Finding Your Funny Bone! by Nancy Gold
In 1991, I traveled to Philadelphia to the International Clown Congress. There I met a number of other clowns, many of whom I continue to be friendly with to this day (I also met a guy who was from Rhode Island, and we had a number of friends in common, but strangely had never met– and we’ve worked on a number of projects together, including 3 original circuses and a large-scale festival. But that’s a different story!)
While I was there, I took workshops with Bolek Polivka and Fred Curchack. I also met Ctibor Turba, who intrigued me enough that in 1992, I went to Czechoslovakia to study with him.
One of the people I met there was Nancy Gold, a clown teacher and performer from San Francisco. She was taking Turba’s week long workshop, (which was opposite my Polivka/Curchak classes) and I asked for (and received) her meticulous notes about the class. I think I gave her my much less meticulous notes about Polivka and Curchak back too. I got a much better bargain out of the deal.
Lo and behold, she’s got a recent book out, Finding Your Funny Bone!, about learning physical comedy for actors. Nancy has been teaching at A.C.T. and Berkeley Rep for a number of years, and has compacted all of her teaching into this book. I haven’t delved into the book yet, (she’s promised me a review copy though, and when I get it, I will review it right here.)
The little that I’ve seen of the book from her website, it looks like it’s going to be very good. Nancy writes and teaches with a lot of enthusiasm, and the excerpts from the book show it clearly.
If you’ve read the book, feel free to write a comment and tell us what you think about it.