October 27 Fall Comedy Class Showcases Kids Teens NYC

October 27 Fall Comedy Class Showcases

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 eightimprov@gmail.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  eightimprov@gmail.com 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 IMPROV PROGRAMMING

DOWNLOADABLE / PRINTABLE PDF – NYC DOE IMPROV PROGRAMMING

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

K-12 Schools

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

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

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

10-CLASS RESIDENCY $2000, 15-CLASS RESIDENCY $3000

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

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

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

 

CULTURAL ARTS

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.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

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.

 

CHARACTER BUILDING

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!

Comedy Camp Week 2 July 20 Showcase

comedycampnyc.com

It is not too late to sign up for Summer 2018

CLICK HERE

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.

MASTER CALENDAR of MANHATTAN CLASSES

Saturdays 10am COFFEE, DONUTS, IMPROV Adult Class
Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS 13-17
Saturdays 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS 8-12

MASTER CALENDAR of LONG ISLAND CLASSES

Sundays 6pm Comedy 4 Kids Fall 2018 classes start Sept 9

$40 to drop in
$250 for 8-week program plus bonus perks

Kenan Thomson SNL wants YOU to join him on Stage NYC SUNDAY 4pm

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 eightimprov@gmail.com

Kenan Thomson
Kenan Thomson Hosts

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.  

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

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)

Always Be Creating
Always Be Creating

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)

Always Be Creating
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH tours nationwide to Schools and Events

Always Be Creating

PLEASE Always Be Creating

Always Be Creating

Winter 2018 COMEDY CLASSES for Kids, Teens Manhattan, Long Island

Winter 2018 COMEDY CLASSES for Kids, Teens Manhattan, Long Island
Have you signed up for our winter class sessions yet?

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

QUICK LINKS. Scroll down for more info…

Here’s what you get…

EIGHT weekly classes in January/February starting January 6/7
THEN because EVERYONE travels at some point, or we have snow etc We add THREE weeks in March, which includes a performance showcase for friends/family. These bonus sessions are only open to those registered for the full session, as they are focused on putting a show together on week 11.
PLUS March 24 in the city we have a day dedicated to students in ALL our kids/teens classes with a Master Class with me and FREE tickets to our 3pm show w/ PIZZA.
SO If students don’t travel AND there is no snow you actually get 12 classes AND a show ($25 tickets COMPED for the whole family ) for $250.
ONLY added expense is there is a 1-drink min at the show (soda, juice H2O ok of course for all) if you join us March 24
Comedy Kids

Winter 2018 COMEDY CLASSES for Kids, Teens Manhattan, 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. 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.

  • SUNDAYS 6pm LONG ISLAND 10-13 yos 
    LOCATION: 610 Carmans Ave, South Farmingdale, NY
    – <2-mins from the Southern Parkway,
    REGISTRATION: $40/class, $250 /Session
    SCHEDULE: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
    BONUS CLASSES: March 4, 11
    SHOWCASE: March 18
    TEACHERS: Evan Schultz, Walt Frasier
    This class was started when a local parent organized a private group of students.The program is now open to the public with a growing group of 10-13yos. Great group.
  • SATURDAYS 10am MANHATTAN Teens 13-17
    SATURDAYS 12p MANHATTAN Kids 8-12
    LOCATION: 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY (Just west of 8th Ave)
    REGISTRATION: $40/class, $250 /Session ($450 preregister for Winter & Spring)
    SCHEDULE: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
    BONUS CLASSES: March 3, 10
    SHOWCASE: March 17
    TEACHERS: Liz Lord, Walt Frasier
    These classes have grown from 3 students in 2010 to over 30. Now some of our students are in college and continue to work with us as interns and cast mates. Many are also participating in our online series THE COMEDY KIDS.

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SUMMER CAMP 2018

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

LIVE from TIMES SQUARE

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

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!

Saturdays 3pm
Sundays 3pm
Added Shows Dec 26, 27, 28, 30

COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!!
Students – RSVP for FREE tickets for you and your family ANYTIME!!!

K-12 SCHOOLS, CAMPS, COMMUNITY GROUPS

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)
– Workshops
– Residencies
– Professional Development

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January 2018 NYC Field Trip Booking Special NYC DOE VENDOR

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

January 2018 Field Trip Booking Special for NYC Area Schools

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

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

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

January

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYC 5-BORO NON-PROFIT RATES

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

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

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

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

K-12 Schools

Improv Field Trips Middle / High School Students NYC DOE VENDOR

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

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

CULTURAL ARTS – LANGUAGE ARTS
CHARACTER BUILDING

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Field Trips to Times Square – improv Comedy Shows and Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

CREATIVITY – COMMUNITY
LEADERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychologiical Safety

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

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

RESIDENCIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luna Discovers Random Humor Comedy Routine

Luna Discovers Randomness in Comedy.

From November 4, 2017 comedy showcase from our Times Square NYC fall classes. EMAIL us for more info about shows, classes and more.

Our students develop these routines all by themselves. We help direct our kids and teens to better performances and give them some basic structure. We help find better ways to tell a story. We sometimes step in to say a certain idea/claim is factually incorrect, because the young mind has not been exposed to certain truths yet.  But sometimes you just have to let the mind of this 10 year old go. I also tell our students if what you do is funny – if it works – EVERY rule can be broken. The best artist redefine the rules for their own work and generation. Only a egomaniac of a teacher stands in the way of progress and creativity for the sake of technique (too many of those in acting as is).

See both shows (NOON kids and 10am teens programs) from Nov 4 in full CLICK HERE

NEW – LONG ISLAND CLASSES

Sundays 6pm Comedy 4 Kids & Teens 
Improv Comedy Class for kids & teens.. These were previously private programs now open to the public. Great group of students already meet every Sunday night.  COME PLAY WITH US!!! All students are invited to bring their family to our professional shows Saturdays/Sundays at 3pm in NYC

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

TIMES SQUARE classes winter session starts January 6, 2018

Saturday 10 Comedy 4 Teens
Saturday 12p Comedy 4 Kids 
Sunday 1pm ADVANCED Comedy 4 Teens by invitation only

NYC Comedy Classes include instruction in both Improvisation and Stand-Up Comedy. Each week students play various warm-up, technique and performance Improv games designed to teach performance and life skills. We run 8-week programs (actually 9-11 weeks with bonus classes and showcase) Winter, Spring and Fall as well as Summer Camp. Regular students also receive FREE tickets for the whole family to our public shows by the professional cast.

WINTER 2018 Registration includes

January 6, 12, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Bonus Classes March 3, 10
Showcase 17

Live shows in Times Square 

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Over 6000 professional Improv Comedy Shows in Times Square and touring nationwide since 2002. The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH

COME BE A PART OF THE SHOWS

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

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  • Field Trips to Times Square
  • Touring K-12 Schools, Camps and Community Centers
  • Workshops
  • After School Programming
  • Residencies
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • NYC DOE VENDOR via Improv Theater LLC

Improv 4 Kids / Improv 4 Teens plays 300+ shows for K-12 groups in Times Square and touring Schools, Camps and Community centers throughout the New York City Tri-State Area and beyond. We host student groups for day time field trips and at our public shows. We present school assemblies, PTA Nights, Fundraisers and more. Many schools use our teaching artists for after school programming where we recreate our public classes. EMAIL us for more info about shows, classes and more.