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. Regular students – those signed up for FULL week of camp or 8-week winter, spring or fall sessions – invited to perform at the club, FREE admission to bonus masterclasses classes added between sessions and get FREE tickets to public professional shows.
Kenan Thomson from SNL wants you to join him on stage this Sunday in NYC
Calling all students from our classes in NYC and Long Island. Are you in town this Sunday? Do you want to get on stage with Kenan Thompson (SNL, Kenan and Kel, All That). The producers have contacted us directly looking for some fresh comedy faces from our classes to perform THIS SUNDAY. Contact Walter ASAP if interested at email@example.com
Kenan Thomson from SNL wants you to join him on stage this Sunday in NYC
Actor and comedian Kenan Thompson’s “Road to NYC” nationwide talent search for kid and adult comedians will culminate with a grand finale show at Times Square comedy hotspot Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway at 49th Street) on Sunday, May 6 with shows at 4:00 p.m. (kids) and 6:00 pm (adults). The event is presented by Atlanta-based Simply C Productions, LLC.
Kenan Thompson’s “Road to NYC” launched in 2011 when Thompson and his friend, executive producer Cherie Chiles-Buchanan, invited young comedians to come to New York to spend time with Kenan at SNL and to perform at a comedy club in the city. Since then, there have been comedy showcases in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami.
As part of the “Road to NYC” search, two youth winners and two adult winners will be attending SNL on May 5 (the kids will attend the dress rehearsal and the adults will attend the live show). Thompson will have one-on-one meetings with all of the winners at the show.
The 4:00 p.m. kids show will feature a special performance by Instagram sensation Russell Horning, aka “The Backpack Kid,” best known for his SNL appearance with Katy Perry.
Kenan Thomson will host the 6:00 p.m. adult show that will feature special celebrity guests.
To purchase tickets to Kenan Thompson’s “Road to NYC” visit www.carolines.com. For more information, call 212.757.4100. Ticket price includes a special VIP reception with complimentary food and drinks with celebrity guests.
“I’m so thrilled that we have engaged so many talented performers at our various events across the country!” Thompson said. “We’ve found some great comedians during our search and I can’t wait to share in their excitement of performing in New York City for the very first time!”
Kenan Thompson is in his 15th season on “Saturday Night Live,” making him the show’s longest-running cast member.
Thompson has made numerous contributions to the show with his slew of hilarious impressions that include Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey and David Ortiz, and by playing memorable characters such as D.J. Dynasty Handbag, the scathingly fierce co-host of “Deep House Dish,” boisterous second wife Virginiaca Hastings and “Weekend Update” correspondent Jean K. Jean.
Thompson recently garnered praise from audiences for playing characters Lorenzo McIntosh, a convict who uses “scare tactics” with delinquents, and D’Andre Cole, the disruptive singing talk show host on the wildly popular sketch “What Up with That?” In 2017 Thompson received an Emmy nomination for co-writing “Last Christmas” from the popular “Jingle Barack” sketch.
A native of Atlanta, Thompson made his television debut as a member of Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series “All That.” He and his partner Kel Mitchell debuted on a spin-off show, “Kenan and Kel,” in 1996. Thompson also had a recurring role on the WB’s “Felicity.”
Thompson showcased his voice talents as Greedy Smurf in the animated films “The Smurfs” and “The Smurfs 2.” His past projects include starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in “Snakes on a Plane,” “Wieners” and “The Magic of Belle Isle” with Morgan Freeman. Thompson has also lent his voice to the animated comedy “Space Chimps,” the television series “Sit Down, Shut Up” and the Kobe Bryant/LeBron James Nike puppet campaign during the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Other feature film credits include “Fat Albert,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” “Good Burger,” “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Brother Nature, ” “Heavyweights,” “My Boss’s Daughter,” “Barbershop 2,” “Going in Style ” and “They Came Together.” He was the voice of Austin “Impresario” Sullivan in the Hulu animated series “The Awesomes” and Riff in the film “Rock Dog.”
Thompson lives in Florida and New York City with his wife and daughter.
After School Show & Workshop Program for Teens – QUICK LINKS
– Public Shows in Times Square
– Public Classes in Times Square and Long Island EMAIL for booking needs and more information about public classes, summer camp private workshops and educational shows & workshops for schools,camps and community centers. Provide us with desired dates and programs, as well as expected attendance numbers for each program so we can quickly respond with a quote.
After School Program Teens Improv Comedy Show Workshops
AVAILABLE Monday thru Thursday 4-7pm
Book at least TWO weeks in advance. (OR Present a NYC DOE Vendor Work Order)
4:15 Workshop includes warm-up and performance games that introduce students to improvisation while teaching valuable life skills – public speaking, self confidence, listening, focus, eye contact, creative writing and more
5:30 VIP Seating for 6pm public show, Pizza and Beverage Served (Usually bottled water, soda/juice also available)
6pm Show – Interactive Improv comedy by the professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH based on audience suggestions and participation
Special Rates for Groups of 10 or more
FEES $300 includes Show, Workshop, Pizza, Beverage and Service for up to 10 students, plus one chaperone, $30/Additional Student , ONE Free chaperone per 10 students, $20/Additional Adult Chaperone. Base rate due minimum of two weeks before event date. Balance for additional guests can be paid the day of the event.
PRIVATE SHOW FOR STUDENT GROUP
We host groups form schools, camps and community centers almost daily.
Available Monday thru Friday 10am-4pm
$500 up to 40 students plus 5 adult chaperones. 60-minute show plus 30 minutes for lunch (If we do not provide students may bring their bagged lunches to the theater and consume at their seats)
$12.50/additional student (Max capacity 150pp)
$5/student optional 45-minute workshop before/after show
$7.50pp Optional pizza party lunch/dinner option
TOURING K-12 SCHOOLS, CAMPS, COMMUNITY CENTERS
The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has been performing at K-12 Schools since 2003 for in school assemblies, after school, summer camp programs, PTA Nights/Fundraisers and even public programs at libraries, JCCs and more.
In addition to shows, we offer workshops, residencies and professional develop, using Improv comedy to entertain as well as teach valuable life skills. We often work with corporate teams and bring those skills for the works force into schools, especially for teens that will soon find them selves competing for jobs and advancement in the all to soon coming years.
The Comedy Kids is an online series featuring kids and teens performing short-form improv comedy in front of a live studio audience.
Hosted by Walt Frasier, the show is filmed in New York City and Produced by Improv 4 Kids
COMEDY KIDS Online TV Show
Episode 1 Cast
Host: Walt Frasier
Directed by Laurice Fattal
Production Asst: Charnette Soto
Want to perform? All of the performers in this programming are students form our classes for kids and teens. Check our programming in Times Square, Greenwich Village, Long Island and beyond.
TIMES SQUARE – Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street 10019
Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Teens 13-17yo
Saturdays 12pm Comedy 4 Kids 8-12yo
First Day 9/9, Showcase Day 11/4, Bonus Classes 11/11, 11/18
DOWNTOWN – Greenwich Village Comedy Club 99 Macdougal Street 10012
Sundays 1pm Comedy 4 Teens 13-19
First Day 9/24, Showcase Day 11/19
FARMINGDALE, LONG ISLAND
Saturdays 10am Youth Improv Classes (Ages 10-15)
First Day 9/23, Showcase Day 11/18
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. We present 8-week programs Winter, Spring and Fall as well as a growing Summer Camp Program. We host private sessions for student groups and we send teachers to schools, camps, and community centers for workshops and residencies, after school programs and more.
We add shows & workshops daily for student groups. We also send teachers out to schools, camps and community centers for in-school, after school and weekend workshops, classes and residencies. Let us create our public program at your location. Add Improv to any after school program. Host a workshop to introduce the art form and valuable life skills to your classes.
The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers hilarious interactive musical comedy based on audience suggestions and participation. Many are invited on stage to directly help shape scenes while the entire audience is called upon to provide ideas for scenes and songs. The quick-witted cast works together to deliver high impact fast paced comedy that is age-appropriate. Attend a public show in Times Square, book a private event at our NYC club or bring this show anywhere in the country.
$25 at the door CLICK HERE for discount tickets
We have public shows every week at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 all year long. Our signature show LMAO OFF BROADWAY features the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. Matinees are all ages friendly. Evening shows, while geared for a more adult audience, are fine for most teens (PG-13). HAPPY OUR and other shows cases feature long-form Improv teams, guest comics and even musical acts. We also have discount tickets to stand-up comedy which may be attended by teens when traveling with parent/guardian.
Click link, select date/time you wish to attend, select discounted options in blue. Tickets at the theater run $20-25pp. $5-10 via above links.
Arrive at the theater 30-45 minutes prior to show time for best seating. These rates, exclusive to IMPROV 4 TEENS are better than group rates in many cases. In fact these are more “seat filler” rates found on most discount sites like groupon. Most Improv shows require a 1-drink minimum (soda, juice, bottled water count). Stand-Up Comedy shows require 2-drink minimum.
Field Trips for Student Groups
We add shows daily for field trips, after school and evening as well as all weekend long. This section designated for groups form schools, camps, community centers, scouts and other non-profit organizations.
Hilarious Improv Comedy by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH is a fun alternative to Broadway and Off-Broadway field trips and our rates open these great theater-going trips to a far greater audience. The shows themselves have huge benefit. Laughter alone is great for increasing health while reducing stress. Studies at John Hopkins show better test prep and scores. “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.”
Pair with a workshop and increase educational value ten fold. Before or after show, depending on schedule needs, our teachers introduce students to basic Improv performance (YES! And…, Establishing the Who, Where, What, etc) concepts while teaching valuable life skills (Creative writing, Critical Thinking, Team work, Respect, Listening, Focus, Eye Contact, Leadership, Public Speaking, Self-Confidence and more). Every workshop starts with a warm-up that gets the individual and team ready to rock. Technique games build a language and skill set. Performance games get students applying what they learn. A short workshop with our professional teaching artists is often enough to inspire students to create their own comedy troupes and clubs at school, which furthers the educational programming.
Smaller groups at public shows (10ppl +)
$25pp includes show, workshop and lunch (Pizza & Bottled Water)
you may also purchase alla carte discount ticket options via links above.
LARGER GROUPS – Daytime
$500 for up to 40ppl. 60-minute show, Q&A plus time to eat lunch before/after
Additional guest $10pp
$1200 up to 150 students plus chaperons (max capacity 168)
LARGER GROUPS – Evening (After 5pm)
$1000 private show for up to 50ppl
Additional guest $20pp (Max capacity 150ppl)
Add on Options
Add 45-60 minute workshop $5pp
Add Lunch (Pizza Party) $8pp
Chicken Fingers and Fries Dinner $15pp + tax/tip
Add Gourmet Deli Wraps, Salads, Chips, Cookies (Most popular adult group lunch option) $22pp + tax/tip
All lunch/dinner options include non-alcoholic beverage. Usually bottled water as schools and parents request we don’t serve soda.
Book a workshop w/o show for as little as $300 – includes teacher and room rental up to 30ppl. however groups of 20 or less recommended for best results. Up to 2 hours.
CLICK HERE for 2016-2017 Price List Email today for more information on booking your group!
BRING THIS SHOW/WORKSHOP PROGRAM TO YOUR SCHOOL
Back to School Events
Professional Development for teachers
Rates vary per region and season. Email today for more information.
IMPROV COMEDY at your NEXT PRIVATE TEEN / FAMILY EVENT
Bar / Bat Mitzvah
Corporate Sponsored Family Functions – Picnics, Holiday Parties, etc
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I taught a 3-hour workshop this morning. Meanwhile Andrew and Nathan each ran 2 75-90 minute programs. After that we did a show with some help form the students.
This was a great program organized by the Blairstown schools.
Every time I teach kids & teens Improv I think, “This is so much easier than teaching adults.” But today was extra special.
I have about 15-16 young folks that all just responded to my #1 rule:HAVE FUN
(But never at anyone else’s expense)
Want to do what I do? Learn to play without fear of judgement.
Truthfully, at times, I feel I am the victim of judgement every minute of every day. Or at least folks try to judge and put me in a box. I have not truly been the “victim” in a long time.
It often creeps into my head. As an overweight guy with a crazy big personality to match I tend to take folks off guard.
I can usually win them over with a smile, or self depreciating gesture/joke, but some nuts one cannot crack.
So I repeat to those that take my classes and impress upon those that have not….
If you mess up WHO CARES
If someone else messes up WHO CARES
Don’t worry about what others say and think. You have NO control over that. Most folks chose fear in the face of ignorance, and then over compensate with snobbery or hate.
I challenge you ALL to fight those urges. Join, don’t judge. I am not the organizer of any clique. I welcome all. It’s much more fun to live in my world. Too depressing to join folks in judging, fearing and hating.
Remember YES AND!!! Accept and build upon ideas with more great ideas.
Every “NO” stop forward progress. We need to say no to things that makes us unsafe etc, but too often we say NO first and miss out on many great opportunities to explore our world.
Folks live entire lives missing out on the wonders of the world. Experience the world with curious eyes and ears.
We teach the same concepts to big companies. On Monday I am running almost the exact same workshop for Microsoft. Later this month, JP Morgan Chase and BDO (People who know, know BDO)
These are basic simple skills and concepts that will help you in life – at home and work.
Welcome the NEW.
Celebrate diversity and uniqueness
Rise to every challenge.
NEVER SAY / THINK THE H WORD – “HARD”
The second someone says the “H” word, I flinch. I fear that’s another that will simply give up.
NOTHING IS HARD
You may not know a skill or have the knowledge yet to overcome an obstacle.
But the second you say “THIS IS HARD” you may just give up and not even try. The walls go up. The defenses dig in. You are preparing for failure.
NEVER FEAR FAILURE
Every so called failure is a chance to learn. Life is not about how many times or how hard you fall flat on your face. Life is all about how you get up, brush off, and continue down a path.
When you look at life in this manner, every supposed failure becomes another fork in the road.
I cannot promise a world without pain. Sometimes it hurts bad. But remember your homework
From now on you are to start the day with a smile, no matter how hard it may be that morning. (oops the H word)
Before getting out of bed, SMILE and say this is going to be a good day.
Too many folks set themselves up for failure. And then when it is a good day they say “SEE, TOLD YOU SO” That same person never admits when they were wrong.
But if you start with a smile, average days become fun. Bad days become manageable. Great days become spectacular.
You are now comics. Your job is to make the world smile and laugh.
We are no longer going to wait for the rest of the world to make us smile and laugh.
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.