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.
Shaping Young Minds Since 2011
FALL 2018 started Sept 8. If you want to join late email us ASAP email@example.com
SHOWCASES October 27, Bonus Classes November 3, 10, 17 at NOON for all sections
WINTER CLASSES 2019
January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, SHOWCASE March 9.
Winter class has 2 weeks built in to accommodate our usual 8-week program for Multiple 3-day weekends, winter break and weather issues.
SPRING CLASSES 2019
March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, May, 4, 11 SHOWCASE May 18. Spring classes have a strict 8 week schedule to get the showcase in before Memorial Day. However we will ad FOUR weeks of bonus classes open to all students from 2018/2019 sessions.
TEEN SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Have you been a student of ours for the past few years? We have a new program that started in 2018. Teens available for four or more weeks of camp get a scholarship for extremely reduced registration fees in exchange for helping teachers manage classes as you learn all aspects of running comedy shows and classes – MC Games and Open Mics/Stand-Up Comedy, House Manage, Basic Stage Tech and play more advanced games, training to be future professional cast members with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. In interested, EMAIL Walt Frasier firstname.lastname@example.org Students will be vetted by entire teaching staff. To be considered one must exhibit leadership and team qualities – on and off stage – rising above and beyond expectations in our teen classes/students.
NYC DOE PROGRAMING by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, IMPROV 4 TEENS IMPROV 4 KIDS
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K12 EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS
We have been hosting New York area schools at our Times Square area theater since 2005. Each show is created on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Students are excited to see live comedy. In the process they are exposed to amazing music and theater.
WORKSHOP $300 up to 2 hours, 20 students, $15/additional student
While having a ton of fun playing Improv games, students learn creative writing, critical thinking, team communications, public speaking, listening, focus and self confidence. This is very similar to the workshop we present for corporate groups to develop team, leadership, sales and service skills. Full workshops recommended for grades 3 and up.
DAY TIME FIELD TRIPS $600 up to 50 students $12/Additional Student
10:30 Show is followed by a mini workshop element and time for students to eat their lunches in the theater
We have two theaters/casts and can seat up to 240ppl (inclusive of chaperones) at one time. SHows are fun for all ages Pre K and up. The shows are customized for the age group.
THE COMPLETE PACKAGE SHOW, WORKSHOP PIZZA for just $25/student
(minimum 10 students for group rates evening/weekends, minimum 30/$750 for daytime field trips)
Each group will get their own private teacher for a 60-minute workshop. Then enjoy NYC Pizza and beverage while helping create an original Improvised comedy show. The professional cast performs original skits and songs improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation.
To book email us your choice of dates, number of students/chaperones, grade level and prefer program form the above. Ask about rates for larger groups Title 1 and other special needs.
IN SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES
Improv 4 Kids played its first show when a Farmington, CT asked the cat of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH if they could play clean enough for an elementary school. In 2004 they played 4 Farmington Schools. Since then the cast has performed more than 6000 shows for K12 audience at schools, camps and community centers. A typical assembly runs 45 minutes, but we can offer up to 60 as per your schedule needs. The show is a series of 5-minute scenes and songs improvised based on audience suggestions. Most shows will invite as many as 20 students on stage to more directly steer the show.
NATIONAL BOOKING RATES – K12 SCHOOLS $800; COLLEGE/CORPORATE $1500-5000
NYC DOE RATES
$600 ONE SHOW up to 60 minute (1.5 hours with set-up) with four teaching artists.
$900 TWO SHOWS or SHOW/WORKSHOP COMBO 2.5 hours with set-up
$1500/DAY up to four shows/workshops (Can be split between sister schools) $6000/WEEK. Up to 20 shows/workshops, up to 10 schools
NO LIMIT on audience size providing school has sufficient sound system for the space. HOwever the show works best for audiences of <200.
Four teaching artist can work with up to 120 students for a single workshop
TECH NEEDS – Sound System designed for the space with 4 microphones (2 is enough for smaller spaces <100ppl). LArger theaters (500+) wireless lapels recommended. Piano or Keyboard (We can supply as needed)
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
We have been presenting weekly classes in Times Square and at NYC Schools since 2009. These students become leaders in their schools, mastering self confidence, public speaking and team skills. These student become better students that listen, focus and participate in class discussions. Some of our students have appeared on TV and commercials. A few have been hired by our company after graduating.
SINGLE WORKSHOP $300 up to 2 hours, FULL DAY $500 TWO 2-hour sessions
Compress into a single week or weekly in school / after school sessions
Each two hour session can be for one group OR two back to back 45-60 minute sessions.
We can use any class room, but we do request a space that is not shared by other activities.
Let us host your class for a workshop or weekly programming at our Times Square area theater. Have a student that may be interested in our public programs? Contact us for discount rates.
Public programs include stand-up comedy writing and performance.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for TEACHERS
Our professional development programming has two prime functions.
1) Our corporate style team building allows your staff to work together, better communicate with students and parents and better lead classroom discussions and lectures. We discuss psychological safety and other corporate team concepts. More advance sessions can deal with conflict resolution and other issues facing your specific team.
2) We teach how to use Improv in the classroom to engage students. As is, Improv games bring fun into the classroom. The laughter alone increases confidence and lowers stress and blood pressure. Improv teaches listening and focus. Rather than memorizing items for a test, engaged students absorb information and concepts. Use Improv to break the ice before a quiz or intense discussion. Use Improv to role play famous historical figures, characters from books and plays or demonstrate scientific principles. While we would love to work with every student every day, we understand this is not financially feasible. However learning to lead and teach Improv games is easy.
When the entire team – administration, teachers, staff and students – adopt YES AND… into their lives, the entire school changes. Suddenly all work together as a team. Everyone learns to listen and communicate their needs. Negativity due to lack of communication and understanding gives way to a collective goal.
A Scientific Case For Laughter
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.
For years we were all about being the most fun a school ever had on a field trip or at an assembly. Thank you notes told us we succeeded in this almost weekly. Then in recent years, thanks to feedback from teachers and parents, we realized we offered so much more, inspiring and teaching creativity, community and leadership. But now science tells us that perhaps our greatest gift to the students is the laughter!
What can laughter do?: Here are just some benefits for mental, physical and social health
Lower blood pressure
Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
Defend against respiratory infections–reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
Improve alertness, creativity, and memory
In children social play is critical to the development of social skills and emotional intelligence. Restricted play results in deficient social skills which can lead to life-long physical, mental, emotional and social problems. Laughter promotes childlike playful behavior. New research shows that playful adults continue to learn social skills and improve their emotional intelligence. Learning requires that one lower what linguists call the “affective barrier.” You can’t be uptight and learn much. You have to ease up and laugh to create. FROM http://www.laughteryogaamerica.com/services/laughter-education-733.php
Our program (should) always begins with a show demonstrating the art of Improv Comedy, getting the entire student body and staff laughing together. Workshops and Master Classes teach the basics of Creativity, Community and Leadership. Residencies develop future leaders while preparing for a public performance with in depth discovery into creative writing and thinking, public speaking, self-confidence and more. Professional Development programming gives your staff the tools to continue the work long after we move on to the next school.
Improv comedy shows & workshops pair well with a number of school programs.
Comedy is only the beginning
Our Improv shows & workshops, while disguised as modern comedies, are actually amazing music and theater programs. Our brand of Improv is basically a modern presentation of vaudeville. Creating laughs with bigger than life characters and stories. Every show includes 3-4 songs – madrigal, blues and irish jig just to name a few. Our longer shows include a mini Broadway Musical improvised on the spot.
Improv is a powerful tool to teach language arts, both written and spoken. Improv is storytelling. In addition to learning how to perform – public speaking, listening etc, we need to create original characters, setting and plots. We teach how to be creative, how to avoid writer’s block, and how to build an idea into a full story. In our simplest games (One WOrd STory etc) we are teaching how to use good grammar, diction and projection.
One of the most powerful aspects of Improv is building self confidence. We create a fun safe space where students can create and play. We discovered the concept of Psychological Safety in our Corporate programming. We now bring this into our K12 workshops as well As a result they learn to overcome fears of failure and judgement. They learn it is OK to mess up, and by not freaking out, better learn from mistakes. These skills pour over to create team and leadership skills. We have presented many workshops and shows in line with anti-bully programming. By building self confidence one eliminates a major factor that creates both bullies and victims.
HAVE FUN! But NEVER at another’s expense!
In 2015, Google released the findings of its four year study, Project Aristotle. The biggest takeaway is the importance of Psychological Safety to team success. Improvisations #1 rule, “YES! And…” is all about psychological safety. Playing a series of games, Improv teaches us to work together without ego and insecurity. We make bold choices that support and build upon our team’s offerings.
YES AND… & PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY
PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY + PERFORMANCE DRIVE = THE LEARNING ZONE “YES! And…” is rule #1 in Improvisation. “YES! And…” is all about team communications and performance. Psychological Safety is recognized as the #1 determining factor behind team success. (See Project Aristotle)
“YES!” is all about accepting your colleagues and their contributions to the team. “YES” is Psychological Safety! As we play Improv games we are all equals, regardless of age, experience, race, creed, personality etc. We create a safe space and level playing field for all to play. We accept our colleagues 100% as is. EVERYTHING they say and do. We do not judge. We do not fear.
“AND…” is all about contributing valuable work and information to the team. We are not going to let our colleagues do all the work by simply saying “YES!” We are going to take this to the next level by accepting our colleagues work “AND…” build with our own contributions, supporting everything that comes before our new addition.”AND…” is Performance Drive, coming from within.
When the whole team embraces “YES! And…” we enter the learning zone together. The entire team is now personally engaged in the success of the team. This brings out the best in all of us. We leave ego and insecurity behind. We trust ourselves and our team. We now are hyper focused on team success and its goals. The entire team accepts and overcomes challenges together. We do not fear challenges, we are not overwhelmed. The entire team wins.
The past two pages were written with our corporate programming in mind. More and more we are able to bring this valuable concept to students and teachers!
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
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
$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. 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
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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.
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. $40 to drop in, $250 includes 8-week sessions, with performance showcase, FREE admission to bonus master classes and FREE tickets to public professional shows. Bring this program to your school/community center. Our teachers are in residency all over the NYC area. EMAIL for more info
Upcoming Performances EMAIL for more info on shows, classes, group sales, private events and touring company needs.
TUESDAYS 7pm LMAO ALL STARS Times Square NYC LMAO is back in Times Square. The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH veterans take stage with interactive musical comedy. Many guests invited on stage to play. The show ends with an Improvised musical. Popular
destination for college and corporate groups. PG-13 comedy OK for teens and older but designed for 18yo+. $25 plus TWO drink min
SATURDAYS/SUNDAYS 3pm Times Square NYC EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH takes stage for interactive musical comedy show based on audience suggestions and participation. Bring the whole family! Popular destination for birthday parties, student groups, families,
scout groups etc. $25 plus a ONE drink minimum.
IMPROV 4 KIDS Farmingdale, Long Island, NY Sundays 7pm Sept 9, Nov 4. Bring the whole family! $25 ticket includes general admission to the show, pizza and other snacks, and FREE workshop at 6pm. 3 and under FREE with adults. Workshop recommended for 8yo
and up. $25 includes all. No additional purchase required.
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.
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 one class for just $40
Sign up for 4-weeks Just $150
8-week session $250 includes a performance showcase, 2-3 bonus classes and free tickets to any professional show for the whole family (reg 25pp)
We have a group of campers from New York, New Jersey of Connecticut almost daily at the club this summer. Our shows for camp groups (as well as schools, scouts, community centers and families) feature a 60-minute show. We also have options for a workshop and pizza party lunch.
FREE CLASS Comedy 4 Kids, Teens Long Island Manhattan
MAY 20, 2018 SUNDAY 6pm Farmingdale Long Island New York CLICK HERE to register this class for free. If you enjoy the session, speak with teacher about signing up for the remainder of classes. FREE CLASS avail to NEW students only.
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DISCOUNT REGISTRATION LINKS
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.
SUNDAYS 6pm COMEDY 4 KIDS Long Island May 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24
SATURDAYS 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS Manhattan SOLD OUT
SATURDAYS 12pm – COMEDY 4 KIDS Manhattan Part Two JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
JUNE 30 – Student Appreciate Day – All students from all spring sessions and there families are invited to our 3pm public shows featuring your teachers and other performers from EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. There is a one drink minimum per guest but the tickets (reg $25) and pizza are on us. Fun time to get to know students / families from other classes. This Spring we have over 40 families and over 50 students involved in public classes (Not counting the 100s of students from our programs at area schools after school programs etc) and 1000s of students via workshops for school groups.SUMMER COMEDY CAMP Manhattan Starting July 9 CLICK HERE to sign up for SIX WEEKS Just $2200 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-August 3 August 6-10 August 13-17
Bring these classes to your School / Camp
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
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.