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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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 Noah Centineo just may be one of the great improv actors of our time. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Went Off Script During a Scene in "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser"," 17 Sep. 2018 At a recent show, audience members (many iO students) joined the cast on stage to practice their improv skills. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Funny Girl: The women in Chicago telling jokes, and laughing, too," 25 Apr. 2018 Improv Embarrass yourself and take an improv class to learn to think fast, trust yourself, and connect with an audience. The Cut, "20 Satisfying Hobbies and How to Get Them," 12 Jan. 2018 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

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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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