NATIONAL SMILE DAY is May 31st. WORLD SMILE DAY is October 4th.
From Walt Frasier, artistic director of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Off Broadway Improv
In every Improv workshop I leave students with two messages
1) You have homework. (groans) Every morning before even getting out of bed, start the day with a smile. You know how you smile when someone else makes you feel good. Turns out it works both ways. Physically forcing a smile can make you feel better. You physically squeeze out the juice in our face that make you feel good. I know, it sounds gross, but it works. AND when you walk into a room with a smile, most people smile back. There will always be that one that say “Why are they smiling? What’s wrong with them.” That person will judge you no matter what you do so let’s just ignore that person. When you wait for the world to make you happy it will disappoint every time. When you set out to make the world smile, simply by leading by example, rewards flood your way.
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2) Every time you get on stage, or read in class, public speaking gets easier. Every time you let your fear win, hiding in the shadows gets easier as well. Push that comfort zone just a little bit every day and see that fear become manageable, eventually maybe even disappear. Having the fear is beyond normal. But letting the fear control you leads to many missed opportunities.
NATIONAL SMILE DAY is EVERY DAY!
YES AND… #1 rule in Improv is to ALWAYS say YES, followed by AND…, a statement that supports everything our teammates offer and builds a scene forward, offering details to which our team can YES AND.. us in return
LISTEN and RESPOND – suspend judgement, don’t plan, rather simply LISTEN deeply to our team, then trust ourselves and our team.
Playing Improv games develops public speaking and self confidence. Fear of public speaking is #1 in the world, more that fear of death itself. THIS alone is the most important way we attack the Bully problem. A confidence person will less likely become a bully OR victim. Bullies seek out easy targets. They rarely take on a confidence individual. However, bullies themselves are most often overcompensating for their own insecurities. So by teaching self confidence we eliminate BOTH trends. By becoming confidence public speakers and over coming social anxieties of one on one interactions we empower individuals to ask when they need help.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY – a corporate concept that is a few decades old but very important in the past 5 years since a study performed by GOOGLE. http://www.corporate-comedy.us/about/psychological-safety-performance-drive-yes-and-improv/ . Studies find that the #1 factor that makes a successful team is psychological safety. Every person on the team feels a value to the team. Team mates support each other. BASICALLY – EVERYTHING we learn doing Improvisation! Our mission is to bring psychological safety into every classroom in New York and beyond!!!
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv (AKA Improv 4 Kids and Improv 4 Teens via its educational outreach programs) is delivers top rate comedy while catering to all ages. The cast creates original sketch and music improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. The troupe offers weekly classes for kids, teens and adults and a summer comedy camp.
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Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm
at LOL Times Square 711 7th Avenue, NY 10036
$20 plus 2 drink minimum CLICK HERE for $5 tickets
Recommended for 13yo and up
Saturdays, Sundays 3pm
Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street, NY 10019
$25 plus ONE drink minimum CLICK HERE for $5 tickets
Recommended for 5yo and up
These classes include both Improv and Stand-Up Comedy. Check out these photos from a recent show.
Drop by a single class for just $40
8-week sessions run $250
One week of summer camp runs $450 (includes lunch and snacks)
Campers and Full session participants are invited to perform at regular showcases at a NYC Comedy Club plus get free admission to bonus classes and professional comedy shows.
New York Improv Theater (AKA EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, Improv 4 Kids, Improv 4 Teens) has presents 5000+ shows for K12 audiences since 2002. Since 2011 the talented group of comics and actors have presented public classes and summer camps for kids & teens.
Now every weekend, and for EIGHT weeks this summer, 20-30 students partake in classes in both Improv and Stand-Up comedy. Every session includes a chance to perform in semi public showcases for friends and family.
The program is focused first on Improv Comedy to build strong performance and team skills. While playing a series of fun games, the students develop creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking and other valuable life skills. These same games are used to teach corporate groups team building, management/leadership, sales and service.
During almost every session, students will also get a chance to turn personal stories of experience and observation into original comedy routines.
Tuition includes 5 days of comedy classes and mock performance experience. Daily LUNCH and Snacks provided and every Friday a PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE open to friends and family. At least once every week, students will see a professional show by the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. Drop off as early as 8:45am Pick up by 5:15pm.
ALL NEW HOLIDAY SHOW BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE PRODUCERS OF BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND IMPROV 4 KIDS
Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves are rehearsing their songs for the big Pre-Christmas Eve show at North pole when they stumble into a wormhole that transports them to New York City. Come join them in a spectacular Christmas sing-a-long as they practice for their big show and help them find the wormhole back to the North Pole before it closes. Show includes both original and holiday classics.
WHEN: 1pm Shows December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 WHERE: EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Comedy Theater at 318 West 53rd Street TICKETS:CLICK HERE for $10 GENERAL ADMISSION (regularly priced $25). Doors open at 12:45 to GA guests. Seating is first come, first serve. GO VIP:CLICK HERE for $20 VIP Tickets (regularly priced $50) VIP ticket holders are invited early at 12:15pm to meet Santa. Each VIP ticket holder with have time to sit with Santa, take some selfies and offer wish lists. Milk & Cookies at your VIP tables.
Now in its 6th season, BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is a New York must do Christmas event. Doors open at 9am, so do not arrive too early, especially on those colder days. At 9:30 guests are invited to meet Santa. Bring your own camera but the Elves do take photos that can be downloaded for free online. While waiting your turn with the big guy in red, enjoy the continental breakfast buffet with bite sized carbs (bagels, rolls, muffins, donuts), cream cheeses and other spreads, assorted yogurts, fruit, coffee and OJ. At 10am the Elves present ELFPROV, the interactive musical comedy from the north. The show ends with a sing a long with Santa at the piano.
WHEN: 9:30am-11am December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 WHERE: EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Comedy Theater at 318 West 53rd Street TICKETS:CLICK HERE for $12.50 GENERAL ADMISSION (regularly priced $25) Doors open at 9:30 to GA guests. Includes Breakfast and Private time with Santa. (Each family gets about 1-2 minutes to share wish lists and pose for photos. GO VIP:CLICK HERE for $25 VIP Tickets (regularly priced $50). VIP ticket holders are invited early at 9:15am to meet Santa. Each family with have time to sit with Santa, take some selfies and offer wish lists.
Christmas Shows for the Whole Family
Bring these shows to your event. SANTANYC.COM offers Santa, Mrs Claus, Elves, and other characters, carolers and stage shows to liven up any event.
IMPROV 4 KIDS? OK, we know comedy clubs and kids are not usually a match made in heaven. But this company is seriously taking comedy to the families of New York City, its surrounding counties and tourists form around the world.Find out why this company has wowed more than 5000 audiences since 2004. EMAIL producer, Walt Frasier, for more information about public shows & classes as well as educational out reach for K-12 schools and community centers, family events (birthdays etc) and more.
A production you and your children don’t want to miss! – ABC NEWS
Shows are popular destination for families, scout groups, birthday parties, etc. All matinee shows are ALL ages friendly (rated PG). Evening shows by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH are Teen Friend for most families (PG-13 Comedy) Our ticket discounts are CHEAPER than the company’s usual group sale rates, so purchase tickets here for group needs, UNLESS you require special needs.
Saturdays 10a Comedy 4 Teens Times Square
Saturdays 12p Comedy 4 Kids Times Square
Sundays 1pm Greenwich Village
Sundays 6pm Farmingdale, Long Island
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. $200-250/session – EMAIL and mention NYCOMEDYTICKETS.COM and audit the next class for just $20 cash at the door.
FIELD TRIPS for K-12 Student Groups
Almost daily Improv 4 Kids / Improv 4 Teens hosts groups from schools, camps and community centers for shows and/or workshops using Improv Comedy to teach valuable life skills.
Improv shows are great cultural arts programs – music and theater, but also play well with Language Arts – story telling, public speaking, and Character Building/Guidance – Self Confidence, Anti-Bully, SEL
IMPROV 4 KIDS TOURING K-12 Schools, Camps, Community Centers
Touring Libraries, Parks, YMCA, JCC, Local theaters
Family Events – Reunions, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs and more
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has toured nationwide from South Carolina to Maine to Nebraska. Improv 4 Kids is the perfect addition to any Family Program at local theaters and community centers.
Are the future stars in your family ready for the big stage? Check out Summer Camp at the Broadway Comedy Club. Scroll Below for more info…
LIVE COMEDY for the WHOLE FAMILY
TIMES SQUARE NYC
UPCOMING PUBLIC SHOWS
$25 at the door CLICK HERE for $5 tickets
Most shows require a beverage purchase
Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Ask about private shows for K-12 Schools, Camps, Community Groups and Family Events (Birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s etc)
SUNDAY July 2 8pm LMAO ALL STARS Teens and older – Hilarious Interactive Musical Comedy improvised based on audience participation and suggestions. – ALL STAR SHOW features the top payers from the company, hosted by Walt Frasier (Letterman, MTV, Lilyhammer, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods) – Evening shows require a TWO drink minimum MONDAY July 3 ON THE SPOTTeens and older
– NYC’s best up and coming vocalists sing pop, jazz, Broadway and Cabaret favorites. The Improv cast create scenes inspired by the songs, weaving together an original book. The result is an original musical every night with music you know – Evening shows require a TWO drink minimum SATURDAY July 8 3pm IMPROV for all ages – Matinees Performances of LMAO Off Broadway are all ages friendly – (Rated PG Comedy) – Weekend Matinees require a ONE beverage minimum
MONDAY July 10 ON THE SPOT Teens and older WEDNESDAY July 12 1pm IMPROV for all ages NO DRINK MINIMUM – Mid week matinees for family do not have drink service or minimums – NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASE REQUIRED FRIDAY July 14 2pm TOO YOUNG TO VOTE – These shows feature performers under the age of 18 – $5 cash at the door NO DRINK MINIMUM
MONDAY July 17 ON THE SPOT Teens and older
WEDNESDAY July 19 1pm IMPROV for all ages NO DRINK MINIMUM
FRIDAY July 21 2pm TOO YOUNG TO VOTE
SATURDAY July 22 3pm IMPROV for all ages
MONDAY July 24 ON THE SPOT Teens and older
WEDNESDAY July 26 2pm IMPROV for all ages NO DRINK MINIMUM
MONDAY July 31 ON THE SPOT Teens and older
SUMMER CAMP 2017 for KIDS & TEENS ages 7-17
9am-4pm Monday thru Friday includes classes in Improv and Stand-Up Comedy as well as a weekly showcase for friends and family. Now in its 5th year, the troupe has double its offerings form 2 to 4 weeks of camp. WEEK ONE almost sold out.
Every week the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy presents amazing entertainment for all ages. AKA Improv 4 Kids this show keeps it PG movie clean. No language or sexual material. The result is amazing story telling and great theater. Many kids an parents get on stage to participate in the show, while the entire scrip is improvised basedon audience suggestions. CLICK HERE for full calendar of IMPROV at the Broadway Comedy Club (AKA New York Improv Theater)
Not great for “kids” the 8pm show by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH – AKA LMAO Off Broadway – is often perfect for teens guests. Designed with adults in mind, the shows are a true PG-13. There may be one or two words, and some adult themed comedy, but generally tame compared to many TV shows and movies teens watch today. I tell parents, if the kids are watching South Park and other edgy cable TV , they will learn nothing new watching this show. CLICK HERE for full calendar of IMPROV at the Broadway Comedy Club (AKA New York Improv Theater)
PRIVATE EVENTS – Improv Comedy shows are great at any family event. We host at the club 24/7 and send shows nationwide. Very popular are kids birthday parties. If you are tired of the same old mediocre clowns and musicians, kick it up a notch with interactive improv comedy. We have shows appropriate for ages 5 and up. Improv 4 Teens even plays after proms, graduations, sweet 16s and more. Also Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Kids entertainment at reunions and weddings, bring your kids to work day etc. For more info and to book your event email email@example.com
COMEDY 4 KIDS / COMEDY 4 TEENS CLASSES
The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents classes for kids and teens (almost) every Saturday at 10am. Winter, Spring and Fall there are 8 week programs. During the summer the cast hosts 1-2 weeks of summer camp. All programs include both Improv and Stand-Up Comedy Training. Every student is invited to the shows final performance showcase. Participants become great students and leaders in their schools as we teach Creativity (critical thinking, writing), Community (Team, Respect, Communications – listening, focus, eye contact) and Leadership (Public Speaking, Self Confidence, Self Respect).
Want to be the coolest teacher ever? Bring your classes to the Broadway Comedy Club in Times Square. For just $15pp, students will see a show and work with teaching artists playing the games themselves in a mini-workshop.