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DUE TO THE EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY COVID-19, ALL PUBLIC CLASSES AND SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED TILL FURTHER NOTICE. STAY SAFE AND INFORMED!!!! WE WILL RETURN LIVE ASAP. EMAIL us for more info!

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HOWEVER WE WILL BE OFFERING A NUMBER OF ONLINE CLASSES AND ENTERTAINMENT, MOSTLY FREE TO THE WORLD TO USE & SHARE with premium online classes and shows available at grossly discounted rates (compared to our live programs in Times Square and Touring nationwide).

NOW AVAILABLE – ONLINE COMEDY CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS

WELCOME TO ONLINE IMPROV COMEDY THEATER – Below is a playlist of ONLINE Shows, Podcasts, music and more fromm the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, it’s students and colleagues from around the world!

Videos VARY in their appropriateness for younger audiences. Parental Guidance recommended!!!

ONLINE School assemblies and private shows now available!

30- minute shows
$200 for up to two full classes (50-60 #students plus teacher, staff etc)

We invite all into ZOOM meering
Mute and hide video of audience
So all you will see is the cast

NOW IN OUR 18th SEASON – 6000+ shows since December 2002

Live comedy shows and classes in Times Square NYC and touring Nationwide

ONLINE COMEDY CLASSES

Are your kids stuck at home? Are they bored with little to do? We have created an online version of our Times Square comedy classes to help fill a void for both our students and teaching artists.

Use links to sign up for your first online class time. We will immediately work out a schedule for your class and private coaching times. You can complete the entire session in a week OR over the course of a month. During this time of chaos we are providing almost daily sessions where kids & teens can join a chat group with our moderator.

Sign up for ONE class ($40) or Full Program ($75) includes

  • UNLIMITED use of online resources – videos, study guides and blogs
  • FOUR online class coaching sessions hosted on ZOOM (40-minutes each).
  • FOUR online private coaching sessions (10-minute each)
  • We welcome you to create your own online videos on your finished work for various social media platforms. We will share them on our network. Simply send us a link.
  • When the plague subsides, we will invite students to our public showcases in New York City, where we will resume weekly classes and comedy camps.

Develop creative writing and performance skills while discovering your inner comedic genius!

INTRODUCTION

START by watching our introduction video. We recommend start keeping a journal of your comedy writing process. We will have a series of worksheets and study guides but keeping everything in one composition book makes it harder to lose your work.

RULE #1 HAVE FUN!!!

DAILY HOMEWORK

  1. Observe your world. EVERYTHING you need to be a comic is right in front of you. Material for stand-up comedy is everywhere. (As you will learn in the next section)
  2. Journal what you observe.
  3. SMILE – start every day with a smile. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS on making you life a better place to live)

CLASS ONE: Brainstorming Ideas

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Ideas” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.


Complete the worksheet, brainstorming ideas based on the prompt. There is no wrong. Never edit. Never judge while you brainstorm. Just “vomit” idea onto the paper.

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #1 
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain. Review your notes before starting grup session.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #1
This will be your first online open mic session for this course. The other students may be doing their first session, their second or their 100th. When it is your turn just focus on your work. You will have 2-3 minutes to share your ideas. At this stage of the game, just read off some of the things on your list. If you want, you can tell us a bit about what happened. Don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE. There will be some minimal feedback. When it is another comic’s turn, be a great audience. Learn from each other. Be supportive of each other. Remember, Comics are never allowed to be hecklers (This is a small community. Don’t burn bridges at your first class lol)

E. Journal the experience of class one brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS TWO: Brainstorming Details

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Details” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

 

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #2
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain and start to formulate an actual routine out of this new information.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #2
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time. Again, don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE your story. LISTEN to yourself.

E. Journal the experience of class two brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS THREE: Add the Funny and Outline your Routine

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT FIND THE FUNNY
B. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT OUTLINE YOUR ROUTINE

C. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

VIDEO COMING SOON

D. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #3
Using the FIND THE FUNNY worksheet brainstorm ways to build up some laughs in your routine. Use the OUTLINE YOUR WORK worksheet to organize your thoughts. Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your process and pick your brain beyond where the video leaves off.

E. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #3
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

F. Journal the experience of class three process and performance. Start to analyze the good the bad and the ugly. What got a laugh? What got a snicker? What was a total waste of time? When we brainstorm we never worry about what is good. NOW we start to be more picky about what makes it to the next step.

CLASS FOUR: SHOWTIME?

ALMOST. At this point think about those words on a shampoo bottle.
WASH – RINSE – REPEAT

A. Go back to CLASS THREE worksheets. From now on, EVERY TIME you get on stage with this same material, the goal is to make it even FUNNIER. How can you improve the material? How can you improve your presentation of the material?

B. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #4
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. Before the next group session, re-outline your routine with the changes.

C. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #4
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

SHOWTIME

The primary class is over. If your time permits and we have space, we invite you to join additional online sessions during your planned class time. Or sign up for another session and let’s create new material together. A professional stand-up comic does the above routine EVERY week.

At the time this is written, you may not have a way to perform live. Schools are closed. Clubs are closed. When things get back to normal we invite you to join us in Times Square for a show. If not in/near New York City, find a talent show at school or local theater/club that hosts showcases for students your age.

Either way, and for now, we recommend shooting a video of your work. Post it on youtube, IGTV, TIKTOK (if under a minute), Twitter (if under two minutes) etc.

Send us a link and we will share in our network.

 

 

 

STUDENT TOUR SEASON COMING SOON Off-Broadway Show, Broadway Classrooms, etc

It soon will be spring and that means student tour season is coming as well. The time when New York City is invaded by choirs, bands, theater troupe and other high school/middle school groups come to learn more about their craft and our little town. EMAIL your requests for group sales and private event (shows, workshops etc). Our theater is one block from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and just 5 minute walk form Times Square and Columbus Circle trains, hotels and buses.

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NYC PIZZA & IMPROV

Our most popular package combines two New York faves – GREAT pizza and AMAZING entertainment. Upon arrival you will be sat at great seats for our signature interactive musical comedy show, improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. Larger groups can book a private performance.  Each guests will be serve pizza from a top local joint. NO TOURISTY FAKE PIZZA HERE!!! This is the pizza the locals eat.

The show resembles WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY but far more NYC flavored. Our performers are all professional stage artists – actors, singers, comics – many with TV credits.

This is ultimate in discovering the REAL New York. We are just a short walk to tourist central, Times Square but we are surround by local shops, restaurants and residential tree lined streets.

No one in New York City delivers this quality high impact programming at these rates. Most charge far more and deliver far less.

$25 includes VIP Seating at a public show (not the nose bleed seats usually given to students). Minimum 2 large slices and a beverage. These shows regularly cost $25 plus a drink minimum.
Saturdays/Sundays 1:3-4:30 (3pm show)
Mondays-Thursdays 5:30-8:30 (7pm Show)

FYI we have a number of catering options (We host corporate events with $50-200pp menus) but the students usually prefer the pizza.

ALSO Have dinner plans elsewhere? Show only tickets for student groups run $15 at matinees 20pp for evening shows.

LARGER GROUPS?
DAYTIME PRIVATE SHOWS starting at $600 for 50ppl
EVENING SHOWS $800 for 50ppl

ADD A WORKSHOP

Improv is a valuable tool for student groups. Improv is a must for any performer in 2019 – learning to be in the moment increases your audition, rehearsal and performance skills as well as creating an entirely new way to work as a performer – Improv Comedy.  We also use Improv to teach student and corporate groups valuable life skills – creativity (story telling, critical out of the box thinking), community (team, respect, listening), leadership (public speaking, self-confidence) sales and service. Improv makes kids & teens better students in all areas of study.

PRIVATE WORKSHOPS Start at $300 – one teacher up to 2 hours is perfect for groups of 10-20, and perhaps a few more.

Add a 45-60 minute workshop before a show for as little as $5/student.

For some events occurring before 5pm we can even include the mini workshop for free. $750 for up to 30 guests to include show, mini workshop and pizza lunch. $25/additional guest.

We believe we have one of the coolest destination available to High School groups – at least that is what groups have told us for the last decade. We have schools from Canada, Australia and nationwide that return year round.

Our shows & workshops have a unique combo of feeling “Off the beaten path” while delivering high quality entertainment and educational value to students, parents and teachers from schools around the world. Because we are not on a traditionally known touristy block our rates are far less than many competitors.

Our style and talent base delivers the quality performer student travel groups expect from a professional New York show and we offer clean entertainment that can be approved by school groups. We offer 300+ shows/year for K12/family audiences. We also host corporate and college groups that also require clean content.

We have TWO primary components – the show and the workshop. Either is a great destination. Together a powerful experience. Here are our most popular options

FALL 2018 Comedy Showcases Kids Teens

Winter Classes start January 5, 6, 8, 2019
Comedy 4 Teens – Saturdays 10am, Sundays 12:30pm, Tuesdays 4:30pm
Comedy 4 Kids – Saturdays 12pm (8-12yo)
SHOWCASES March 9, 10
Improv and Stand-Up Comedy help students discover their best selves building self confidence, creative writing, critical thinking and public speaking. We offer weekly classes Winter, Spring and Fall, plus Summer Camps. We also have teachers at schools, camps and community centers on weekends and after school. Each session starts with Improvisation, playing games that are a ton of fun while teaching valuable life skills. These are the same games we play with corporate groups to develop better leaders, team building, sales, service etc. For our public sessions we include Stand-Up Comedy, taking stories of experience and observation, then crafting original comedy routines. Each session ends a performance showcase of original and improvised comedy skits. The classes and workshops integrate perfectly with cultural arts, language arts and character building/guidance programming.

 

FIELD TRIPS OFF BROADWAY TIMES SQUARE NYC MUSICAL IMPROV COMEDY

FIELD TRIPS TIMES SQUARE NYC IMPROV COMEDY

We are very excited to announce a brand new program structure. After 15 years of welcoming 1000s of student groups we believe we have perfected the way to enhance the educational experience of our shows & workshops within the confines of a New York Comedy Club space and student group travel time issues.

FIELD TRIPS K-12 STUDENT GROUPS TIMES SQUARE NYC IMPROV COMEDY

Available Monday-Friday
Actual times flexible before 4pm

10:30 show – Same show you have fallen in love with that has brought teachers back for 10+ years. Interactive musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation.

11:30 Mini Master Class with one of our teachers leading the entire group in listening, performance and other exercises that introduce Improv, Public Speaking and other valuable skills.

12pm Lunch. Students can bring their own, or the school can provide and eat right at their seats (Tables too, as this is a comedy club/dinner theater set-up), We can also provide lunch for additional fee.(See below)

12:30 Dismissal – If event starts late due to traffic etc we can stretch to 12:45. But every thing we do is based on

2018-2019 Rates

$12.50pp 2-hour program as described above
Minimum $500/40ppl to add show to calendar
FREE chaperone per 10 students once minimums are met

LARGE GROUP FLAT RATES
(All discounts must be paid on or before show date. Not available via Purchase orders etc)
$800 up to 80ppl inclusive of chaperones
$1250 up to 160ppl inclusive of chaperones

ADD $5/student for optional full workshop – Recommended for groups 80 or less we will break into small groups of 20-30 to work deeper on Improv Skills.

ADD $7.50/student for optional pizza party lunch. Price includes a large slice (or 2-3 smaller slices) and a bottled water plus service fees.  We always order extra for chaperones and staff. Starting in 2018 we are trying to get quality NYC pizza for all groups. Kosher, Gluten Free and other dietary needs can be offered at additional fees. NOTE: For larger groups and earlier lunch needs we will continue to use Dominos due to limitations of other establishments.

ADD $15pp Optional Lunch with plate of fries and sliders, chicken tenders or wings with bottled water. Popular option for evening shows.

NOTE ABOUT NEW PRICES…

Our most popular program the past 15 years has been the combined show/workshop priced at $15/student. Increasingly, especially with larger groups we have found the ability to execute a full workshop next to impossible – many groups time is less than planned due to traffic and the space is not conducive to break out sessions (Smaller groups).

More often than not we end up doing a large master class with 100-150 students all at once. While not the intended program, this does have merits.

At the same time, our over costs have risen. We have not changed the price of a show from $10pp since the beginning.

So to accommodate all these factors we have changed the pricing structure as follows (More many this is a price reduction!!!)

 

Teen Improv Comedy Programs After School and Weekends NYC FALL 2018 Specials

Teen Improv Comedy Programs After School and Weekends NYC. We have amazing programs for teens and student groups in Manhattan and touring nationwide. EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has performed over 5000 shows for K-12/Family Audiences since 2003 as well as touring colleges, corporate events and performing off-Broadway.
QUICK LINKS
– PUBLIC SHOWS Click Here for calendar and discount tickets
– PUBLIC CLASSES Click here for calendar and discount registration
– LONG ISLAND SHOWS Click Here NEW****
– LONG ISLAND CLASSES Click Here for calendar and discount registration

Scroll down for some very special FALL 2018 discount offers!!!

Teen Improv Comedy Programs After School and Weekends NYC

Improv comedy shows are a ton of fun. So are taking classes and dropping in for workshops. The laughter alone brings joy and health benefits.  The lessons of Improv reach far deeper, however, presenting students a fun way to learn valuable life skills – self confidence,  creative writing, critical thinking, community  / team skills, leadership, public speaking, listening, focus, respect etc.

We offer public shows on the weekends and add shows almost daily for student groups during the day and afternoon/evening times. For larger groups (40+) we can add a show almost any time. For smaller groups we offer amazing deals at public shows and often add public shows with enough notice (2+ weeks pending calendar avails).

Programs available at your school, camp and/or community centers include private and public shows, workshops, weekly shows and professional development.

FALL SPECIALS in TIMES SQUARE

FIELD TRIPS AND GROUP SALES
JUST $20pp (minimum group of 10 at public shows, 35 to add show to calendar) for Show, Workshop and Pizza Party. Regularly priced $25-30 for non-profits ($50 for corporate groups).
Weekends – Saturdays/Sundays 1:30 Workshop, 2:30 Pizza, 3pm Show
After School – Monday-Thursday 4:30 Workshop, 5:30 pizza, 6pm Show
Weekends and after schools shows great for teens groups, scouts, YMCA/JCC travel groups etc ALSO Birthday parties!!!
Field Trips – 7 days/week before 5pm we can add a show for groups of 35 or more. Great for schools. We present shows for all ages. Workshops great for grades 3 and up.
FREE Chaperone admission for every 10 students!!!

FALL SPECIALS at ANY NYC LOCATION

$600 for TWO hours at the school (reg $900), camp, library, community center.
Present two shows back to back or show & workshops combo. We will send you 4 teaching artists. Each 45-60 minute show is perfect for up to 250 students. Each 45-minute workshop session great for up to 100 students.
We send shows to schools year round for $600 (ONE show), $900 for TWO Shows, $1600 day of shows/workshops (up to 4 45-minute sessions)

PUBLIC CLASSES in TIMES SQUARE & LONG ISLAND

Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Teens
Saturdays 12pm Comedy 4 Kids
Sundays 6pm Comedy 4 Kids LONG ISLAND
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. Drop in for just $40.
Full session $250 include 8 weeks of classes, performance showcase for friends and family, FREE admission to bonus master classes added between sessions and get FREE tickets to public professional shows.

SUMMER CAMP for KIDS & TEENS

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO. We have ONE more week in 2018.

SPRING CLASSES and SUMMER CAMP Schedules and Discount Rates

– MASTER CALENDAR of MANHATTAN CLASSES
– MASTER CALENDAR of LONG ISLAND CLASSES

CLICK ABOVE LINKS, Select Class day/time. Select registration option. Proceed to check out.

Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS CLASS Times Square NYC
Saturdays 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS CLASS Times Square NYC
Sundays 6pm COMEDY 4 KIDS/TEENS CLASS Farmingdale, Long Island
SUMMER CAMP 2018 Times Square NYC Starts July 9

WINTER CLASS SHOWCASES

March 17 (NYC) ; March 18 (LONG ISLAND) Talk to your teachers this weekend about specific times.
INVITE THE WORLD so all can have a great audience.

STUDENT APPRECIATION DAYS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Saturday March 24 Winter Classes; Saturday May 26 Spring Classes
Open to all students and families from ALL classes for kids/teens
1pm Master Class with Walt Frasier, Artistic Director
2:30 PIZZA PARTY for students and families – The whole family is invited for the 3pm Show.  We will get pizza. There is a 1 drink minimum/guest at the show. RSVP ASAP Family Name and number of attendees for the class and show. Tickets to the show (reg $25pp) and pizza are on us for all that have attended the entire session and their families. We ask all purchase a beverage ($5-15/drink plus tax/tip includes plenty of non alcoholic options) before show starts to go with the pizza.

SPRING SESSIONS Start April 7/8

PLEASE NOTE: In the past we have often lost students for Spring Showcases in June, so we will be running Showcases before memorial day with lots of classes after the 3 day weekend.
We may run a second showcase, if there is interest, at the end of June as well.
FEES
$40/week
$150/Month (4 weeks)
$250/10-12 weeks of classes, performance and FREE tickets to professional show
Click links below for my discount coded rates!!!
CONTACT ME FOR ADDITIONAL SIBLING SPECIALS!!!

NYC Saturdays  10am Teens, 12pm Kids

April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
SHOWCASE May 19
MAY 26 1p-4:30 Student Appreciation Day (See Above)
BONUS CLASSES 11am for all students June 2, 9, 16, 23

LONG ISLAND  Sundays 6pm

April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
SHOWCASE MAY 20
MAY 26 1p-4:30p Student Appreciation Day (See Above)
BONUS/MAKE-UP CLASSES in June 3, 10
Our LI program is small so we can only build in a couple bonus classes, however you are welcome to join us in the city at any time for Saturday programs as make-up sessions
We have added more weeks to our summer program due to popular demand
SIX WEEKS in total. You can sign up for 1, 2, 4 or all 6
Rates via Discount link
ONE WEEK $400 (reg $500)
TWO WEEKS $750 (reg $850)
FOUR WEEKS $1350 (reg $1600)
SIX WEEKS $1600  (reg $2200)
Monday- Thursday
8:45am-9:30 Drop Off
9:30-11:30 Morning Session
11:30-12:30 LUNCH
12:30-2:30 Afternoon Session
2:30-3:30 OPEN MIC – chance to perform stand-up and Improv for class mates in mock performance mode.
3:30-4pm Pick up/Dimissal
Friday
8:45am-9:30 Drop Off
9:30-12p Dress Rehearsal
12p-1pm LUNCH
1pm SHOWCASE Friends and Family Invited

January 2018 NYC Field Trip Booking Special NYC DOE VENDOR

January 2018 Field Trip Booking Special for NYC Area Schools – We already have great rates, but coming up on our slowest month of the year, we want to offer K-12 schools a great rate.
EMAIL for more info.

January 2018 Field Trip Booking Special for NYC Area Schools

Improv 4 Teens
Improv 4 Kids
NYC DOE VENDOR
Regular Rates 2018 $12pp, Min $600

JANUARY ONLY Book before 12/22
$600 flat rate up to 150ppl inclusive of chaperons

– add a workshop $5/student
– add lunch $8pp (Pizza & Beverage)

January

Since 2002 EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has presented over 6000 shows for K-12 and family audiences in Times Square and touring schools, camps, community centers and private events. Hilarious interactive musical comedy is improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. No two shows are ever the same. Every 5 minute the MC interacts directly with the students to get suggestions for the next scene or song (called games in Improv). 3-4 games require students on stage directly steering the comedy. Improv

Workshops dramatically increase the educational value of the program. Students play a series of games under the direction of our teaching artist. While teaching Improv and Performance, students learn creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking, self confidence, listening, focus, respect/team communications and more.

Learning how to Improv is one part acting, one part creative writing. In addition to creating fun character we spontaneously write a story as a team. Listening and Responding – always saying / thinking “YES! And…” – we start our stories,  establishing characters and setting. This process requires trusting and respecting our scene partners.

The workshop is so much fun students do not even realize the educational components. But you will as they start to participate in their every day studies, engaging in discussions, reading in class and listening better to lectures.

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Bring these programs to your school, camp or community center.

  • Assemblies Programs
  • After School
  • PTA Nights
  • Workshops
  • Residencies
  • After school Programming
  • Professional Develop for Teachers, Staff

NYC 5-BORO NON-PROFIT RATES

– Ask about rates outside NYC area. We regularly travel DC to Boston

$600 ONE show in NYC all 5 boros, 4 teaching artists (Day time rates)
Reg $800-1500 for Corporate Events etc
–  $300/additional consecutive hour for shows/workshop
–  $1500 day of shows/workshop (Up to 2 schools same county, 4 shows/workshops)
– $6000 5-day residency (Up to 10 schools same county, 20 shows/workshops)

WORKSHOPS RESIDENCIES – Single Teacher
$300 1/2 day; $500/day; $2000 / week

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
– $150/session 8-15 sessions/semester
– 1 teacher up to 90-minutes

K-12 Schools

Improv Field Trips Middle / High School Students NYC DOE VENDOR

Improv Field Trips Middle / High School Students (L-5 too see Improv 4 Kids) NYC DOE VENDOR – Bring your school for one of the coolest edutainment Field Trips in New York City. See a great show, participate in an educational workshop and we even can supply a NYC Pizza Party Lunch. We also travel to schools through out the Tri State Area for assemblies, PTA Nights, After School Programs, Workshops, Residencies and Professional Development. EMAIL US for private show and groups booking requests.

“A production you and your children don’t want to miss” 2007 ABC NEWS NYC 

CULTURAL ARTS – LANGUAGE ARTS
CHARACTER BUILDING

Field Trips
Field Trips to Times Square – improv Comedy Shows and Workshops

Our 45-60 minute interactive musical comedy show is Improvised based on suggestions from the audience. We take the students’ favorite TV shows, movies, books and daily activities and turn them into comedic songs and scenes. Many students are invited on stage to more directly steer the comedy.

CULTURAL ARTS – the show presents professionals from stage and screen performing live music and theater. Every show presents 3-4 original stories via mini plays/skits, historical slide shows (with audience volunteers posing for fake photos), and interactive games with characters responding directly to audience questions.  Every show has songs of varies styles representing Jazz/Blues, Jig, and Madrigal. In longer performances we create a mini Broadway Musical, Opera, March and other styles.

LANGUAGE ARTS – Improv is story telling with characters/relationships, settings and action.  Improv stories create a clear story arc (beginning middle and end). Improv teaches to speak clearly and project for all to hear. We instruct our audience volunteers to be heard in the back of the theater as well. In some shows we present Spoken Word. We are often paired with reading programs at schools and libraries.

CHARACTER BUILDING – We reinforce that our team needs to work together and respect each other to get through an unscripted scene.  YES AND…, the number one rule in Improv, directs us to support our team and every thing they say and do. We stress we can be funny without making fun of our colleagues, without being disrespectful, without leaving another feeling bad about them selves. This all plays well into Anti-Bully Themes, Social Emotional Learning and Community Building programs.

Studies at John Hopkins University and else where have also discovered laughter reduces stress, builds stronger connections with others, increases heart health and produces higher test scores. As much as we try to justify our existence in traditional academic terms, it is probably the laughs that are our strongest asset to schools.

CREATIVITY – COMMUNITY
LEADERSHIP

Our workshops further the educational value. Students play a series of theater games under the direction of our teaching artists. Each game works on different skills that teach Improv, but every game develops powerful life skills. Learning Improv actually develops better students that work together to solve problems, engage in discussions, and better learn new things. Our students absorb information rather than memorize and regurgitate.

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“Humor and creativity work in similar ways,” says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University. “By creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.”    

Improv requires creativity and critical thinking. Playing Improv games actually creates better thinkers. And we teach story telling, which develops creative writing skills.

Improv builds a strong community. Humor breaks down walls of ego and insecurity. “YES AND…” develops strong bonds. Improv requires every member of the team support each other, listen to their needs and suggestions, respect every individual. Students learn to use humor that deescalates a situation.

Improv develops leaders. The number one fear is a phobia of public speaking. While having fun students overcome this fear.  In every game we encourage students to think and speak without fear of judgment or misspeaking. Removing insecurities, we bring out a student’s inner strength. In a short time student discover to speak freely and clearly. Students learn to laugh off missteps, leading to better learning from mistakes and faster growth.

Self confident students do not become bullies or victims of bullying behaviors. Self Confident students engage in discussions. Self Confident students to not respond to the unknown with defensive posture.  Improv helps find Psychological Safety and Performance Drive which puts a team into the learning zone.

Psychologiical Safety

Our team also delivers Team Building Workshops for numerous Corporations. Recent clients include JP Morgan Chase, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, BDO, Master Card, BING/Microsoft, Home Depot, Walmart Ecommerce (JET) and dozens of smaller firms. We bring this same training to teens and preteens. It is a simple message with tremendous application. When a team embraces psychological safety for all, the entire team thrives. When a school embraces this, every student, teacher and parent becomes a partner in education. This has to start with great leaders that embrace the concept and encourage their team of faculty and staff to do the same. This is why we encourage a professional development program to coincide our programs for students. Too many schools do one or the other. The entire population needs to learn the concepts and proactively participate daily.

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Groups from Microsoft BING, BDO, and JP Morgan Chase learn Improv to develop better team and individual skills for the work place. Adult Field Trips

RESIDENCIES

In a few schools, via a one week residency, we present an assembly to introduce our program to the entire population, professional development workshops for teachers, and then go into every classroom to show teachers how to use Improv, while teaching the students our basic concepts as well.

In other schools we send our teachers in weekly to develop a team of students. By the end of 8-15 week programs students are ready to perform for friends and family. They develop stronger communication skills and become leaders in the school.

Improv Field Trips Middle / High School Students
NYC DOE VENDOR RATES

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE $25pp includes Field Trips with show, workshop and lunch (pizza and bottled water. No additional fees.  2-3 hours as per your timing (depending on school/bus schedules) . This program very popular with big 5th grage/8th grade trips, high school theater programs and more.  EMAIL US for private show and groups booking requests. Let us know the date(s) you wish to attend, the number of students and adults, and your preferred package form below.

OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE $15pp includes show & workshop ( 2 hours total).

SHOW or WORKSHOP ONLY $10pp. These are 60-minute programs with time to eat lunch – up to 90-minute space rental. (We usually charge $25pp for our public shows and workshops ) Min $500 for a show, $200 for a workshop.

For any above program with a show, prices above are based on a minimum or 50 students.  Once minimums are met we offer a fee adult chaperon admission per ten paying students. Inform us of special needs and we can usually accomodate. We add shows to the calendar almost daily, with 3 casts and multiple theater spaces at our disposal. For larger groups (100+)  we can sometimes do a price break (offering seasonal incentives etc). For smaller groups we can often find a show already scheduled or bring a group into a public show on weekends, after school times or some evenings. 

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EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH tours nationwide to Schools and Events as well as Field Trips to Times Square

Brooklyn NY K-12 School Assembly Improv Program Discount

Calling all Brooklyn K-12 Schools. Improv Theater LLC – producer of Improv 4 Teens, Improv 4 Kids – now has three after school programs every Tuesday at Brooklyn Schools. EMAIL us today about dates/rates for assemblies, PTA nights, workshops, after school residencies, professional development for teachers and FIELD TRIPS to our Times Square theater.

What does this mean for EVERY Brooklyn School? We have three amazing Improv Comics in the boro AND we can now offer huge discounts on assemblies and workshops Tuesday mornings.

Brooklyn K-12 School Assembly Discount

We charge schools nation wide $800 for one show. NYC Schools usually pay $500-600/show. But now, every Tuesday morning we can send a show to any Brooklyn School for as little as $300; Or $750 for THREE consecutive morning hours of shows & workshops (reg $1200-2000). I could match this offer Tuesday evenings after 7pm for libraries, PTA nights or other kid/teen/family event.

We have presented 300-500 shows for K-12/Family audiences yearly since 2004. Fimd out why 5000+ audiences love this show.

“A production you and your children don’t want to miss” ABC NEWS

Every show by Improv 4 Kids / Improv 4 Teens includes 2-4 songs, 2-4 interactive games with audience participation on stage and additional scene games. Every 3-5 minutes the MC is interacting with the audience to get ideas for scenes and songs. No two shows are every the same. We can also steer the stories and songs toward a theme that fits your school’s agenda for the year. In past we have worked well with PARP and other pro reading programs, Anti-Bully, SEL, Story telling / Language Arts, Cultural Arts Music and Theater, and more. But our greatest value is providing laughter, which reduces stretch and makes school a fun place. Laughter in the classroom increases test scores and mental/physical health of students and staff.

Check out LMAO Off Broadway Improv in Times Square Saturdays 3pm (Added shows for group requests)

Our workshops further the educational value, getting students up on their feet to play a series of games that teach creativity (writing and critical thinking), community (team, respect, listening, eye contact) and leadership (self confidence and public speaking). Improv is the most fun way to develop a student body confident to participate in class, which leads to better learning and testing.

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After School or In School Residencies

look similar to our public programs. Our teachers work with a smaller group of students working towards a performance showcase. Compared to a typical theater program, EVERY student is a star and gets equal stage time to develop these valuable life skills. Most plays and musicals benefit a small group, depending on a larger group to play ensemble or work tech. Improv utilizes every student. Every member of the team is valued and gets a chance to shine.

We also have residency programs that will send a teaching artist to EVERY class in the school to introduce concepts of YES And, listening, public speaking and more to every student. We often pair this with professional development.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for TEACHERS

by Improv Theater LLC is both Corporate style Team Building and offers valuable techniques  for the class room. We find many teachers lack the self confidence to lead a class. Every team is only as strong as its weakest link.  Improv can be used to role play historical and literary characters. We show teachers how to use games in the classroom to get students focused and break the tension before a big math or science test. And Improv gets the staff laughing together, breaking down walls or resentments and insecurity and building strong bonds. In addition to many K-12 schools, we have worked with teams from 100s of corporations including Twitter, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Louis Vuitton, Coach, BDO, Home Depot and even US Medicare Accountants.

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My mother is from Brooklyn so every chance I get to see her home boro I take it. Still my favorite place for pizza LOL

PS RSVP to be my guest anytime to our NYC Shows Saturdays/Sunday 3pm at the Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street. Audit the show before bringing it to your school. .RSVP for free tickets for the whole family.

EMAIL us today about dates/rates for assemblies, PTA nights, workshops, after school residencies, professional development for teachers. Also ask about our FIELD TRIPS to our Times Square theater.

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