Origin of improv
Related Wordsspontaneous, offhand, unscripted, unofficial, relaxed, straightforward, intimate, concoct, devise, ad-lib, contrive, invent, brainstorm, fake, jam, spark, extemporize, coin, extemporaneous, extempore
Examples from the Web for improv
Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and a host of others got their start with the improv troupe.The Ladies of Second City Read Grindr Hookup Messages
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 11, 2014
But he becomes animated when talking about his background in musical theater, improv comedy, and character acting.The Most Depressing Show on Earth: Amongst the Clowns of Newark
March 16, 2014
Unlike in stand up where there are far more women of color, in improv, their presence is sorely lacking.
“Organizations like the Groundlings, Improv Olympic, and the Upright Citizens Brigade are farm teams for SNL,” says Tyler.
She cites the “expense” of training in improv schools as at least one reason for the lack of diversity.
And, above all, let them be improv'd; by no means let them lose in the Repetition.Observations on the Florid Song
Pier Francesco Tosi
It is certain, Virgil is much indebted to him, tho' he has much improv'd his Manner.Lectures on Poetry
John Andrews tells the story of the school boys who, in the phrase of the day, "improv'd" the coast on School Street.The Siege of Boston
The blooming boy, who left his image in my young heart, is at four and twenty improv'd in every grace that fix'd him there.The Belle's Stratagem
- improvised performance, esp by a comedian
Word Origin and History for improv
1970 as colloquial shortening for improvisation. The New York City comedy club, founded in 1963, was, in full, The Improvisation.