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FREE CLASS Comedy 4 Kids, Teens Long Island Manhattan
Classes regularly $40 to drop in, $150 for 4-week 1/2 session, $250 for full Session – Mini and full sessions include performance showcases, bonus classes and free tickets to professional shows. Classes include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy. Each session students play warm-up, technique building and performance Improv Theater games. We try to introduce at least one completely new game each session for returning students. Most weeks students participate in a mini open mic style session where students share original stories of experience and observation, which are crafted into original stand-up comedy routines by showtime. Click highlighted links for discount registration.
We have a growing number of schools and camps hosting our programs on their campus. Whether a one time workshop or residency, our teachers deliver the same high quality programming for kids & teens as well as professional develop for teachers and staff.
Bring our student group to our Manhattan Times Square / Columbus Circle area for shows, workshops and more.
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH performs weekly at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. Most shows are fun for all ages.
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
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.
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.
SUMMER CAMP 2018 Improv Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy for Teens & Kids
EMAIL for more information about public classes, summer camp private workshops and educational shows & workshops for schools,camps and community centers. In addition to offering our own summer camp we host groups daily for shows and workshops as well as send shows and teachers throughout the New York area, as well as Washington DC, Philladelpia, PA and Boston MA markets and beyond.
Join us for one or more weeks of camp and dive into a full comedy program with daily classes in Improv Comedy, Open Mic style sessions in Stand-Up Comedy performance and NEW this summer, classes in Sketch Comedy writing and performance.
Over the course of a week, in addition to developing creative writing and live performance skills, students are trained in public speaking, team work, listening, focus, and more. Students develop self confidence and respect, returning to school in the fall as leaders.
Monday thru Thursday, (see below for Friday schedule) for students arriving as early as 8:45am, we allow use of the stage to work on stand-up routines and encourage students to continue work writing in journals.
Starting at 9:30 am we run a morning warm-up and Improv Comedy Session. The students will play a series of games that develop both team and individual skills before playing performance games that may be played in the final showcase. Every week we introduce at least 1 new game while review games returning students have played in the past.
Around 11am students participate in a open mic style session, where each can share a story with the group. In each Open mic session we work towards turning stories of experience and observation into original comedy routines by weeks end.
By noon each day students are enjoying lunch. We provide a rotating menu of sandwiches, pizza and more. We try to accommodate special dietary needs but have limited resources and recommend strict dietary needs be met by food from home.
Last year we expanded our scope, introducing students to musical Improv styles
New for Summer Camp 2018, students will be exposed to classic sketch comedy routines (Abbott & Costello, Lucille Ball, as well as encouraged to try writing their own sketches. This process starts in the same way as stand-up comedy – brainstorming from personal experience and observation for sketch ideas.
In the remaining time each day we have additional Improv and Open Mic Time. At least once per week students enjoy the professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH perform.
Fridays are all about preparing and performing a showcase. In the morning students write and mock-perform a show. During lunch break our teachers provide notes and ideas to help sharpen the performance. Family and friends are invited to the afternoon performance. We video every show and provide links to you to share with friends and family that could not make the performance.
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.
We host groups form schools, camps and community centers almost daily.
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.
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
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.
Always Be Creating :This blog is specifically for our comedy students, many of whom have been with us for 3 or more years.
by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier
When you are in school, every thing has a clear beginning middle and end. Each semester has that first day of orientation, followed by weeks of classes, ending with a final exam. Along the way their are lectures, class projects, homework assignments, term papers, pop quizzes, and major section tests. But by the end of the semester/year there is a clear arc. The next semester may or may not relate to this semester – except for math of course.
If you were to do a play in school, you have auditions, first read through, rehearsals, tech week, opening night and just a few days later, closing night. Then you are left with that feeling of “NOW WHAT?” or something we called in school “POST MORTEM”. It is that feeling you get when you go form intense 24/7 schedule to nothing and you grasp for purpose. As a young artist it is difficult to see past this next 24 hours.
As a professional every show becomes just another show. This is not to say they are not as special. But the more shows you do the more important you pick up and continue living. Same goes true with your material.
No open mic or show is ever the finished product. The process of creating new material, developing it and performing for a real audience is never ending.
I want our students to stop thinking of each class cycle as a time to create 2-3 more minutes of material that will be performed once on the last day of class and never again.
Instead think of every open mic session as a show, and adopt this process.
Every time you get on stage try something new – EVERY TIME! Never waste a second of stage time.
Before getting up on stage jot down a few things you want to talk about. If you have a routine that has been worked on for a few sessions, outline your work before getting on stage. Collect your thoughts. Maybe you want to work on some old material form a year ago and perfect it. CLOSE YOUR EYES and envision yourself succeeding as a comic on that stage.
Take stage. Attack the stage with a fierceness – even if your style is to be Steven Wright-ish. Grab that microphone and show us what you’ve got to offer.
The second you get off stage, then take a moment to reflect what just happened.
How did the audience respond to the material? It is not always about getting a laugh. Especially with new material. Perhaps you have not found the funny yet, but did the audience seem to care about your story? Did they react to it at all?
Remember, Open Mic sessions are not the best reads for material. The room is filled with other comics hopelessly worried about their material. So if you get a laugh at a Mic, right that down; but even if they look up and take notice, that can be something too.
Last weekend a 10 year old comic presented a potentially VERY compelling argument having to deal with Star Wars. The comic was on to a great idea, except the support for the argument literally was “THIS” and “THAT”. A couple things said were just not true. Working against him is the fat that he is 10 years old and I am a 45 year old Star Wars geek. That being said I told the comic I do not necessarily disagree with the basic premise of the story. About 10 minutes on google could remedy this problem.
One of the reasons I love stories about personal experiences and observations is that they are never wrong. This thing happened to you. As a comic you may exaggerate reality a bit for the laugh, but it is your personal story mixed with fiction. There is no wrong.
The second you start talking pop-culture – especially in today’s world of social media and comic cons, where geeks know WAY TOO MUCH about their favorite shows and movies and performers – you need to get your facts straight. How you interpret those facts – YOUR OPINIONS – is fair game.
When you make an argument for or against a real thing, the facts have to be accurate. You can make bizarre analogies, interpretations and conclusions but make sure your facts are solid.
These days this takes 2-5 minutes (10 at the most) on google. Don’t be lazy.
At least have “alternate facts” that sound real for the sake of comedy. I hate this in politics and news media, but in fiction ANYTHING GOES. It’s just sad that politics and news media appears to be more like fiction every day.
These FAKE FACTS need to be totally convincing. It can be fun to watch an audience scratch their heads and wonder “Wait, is that true?”
Warning: their will be backlash from some, but some artists want that. Like I said above, it is not always about getting a laugh. As artists we have the ability to make folks think and feel. The emotion – laughter or otherwise – is what keeps most coming back. Many like to be challenged intellectually, though. Without the wink, they will see what your doing and love it. Always Be Creating!
Comedy is more trial and error than scientific method, but like a scientist, TRACK EVERYTHING in your journals, so you can make educated strategy the next time you take stage.
Don’t wing it. Always have plan. When that plan derails due to the audience or other factors, let those moments breathe. Don’t panic. Just keep talking. Trust yourself and see/hear/feel what happens.
AGAIN when you get off stage record the good, the bad, the ugly. What worked? Bombed? What new thing was exciting to you and the audience?
The cycle never ends till the day you stop doing comedy.
I focus on Stand-Up with this blog because it is easier to see the process, but Improv Comedy and Acting should have a journal process as well.
Every time you take stage, record the experience in your journal.
Actors can double and triple their time in classes and rehearsals with a few simple journal entries. By taking a second to write down an experience that experience is melded to your memory core. Days,weeks, and sometimes years later, you will call upon this moment to support a new moment.
– Walter @waltfrasier
PS Remember you homework! Start every day with a smile. AS my students it is your job to make the rest of the world smile and laugh. NEVER wait for the world to make you smile. It will too often disappoint. But more of us making the world smile makes for a better world!!!
– MASTER CALENDAR of MANHATTAN CLASSES
Adults Saturdays 10am COFFEE, DONUTS, IMPROV Adult Class
Teens Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS
Kids Saturdays 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS
– MASTER CALENDAR of LONG ISLAND CLASSES
Sundays 6pm Comedy 4 Kids/Teens (Most participants ages 9-14)
NYC COMEDY SHOWS
– TIMES SQUARE IMPROV COMEDY SHOWS
Saturdays/Sundays 3pm (All ages friendly, PG rated Comedy)
– BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWS
9pm/11pm Nightly (9pm OK for most NYC teens, 11pm strictly 21 and over)
PLEASE Always Be Creating
Always Be Creating
Winter 2018 COMEDY CLASSES for Kids, Teens Manhattan, Long Island
Have you signed up for our winter class sessions yet?
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 8-week winter, spring or fall sessions – invited to perform at session-end showcases, FREE admission to bonus masterclasses classes added between sessions and get FREE tickets to public professional shows.
We are starting to line-up Summer Camp options. We may be running for 6 weeks this year. All through July, and 2 Weeks in August
The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers high energy fast paced interactive comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions. Every 5 minutes the MC interacts directly the crowd and you decide what the next scene or song is about. Politics, Sports, your favorite TV shows and films and New York City itself all serve as topical subjects. Many games require the help of audience volunteers on stage to more directly steer the comedy pros. NO TWO SHOWS ARE EVER THE SAME!
COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!!
Students – RSVP for FREE tickets for you and your family ANYTIME!!!
Bring your students to our Times Square theater or bring our shows & workshops to your school, camp, library, JCC, YMCA, scout group etc.
– Shows (Field Trips, Assemblies, PTA nights, Fundraisers, public performances)
– Professional Development
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 ONLY Book before 12/22
$600 flat rate up to 150ppl inclusive of chaperons
– add a workshop $5/student
– add lunch $8pp (Pizza & Beverage)
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.
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.
Bring these programs to your school, camp or community center.
– 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
Improv Comedy? Need some fun NYC Staycation activities? Traveling to New York this month?
Then check out EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH’s off-Broadway Improv comedy show at the Broadway Comedy Club in Times Square. Every show is unique as the cast creates original comedy sketches and songs based on audience suggestions. You might be invited on stage to play with the comedians and more directly steer the comedy.
The show runs every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. For the week between Christmas and New Years, the cast adds a 3pm show daily.
Improv Comedy is a fun destination for theater groups, teen groups and families. Tickets are $25 at the door but just $5 via Improv 4 Teens
Sign up now for Winter Classes. Every Saturday at 10am 15-20 teens gather to play comedy games and present their original stand-up comedy routines. Not quite a teenager yet? No worries classes for 9-12 year olds run at noon.
Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Teens – Times Square
Saturdays 12p Comedy 4 Kids – Times Square
Sundays 6pm Comedy 4 Kids/Teens Farmingdale Long Island Kids and Teens
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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.
EMAIL for more information