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27th Mar '18 7:27:02 AM thatsnumberwang
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** ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' is majority ad-libbed, with whole scenes being nothing but half an hour takes of the cast just talking to each other that has been trimmed down and put on screen. Depending on who you ask, [[BrokenBase the film suffered for it in the same way that the Titanic suffered when it hit the iceberg.]]
8th Feb '18 5:01:28 PM nombretomado
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* Jimmy Smits supposedly left ''NYPDBlue'' because David Milch insisted on the actors often improvising scenes without a script at all.

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* Jimmy Smits supposedly left ''NYPDBlue'' ''Series/NYPDBlue'' because David Milch insisted on the actors often improvising scenes without a script at all.
1st Jan '18 7:02:26 PM DeadSkunk
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* ''DontThinkTwice'', being a film about an improv troupe, naturally focuses on improv. The bonus features focus on the difficulty of keeping the improv scenes fresh, while still being consistent enough for the camera.

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* ''DontThinkTwice'', ''Film/DontThinkTwice'', being a film about an improv comedy troupe, naturally focuses on improv. The bonus features focus on mention the difficulty of keeping the scenes that are improv scenes in-universe fresh, while still being consistent enough for the camera.
1st Jan '18 3:34:04 PM DeadSkunk
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* ''DontThinkTwice'', being a film about an improv troupe, naturally focuses on improv. The bonus features focus on the difficulty of keeping the improv scenes fresh, while still being consistent enough for the camera.
14th Nov '17 8:55:22 AM Hydriatus
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* Podcast/TheTritoneGambit: RPG games in general tend to be improvisational in nature, so this actual play podcast is certainly made up as the players go along.
17th Oct '17 4:41:06 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is famous for blurring the line between ad libs and scripted dialogue, with nearly half the dialogue cited as ad libs by the cast. Examples include the famous "Twinkie" scene, Peter's response of "so do I" when Egon says he blames himself for not testing their proton packs, and Egon's response of "that would have worked if you hadn't stopped me" when Peter refers to a NoodleIncident involving Egon trying to drill a hole in his head. Creator/SigourneyWeaver's ad libs include comparing Peter to "a game show host" (the original line was a used-car salesmen, but she observed that he actually bounces around like a game show host), and much of Creator/RickMoranis's dialogue as Louis welcomes people to his party is improvised.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is famous for blurring the line between ad libs and scripted dialogue, with nearly half the dialogue cited as ad libs by the cast. Examples include the famous "Twinkie" scene, Peter's response of "so do I" when Egon says he blames himself for not testing their proton packs, and Egon's response of "that would have worked if you hadn't stopped me" when Peter refers to a NoodleIncident involving Egon trying to drill a hole in his head. Creator/SigourneyWeaver's ad libs include comparing Peter to "a game show host" (the original line was a "a used-car salesmen, salesman", but she observed that he actually bounces around like a game show host), and much of Creator/RickMoranis's dialogue as Louis welcomes people to his party is improvised.



* Another famous example of improv is the {{Mockumentary}} ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''. The movie had no script; the actors simply got into character and improved for hours. Rob Reiner shot several hours of footage which was distilled down into the movie itself; hours of outtakes have been included on the various DVD sets.

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* Another famous example of improv is the {{Mockumentary}} ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''. The movie had no script; the actors simply got into character and improved improv'ed for hours. Rob Reiner shot several hours of footage which was distilled down into the movie itself; hours of outtakes have been included on the various DVD sets.



* In the German show {{Schillerstrasse}}, ''everything'' is improved. Really: the actors knows only the beginning of the episode, and they receive instructions via headphones. It was so popular that [[FollowTheLeader it spawned similar shows in other countries.]]

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* In the German show {{Schillerstrasse}}, ''everything'' is improved.improv'ed. Really: the actors knows only the beginning of the episode, and they receive instructions via headphones. It was so popular that [[FollowTheLeader it spawned similar shows in other countries.]]
24th Sep '17 3:04:54 PM nombretomado
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* When Creator/NeilPatrickHarris hosted the 2009 Tony Awards, he closed the ceremony by singing a song (to the tune of [[Theatre/WestSideStory "Tonight"]] and [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls "Luck Be a Lady"]]), the lyrics of which were just one variation based on the winners that had just been revealed that night. The lyricists (Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman) had come up with lyrics for several possible winning scenarios, although they weren't prepared for certain scenarios like ''BillyElliot'' winning Best Musical, but Elton John losing Best Original Score, and thus were tweaking the lyrics right up until the song went on. Neil Patrick Harris, being CrazyAwesome, pulled it off with aplomb, even throwing in an odd little bit of PaintingTheMedium halfway through ("Credits? That's not gonna stop me!").

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* When Creator/NeilPatrickHarris hosted the 2009 Tony Awards, he closed the ceremony by singing a song (to the tune of [[Theatre/WestSideStory "Tonight"]] and [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls "Luck Be a Lady"]]), the lyrics of which were just one variation based on the winners that had just been revealed that night. The lyricists (Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman) had come up with lyrics for several possible winning scenarios, although they weren't prepared for certain scenarios like ''BillyElliot'' ''Theatre/BillyElliot'' winning Best Musical, but Elton John losing Best Original Score, and thus were tweaking the lyrics right up until the song went on. Neil Patrick Harris, being CrazyAwesome, pulled it off with aplomb, even throwing in an odd little bit of PaintingTheMedium halfway through ("Credits? That's not gonna stop me!").
5th Sep '17 7:41:19 PM CassandraLeo
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* In TheSixties and TheSeventies, bands such as the Music/VelvetUnderground, Music/TheGratefulDead, and Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand incorporated improv extensively into their live shows and became known for never performing a song the same way twice. The latter two are now generally considered {{Ur Example}}s, {{Trope Maker}}s, and/or {{Trope Codifier}}s of the "jam band" genre, which includes bands such as Music/{{Phish}} and the Music/DaveMatthewsBand.
22nd Jul '17 8:19:18 PM PaulA
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* Most of the dialogue between Music/BingCrosby and Creator/BobHope in the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies was completely ad libbed, to the point that Dorothy Lamour often found herself unable to get in her lines. In ''The Road To Morocco'' Hope and Crosby share a scene with a live camel which decided [[SuperSpit to spit]] in Hope's face. The "attack" and Crosby's resulting ad-lib went into the film.

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* Most of the dialogue between Music/BingCrosby and Creator/BobHope in the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies was completely ad libbed, to the point that Dorothy Lamour often found herself unable to get in her lines. In ''The Road To Morocco'' ''Film/RoadToMorocco'' Hope and Crosby share a scene with a live camel which decided [[SuperSpit to spit]] in Hope's face. The "attack" and Crosby's resulting ad-lib went into the film.
7th Jul '17 4:12:49 AM Doug86
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* ''The Complete Works of William Shakespeare '' by the ReducedShakespeareCompany basically writes this into the script with places that essentially say "you improvise here", as well as numerous audience participation moments. Every performance ''has'' to invoke this trope.

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* ''The Complete Works of William Shakespeare '' by the ReducedShakespeareCompany Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany basically writes this into the script with places that essentially say "you improvise here", as well as numerous audience participation moments. Every performance ''has'' to invoke this trope.
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