LIVE from Times Squ- er-um-  ONLINE WORLDWIDE

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

ONLINE COMEDY CLASSES

Are your kids stuck at home? Are they bored with little to do? We have created an online version of our Times Square comedy classes to help fill a void for both our students and teaching artists.

Use links to sign up for your first online class time. We will immediately work out a schedule for your class and private coaching times. You can complete the entire session in a week OR over the course of a month. During this time of chaos we are providing almost daily sessions where kids & teens can join a chat group with our moderator.

Sign up for ONE class ($40) or Full Program ($75) includes

  • UNLIMITED use of online resources – videos, study guides and blogs
  • FOUR online class coaching sessions hosted on ZOOM (40-minutes each).
  • FOUR online private coaching sessions (10-minute each)
  • We welcome you to create your own online videos on your finished work for various social media platforms. We will share them on our network. Simply send us a link.
  • When the plague subsides, we will invite students to our public showcases in New York City, where we will resume weekly classes and comedy camps.

Develop creative writing and performance skills while discovering your inner comedic genius!

INTRODUCTION

START by watching our introduction video. We recommend start keeping a journal of your comedy writing process. We will have a series of worksheets and study guides but keeping everything in one composition book makes it harder to lose your work.

RULE #1 HAVE FUN!!!

DAILY HOMEWORK

  1. Observe your world. EVERYTHING you need to be a comic is right in front of you. Material for stand-up comedy is everywhere. (As you will learn in the next section)
  2. Journal what you observe.
  3. SMILE – start every day with a smile. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS on making you life a better place to live)

CLASS ONE: Brainstorming Ideas

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Ideas” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.


Complete the worksheet, brainstorming ideas based on the prompt. There is no wrong. Never edit. Never judge while you brainstorm. Just “vomit” idea onto the paper.

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #1 
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain. Review your notes before starting grup session.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #1
This will be your first online open mic session for this course. The other students may be doing their first session, their second or their 100th. When it is your turn just focus on your work. You will have 2-3 minutes to share your ideas. At this stage of the game, just read off some of the things on your list. If you want, you can tell us a bit about what happened. Don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE. There will be some minimal feedback. When it is another comic’s turn, be a great audience. Learn from each other. Be supportive of each other. Remember, Comics are never allowed to be hecklers (This is a small community. Don’t burn bridges at your first class lol)

E. Journal the experience of class one brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS TWO: Brainstorming Details

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Details” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

 

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #2
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain and start to formulate an actual routine out of this new information.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #2
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time. Again, don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE your story. LISTEN to yourself.

E. Journal the experience of class two brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS THREE: Add the Funny and Outline your Routine

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT FIND THE FUNNY
B. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT OUTLINE YOUR ROUTINE

C. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

VIDEO COMING SOON

D. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #3
Using the FIND THE FUNNY worksheet brainstorm ways to build up some laughs in your routine. Use the OUTLINE YOUR WORK worksheet to organize your thoughts. Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your process and pick your brain beyond where the video leaves off.

E. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #3
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

F. Journal the experience of class three process and performance. Start to analyze the good the bad and the ugly. What got a laugh? What got a snicker? What was a total waste of time? When we brainstorm we never worry about what is good. NOW we start to be more picky about what makes it to the next step.

CLASS FOUR: SHOWTIME?

ALMOST. At this point think about those words on a shampoo bottle.
WASH – RINSE – REPEAT

A. Go back to CLASS THREE worksheets. From now on, EVERY TIME you get on stage with this same material, the goal is to make it even FUNNIER. How can you improve the material? How can you improve your presentation of the material?

B. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #4
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. Before the next group session, re-outline your routine with the changes.

C. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #4
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

SHOWTIME

The primary class is over. If your time permits and we have space, we invite you to join additional online sessions during your planned class time. Or sign up for another session and let’s create new material together. A professional stand-up comic does the above routine EVERY week.

At the time this is written, you may not have a way to perform live. Schools are closed. Clubs are closed. When things get back to normal we invite you to join us in Times Square for a show. If not in/near New York City, find a talent show at school or local theater/club that hosts showcases for students your age.

Either way, and for now, we recommend shooting a video of your work. Post it on youtube, IGTV, TIKTOK (if under a minute), Twitter (if under two minutes) etc.

Send us a link and we will share in our network.

 

 

 

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

student

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

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

NYC DOE VENDOR #IMP928764

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

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It is not too late to sign up for Summer 2018

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Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. 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