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

Examples of improv in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her improv performance was a bust, as was the disco-mentary challenge. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race," 5 Mar. 2021 There were also interactive sessions that included improv games for the mind and body, as well as tools for how to create a positive mindset. Nicole F. Roberts, Forbes, "Need For Human Connection Creates Unexpected, Positive Use Of Clubhouse," 28 Feb. 2021 That includes writing jokes, sketch comedy and parody songs, while also performing standup comedy and, in recent years, relishing time spent in the no-safety-net-below world of improv comedy. cleveland, "South Euclid author assembles book of Ohio-themed jokes," 9 Dec. 2020 Here are four improv groups in metro Phoenix that host free weekly online shows. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Comedy goes online: 4 Arizona improv groups are streaming free shows. Here's how to watch," 22 Aug. 2020 Improv Theater in Phoenix continues to provide a performance space for improv actors during the pandemic. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Comedy goes online: 4 Arizona improv groups are streaming free shows. Here's how to watch," 22 Aug. 2020 In San Francisco, for instance, Rock Band Land, a popular weeklong summer day camp that focuses on music, storytelling, improv comedy and video, has virtualized the experience to offer a new product, The RBL Donkey Camp Show. Matt Villano, CNN, "6 ideas for summer fun now that camp has been canceled," 20 May 2020 Second City is bringing its improv classes online, led by its comedy vets in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. David Morgan, CBS News, "Performing arts online: Bringing theater to socially-distancing audiences," 30 Mar. 2020 Play an improv game over video chat, like the story-telling game. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Has coronavirus in Milwaukee canceled your child's birthday party? Here's how you can still celebrate.," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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“Improv.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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