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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

NYC Winter Break Staycation President’s Day Weekend Shows Classes Comedy Camp – Kids Teens Families

NYC Winter Break Staycation Shows Classes and Comedy Camp – Kids Teens Families. NYC schools are giving the kids a full week off next week. We have activities to keep them or the whole family busy.

QUICK LINKS

INTERACTIVE COMEDY SHOWS – February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 at 3pm $25 plus a one drink minimum (soda, juice and bottled water plus other options for adults and light food menu available). $50 VIP TICKETS include the best seats and a beverage (NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASE required for VIP guests). EMAIL for group discounts and private shows. We add shows daily for student groups and tour nationwide to family events, schools, camps and community centers.

WINTER COMEDY CAMP* – February 17-21 9:30a-4pm daily (early drop offs/late pickups.) $125/day includes lunch & snacks plus classes in Improv and Stand-up Comedy. $450/week includes FIVE days with a performance showcase Friday 2pm for invited guests

Comedy 4 Teens Class* – Saturdays 10am for ages 8-12. $40 to drop by includes both Improv & Stand-up comedy sections.

Comedy 4 Kids Class* – Saturdays 12pm for ages 8-12. $40 to drop by includes both Improv & Stand-up comedy sections.

*If you sign up for a single class/day of camp, you can register for full session, prorated according to your start date. EMAIL us for additional sibling discounts, groups sales or private workshop requests.

NYC Winter Break Staycation Shows Classes and Comedy Camp – Kids Teens Families

COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!!

No two shows are ever the same as the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA Improv 4 Kids/ Improv 4 Teens) takes stage. Every show features hilarious musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation.

Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 at 3pm
February 21 6:30p (Teens and Older only)

CLICK HERE for Tickets
General Admission $25 plus one beverage minimum
VIP Tickets $50 includes great seats and a beverage (NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASE required for VIP guests).

EMAIL for group discounts and private shows. We add shows daily for student groups and tour nationwide to family events, schools, camps and community centers. Next week alone we are hosting groups from KINGS BAY Y and sending shows to THREE Brooklyn sites for New York Junior Tennis League.

WINTER COMEDY CAMP

CLICK HERE to register for Winter, Spring and/or Summer Camp. $125/day, $450/week.  EMAIL us for sibling discounts, multiple week discounts and/or private workshop requests.

MONDAY February 17 itinerary
– 8:45am Early Drops Offs (Microphones on for additional open mic time daily, campers can get extra time rehearsing stand-up comedy ideas)
– 9:30am Official start of Camp Day, after a quick daily welcome we warm-up and work on Improv comedy
– 11:30am LUNCH and Open Mic. We take a solid 30-minute lunch break. The rest of the midday time slot allows campers to share a personal story of experience and observation. Over the course of the week, these are crafted into original comedy routines. FYI Lunches vary including pizza, chicken fingers, tacos, pasta, and sandwiches. We always provide vegetarian and other healthy options. For extreme dietary restrictions, we recommend sending a bagged lunch each day.
– 1:00pm After Improv Comedy session. The focus is on performance games that may be featured in the week’s showcase.
– 2:45pm Snack time
– 3:00pm Join the audience and watch the public performance of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. If any family members want to join, the $25 tickets are on us, just purchase the one beverage minimum (included for campers)
-4:00pm Dismissal
-5:15pm LATE Pick-ups as needed

Tuesday 2/18 – Thursday 2/20 look very similar except during the 3pm hour one of our teenterns (teenage students that have been with us for 2-6 years) run one of their favorite team bonding games – they seem to love Mafia and Werewolf.

Friday 2/21 – Open ONLY to those signed up for the full week of camp.
After our morning meeting, the campers run a mock show, a dress rehearsal of the afternoon’s program. Before and during lunch teachers will provide notes on ways to focus the performances.

1:30 the house is open for audience while the students come together over some focus games.

2pm SHOWCASE features every students performing their original stand-up comedy and a 2-4 Improv games (as per class size)

Spring and Summer camp weeks will look very similar. While some students sign up for 2-9 weeks of summer camp, every week is an individual self-contained unit similar to the above itinerary.

Comedy 4 Teens Class* – Saturdays 10am for ages 8-12. $40 to drop by includes both Improv & Stand-up comedy sections. We have the microphones on by 9:30 every morning for additional stand-up comedy/open mic time.

Comedy 4 Kids Class* – Saturdays 12pm for ages 8-12. $40 to drop by includes both Improv & Stand-up comedy sections. We often run over a few minutes to give every student additional stand-up comedy time.

 

February 17-21 Winter Comedy Camp for Kids &Teens

CLICK HERE to register for February 17-21 Winter Comedy Camp. Ages 7-17 welcome. Daily registration includes lunch and snacks. Full week includes performance showcase on Friday. You can also register now for Spring Break April 13-17 and Summer Camps, nine weeks starting June 29.

February 17-21 Winter Comedy Camp

We have been running summer comedy camps since 2014. This summer we will have nine weeks. February 17-21 will look similar. Sign up for a day, or the full week.

Summer Camp

Monday-Thursday Feb 17,18,19,20

8:45 early drop offs and open mic, Microphones are on for anyone wanting extra stand up practice.

Comedy Kids

9:30 official start time. After a brief morning roll call, we start our Improv comedy class. Every improv session starts with warm ups and technique building games. Each session will include playing at least one performance game.

11:30-1pm Lunch and open mic. We take a solid 30-minute lunch break. The rest of the time is dedicated to stand up comedy. Monday starts with sharing a story of personal experience or observation. Throughout the week we build that into an original comedy routine.

1pm Afternoon Improv Comedy. After a brief warm up/focus game, we jump back into performance games.

2:45 snacks

3pm Fun Time. Once a week campers watch a professional show by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, featuring teachers and counselors. Other days teen counselors run various team bonding games. Mafia is a favorite. Typical camp fun time.

4-5pm late pick ups as needed for working parents.

Class clowns

Fridays

Friday is show day.

8:45 early drop off and open mic

9:30 warm up

9:45 Dress Rehearsal. Run a mock show

11:30 notes

12:30pm lunch break and free time

1:30 house opens for show. Invite family and friends. Campers help seat

2pm Showcase. Each camper will perform their stand up comedy and a few Improv Games. Video of show will be posted unlisted for parents and grandparents that could not make the show.

A monthly showcase of our top students. Next show March 1. CLICK HERE to schedule and tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comedy Camp Final Week, Fall Classes 2019

Comedy Camp Final Week, Fall Classes 2019
QUICK LINKS – get discounted registration for classes and comedy show tickets by clicking links below

  • EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv at LOL Times Square 711 7th Ave @ 47th Street. Fridays 5:30, Saturdays 5:30 fun for teens and older Click link for $5 tickets (reg $20) There is a two drink minimum.
  • EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv at Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street @ 8th Ave. Saturdays 3pm, Sundays 3pm, Wednesdays 1pm All ages friendly. Click link for $5 tickets (reg $25) There is a one drink minimum.

    ****Comedy Students are entitled to free tickets to ALL of our public shows!!!****

  • COMEDY CLASSES for KIDS & TEENS Monday 8/26-Thursday 8/29 9:30a-4pm $250 (reg $450/week) includes lunch, snacks and 2pm showcase on Thursday.
  • COMEDY 4 TEENS Fall Classes Saturdays 10am ages 13-17
    COMEDY 4 KIDS Fall Classes Saturdays Noon ages 8-12
    Fall classes start September 7 and run every Saturday thru the end of October. The students will showcase their original stand-up comedy and improv games on November 2, 2019. All fall students are invited to bonus / make up classes November 9, 16, 23. So if you attend every week that is 12 weeks of classes for JUST $200 (reg $250 – rates going up to $300 in 2020)
  • SUNDAYS 12pm Adult Comedy Classes is open to 16 year olds and older!!!

Comedy Camp Final Week
Fall Classes 2019

HAVE FUN! But never at another’s expense!
A division of Improv Theater LLC (AKA EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, LMAO Off Broadway, Improv 4 Kids, Improv 4 Teens) Shows & Classes in Times Square and Touring Nationwide.

WHY COMEDY CLASSES for KIDS & TEENS

While we are very proud of our students that have begun to get some national and professional notice in competitions and gigs on TV, commercials etc, we are much more excited to see all of our student become better students in all areas.
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.
Ethan on Netflix
Ethan Harkavy, Improv 4 Teens Student, on Netflix “Master of None” with Aziz Ansari

Have your next Birthday Party at Improv 4 Teens

Interactive improv comedy is the perfect birthday for any theater fan. We host groups at our public shows in Times Square, private events at our NYC Theater and send shows anywhere in New York and surrounding counties – Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey.

HIGHLY INTERACTIVE!!!

Our show features top talent, most with TV and/or Film Credits performing hilarious musical comedy skits and songs improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation.

EMAIL for dates and rates for your next event

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Our most popular package is our Pizza Party. For groups of 10 or more we offer our VIP ticket for just $25 (regularly priced $50pp). We have the best seats in the house waiting for you upon arrival along with pizza (the BEST NYC pizza in midtown delivered from Luigi’s) and a non alcoholic beverage. This package is available Saturdays/Sundays 3pm at the Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street).

Saturday Nights at 7:30 at LOL Times Square (711 7th Ave). We have a new series in Times Square. Tickets for this show run $20 and requires a 2 drink minimum. For teen groups of 10 or more- birthdays, student travel, theater groups, etc – we offer a $5 ticket. The venue has a fairly extensive menu that includes sandwiches, personal pizzas and lots of shareable finger foods.

Private Events in Times Square

(Events finished before 5pm)

Pizza Party $600 for up to 20ppl, $20/additional guest
Show Only $600 for up to 50ppl, $12/Additional guest

EMAIL for more catering options and evening rates

WORKSHOPS

Whether booked with a show or as a stand alone event Improv workshops are also a ton of fun. We host groups almost daily and offer public classes as well. Playing a series of theater games, we develop strong understanding of Improv performance as well as life skills – creative writing, critical thinking, self-confidence, public speaking, listening and so much more. We offer these same programs to corporate groups to teach team, leadership, sales and service.

 

 

WINTER COMEDY CLASSES NEW YORK NY 2019

WINTER COMEDY CLASSES NEW YORK NY 2019
CLICK HERE for 20% off Discount Registration

Have you registered yet for winter comedy classes?

Comedy Kids
http://www.thecomedykids.com/

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.

$250 TUITION includes 8 weeks of classes (including a performance showcase on the 8th week), invitation to bonus master classes and free admission to professional performances by the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH featuring your teachers (and sometimes a guest appearance by YOU). CLICK HERE for 20% off Discount Registration

WINTER COMEDY CLASSES NEW YORK NY 2019

BONUS CLASSES for all sections Saturdays February 16, 23
10am TEENS 12pm KIDS 8-12
In Town for winter break 2019, drop by our bonus classes with Sam & Ivana.

SATURDAYS 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS
SATURDAYS 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS
CLASSES: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9
DRESS REHEARSAL: March 2
SHOWCASE: March 9
Teacher: Sam
CLASSES: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10
DRESS REHEARSAL: March 3
SHOWCASE: March 10
Teacher: Walter
CLASSES: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12
DRESS REHEARSAL: March 5
SHOWCASE: March 10 12:30pm
Teacher: Walter
CLASSES: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13
DRESS REHEARSAL: March 6
SHOWCASE: SATURDAY March 9 12pm
Teacher: Walter

Summer Camp Week 4 Showcase August 3 NYC

Summer Camp Week 4 Showcase August 3 NYC

Summer Camp Week 4 Showcase August 3 NYC

http://www.eightimprov.biz http://www.comedycampnyc.com http://www.improv4kids.com
http://improv4teens.org

We offer weekly classes in comedy for kids & teens every Winter, Spring and Fall as well as a few weeks of comedy camp every summer.

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. $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.

STAND-UP COMEDY at the Broadway Comedy Club  $25 plus two drink minimum

Discount tickets to shows and classes in NYC http://www.nycomedytickets.com

Summer Camp 2018 NYC Comedy for Teens & Kids

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.

Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018 Schedule of Sessions

  • Summer Camp WEEK 1 July 9-13
  • Summer Camp WEEK 2 July 16-20
  • Summer Camp WEEK 3 July 23-27
  • Summer Camp WEEK 4 July 30-August 3
  • Summer Camp WEEK 5 August 6-10
  • Summer Camp WEEK 6 August 13-17
  • $500 includes 5 days of classes, 9:30a-3:30p in Improv, Stand-Up, Sketch Comedy (NEW in 2018) Watching Professional Shows, Performance Showcase on Friday at 1pm, Lunch & Snacks. Early Drop off starting at 8:45. Late pick up till 4pm
  • Sign up for multiple weeks and save – $150 off for TWO Weeks, $400 off for FOUR weeks, $800 off for SIX weeks
  • Look for our teachers at your local camp programs, too!AUGUST 6-9 in Southern Jersey / Philadelphia burbs
    Mini Camp Mt Laurel NJ 9:30-11:30 CLICK HERE
    Mini Camp Cherry Hill NJ 2-4pm CLICK HERE

Summer Camp 2018

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.

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What can students expect at camp?

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.

Summer Camp 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

Always Be Creating: Stand-Up Comedy is a 24/7 activity

Always Be Creating :This blog is specifically for our comedy students, many of whom have been with us for 3 or more years.

Always Be Creating

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.

THERE IS NO END TO PROCESS

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.

HAVE FUN UP THERE!!!

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.

DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!

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.

Same goes true with history and politics, even in this world of #fakenews and #alternativefacts.

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.

OR…

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!

But it all begins with process.

  • Always Be Creating: Brainstorm some new ideas every week.
  • Get yourself to an OPEN MIC or otherwise get on stage as often as possible to try out these ideas with an audience.
  • Continue to flesh out the ideas on stage and paper.
  • EVERY TIME you get on stage try something new – new material, new way of presenting old material, changing a single word for a certain effect, changing the pace/rhythm of the same words.

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.

JOURNALING YOUR IMPROV 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.

  • Where did the scene take place and how did you interact with your environment?
  • What was the relationship and how did you and your scene partners play that relationship?
  • What was your character? Is this a character you might want to try again in a different scenario? Did they have a job? How Old? How was this character like you? How different?
  • WHAT HAPPENED? Did you have a strong action choice?
  • PANTOMIME? Did you create a strong WHO, WHERE WHAT with your physical performance as much as your words?
  • Always Be Creating

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!!!

INTERESTED IN TAKING COMEDY CLASSES? 

– 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)

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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)

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EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH tours nationwide to Schools and Events

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