• 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 Line Scenes

3 Things

5 Rush In

5 Titles

8 Things

8 Things About Me

10 Titles

A

Action and Entrance

Action and Justify

Ad Game

Agreement Scenes

Agony Aunt

The Alphabet Game

Am/Fm Radio

Anecdotes

Animal Circle

Animal Understudy

Annoyance Scenes

Arms

Arnie

Arpeggio

Assassins

B

Bad Rap

Beat Poets

Bedtime Story

Bibbidy Bibbidy Bop

Big Body Tiny Head

Big Booty

Blind Date Character Quirks

Blocked vs. Unblocked Scenes

Boring Scenes Circle

Book Club

Bunny Bunny

C

Caligula

Canadian Who What Where

Car Journey

Casino Game

Category Tag

CCTV

Chance Of A Lifetime

Change

Character Bench

Character Dial-Up

Character Interview

Character Mirror Circle

Character Monologue

Character / Scene Walkabout

Character Study

Change

Chat then add an activity

Cheers I’m an Alien

Cliched Characters Instant Depth

Circle of Awesome

Circle of Expectation

Circle of Extraordinary Coincidences

Clingy Penguin

Cocktail Party

Choir

Columns/Pillars

Come Over Here If…

Complaints Department

Complaint Letter

Conflict Scenes

Copy Dance

Copy Line

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 Things

Eight Track

Electric Company

Emotional Family

Emotional Rollercoaster

Emotional Squares

Enter and Exit

Environment build one by one

Expert Interview

F

Family Dinner

Fairy Tale

Film Dub

Finish the Word

First and Last Line

Five Rush In

Five Titles

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 Improviser Bad Improviser

Good Morning!

Grandmother’s Footsteps

Great, Next Character

Greatest Hits

Group Scene Point of View

H

Half Life

Hand Hypnotist

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’m Great, You’re Great, We’re Great

I’m watching you watching me

I’ve Got a Word That Rhymes With…

I Know

I Love You

I Need A…

Infinite Box

Instagram Slide Show

Instruction Manual Die

Interloper

Interview Switch

Is there any more?

Is It Is It Wiki’d

It’s Tuesday

I’ll Keep

J

Job Interview

John Cremer Characters and Scenes

Jump Rope

Junior Psychiatrist

K

Kick the Can Marco

Knife Throwing

Krypton Factor

L

La Ronde

Last Letter

Last Text You Sent

Late for Work

Leading with Body Parts

Life & Times

Location, Relationship, Escalate, End

Loserball

Love Hearts

Love You

M

Machine

Meanwhile

Meditation to Scenes

Meet & Greet Walkabout

Melodrama

Mimic

Mind Meld

Mirroring

Mix Tape

Motivational Speaker

Move On

Movie Cards

Movie Director Interview

Mr So and So

N

Name and Applause

Name and Boring Fact

Name and Life Hack

Netflix & Chill

New Choice

New Object to Talk

Newsreader

O

Object Circle

One Minute Life Story

One Voice

Oracle

Orchestra

Ordinary Object

Ordinary scene until ridiculous

Oscar Winning Moment

Overload

P

Pan Left

Park Bench

Party Planning

Party Quirks

Passing around objects

Peas in a Pod

Penguin Chairs

Personalize it!

Pet Peeves

Picnic Basket

Piece of Cheese

Pillars/Columns

Play With

Premise Lawyer

Poetry Corner

Point of View Post-It Notes

Point to things in the room

Pop-up Book

Positive Chair Exercise

Positive Scene Challenge

Props

Puppets

Q

Questions Only

R

Rant

Rap Battle

Repeat and Add

Repeated Scene

Rewind and Unblock

Rewind/Fast-Forward

Rewrite History

Royal Status Game

Rubber Chicken/Crazy Eights

S

Scene Carousel

Scene / Character Walkabout

Scenes from a Hat

Scenes from a Suggestion

Scenes in the same setting

Scene Repeater

Scene Replay

Scenes that bring you joy

Sevens

Sex With Me

Shared Activity

Shared Holiday

Shuffle

Sing It

Sit Stand Lie Lean

Slideshow

Sound Ball

Sound Effects

Sound Follow

Space Jump

Spelling Bee

Standing on the line

Status Party

Step on stage to build a relationship

Stop Shuffle Walk Drop

Stories From Grandpa

Story Conductor

Story of your name

Story Swap

Storyteller Die

Stunt Doubles

Superheroes

Synchronised Clapping

Synchronised Dance

T

Tai Chi

Take a Tour

Taxi Driver

TED Talks

Temple of Doom

Ten Titles

That’s Right Bob

That Scene was about

Three Headed Expert

Three in a Circle

Three Line Scenes

Thunderdome

Time Jump

Toaster

Triangles

Triggers

Truthful Scenes

Tug of War

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

When Harry Met Sally

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

Word Ball

World’s Worst

Workshop Buddies

Written Lines

X

Xylophone

Y

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Yes And

Yes Based Conversations

Yes Let’s

Yipee

You are my best friend

You Look You Seem

 

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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Categories

We are gradually categorising the games, exercises and show formats from our improv encyclopedia to help things be easier to navigate.

This is a work in progress so as we finish each category you’ll see each link below become active:

  • Warm Ups (in progress).
  • Listening (in progress).
  • Agreement (in progress).
  • Yes And (in progress).
  • Spontaneity (in progress).
  • Character (in progress).
  • Relationships (in progress).
  • Who What Where (in progress).
  • Scenes (in progress).
  • Short-Form Show Games.
  • Long-Form (in progress).
  • Story (in progress).
  • Musical (in progress).