Comedy improvisation on television: does it work?

@article{Edge2010ComedyIO,
  title={Comedy improvisation on television: does it work?},
  author={Brainne Edge},
  journal={Comedy Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={1},
  pages={101 - 111}
}
  • B. Edge
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Political Science
  • Comedy Studies
ABSTRACT Improvised shows can be cheap to make, funny and can show off some exciting new talents. So why do we not see more of them on television? Is it because improvisation simply does not work on television? We have seen successful shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? which uses the general ‘short form’ game-based style of improvisation, and Curb Your Enthusiasm which uses ‘long form’ and realistic settings to create an on-going story based around specific characters. But how many others… 
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