im·prov | \ ˈim-ˌpräv \

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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Fight Quest 4 Peace features an ensemble of actors improvising a superhero story based on audience suggestions from the audience; the improv forms the connective tissue between choreographed fight scenes. Oliver Sava, Chicago Reader, "Sluggish stage combat is Fight Quest 4 Peace’s kryptonite," 22 June 2018 The 4th annual Break Out Comedy Festival (June 7-9) will follow with a lineup of sketch and improv performers from around the country. Kt Hawbaker,, "Second City stresses diversity with this year's Bob Curry Showcase and Break Out Fest," 29 May 2018 Fri 1/12, 8:30 PM Laser Improv Show Chris Best remains backstage during his one-man improv show, doodling scenery and characters with a laser pointer onto a white curtain. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Your guide to SketchFest and Ex Fest," 10 Jan. 2018 And as for outside the 20, Graham spent the last couple seasons playing with the second-best improv QB in football in Russell Wilson. Gary Gramling,, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 The day will see a kazoo parade and improv musical comedy, as well as performances from indie rockers to rappers to traditional Irish musicians. Nyssa Kruse,, "Music To Fill Streets As Connecticut Joins Global Make Music Day," 18 June 2018 With this in mind, Kirkpatrick and her casting director selected actors with theater and improv backgrounds. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "How an Actress and Accordion Player Became a Comedy Virtual Reality Pioneer," 29 May 2018 As previously reported, DCM is comedy’s largest improv festival and will run over the course of three days — from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 — in New York City. Aja Hoggatt,, "Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and more perform at Carnegie Hall for opening night of the Del Close Marathon," 29 June 2018 Lord and Miller make weird, improv-heavy movies that transcend their cynical-sounding origins. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 25 May 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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