• 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 Justify

Ad Game

Agony Aunt

The Alphabet Game

Am/Fm Radio

Anecdotes

Animal Understudy

The Arms

Arnie

Arpeggio

B

Bad Rap

Beat Poets

Bedtime Story

Bibbidy Bibbidy Bop

Big Body Tiny Head

Big Booty

Blind Date Character Quirks

Book Club

C

Category Tag

CCTV

Chance Of A Lifetime

Change

Character Bench

Character Dial-Up

Character Interview

Character Mirror Circle

Character Monologue

Character Study

Change

Circle of Extraordinary Coincidences

Clingy Priest

Cocktail Party

Choir

Columns/Pillars

Come Over Here If…

Complaints Department

Complaint Letter

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

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

Grandmother’s Footsteps

Great, Next Character

Greatest Hits

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…

Infinite Box

Instagram Slide Show

Instruction Manual Die

Interloper

Is there any more?

Is It Is It Wiki’d

Interview Switch

J

Job Interview

Jump Rope

K

Knife Throwing

L

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

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 Quirks

Personalize it!

Piece of Cheese

Pillars/Columns

Premise Lawyer

Poetry Corner

Pop-up Book

Props

Puppets

Q

Questions Only

R

Rant

Rap Battle

Repeat and Add

Rewind/Fast-Forward

Rewrite History

Royal Status Game

Rubber Chicken/Crazy Eights

S

Scene and Character Walkabout

Scenes from a Hat

Scenes from a Suggestion

Scene Repeater

Scene Replay

Sex With Me

Shared Holiday

Sing It

Sit Stand Lie Lean

Slideshow

Sound Effects

Space Jump

Spelling Bee

Standing on the line

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

Three Headed Expert

Three Line Scenes

Thunderdome

Time Jump

Toaster

Triangles

Triggers

Typewriter

U

Underscore

Understudy

V

Volcano

W

Week in Detail

What are you doing?

What’s Going On?

What’s on your Stupid T-Shirt? 

Whiskey Mixer

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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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