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The Comedy Kids is a series featuring kids performing improv comedy in front of a live studio audience in NYC.
Hosted by Walt Frasier
Comedy Kids Cast:
Directed by Laurice Fattal
Production Asst: Charnette Soto, Thomas Burns Scully
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. We present 8-week programs Winter, Spring and Fall as well as a growing Summer Camp Program. We host private sessions for student groups and we send teachers to schools, camps, and community centers for workshops and residencies, after school programs and more
THE COMEDY KIDS Are Now Online – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York area youth perform Improv Comedy the whole family can enjoy!
That’s right the pilot episode of THE COMEDY KIDS is now online at www.thecomedykids.com. The show features amazingly talented kids and teens from New York City performing Improv Comedy in front of a live audience.
What makes this series so unique is the imagination of the young performers. While seasoned adult performers may have tons more performance training and life experience, a child’s mind is free to wander without the confines created by society, ego and insecurity.
This project has been the dream of Producer Laurice Fattal for years. Along with show host, Walt Frasier, the two founded Improv 4 Kids in 2009, which has performed for 1000s of K-12 and family audiences at their Times Square club, schools, camps and community centers.
“I used to fear performing for kids,” explains Frasier previously not known as a ‘clean comic’, “but we soon learned that a child has a far more interesting imagination. Interactive scenes for adult club audiences always had the same predictable direction. Kids’ minds surprise you at every turn.”
When the troupe started offering classes in 2010, the idea for this show was immediate. Everything Laurice and Walt had witnessed performing for kids was multiplied when the kids took stage themselves.
“Some of these students have been with us for 5 or more years, taking classes, attending summer camp and even performing as guests with the professional troupe,” Says Fattal. “Their progression has been a clear path to this project.”
While the series is designed for all ages, young audiences love watching other kids play. All the jokes are made up on the spot by the performers.
The kids are watching comedy and humor they can relate to.
“I have seen twelve-year olds perform the best Improv scenes you have ever seen,” brags Frasier. “Adult performers try to be existential and in the moment. Kids are usually there naturally.” Walt Frasier, Liz Lord and other Improv 4 Kids teachers combine both Improv and Stand-Up Comedy. Some of the students, after years of weekly classes, comedy camps and live showcases, have 15-20 minutes of quality original stand-up comedy materiel.
Many of these kids are getting the attention of other producers, casting directors and agents. 13yo Ethan Harkavy appeared on NETFLIX’s “Master of None” Season 2. 12yo Judah Angert was invited for a private producer’s audition original Stand-Up Comedy on America’s Got Talent Season 12. Many are starting to connect with agents and casting directors, so keep your eyes open for amazing things in the future. Fattal gets emails and calls to see talent almost weekly.
Tune into www.thecomedykids.com regularly to see new episodes and feature clips from kids and teens performing Improv and Stand-Up comedy.
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The Comedy Kids is an online series featuring kids and teens performing short-form improv comedy in front of a live studio audience.
Hosted by Walt Frasier, the show is filmed in New York City and Produced by Improv 4 Kids
Host: Walt Frasier
Directed by Laurice Fattal
Production Asst: Charnette Soto
Want to perform? All of the performers in this programming are students form our classes for kids and teens. Check our programming in Times Square, Greenwich Village, Long Island and beyond.
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. We present 8-week programs Winter, Spring and Fall as well as a growing Summer Camp Program. We host private sessions for student groups and we send teachers to schools, camps, and community centers for workshops and residencies, after school programs and more.
We add shows & workshops daily for student groups. We also send teachers out to schools, camps and community centers for in-school, after school and weekend workshops, classes and residencies. Let us create our public program at your location. Add Improv to any after school program. Host a workshop to introduce the art form and valuable life skills to your classes.
Comedy 4 Teens by Teens at Broadway Comedy Club NYC
We had an amazing show this week at the Broadway Comedy Club in Times Square where eight amazingly talented teens performed a 1-hour show of Improv and original Stand-Up Comedy. October 30 will be a similar line up of performers, however a completely new show because the Improv comedy is created on the spot based on your suggestions and participation. The Stand-Up Comedy line-up may feature different comics as well as new material from the comics seen in the above video.
CLICK HERE for $5 tickets to 10/30 show at 3pm
Broadway Comedy Club NYC
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
This show is fun for all ages, but it is truly geared towards teens to watch other teens perform. These young soon-to-be pros have been with our programs for 6 months to 4 years or more.
Do you want to perform Improv and Stand-Up Comedy? Then start like these comics, and join one of our classes for kids or teens Saturday mornings. It is just $30 to drop or pay $200 for full session (New session starts January 2017). It is not to late to perform on the November 12 Fall 2016 showcase, so sign up to day and join us the next 6 weeks.
Or check out the full calendar of up coming classes, and you can join in on the fun this weekend.
Perhaps you can start your journey by watching the pros perform. Every Friday 7pm is great for teens, and teen groups. (CLICK HERE for $5 discount tickets; $25 at the door). Kids of all ages welcome Saturdays 3pm and Alternating Sundays 3pm for our family friendly matinees.
Improv 4 Teens / Kids shows and workshops are the perfect destination for New York area Vacation Camps this December.
December Holiday Break Shows perfect for NYC Vacation Camps – bring your group to Improv 4 Teens & Improv 4 Kids this December. We add shows daily every year Christmas to New Years. These are perfect for vacation camps and family groups.
Not with a group and just need a few TICKETS? CLICK HERE for discount calendar. Select show you wish to attend and choose the discount options in blue. $25 at the door plus ONE Drink minimum. Just $10 via Improv 4 Teens blog.
EMAIL your group ticket and private event requests now! firstname.lastname@example.org
Shows run nearly every Saturday at 3pm year round. We add shows during the week for school group field trips. We add public shows for most holiday breaks, and every December we runs shows almost daily the last week of the year.
3pm SHOW Dec 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Jan 1
1pm SHOW Dec 27, 28, 29
We host groups from schools, camps and community centers year round 7 days/week. Holiday Breaks are very popular for vacation camps and scout groups.
$10pp SHOW & WORKSHOP (reg $15pp)
FYI this is a special rate usually only given to Title One Schools.
ALSO This particular week, with so many shows scheduled, we can waive minimums and open the deal to smaller groups (20+ instead of 50+).
$500 up to 50 students.
– $10pp additional
– FREE adult (21yo+) chaperon per 10 students once minimums met
Add Workshop for just $5pp
Add Pizza Party for just $10pp
NYC SCHOOLS $600 (Out side NYC $800)
– 4 teaching artists up to 60-minutes
– Add shows OR Workshop Sessions same day $400
– additional travel costs may be required depending on tour routing
$2000 DAY of SHOWS & WORKSHOPS
– up to 4 45-60 minute sessions
– 4 teaching artists
– Can be split between 2 neighboring schools
$6000 4-day Residency
– Up to 16 45-60 minute sessions/Up to 8 schools
$7000 5-day Residency
– Up to 20 45-60 minute sessions/Up to 10 schools
WORKSHOP / CLASSES ONLY
– $200 1 teaching artist up to 2 hours
– $1500 10 sessions, 20 hours (Same Week, Weekly Classes etc)
– great in- school, after school, weekend programming
– Deliver Basic Workshop to every student in the school OR run a progressive program for 20 students culminating in a performance showcase
– $500 1 teaching artist up to 2-hours
– $1200 SHOW & WORKSHOP Combo (4 teaching artists)
– One part team corporate building, one part activities for the classroom. Teachers will work better to plan programs and schedules. Your team deserves a little laughter. AND Imagine starting every class with a 2-3 minute “game” that engages students, getting them warmed-up mentally and physically. This class will be ready to listen and participate in discussion.
Improv is a ton of fun, YES, AND very useful teaching numerous life skills. In addition to performing, Improv teaches creative writing, critical thinking (out of the box), community (team, respect, listening, focus) and leadership (public speaking, self confidence, eye contact).
The interactive shows alone are very therapeutic. Laughter has been known to be very beneficial to one’s health as it lowers blood pressure and decreases stress. Studies at John Hopkins have proven laughter to even raise test scores and better test prep. People that are allowed to have joy and laughter in their lives participate in the process of education and thereby learn far better and faster.
Every workshop starts with warm-up games that prepare the individual and team to work and play. Simple games like ZIP ZAP ZUP require focus, listening and eye contact while having fun. We teach its OK to “mess-up” and not to judge or worry about correcting others. Instead we let minor mishaps pass without comment. We eliminate fear of failure, because there are no mistakes in Improv.
We teach about story telling. Improv is as much about writing as it is performance. We develop characters and relationships, settings and action for our stories on the spot. In Improv we call this the WHO, WHERE and WHAT of a scene. By learning how to craft a story in this hands-on matter, students return to Language Arts classes better prepared to write essays and original stories as well as tackle the classic novels, short-stories, plays and poems.
I know I never appreciated Shakespeare until approaching the plays as an actor. Similarly we teach how to bring these character to life. We empower ones imagination and critical mind at the same time.
Building a better mind leads to success in all areas of study. While we focus on Language Arts, Team & Leadership skills, students of these fields excel in all areas of study. Abstract concepts in science and math now seem easy to comprehend. Characters in history come alive.
Buy tickets here for the 3pm show and attend the 1:30 workshop for free.
Wednesday July 20, 2016 3pm
The best of NYC Improv meets Off Broadway musical revue. 4-5 top performers create originals songs, sketches and interactive games based on audience suggestions and participation. NO TWO SHOWS ARE EVER THE SAME. Unscripted the cast daily reacts to the news and scandals of the day. Classical literature and box office hits are equally damaged beyond recognition. You will walk away amazed at the quick wit of the cast.
3pm Show All ages friendly (Equivalent to Rated PG Movie)
8pm Show Teens and older (Equivalent to Rated PG-13 Movie)
WORKSHOP at 1:30pm hosted by Walt Frasier
Catch Walt Frasier on TruTV’s “Friends Of The People” in their 2nd season. Go to Netflix – RIGHT NOW!!! – to see Walter in Lilyhammer (Season 3, Episode 8) as the American comic performing at Steven Van Zandt’s Norwegian club. Also now on Netflix – Blue Bloods (Season 3, Episode 8) see Walter in spandex body suit in first 5 minutes as Arnie the Homeless Avenger. Royal Pains (Season 6 Episode 3) as the Choking Victim. Past credits include sketch bits on Letterman (9 episodes), Stakervision (MTV2), Naked Brother’s Band (NICK), Hair Trauma (WE) and numerous commercials including Dr. Oz’s Fat Pants. Theater Credits include Off Broadway, Touring and Regional Theater plus over 4000 professional Improv Comedy Shows with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA LMAO Off Broadway. Improv 4 Kids, Improv 4 Teens, Absent Minded Comedy).
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