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ˈhær əldharold

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  1. Haroldnoun

    An improvised skit of a particular format.

  2. Etymology: here + weald


  1. Harold

    Harold is a structure used in longform theatrical improvisation. Developed by Del Close and brought to fruition through Close's collaboration with Charna Halpern, the Harold has become the signature form of Chicago's iO and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles. It is now performed by improvisational theatre troupes and teams across the world. The Committee, a San Francisco improv group, performed the first Harold in Concord, California in 1967. They were invited to a high school and decided to do their improvisations on the war in Vietnam. On the way home in a Volkswagen Bus they were discussing the performance when one of them asked what they should call it. Allaudin Mathieu called out "Harold." It was a joking reference to a line from A Hard Days Night where a reporter asked George Harrison what he called his haircut; he answered "Arthur." Close later remarked that he wished he had chosen a better name. When The Committee disbanded in 1972, improv company “Improvisation, Inc.” was the only company in America continuing to perform Del’s “Original” Harold: A 45-minute free-form piece that would seamlessly move from one “Harold technique” to another. In 1976, two former I-Inc performers, Michael Bossier and John Elk, formed "Spaghetti Jam", performing in San Francisco's famous Old Spaghetti Factory through 1983. Spaghetti Jam performed Harolds while also turning Spolin games and Harold techniques into stand-alone performance pieces... i.e. Short-Form Improv.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Harold is ranked #5651 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Harold surname appeared 6,141 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Harold.

    67.7% or 4,161 total occurrences were White.
    25% or 1,535 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 172 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 136 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 76 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.9% or 61 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harold in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Harold in a Sentence

  1. Don Johnson:

    I've known a lot of guys like Harold Hamm that are riverboat gamblers.

  2. Mel Blount:

    When I saw Harold, I figured he was a basketball player and what is he doing out here? but then after you see him run routes and catch the football, you see he’s a tall receiver. The thing about Harold is he was different, he knew he was different, and if that ball was anywhere in his zone, he’s going to catch it.

  3. Diana Furchtgott-Roth:

    I can assure Harold Feld that if we were allowed to send over the letter from The FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and Deputy Secretary [ Steven ] Bradbury, we would have done that.

  4. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    I won't have you electioneering on my doorstep. Every time you get in trouble in Parliament you run over here with your shirttail hanging out. (To Prime Minister Harold Wilson)

  5. Cat Ellington:

    Goodreads is like the Harold Washington Library Center of the Internet. It's exceptional.

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