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7th Feb '16 11:34:04 AM Atticus
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* A key aspect of [[CommediaDellArte Commedia dell'Arte]]: The outline of the plot is sketched, but all of the action and dialog is improvised by the actors.
6th Feb '16 8:33:40 PM nombretomado
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* When auditioning for ''{{Cheers}}'', John Ratzenberger originally read for the role of Norm. After badly botching his audition, he asked the producers if the show included a bar know-it-all, and proceeded to wander around the room ad-libbing lines that might be appropriate for such a character. A week later, he was called back and offered the newly-written role of [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Cliff]].
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* When auditioning for ''{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', John Ratzenberger originally read for the role of Norm. After badly botching his audition, he asked the producers if the show included a bar know-it-all, and proceeded to wander around the room ad-libbing lines that might be appropriate for such a character. A week later, he was called back and offered the newly-written role of [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Cliff]].
28th Jan '16 11:16:28 AM eroock
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-->-- '''Reviewer''' on ''Film/{{Victoria}}''
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-->-- '''Reviewer''' on ''Film/{{Victoria}}'' ''Film/{{Victoria 2015}}''
20th Jan '16 4:01:30 PM eroock
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-->-- Reviewer on ''Film/{{Victoria}}''
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-->-- Reviewer '''Reviewer''' on ''Film/{{Victoria}}''
20th Jan '16 4:00:29 PM eroock
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->''"I think this movie's biggest achievement is the authenticity it creates. Unlike scripted dialog, all conversations in this film felt completely real to me. "Nice hotel, um I mean cafe". That's stuff that happens in real life all the time, especially when you've had a few beers. But it never happens in the movies. If it were to happen, they'd shoot another take.
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->''"I think this movie's biggest achievement is the authenticity it creates. Unlike scripted dialog, all conversations in this film felt completely real to me. "Nice 'Nice hotel, um I mean cafe".cafe'. That's stuff that happens in real life all the time, especially when you've had a few beers. But it never happens in the movies. If it were to happen, they'd shoot another take. "''
20th Jan '16 3:59:54 PM eroock
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->''"Improv Everywhere: We Cause Scenes"'' -->-- '''Creator/ImprovEverywhere's''' {{tagline}}
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->''"Improv Everywhere: We Cause Scenes"'' ->''"I think this movie's biggest achievement is the authenticity it creates. Unlike scripted dialog, all conversations in this film felt completely real to me. "Nice hotel, um I mean cafe". That's stuff that happens in real life all the time, especially when you've had a few beers. But it never happens in the movies. If it were to happen, they'd shoot another take. -->-- '''Creator/ImprovEverywhere's''' {{tagline}} Reviewer on ''Film/{{Victoria}}''
9th Jan '16 12:45:03 PM Morgenthaler
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** Jazz musicians spend HOURS working on improvisation. John Coltrane and CharlieParker were well-known for extremely long practice sessions, sometimes lasting up to 14 hours.
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** Jazz musicians spend HOURS working on improvisation. John Coltrane and CharlieParker Music/CharlieParker were well-known for extremely long practice sessions, sometimes lasting up to 14 hours.
2nd Jan '16 9:05:35 PM Josef5678
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* When 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 NeilPatrickHarris 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!").
21st Dec '15 8:36:04 PM Adept
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* In baroque music, basslines (basso continuo) were almost always improvised on the harpsichord or, in the case of religious works, on the organ, with the conductor both playing the instrument and conducting from it. JohannSebastianBach is largely responsible for the [[AscendedExtra ascension of the keyboard instrument]] from lowly accompaniment to the star of solo works or concertos, thus contributing to the demise of basso continuo (and the prevalence of its opposite, obbligato, in the basslines of most classical music after the baroque era and the use of precomposed "continuo" melodies in most performances of baroque music).
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* In baroque music, basslines (basso continuo) were almost always improvised on the harpsichord or, in the case of religious works, on the organ, with the conductor both playing the instrument and conducting from it. JohannSebastianBach Music/JohannSebastianBach is largely responsible for the [[AscendedExtra ascension of the keyboard instrument]] from lowly accompaniment to the star of solo works or concertos, thus contributing to the demise of basso continuo (and the prevalence of its opposite, obbligato, in the basslines of most classical music after the baroque era and the use of precomposed "continuo" melodies in most performances of baroque music).

* It is rumored that JohannSebastianBach improvised most of his fugal works.
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* It is rumored that JohannSebastianBach Johan Sebastian Bach improvised most of his fugal works.
14th Nov '15 4:28:44 PM nombretomado
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* In a ''RobotChicken'' commentary after the ''StarWars'' parodies, Seth Green explains that they just let Breckin Meyer ramble for hours before they picked out the best bits for the Boba Fett segments.
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* In a ''RobotChicken'' ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' commentary after the ''StarWars'' parodies, Seth Green explains that they just let Breckin Meyer ramble for hours before they picked out the best bits for the Boba Fett segments.
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