov. 2018 After college, Bee joined an improv troupe in Toronto. Lorraine Berry, Marie Claire, "How 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Came into Its Own," 10 May 2017 Playing a version of herself in an improv group—thus the tricky title—this troubled teenager is caught between her mother, a textbook case of unexamined anxiety, and the purblind, emotionally predatory woman who leads the group. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Madeline’s Madeline’ Review: Unraveling On and Off Stage," 9 Aug. 2018 The couple first met when Nancy took Steve's improv class at the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "How Steve and Nancy Carell Have Made Their Marriage Thrive for More Than Two Decades," 13 Oct. 2018 So like a terrific dinner party or a dream improv team, the writers’ room has to have chemistry and comedy and community. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Jill Soloway on the Emotional Labor of the Female Showrunner," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of improv

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for improv

short for improvisation

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The first known use of improv was in 1978

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