• 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

185

1 Minute Story

3 Things

8 Things

A

Action and Justify

Agony Aunt

The Alphabet Game

Am/Fm Radio

Animal Understudy

The Arms

Arnie

Arpeggio

B

Beat Poets

Bedtime Story

Big Body Tiny Head

Blind Date Character Quirks

C

CCTV

Chance Of A Lifetime

Change

Character Bench

Character Study

Choir

Columns/Pillars

Complaint Letter

Copy Dance

Creatures of the Deep

D

Day In The Life

Déjà Vu

Diddly Dum

Director’s Cut

Dubbing

E

Emotional Squares

F

Fairy Tale

Film Dub

Follow the Leaver

Forward/Reverse

Freeze Tag

G

Game-O-Matic

Genre Cauldron

Genre Rollercoaster

Gibberish Award Ceremony

Greatest Hits

H

Half Life

Henry

Hitch Hiker

Honkasaurus Rex

Household Olympics

How We Met

I

I Love You

Instagram Slide Show

Instruction Manual Die

Is It Is It Wiki’d

Interview Switch

J

Job Interview

K

Knife Throwing

L

Last Letter

Last Text You Sent

Late for Work

Lines From A Hat

Love Hearts

Love You

M

Machine

Meanwhile

Meet & Greet Walkabout

Melodrama

Mimic

Mind Meld

Move On

Movie Cards

Movie Director Interview

N

Netflix & Chill

New Choice

Newsreader

O

One Voice

Oracle

Ordinary Object

Oscar Winning Moment

P

Pan Left

Party Quirks

Piece of Cheese

Pillars/Columns

Poetry Corner

Pop-up Book

Props

Puppets

Q

Questions Only

R

Rap Battle

Rewind/Fast-Forward

Rewrite History

Royal Status Game

S

Scene Repeater

Scene Replay

Sex With Me

Shared Holiday

Sing It

Sit Stand Lie Lean

Slideshow

Sound Effects

Spelling Bee

Stories From Grandpa

Story Conductor

Story Swap

Stunt Doubles

Superheroes

Synchronised Clapping

T

Three Headed Expert

Time Jump

Toaster

Triangles

Triggers

Typewriter

U

Underscore

Understudy

V

Volcano

W

What’s Going On?

What’s on your Stupid T-Shirt? 

Week in Detail

Wild West

Wise Wise Wise

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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