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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Featuring 22 local and national acts with six shows and three improv workshops. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville concerts this week: Lauren Daigle, Waterfront Wednesday & more," 23 Aug. 2019 Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and include a performance program for ages 8 to 14 and an improv class for ages 8 to 16., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 22 Aug. 2019 And the hip-hop improv troupe Freestyle Love Supreme, whose rotating members include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, and James Monroe Iglehart, brings its impromptu rhymes uptown (Sept. 13, Booth). Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Fall Theatre Preview," 16 Aug. 2019 This doesn’t mean every company needs to invest in mandatory improv classes for the next team development event. Bob Dusin, Quartz at Work, "To be your most authentic self at work, get better at pretending," 13 June 2019 Several improv programs recruit people with autism to help them better understand relationships and social cues. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Improv troupe for actors with Down syndrome inspires confidence, problem solving and laughs," 14 Aug. 2019 Chicago may have a national reputation as a comedy hub, but almost all the improv action is happening on the North Side and features primarily white performers. Nina Metz,, "‘South Side’ review: The new series from Comedy Central is the most Chicago show on TV," 23 July 2019 Originally a graduate of Stetson University, Kristian completed an improv program at Second City Training Center in 2018. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Demi's Girlfriend Kristian Haggerty From 'Bachelor In Paradise'?," 19 July 2019 The improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade brings its humorous take on space exploration with a show at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City July 20. David Morgan, CBS News, "Events and exhibits celebrating Apollo 11 at 50," 14 July 2019

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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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