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22nd Jun '16 6:21:42 AM gewunomox
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* The acoustic guitar solo at the start of "And You and I" by {{Yes}} was an unplanned improv. They were gearing up to start recording the track, and Steve Howe was doodling and checking the tuning on his guitar. Jon Anderson thought it sounded "beautiful" and signalled to Eddie Offord to start recording. The whole thing [[ThrowItIn made it into the album mix]], including Eddie responding "OK" to Jon's signal after he starts the tape.

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* The acoustic guitar solo at the start of "And You and I" by {{Yes}} Music/{{Yes}} was an unplanned improv. They were gearing up to start recording the track, and Steve Howe was doodling and checking the tuning on his guitar. Jon Anderson thought it sounded "beautiful" and signalled to Eddie Offord to start recording. The whole thing [[ThrowItIn made it into the album mix]], including Eddie responding "OK" to Jon's signal after he starts the tape.
21st May '16 2:33:24 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' 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. Sigourney Weaver'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 Rick Moranis's dialogue as Louis welcomes people to his party is improvised.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''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. Sigourney Weaver's 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 Rick Moranis's Creator/RickMoranis's dialogue as Louis welcomes people to his party is improvised.
9th May '16 8:17:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/CharlieChaplin was renowned - and hated by his crew - for this. He would often begin the shoot with no script, instead making up and trying stuff on the fly until something worked... Which some days, wouldn't happen. He also had a bad temper which showed when he got frustrated not being able to find just the right gag.
** Of course, Charlie Chaplin is still Charlie Chaplin. There's a set-piece gag in ''TheGreatDictator'' where Chaplin's barber shaves a customer in time with the (frighteningly fast) Hungarian dance on the radio. The intention was to do the shave repeatedly and then patch it together with the music in editing. Chaplin had the music playing on-set, though. Result: The shave was filmed perfect in one take. The first one.

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* Creator/CharlieChaplin was renowned - and hated by his crew - for this. He would often begin the shoot with no script, instead making up and trying stuff on the fly until something worked... Which some days, wouldn't happen. He also had a bad temper which showed when he got frustrated not being able to find just the right gag.
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gag. Of course, Charlie Chaplin is still Charlie Chaplin. There's a set-piece gag in ''TheGreatDictator'' ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' where Chaplin's barber shaves a customer in time with the (frighteningly fast) Hungarian dance on the radio. The intention was to do the shave repeatedly and then patch it together with the music in editing. Chaplin had the music playing on-set, though. Result: The shave was filmed perfect in one take. The first one.
27th Apr '16 5:47:06 AM emeriin
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* ''WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses''. Doug admitted he turned his morals off to answer the questions, but still refused to go anywhere that would spread hate instead of mock it.
14th Apr '16 9:59:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/PeterSellers often improvised on set, though he was more careful than most to do so in character. Stanley Kubrick used three cameras to shoot his ''DrStrangelove'' scenes so the best material could be edited together; most famously, much of the hotline telephone monologue is said to be improvised, as is the behavior of his EvilHand in the second-to-last scene.

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* Creator/PeterSellers often improvised on set, though he was more careful than most to do so in character. character.
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Stanley Kubrick used three cameras to shoot his ''DrStrangelove'' ''Film/DrStrangelove'' scenes so the best material could be edited together; most famously, much of the hotline telephone monologue is said to be improvised, as is the behavior of his EvilHand in the second-to-last scene.
1st Apr '16 10:11:00 PM nombretomado
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* Part of the reason Eric Matthews on Series/BoyMeetsWorld went through heavy flanderization was to utilize Will Friedle's improv skills by having Eric do crazier and crazier things. In "Seven the Hard Way", Will asked the prop department for a lollipop on a string which led to one of the series funniest moment of Eric pulling a lollipop out of his beard and licking it.

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* Part of the reason Eric Matthews on Series/BoyMeetsWorld ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' went through heavy flanderization was to utilize Will Friedle's improv skills by having Eric do crazier and crazier things. In "Seven the Hard Way", Will asked the prop department for a lollipop on a string which led to one of the series funniest moment of Eric pulling a lollipop out of his beard and licking it.



* ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' easily popularized the knowledge of improv games to general audiences.
** Evidently, the same can be said of ''TheDrewCareyShow'', who had quite a few cast members translate between the two shows. The "Drew Live" episodes were at least partially improvised.

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* ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' easily popularized the knowledge of improv games to general audiences.
** Evidently, the same can be said of ''TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', who had quite a few cast members translate between the two shows. The "Drew Live" episodes were at least partially improvised.



* ''MockTheWeek'', who was created by the same people as ''Whose Line'', mixes this with a satirical PanelShow.

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* ''MockTheWeek'', ''Series/MockTheWeek'', who was created by the same people as ''Whose Line'', mixes this with a satirical PanelShow.



* The night-time soap opera ''KnotsLanding'' had an entire episode that was improvised by all the actors. The "script" for the episode merely gave the actors guidelines as to what should have happened by the time the episode was over, but in no way limited the actors on how they were supposed to accomplish their character's agenda.
* In the US version of ''TheOffice'', all the actors are given complete scripts, but are allowed to improvise as they go along. The absolute [[CrowningMomentOfFunny greatest adlib in the series]] is the kiss between Michael and Oscar, in Michael's failed attempt to show how tolerant he is of Oscar's [[StraightGay homosexuality]].

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* The night-time soap opera ''KnotsLanding'' ''Series/KnotsLanding'' had an entire episode that was improvised by all the actors. The "script" for the episode merely gave the actors guidelines as to what should have happened by the time the episode was over, but in no way limited the actors on how they were supposed to accomplish their character's agenda.
* In the US version of ''TheOffice'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', all the actors are given complete scripts, but are allowed to improvise as they go along. The absolute [[CrowningMomentOfFunny greatest adlib in the series]] is the kiss between Michael and Oscar, in Michael's failed attempt to show how tolerant he is of Oscar's [[StraightGay homosexuality]].



* ''Series/GreenWing''

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* 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 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.]]



* Series/{{Community}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvxL5G9keLg is]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU36E2J4z48 fond]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Egdb3Vj4g&feature=related of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4R03kYx9QY this.]]

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* Series/{{Community}} ''Series/{{Community}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvxL5G9keLg is]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU36E2J4z48 fond]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Egdb3Vj4g&feature=related of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4R03kYx9QY this.]]
19th Mar '16 3:25:18 AM Hossmeister
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19th Feb '16 7:12:02 AM fairyfeller
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* Each episode of ''Podcast/HelloFromTheMagicTavern'' is improvised.
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]].
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