• hoopla improv encyclopedia

    a constantly growing collection of our favourite improv games and exercises

Hoopla improv are the UK’s first improv theatre and the UK’s biggest improv school with fun and friendly shows and improv classes every day of the week in London and across the UK. We provide fantastic ongoing performing opportunities to students from our courses and a warm, welcoming and supportive community to help make improv for everyone!

This is an alphabetical collection of some of our favourite games and improv exercises, we are adding to it all the time. We also have an additional Beginners Improv Exercises list that is perfect for people new to improv.

A - Z of improv exercises

1

1,2,3

185

1 Minute Story

3 Things

8 Things

8 Things About Me

A

Action and Entrance

Action and Justify

Ad Game

Agreement Scenes

Agony Aunt

The Alphabet Game

Am/Fm Radio

Anecdotes

Animal Understudy

The Arms

Arnie

Arpeggio

Assassins

B

Bad Rap

Beat Poets

Bedtime Story

Bibbidy Bibbidy Bop

Big Body Tiny Head

Big Booty

Blind Date Character Quirks

Book Club

C

Caligula

Canadian Who What Where

Car Journey

Category Tag

CCTV

Chance Of A Lifetime

Change

Character Bench

Character Dial-Up

Character Interview

Character Mirror Circle

Character Monologue

Character Study

Change

Chat then add an activity

Circle of Extraordinary Coincidences

Clingy Penguin

Cocktail Party

Choir

Columns/Pillars

Come Over Here If…

Complaints Department

Complaint Letter

Conflict Scenes

Copy Dance

Creature Comforts

Creatures of the Deep

Curveball Story

D

Danish Clapping

Day In The Life

Déjà Vu

Diddly Dum

Director’s Cut

Do You Like Your Neighbour?

Donut

Dubbing

E

Eastenders

Eight Track

Electric Company

Emotional Family

Emotional Squares

Enter and Exit

Expert Interview

F

Family Dinner

Fairy Tale

Film Dub

Finish the Word

First and Last Line

Flatmates Just Do Nothing

Follow the Leaver

Forward/Reverse

Freeze Tag

G

Game-O-Matic

Genre Cauldron

Genre Rollercoaster

Gibberish Award Ceremony

Giving a Gift

Good, Bad, Worst Advice

Good Morning!

Grandmother’s Footsteps

Great, Next Character

Greatest Hits

Group Scene Point of View

H

Half Life

Henry

Hitch Hiker

Honkasaurus Rex

Hot Spot

Household Olympics

How We Met

I

I’m a Piece of Cheese (/Three in a Circle/I am a Whisk)

I Love You

I Know

I’ve Got a Word That Rhymes With…

I’ll Keep

I’m watching you watching me

Infinite Box

Instagram Slide Show

Instruction Manual Die

Interloper

Interview Switch

Is there any more?

Is It Is It Wiki’d

It’s Tuesday

J

Job Interview

Jump Rope

Junior Psychiatrist

K

Kick the Can Marco

Knife Throwing

L

La Ronde

Last Letter

Last Text You Sent

Late for Work

Leading with Body Parts

Loserball

Love Hearts

Love You

M

Machine

Meanwhile

Meet & Greet Walkabout

Melodrama

Mimic

Mind Meld

Move On

Movie Cards

Movie Director Interview

Mr So and So

N

Netflix & Chill

New Choice

Newsreader

O

One Minute Life Story

One Voice

Oracle

Ordinary Object

Oscar Winning Moment

Overload

P

Pan Left

Park Bench

Party Planning

Party Quirks

Peas in a Pod

Penguin Chairs

Personalize it!

Picnic Basket

Piece of Cheese

Pillars/Columns

Premise Lawyer

Poetry Corner

Point of View Post-It Notes

Point to things in the room

Pop-up Book

Props

Puppets

Q

Questions Only

R

Rant

Rap Battle

Repeat and Add

Rewind and Unblock

Rewind/Fast-Forward

Rewrite History

Royal Status Game

Rubber Chicken/Crazy Eights

S

Scene and Character Walkabout

Scene Carousel

Scenes from a Hat

Scenes from a Suggestion

Scenes in the same setting

Scene Repeater

Scene Replay

Sevens

Sex With Me

Shared Activity

Shared Holiday

Sing It

Sit Stand Lie Lean

Slideshow

Sound Ball

Sound Effects

Space Jump

Spelling Bee

Standing on the line

Stop Shuffle Walk Drop

Stories From Grandpa

Story Conductor

Story of your name

Story Swap

Storyteller Die

Stunt Doubles

Superheroes

Synchronised Clapping

T

Take a Tour

Taxi Driver

TED Talks

Temple of Doom

That Scene was about

Three Headed Expert

Three in a Circle

Three Line Scenes

Thunderdome

Time Jump

Toaster

Triangles

Triggers

Truthful Scenes

Typewriter

U

Underscore

Understudy

V

Volcano

W

Week in Detail

What?

What are you doing?

What’s Going On?

What’s on your Stupid T-Shirt? 

What you just said

Whiskey Mixer

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Who What Where

Wild West

Wink Murder

Wise Wise Wise

Word Restriction

Word at a Time Expert

Word at a Time Story

World’s Worst

Written Lines

X

Xylophone

Y

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Yes And

Yes Based Conversations

Yipee

 

Z

Zip Zap Boing

Zip Zap Zop

 

If there are any other games you’d like to see here please get in touch and we will add them to the list!

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