Have you ever watched an episode of Seinfeld, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, or pretty much any modern half an hour sitcom and wondered, how do they do it? Look no further to something called “The Harold”.
Since the rise of improv comedy, the long-form structure, “The Harold” has been a major staple. The Committee, a San Francisco improv group, performed the first Harold in Concord, California, in 1967. The form was further developed by improv teachers Del Close and Charna Halpern, as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade. It’s considered especially fulfilling for performers and audiences alike, because of the structure. In it, performers on spontaneously come up on the spot with three acts (or “beats”), each with three scenes and a group segment. With each beat, the three scenes return. By the end of the performance, the three scenes have converged and are connected.
Tantrum presents: Harold Night at the Voodoo is a celebration of teams new and old dedicated to this form, or veteran improvisers who want to brush up on a Harold. At every show, you’ll see unique, spontaneous, and hilarious Harolds!