NATIONAL SMILE DAY #NationalSmileDay MAY 31 #worldsmileday OCTOBER 4

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
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Walt Frasier on Billions 4.10 May 2019. Frasier has also appeared on Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Friends of the People, Letterman etc
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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QUICK LINKS for upcoming professional shows & classes this weekend in Times Square, NYC.
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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.
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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.

 

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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!!!

 

Young Comics compete at Caroline’s hosted by Kenan Thompson

Young Comics compete at Caroline’s hosted by Kenan Thompson

Nine of the sixteen students performing with Kenan on April 14, 2019 are from the comedy school run by one of our clients.

Judah (pictured above on the left) was the runner up last year. The past few weeks, Judah has been traveling with Kenan. Last week they performed at the Hollywood Improv.

Carolyn (on the right) is this year’s winner. 11yo Carolyn started comedy classes during the troupe’s summer camp 2018 and has been at almost every Saturday class since.

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.

NYCOMEDYTICKETS.com has discount tickets to their live shows featuring professional performers (also the teachers of these amazing kids & teens)

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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

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COMEDY CLASSES for KIDS & TEENS

Saturdays 10am Teens
Saturdays 12pm Kids
SUMMER CAMP 2019

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.

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Cinco de Mayo Comedy Line-Ups

Cinco de Mayo is ALL WEEK with NYC Comedy Shows. QUICK LINKS- Pay $20-30 at the door.  Just $5 via links below. TWO DRINK MINIMUM per guest at all shows unless otherwise listed.

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Cinco de Mayo is all week with NYC Comedy Shows

WEDNESDAY May 1, 2019

9pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Mike Vechionne (NBC’S Tonight Show, Conan, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Comic Standing) Joe Devito (Last Comic Standing, CBS Late Show, CNN, FOX) Ophira Eisenberg (The Moth Radio Hour, NPR’s “Ask me another.”)

9:30 GREENWICH VILLAGE COMEDY CLUB
MC Joanne Filan LOGO Clayton Fletcher Sirius XM Allan Fuks AXS Jocelyn Chia AXS Brian Jian Just for Laughs Jason Salmon Orange is the New Black Leah Bonnema IFC, VH1

11pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
James Comacho, Troy Bond, Ian Lara Michelle Slonim, Mike Lemme, Bob Bleiberg

THURSDAY May 2, 2019

9pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Wali Collins, Drew Fraiser (Starz, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central), Jourdain Fisher (BET’s sketch comedy show, 50 Central.)

9:30 GREENWICH VILLAGE COMEDY CLUB
MC Melissa Diaz NY Comedy Festival Robyn Schall AXS TV Brian Jian Just for Laughs Adel Alizadeh High Times Danny Palmer FOX Laughs Kevin McCaffery Letterman, Comedy Central

11pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Alex Aronson, Kyle Ocasio, Erik Braunstein, Charles McBee Ian Lara

FRIDAY May 3, 2019

7:30 LMAO IMPROV at LOL TIMES SQUARE

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 with 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!

All professional comedy cast includes international talent from STAGE, TV and FILM including WALT FRASIER (Billions, Friends of the People, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Letterman, MTV), AMELIA FOWLER (Top Five w/ Chris Rock, Power, Bull, Mysteries of Laura, Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods), THOMAS BURNS SCULLY (Comedy Central’s Broad City, HBO’s The Rock n’ Roll Project, and IVANA MENDEZ (StartUp on SONY Crackle, Wrecked on TBS).

9pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Joanne Filan (Comedy TV) Russ Meneve (Comedy Central, Tonight Show, Conan, HBO) Ian Lara (Comedy Central) Jaye McBride (Yaaas! Fest)

9:30 GREENWICH VILLAGE COMEDY CLUB
MC Jay Jurden NBC Diversity Rodney Laney Late Late Show, HBO Bad Boys of Comedy Robyn Schall AXS Brian Jian Just for Laughs Jason Salmon Orange is the New Black Steve Marshall Bobby Flave Show, Vegas Headliner

11pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Joanne Filan (Comedy TV) Russ Meneve (Comedy Central, Tonight Show, Conan, HBO) Ian Lara (Comedy Central) Jaye McBride (Yaaas! Fest)

SATURDAY May 4

3pm EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy
The matinee performances of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv are fun for the whole family!

7:30 LMAO IMPROV at LOL TIMES SQUARE

9pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Jourdain Fisher (NBC’s Tonight Show) Drew Fraiser (Starz, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central) Corey Kahaney –(Colbert, Letterman, Ferguson, Showtime, HBO, Comic’s Unleashed, NICKMOM)

10:30 GREENWICH VILLAGE COMEDY CLUB
MC Jay Jurden NBC Diversity Yannis Pappas Comedy Central Joanne Filan LOGO Brian Jian Just for Laughs Jason Salmon Orange is the New Black Jim McCue AXS, Sirius XM

11pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Drew Fraiser (Starz, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central) Bryan McKenna (Comedy Central) Troy Bond Charles McBee ( MTV)

SUNDAY May 5 Cinco de Mayo

3pm EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy
COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW! The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY meets Broadway – Cinco de Mayo Fun for all ages!!! JUST A ONE DRINK MINIMUM

9pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Drew Frasier (Starz, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central) Dustin Chafin (HBO, Uncensored Comedy, Showtime, CMT) Joe Devito (Last Comic Standing, CBS Late Show, CNN, FOX)

9:30 GREENWICH VILLAGE COMEDY CLUB
MC Howie Dewey VH1 Clayton Fletcher AXS Jocelyn Chia AXS Brett Druck FOX Laughs Brendan Fitzgibbons Comedy Central Harris Stanton Comedy Central

11pm BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB
Broadway Comedy Club presents a lineup full of our Top Headliners. These are the best comedians from New York City with special guests from all across the country. You’ve seen them on MTV, HBO, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, The Daily Show, Last Comic Standing and more!

Summer Comedy Camp for Kids & Teens Times Square NYC

QUICK LINKS – We are excited to share some discount links for your future stars to check out comedy camp for kids & teens

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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.

WEEKLY CLASSES in TIMES SQUARE

Saturdays 10am Teens
Sundays 12pm Kids

Spring Sessions start March 16
Additional 4-5 weeks sessions also pop up

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SUMMER COMEDY CAMP 2019

COMEDY CAMP 4 KIDS $50 off/week discount link
COMEDY CAMP 4 TEENS $50 off/week discount link

WEEK 1 July 1-5
WEEK 8 Starts August 19

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.

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