I really loved our little group yesterday. Eclectic mix of students form both Kids and teens and even spring break camps (SUMMER CAMP COMING SOON)
We played a series of games all dealing with emotions. We discussed working emotions into our performance and I tie all that into dealing with emotions in the real world. This is form our new SEL programming at schools. Nothing new, really, but a refocus of what we have always taught. The results thus far have been very rewarding.
I tell all my students, you now are professional comics in my mind. For the rest of your lives, starting form this moment, it is your job to make the rest of the world smile and laugh. Don’t wait for the world to make you smile. Your homework everyday is to SMILE. Before you even get out of bed. Start every task with a SMILE. Even if you are feeling BLAH. It is your job to get yourself ready to rock.
Starting with the mask game, just pantomiming putting on a mask and performing that emotion. With a little discussion on how that feels. Some really struggle playing happy. Interesting, no?
The on to BUS STOP but really digging deeper into playing these emotions while playing a great scene. Like the car game we play a lot, each time a new player enters the scene EVERYONE takes on that emotion.
We then changed BUS STOP. Playing the same game but in different settings, from a principals office, to a zoo etc. This forced more choice on character and setting, offering new chances to develop WHO & WHERE choices.
THEN a game called Emotional Roller Coaster. Similar to Film & Theater Styles, while playing a scene the MC calls out an emotion and the entire scene changes as the characters take on those emotions.
We ended the session with a technique game – 3 line exchange, focusing on starting great scenes with big choices, adding now a choice about emotional state. We play this game at every professional rehearsal, using it to focus on a number of techniques.
Everyone did amazing work.
Next week (June 3) I plan to focus on pantomime a bit more. Physical performance. Using our imaginations to create new worlds and better characters.
June 10 will be all ab out MAKING BIG CHOICES – making bigger, deeper choices about character, setting and action. WHO WHERE WHAT in Improv
DROP BY Saturdays NOON June 3 & 10. FREE for students of our Spring classes OR $20 cash at the door
plus weekly/daily guest teachers from the LMAO Off Broadway, TV and Film.
Student Interns from our Teen Classes (2 plus years experience)
MONDAY THRU THURSDAY SCHEDULE
9am-10amDrop Off and Free time
Socialize with other campers, work on your stand-up routines, write in journal, take turns working on stage
10amMorning Improv Session
– Warm-Up, Techqniue and Performance games geared at teaching Improv Performance, Creative Skills, Critical Thinking (out of the box), Public Speaking,
11:45am Lunch Break
12:30pm Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic
– Share Stories from your own experiences and observations. We will turn those stories into original comedy routines by showtime on Friday
2pm Snack Time
2:15 Afternoon Improv Session
Continued Improv work form morning session
4- 4:30 PICK UP
Some days we interrupt this schedule and invite students to watch a show by our professional company. We host large student groups from camps all summer. It is awesome to watch the pros play and help demonstrate the ultimate performance goals of Improv training in practice.
9am-10amDrop Off and Free time
Socialize with other campers, work on your stand-up routines, write in journal, take turns working on stage
Run show with notes
11:30am Lunch Break
12pm Dress Rehearsal
Run show with notes
1:30pm Snack Time and Set-Up Theater for Show
2pm SHOWTIME Please invite the world. We want the students to have a big audience for their performances. The larger the crowd the more fun it is for all.
In addition to hosting our own summer camp, we host groups of 20-200 for shows & workshops all summer long.
SMALLER GROUPS book group sales at public shows.
Weekly Shows Saturdays 3p and Sundays 3pm
As of 5/15 the following added for group needs…
Wednesday July 19 1pm
Wednesday July 26 2pm
Happy to add more shows as need
$300 up to 20ppl SHOW & WORKSHOP
– Additional Students $15pp
– Add Lunch for just $10pp (Pizza & beverage)
LARGER GROUPS book a private show
$600 up to 50 students
Additional student $10
$1200 Up to 150 students
– Add workshops $5/students
= Add Pizza Lunch $10pp
Hilarious interactive Improv Comedy based on audience suggestions and participation. No two shows are ever the same as you tell us topics from which to create comedy scenes and songs. Many games require audience volunteers to more directly effect the scenes.
Via weekly showcases in Times Square and touring Nationwide we have presented over 5000 shows for K-12 and family audiences since 2003.
How about classes and workshops. Improv is a fun way to teach many valuable life skills
CREATIVITY – Creative writing, critical thinking
COMMUNITY – Team Skills, Respect, Listening, Eye Contact, Focus
LEADERSHIP – Public Speaking, Self Confidence, Self Respect
Last summer, I got a talent manager email requesting some younger talent to audition. Two weeks later, Ethan was on set.
Ethan on Netflix “Master of None” with Aziz Ansari
WE CAN FINALLY TALK ABOUT IT!!!!
Go to Netflix right now and watch
WARNING. Not for kids. Parental Guidance Required!!!
Last summer, I got an email form my manager requesting I send over some younger talent to audition for his roster. Out of dozens of students and parents I emailed, Ethan and his parents responded. I think it was about two to thee weeks later (or even sooner) that the set was ready for Ethan on Netflix.
Daily I try to explain to a student or colleague, don’t wait as long as I did to get your self in front of industry. If you want to work, work. Easier said then done, yes, but not as hard as you think, and not for the reasons you think.
I would argue that at any given instance, there are hundreds – if not thousands – of very talented performers out there, with college degrees in the theater arts, thinking to them selves “I am almost ready. I just need another class or another unpaid showcase where I can be discovered.”
THAT WAS ME! And then suddenly, while performing at a New York Comedy Club, I was approached by a colleague from the club’s street team. It is with love when I say this guy was quite the hustler. He packed my shows with audiences every night and he thought I was funny and had talent. It turned out he a friend that had some experience in artist management. That friend was not currently working but she did put me in touch with Jaime Baker.
Within a month of the initial conversation that started with “I am going to introduce you to…” I was on set for my first SAG commercial, dressed in a football uniform, throwing a football in a Culligan Water commercial. I never saw the finished project but that 1/2 day on set paid a lot of bills for the next three years as royalties poured in.
At that point I was 34 years old. I had spent years in comedy clubs, regional and touring theater, singing in churches and auditioning for just about everything. I had already appeared on Letterman nine times as well as a few other shows I booked myself – MTV’s Stankervision, WE Network’s Hair Trauma, and a very random Commercial that still puzzles me as to what we were advertising (I think a Marketing firm was demonstrating they could make a rat look good – or not).
Since I started working with Jaime, I have booked walk on roles on Royal Pains and Blue Bloods and a number of smaller commercials. I booked myself on Netflix’s Lilyhammer, but it was my full resume of TV that helped make that happen.
Meanwhile another schmuck walks off the street at the right time in the right place with zero training in acting and lands a role that launches a career.
I have gotten to know David Duchovny over the last couple years. I was a huge X-Files fan – still am – and when David started his Rock n Roll career I was intrigued.
David was an English Lit major working on his PHD when he started joining his friend, Jason Beghe, at auditions. David Landed the commercial. Shortly after he was in a few movies, Twin Peaks and then The X-Files. The rest is history. Thirty years later David has starred in three major TV shows. Add all the movies, and not accomplished author and recording artist, it all started with that first audition.
You have to audition to work. For TV and FILM that means eventually you have to have an agent or manager submitting you.
So when ANYONE tells you, my manager is looking for some talent. Email him RIGHT NOW and mention my name, DO IT!
Ethan has already worked on a few other projects. Not to take anything away form Ethan or his Talent, Ethan got the job because he and his parents responded quickly and decisively to my email.
And now ETHAN has an IMDB page. It’s short. But at 13, his matches mine at 38.
The sooner you get that first credit? the sooner you get that second, third and fourth.
Graduate high school with a resume of professional credits, and not just a few musical theater credits and annoying competition ribbons/trophies, and you are ahead of the game for most.
It was disappointing our students did not get on “Julie’s Greenroom”. The producers of that Netflix show, starring Julie Andrews, had filmed Ethan an others for a segment on Improv. They loved Ethan. Unfortunately we ended up on the cutting room floor, which these days is the HD digital archive footage file folder. However, you never know. We could still end up in season two if they do a stand-up comedy episode.
Remember, every opportunity is an opportunity. In TV/FILM and COMMERCIALS you have zero control over the final use of your talent. You audition for hundreds and thousands of projects. You get cast in a few projects. Hopefully you get into the final cuts. Don’t stress over what happens that is out of your control.
You cannot control what bullies will say about you or how editors will cut you (your takes, they don’t actually cut you like a really bad bully)
PS If you are a theater/comedy student OF ANY AGE, please listen up.
A few of my colleagues have responded when I said, “Um Jaime is looking for some fresh blood, email him today.”
Others have not.
Some of those that have responded are working, booking commercials, TV shows etc.
None of the others are working, booking commercials, TV shows etc.
When a door opens to you, step through and take a peak on the other side. Things may not work out. Things may just lead to a huge career. Most likely it will be somewhere in between.
Only guarantee I can make?
NOT going through the door leads to NOWHERE!
Another of our students appeared on MASTER OF NONE Season 1 but I can take zero credit.
Sway loves out Improv classes but has been active in TV, Commercials and even Bollywood long before we came around. (Remind me next time to talk about having a website, social media)
Ethan on Netflix “Master of None” with Aziz Ansari
Master of None is an American comedy-dramaweb television series, which was released for streaming on November 6, 2015 on Netflix. The series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City. The first season consists of 10 episodes. The show was well received by critics, appeared on multiple year-end top ten lists, and receiving multiple awards and nominations. The show was renewed for a second season in February 2016, which premiered on May 12, 2017
FIELD TRIPS to TIMES SQUARE – Student groups attend private and public programs at our NYC Theater. UP to 240ppl in one seating
NO TWO SHOWS ARE EVER THE SAME!!!
Every performance is a unique experience to your group. We cannot tell you exactly what these shows are going to be about, however we can promise your organization will be talking about the show for years to come.
Every show starts with out Master of Ceremonies warming up the crowd. We introduce the audience and prepare to be engaged in an interactive musical experience completely created on the spot based on your suggestions and participation.
We then introduce the rest of the cast. We get a suggestion and open with a song. Every show has 3-4 musical numbers – usually a rock n roll style Blues, a peppy Irish Jig, an A Capella Madrigal and more (March, Oldies, etc). Longer shows might include a mini Broadway Musical (Sing It game), or our musical guessing game, Prom Night.
COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!
After the opening number we invite our first audience volunteers to the stage for a round of Sound Effects or Columns. Both games will be found in most shows, using 2-4 volunteers to directly drive the scenes.
One of the most popular games is Freeze Frame (Human Slide Show). Depending on the size of the audience/stage we will invite 5-20 students and even a couple teachers on stage. They are instructed to pose for 3-5 mock photos. We may have inspired the Mannequin Challenge. While a few of our comics mix in with the poses, others narrate the slideshow. Have your own cameras ready because you will get some great yearbook photos in this game. For many shows, we get a historical event to depict. Other times we may ask for a toy or other product and show its invention. For private parties and birthdays we may get a past vacation destination and show “never before seen” photos from the trip.
The rest of the show is pure amazing Improv comedy. We play a number of games and are always adding new ones to the mix.
CLEAN BUT NOT CHEESY
One of the reasons we are so popular and successful is the tone of our shows. We are asked back year after year to elementary schools because we are not overly “kiddie” or “cheesy”. the parents and teachers love the show as much as the kids.
At high schools – and middle schools – we appear to have a MTV or Comedy Central feel. The tone is edgy while we maintain performing subject matter suitable to school settings.
Even when we perform for corporate events and colleges, while the topics are more adult, we steer away from risque (blue) topics.
The older the crowds the more we get topical, dealing with politics, pop culture scandals etc – again with a PG rating suitable for school grades 6-12.
The younger the audience the sillier and more clownish we appear. We do more prat falls and silly voices. We replace political figures with animals and child characters.
But through it all we maintain a high end theatrical experience that more resembles a Broadway show than a cheesy production on Disney or Nickelodeon.
ASK US ABOUT OUR SPECIALIZED PROGRAMMING – SEL (Social Emotional Learning), Anti-Bully (Character Building, Guidance), Story Time (ELA), The Play’s The Thing (Cultural Arts)
SEL – Social Emotional Learning Assembly
Recently commissioned by two Long Island Schools, we have developed the perfect programming to accompany the latest in educational trends. Using Improv we demonstrate performing Emotions and dealing with emotions as actors. We slowly turn the conversation towards students feeling emotions in real life, respecting others emotional states, be valid in feeling a wide range of emotions but being responsible for how they act upon those emotions. The program is 1/2 performance and 1/2 discussion oriented. THE MASK GAME – student wear imaginary masks reflect a wide variety of emotions. We perform that emotion and discuss that emotion. THE MACHINE – We play a game that requires a large group to work together creating a random series of sounds and movement. We play and laugh together without being mean or hurting anyone. We are also aware of our space and others actions. This game speaks to all aspects of SEL. EMOTIONAL CARPOOL – Four characters in a car navigate a series of emotions. EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER – While performing a scene, the MC calls out a series of emotional states. The actors perform the scene, changing as each emotion is called. For sake of this program, the players also purposely start with poor Improv choices – not “Yes Anding..” (rejecting offers form other player). As the scene progresses the player begin to work better as a team. In the post discussion the students highlight when the scene was working and why.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT, SPEAK, TEXT
We tie in to Anti Bully Programming, Cyber Bullying and more.
All of our teachers have years of experience in K-12 education. We have a few well versed in special education needs. Tons of fun, these are the coolest ways to teach a number of valuable life skills – Creativity (Writing and Critical Thinking), Community (Team, Respect, Communications, Listening, Focus), Leadership (Public Speaking, Self Confidence).
Each workshop starts with a series of warm-ups and technique building games. As time permits we move into a performance masterclass phase. The goal is to inspire further study. Students have a ton of fun and get to actually perform for each other in the first session. We break down walls of ego and insecurity and build strong skills that help all areas of study.
We have a variety of programs sending you teaching artists for a week, two weeks or weekly programs in/after schools. Programs offer a survey program to the entire student population or a focused programs leading to a performance showcase with a particular class of students. Great for Kids and teens Grades 4 and up however we have offered for younger ages.
Past & Current Programs include Queens Prep, Prep Academy for Writers, Flushing High School, Summit School, NEST+m, Williamsburg North, Teachers College Community School, 92Y, Sephardic Community Center, Williamsburg North, Day Camp in the Park (Great Neck), Cherry Hill Camp, Colchester CT Summer Camp, and Private Programs in Manhattan, Glen Cove, Farmingdale etc.
WEEKLY CLASSES – We have a teacher (or two) pop in ever week for 1-2 hours and work with a group of students. In some schools we run 6-8 week programs. Other schools have us for the entire semester/year – lots of options. In each case we run a progressive program that culminates in a performance showcase for friends and family. We have these programs in a number of schools, camps and even private homes around the area. These programs create student leaders. Schools report increase academic performance and attendance form our students. As students lose their fear of pulic engagement, they participate in class. They actively listen, read in class and participate in discussions. the excel at oral presentations.
MINI DAY CAMP / IMPROV INTENSIVE – New this past year, we are sending our teachers around the area this summer, spring break, and winter break to offer 1/2 day programs. A typical week would entail 9am-12pm with a performance showcase Friday at 11am. (Times Flexible). We also provide teachers for full day camp programs etc
FULL WEEK (2 week) RESIDENCY – Our teacher(s) spend the entire week in your school. We go from class to class presenting a basic Improv workshops.
We just started offering this in conjunction with our Professional Development programs. After a workshop with teachers & staff, we teach the teachers how to run games in their class room. We play a series of games that teach team work, listening, focus and more. In the complete program we follow up with a review program with the teachers. then a final program teaches how to use Improv in teacher sessons to role play conflict resolution and communication challenges with students, parents, administration and each other.
Our professional development programs have two primary functions.
Develop strong team skills to better communications and creativity in weekly meetings and daily interactions – similar to our corporate team building programs.
Teach how to use Improv games in the classroom to develop better students.
You can engage us for any or all of the following programs, however, we never start with PHASE FOUR – CONFLICT RESOLUTION. We want to impress the importance with starting o0rm a fun positive place to learn the basic concepts in Improv and begin using in daily operations.
PHASE ONE – Intro to Improv ½ day
COME PLAY WITH US!!! Mini Show & Workshop for teachers; 3-4 teaching artists work with your staff, introducing basic concepts in Improv, develop strong team bonds, and how to use Improv in staff meetings and the classroom. We play a series of warm-up games and wrap with a mini performance masterclass. Tons of fun, they will be talking about this experience for years.
PHASE TWO – Improv in the Class Room 2-4 days depending on your schedule, school size
One of our teachers goes to every classroom. We teach the students some of the same warm-up and performance games as we work with staff on how to teach and lead those games with students.
PHASE THREE – Improv 201 and Review ½ day
Review Workshop and deeper discussion on how to use the “YES! And…” philosophy to better community relations, communications and creating better students. We have teachers practice leadings games. We discuss how to use Improv to role play characters from a novel or play and history/social studies, to develop critical thinking in math and science, and to relieve stress before a test in any subject.
PHASE FOUR – Conflict Resolution Workshop ½ day
In our Final Program, we get a little more serious. We teach how to use Improv to role play various scenarios to help conflict resolution with students, parents, administration and other teacher/staff. In breakout sessions groups develop original skits to demonstrate potential problems. After the performance we open discussion and share ideas to deal with these issues. We customize this to your most pressing needs and teach how to continue forward progress long after we are gone.
SUMMER 2017 IMPROV COMEDY SHOWS, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, SUMMER CMAP, TOURING COMPANY – Can’t make it to Manhattan to see our public shows live. Our Touring Company is busy all over the Tri-State Area and beyond… Many are public offerings at libraries. In addition to hosting our own comedy camp we perform at camps from DC to Boston as well as host field trips to our times square theater.
Below listings with links are OPEN to public
To inquire about private shows & workshops at our club or bringing our programs to nationwide, email us now
SPRING RESIDENCIES Weekly sessions in
Farmindale Long Island NY
Glen Head Long Island NY
Teachers College Community School Harlem
NEST+m Lower East Side
Williamsburg North Brooklyn
Summit School Queens
Flushing High School Queens
Queens Prep Queens
SUMMER 2017 IMPROV COMEDY
June 4 8pm LMAO ALL STARS – For the first time in over 2 years, a public show with nothing BUT our top players 2009-2011 Off Broadway Cast. June 4 Starring Patrick Reidy, Amelia Fowler, Andrew Del Vecchio, Liz Lord, Thomas Burns Scully June 26-29 Mini Comedy Day Camp in Cherry Hill, NJ June 28WORKSHOP at Locust Valley Library Long Island NY June 29 Show at Kings Bay Y Brooklyn NY July 2 8pm LMAO ALL STARS – For the first time in over 2 years, a public show with nothing BUT our top players 2009-2011 Off Broadway Cast. Featuring LMAO Founders Walt Frasier, Laurice Fattal July 6SHOW at Glen Cove Library Long Island NY July 7 Shows at International Sports Center Cherry Hill NJ July 10-14 – SUMMER 2017 COMEDY DAY CAMP in TIMES SQUARE NYC July 10 FIELD TRIP in Times Square hosting group from Woodmont Day Camp
TOO YOUNG TO VOTE APRIL 22 SHOWCASE FROM THE BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB NYC
Scroll down for complete video playlist of stand-up and improv April 22 Showcase of TOO YOUNG TO VOTE starring Che, Syriah, Monty and Sammy and Hosted By Walt Frasier. Want to perform on these monthly showcases? Sign up for our classes (Winter, Spring, Fall weekly sessions plus Summer Camp) or send us your resumes via email. We also send shows & workshops to schools and community centers around the NYC area and beyond. Bring Improv to your community today!
NEXT TOO YOUNG TOO VOTE May 21 1:30pm
CLICK HERE for CALENDAR of UPCOMING SHOWS and Drop In Classes at the BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB by professional Comics and Improv Artists 3pm Matinees for the whole family
SUMMER CAMP for KIDS & TEENS WEEK ONE July 10-14 WEEK TWO July 17-21 WEEK THREE July 31-August 4 WEEK FOUR August 7-11
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Additional discounts for multiple sessions sign-ups
TOO YOUNG TO VOTE APRIL 22 SHOWCASE AT BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB NYC
Too Young to Vote April 22 Improv Objections & Opening Stand-Up
Too Young to Vote April 22 Improv Voice & Monty Stand-Up
Too Young to Vote April 22 Improv World’s Worst & Che Stand-Up
Too Young to Vote April 22 Improv Press Conference & Syriah Stand-Up
Too Young to Vote April 22 Improv Freeze Tag Emotions & Sammy Stand-Up
Take comedy classes in Times Square / Midtown West Manhattan at the Broadway Comedy Club. TONS OF FUN, Our classes combine Improv & Stand-up to best teach both Performance and valuable life skills – creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking, self-confidence, team, respect, listening, focus etc