Live Improv Comedy Anyone? NYC TROUPE READY

Email booking requests for upcoming events. Check menu above for links to public classes and shows online and coming soon back to Times Square NYC.

It’s been a year. Our last show was March 9, 2020. My last day teaching live was March 13.

NYC TROUPE READY TO ROCK!!!

As of this weekend we have a handful of artists that have received their first vaccine shot. By end of March we will at least a full cast, if not two, ready to rock.

This will still require social distancing and mask wearing of course, but we are now taking event requests for out door gigs in April.

Live Improv Comedy Anyone?

We cannot host yet at our Times Square theater. We are waiting on guidance from city and state.

Since 2002, we have presented corporate entertainment, college campus activities, k12 educational outreach and more.

We expect to return to our off broadway run by summer. Follow this blog for the latest news.

In Person Classes

Starting in April we will be slowly transitioning back to live in person classes. As many are not ready to travel via subway and other public transportation, we will be offering programs in various boros, as well as Long Island and NJ.

Virtual Programming Will Continue

Our online shows and classes will continue online through the spring. We have been working many students from the world. As long as there is a group of students looking to play, we will host the classes.

We will continue to offer virtual shows and workshops long after quarantine is lifted. While we look forward to live events, as more and more teams work remotely we will provide events to bring folks together from around the world.

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COMEDY CLASSES 4 Kids, Teens – Improv, Stand-Up, Sketch LIVE from Times Square Avail Worldwide

SUNDAYS-THURSDAYS 5-6 pm

Comedy Classes 4 Kids brought to you by the Broadway Comedy Club, Times Square NYC, EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy and the Original Improv 4 Kids. Sundays – Fridays 5-6pm Kids, 6-7pm Teens. Improv Comedy is 70+ percent of the focus. 1-2 sessions/week we work on Stand-up comedy. Sign up for a single class ($25), register for ONE class/week ($75 for FOUR classes) or get UNLIMITED ACCESS ($125 for four weeks 20+ possible sessions). We miss working with students live in our Times Square NYC theater BUT so cool to have kids & teens join us form around the world – US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, India, Australia, China and Korea. Use forms below to register for you firs/next class/session. EMAIL now for questions regarding our public classes or booking a private session for schools, camps, community centers, birthdays etc

GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER!!!!

Walt Frasier has been teaching kids, teens and adults for 18 years. In addition to his comedy school in Times Square (NOW Online) Frasier has worked with hundreds of corporate teams, colleges and K12 schools.

MORE from EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH improv including adult classes and shows for corporate groups, colleges etc

Sign up now for March classes and start today, a week early. TEENS TOO!!!

SUNDAYS-THURSDAYS 5-6 pm

Improv 4 Kids (2 Book Series) now available on Amazon FREE via KindleUnlimited

  • Stand-Up Comedy by Walt Fraser is a text book for comics and teachers looking to bring fun creative writing sections into the classroom.
  • Improv on Zoom by Walt Frasier is a list of games with tips and tricks to play online as well as Improv technique and wisdom.
  • Both books marketed to a YA audience BUT that is only on the cover – inside contains valuable resource material for artists, teachers and comedy fans of ALL ages.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Walt Frasier

In 2002 Walt Frasier co-Founded EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv (aka LMAO Off Broadway, Absent Minded Comedy, Improv 4 Kids) and serves as the Artistic Director of the New York Improv Theater where he has performed 5000+ shows (producing 7000+) live from Times Square and touring nationwide. International TV credits include Friends of the People, Billions, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Lilyhammer, and Letterman (9 episodes). Plus shows on NICK, WE, MTV2, commercials, indy film…. On stage includes international credits in comedy, theater (Off Broadway, Festival, Regional and touring), opera, and music. Walt Frasier created programs for the Comedy hall of fame Just for Laughs program and currently partners with

TEACHER: Andrea Hernandez Mieres

Andrea Hernandez Mieres, MC, Movement/Dance specialist, Improv – Andrea is a Mexican & Spanish singer, actress and dancer. Originally from Mexico City where she debuted professionally on the Musical Theater scene in the Mexican Broadway versions of The Fiddler on the Roof and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Recent AMDA NY graduate, Andrea is venturing on the New York City scene. Andrea has been with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv since early 2019. She appeared in our Holiday Show, Santa’s Sing Along Adventure, as a singing and dancing Elf.

TEACHER: Ryan Hudzik

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LAUGHTER CONTINUES HERE LEVEL 1b Improv Wednesdays 8pm w/ Walt Frasier

  • DAY/TIME: Wednesdays 8pm
  • DATES: March 3 , 10, 17, 24 Bonus/make-Up Session March 31
  • WHERE: ZOOM link revealed after registration
  • EMAIL (eightimprov@gmail.com) your questions about this class to Walt Frasier directly

This class is focused on having fun and playing games. Meanwhile discover basic tricks to great story telling and performance, creating fun, meaningful characters, enriching world’s and action packed plots.

Beyond a must for any aspiring performer, these games we play are akin to the same Walt Frasier uses in his popular Team Building workshops for corporate teams. Simply playing these games we develop skills that better our team, leadership, sales and service skill.

TEACHER: WALT FRASIER

TV credits include Billions (CBS),  Friends of the People (TruTV), Blue Bloods (CBS) Royal Pains (USA), Lilyhammer (NETFLIX),Naked Brothers Band (NICK), Fat Pants (Dr. Oz Promo), Late Night with David Letterman (9 eps), Hair Trauma (2 eps, WE). Walter is a New Yorker since 1997, but grew up in Maryland, getting his theatrical start in Washington DC area.  If you have called to book a private event or groups sales with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, you most likely talked with this guy.  Walt has also performed internationally in theater, music and even Opera. A co-founding member of 8-Improv since 2002, Frasier has performed 5000+ of the 7000+ shows he has produced in Times Square and touring nationwide, teaches classes, works with dozens of corporate teams every year and oversees a number of educational outreach programs in NNJ, NY and CT K12 schools, camps and community centers. During the quarantine year, Frasier produced TWO text books: IMPROV on ZOOM and STAND-UP COMEDY.

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Tuesdays 8pm March 2, 9, 16, 23 IMPROV 1a Laughter Starts Here ONLINE CLASS Just $75

  • DAY/TIME: Tuesdays 8pm
  • DATES: March 2, 9, 16, 23 Bonus/make-Up Session March 30
  • WHERE: ZOOM link revealed after registration
  • EMAIL your questions about this class to Walt Frasier directly. Also request for private workshop for corporate teams colleges, community centers etc

This class is focused on having fun and playing games. Meanwhile discover basic tricks to great story telling and performance, creating fun, meaningful characters, enriching world’s and action packed plots.

Beyond a must for any aspiring performer, these games we play are akin to the same Walt Frasier uses in his popular Team Building workshops for corporate teams. Simply playing these games we develop skills that better our team, leadership, sales and service skill.

TEACHER: WALT FRASIER

TV credits include Billions (CBS),  Friends of the People (TruTV), Blue Bloods (CBS) Royal Pains (USA), Lilyhammer (NETFLIX),Naked Brothers Band (NICK), Fat Pants (Dr. Oz Promo), Late Night with David Letterman (9 eps), Hair Trauma (2 eps, WE). Walter is a New Yorker since 1997, but grew up in Maryland, getting his theatrical start in Washington DC area.  If you have called to book a private event or groups sales with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, you most likely talked with this guy.  Walt has also performed internationally in theater, music and even Opera. A co-founding member of 8-Improv since 2002, Frasier has performed 5000+ of the 7000+ shows he has produced in Times Square and touring nationwide, teaches classes, works with dozens of corporate teams every year and oversees a number of educational outreach programs in NNJ, NY and CT K12 schools, camps and community centers. During the quarantine year, Frasier produced TWO text books: IMPROV on ZOOM and STAND-UP COMEDY.

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Eight Is Never Enough – Interactive Musical Improv Comedy – 6pm Sunday Feb 28

Since 2002, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has played 7000+ shows live from Times Square (off-Broadway, Top NYC Clubs) and touring nationwide (clubs, theaters, colleges and private events) delivering hilarious interactive comedy improvised based on the audience suggestions and participation. Now available worldwide via ZOOM, the cast brings the energy of the NYC clubs to your living room, office, or anywhere else you like to watch. Come be a part of the show!

NOTE: These shows are NOT streamed to the internet for free. While we post highlight clips, Improv is best enjoyed IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS! Plus these are not artist showcases, but professional shows with paid performers, all TV, FILM and our theater/comedy credits.

February 28 All Star Line-Up

WALT FRASIER
TV credits include Billions (CBS),  Friends of the People (TruTV), Blue Bloods (CBS) Royal Pains (USA), Lilyhammer (NETFLIX),Naked Brothers Band (NICK), Fat Pants (Dr. Oz Promo), Late Night with David Letterman (9 eps), Hair Trauma (2 eps, WE). Walter is a New Yorker since 1997, but grew up in Maryland, getting his theatrical start in Washington DC area.  If you have called to book a private event or groups sales with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv, you most likely talked with this guy.  Walt has also performed internationally in theater, music and even Opera. A co-founding member of 8-Improv since 2002, Frasier has performed 5000+ of the 7000+ shows he has produced in Times Square and touring nationwide, teaches classes, works with dozens of corporate teams every year and oversees a number of educational outreach programs in NNJ, NY and CT K12 schools, camps and community centers. During the quarantine year, Frasier produced TWO text books: IMPROV on ZOOM and STAND-UP COMEDY.
NATHAN ARMSTRONG
Nathan has been seen in many productions, including recent tours of Phantom, Brigadoon, and Richard Sherman and Milt Larson’s new musical Pazzazz!  Other regional credits include Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Big River, and Joseph… He is also on the soundtrack for the feature  film Rock Slyde and has performed in venues worldwide, from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to festivals in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition to producing, Nathan has vast experience in corporate management and sales. This EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv member since 2011 is also the founder and producer of ON THE SPOT, a popular cabaret inspired show now in it’s fourth year.
Liz Lord
MC, Teacher, Member since 2012. After receiving her theater degree from Earlham College, Liz came to the city to act, direct, and teach.  Favorite roles include Ophelia in Hamlet, Liz in Chicago, and She in The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year. She loves performing in new work as well, and has been on stage for many of New York Cities various theater festivals.  Liz has directed adults and children, and is the co-artistic director of the newly formed Three Bridges Theater.  Teaching has always been one of Liz’s favorite endeavors. She has worked with Americorps to bring arts education to low income families, taught literacy through acting with the Central Park Historical Society, and acted as an assistant director for the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation.  Her favorite teaching position, however, has been teaching stand-up and Improv to kids.
THOMAS BURNS SCULLY
TV: BroadCity (Comedy Central), Vinyl (HBO), Neil Patrick Harris Birthday Celebration Original from North Wales, via a childhood in Oman, Thomas works internationally in TV, theater and music. He is a Max Fischer Award winning graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has been performing with Eight is Never Enough since 2013. Notable projects as an actor include: appearing in the award-winning short film
“The Boy Under the Piano” and the New York Times critically-acclaimed “A Girl Without Wings” (For which he also composed the score). He has been playing the guitar and the banjo since age ten, and his work as a musician is available online. As a writer, his work has been produced on three continents. He also workshops new plays with his theatre group, Ruffian Productions, and writes reviews and editorials for OnStageBlog.com/
SAMUEL VAN WYK
MC, Teacher, Corporate Event Specialist. Member of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH since 2017. Sam is a versatile actor based in New York City. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Since moving to New York, he trained with the famous Upward Citizen’s Brigade Theatre where he completed their full curriculum in improvisation and sketch writing. With this training he has worked professionally as an improvisor in short form, long form, and interactive theatre. He has also lead hundreds of classes and workshops from kindergartners to senior executives. Additional credits include regional theater, commercials, and indy films. Sam currently teaches a LONG FORM class Saturdays 2pm. Check out the CLASS LINKS in this website’s menu above.

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Long Form Improv Comedy Saturdays 2pm March 6, 13, 20, 27 Samuel Van Wyk

Long Form Improv Comedy

  • Saturdays 2pm
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Rate $75
  • Intermediate level work, however you do not need to have past experience with our school to enroll.
  • Sign up NOW and join a class or two in February for FREE!
    USE FORM ABOVE or CLICK HERE to Register

Samuel Van Wyk introduces students to various Long Form Styles and techniques to sustain characters and stories long past the short form games most people know from WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY. Some experience required. Total beginners may find this class a bit overwhelming.

MORE Online Shows & Classes from EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH

See you back in Times Square soon!!!!

Samuel Van Wyk

MC, Teacher, Corporate Event Specialist. Member of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH since 2017.Sam is a versatile actor based in New York City. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Since moving to New York, he trained with the famous Upward Citizen’s Brigade Theatre where he completed their full curriculum in improvisation and sketch writing. With this training he has worked professionally as an improvisor in short form, long form, and interactive theatre. He has also lead hundreds of classes and workshops from kindergartners to senior executives. Additional credits include regional theater, commercials, and indy films.

LONG FORM STYLES

There are so many more but here are a few Sam might work on from week to week.

THE ARMANDO

This is a long form, named after its creator, Chicago Improv teacher and player Armando Diaz. This improv format starts with a storytelling-style monologue, based on an audience suggestion. After the monologue, players play improvised scenes inspired by the monologue, and the monologue may even continue, later on in the performance.

LA RONDE

The name is based on a novel by Arthur Schnitzler, called Traumnovelle. The format is fairly simple: we play scenes in which at every scene switch, the `oldest` character disappears and a new scene is played with the remaining character, and a new one. The form ends when the circle closes and the last and first characters do a scene.

MONOSCENE

Players create a single narrative from a single suggestion.

THE ONION

One player starts a solo scene. One by one as each player enters, they pull all current players into a new narrative. Enter making a strong choice of WHO & WHERE to set the new tone. Once every player has joined, start pealing the layers one by one, reverting to the previous scenes. The game ends with the original player left alone once more.

SLACKER

This is a long form format, in which the (location of the) scene may only change when a character leaves the scene and enters a different one. This is inspired by the movie Slacker, where the camera follows a character.

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ZOOM SPEED DATING Sketch Comedy NYC HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY!!!

ZOOM SPEED DATING presented by Sunday Night Laughs

ZOOM SPEED DATING presented by Sunday Night Laughs

  • Written and Directed by Samuel Van Wyk
  • Ivana Mendez
  • Tyler J. Oakley
  • Patrick Reidy
  • Nathan Armstrong
  • VOs by Jillian Melko

Sunday Night Laughs Writers Room

EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy

  • LIVE from TIMES SQUARE #NYC since 2002
  • Now offering ONLINE shows, classes and private events
  • Online Classes – Click links below for schedule and registration options.
    Adults (16+ welcome)
    Teens
    Kids

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6pm Sunday February 21, 2021 Improv Comedy LIVE from Times Square Streamed Worldwide

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/141230108055

Eight is Never Enough – Improv Comedy Hosted by Walt Frasier Interactive Comedy Improvised based on audience suggestions and participation!

About this Event

Since 2002, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has played 7000+ shows live from Times Square (off-Broadway, Top NYC Clubs) and touring nationwide (clubs, theaters, colleges and private events) delivering hilarious interactive comedy improvised based on the audience suggestions and participation. Now available worldwide via ZOOM, the cast brings the energy of the NYC clubs to your living room, office, or anywhere else you like to watch. Come be a part of the show!

The all professional comedy cast includes WALT FRASIER (Billions, Friends of the People, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Letterman, MTV), AMELIA FOWLER (Pose, Newark, Power, Bull, Mysteries of Laura, Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods), Evan Schultz (30 Rock, Law & Order, Gossip Girls), 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).

ZOOM SHOW TICKETS:

Space is Limited please purchase your tickets early.

The purchased ticket grants you access to a Zoom show and chat. Please make sure you download the Zoom app on your phone or computer ahead of time.

Upon purchase, you will be emailed a Zoom link – DO NOT SHARE IT. Only one person can use each link, and if more than one person tries to use it, both people will be locked out of the show.

ZOOM BEST PRACTICES:

You welcome turn your video off but our comics love to see their audience so don’t be shy!

Place your Zoom in “Speaker Mode” to spotlight the comedian.

We encourage the audience to keep their mics on so that everyone can hear the laughter. If your mic is on, headphones are mandatory to prevent feedback.

Please be respectful: if you interrupt the performance or do anything inappropriate on video you will be locked out of the show.

ZOOM DISCLAIMER:

Comedy Therapy is providing a service via the use of Zoom’s platform, a platform we do not own or control. By purchasing a ticket you agree that any problems or issues caused by using Zoom’s technology are not the responsibility of Comedy Therapy, but if necessary can be taken up by you directly with Zoom itself.

By purchasing a ticket you are acknowledging you are aware audio and video of the show will be recorded, and you grant the comedians, NY Underground Comedy Festival, and Comedy Therapy the irrevocable permission to utilize the footage and your likeness as contained therein, in any way, throughout the universe in perpetuity, so long as the context is not changed to alter the meaning of the original interaction, or to imply an endorsement of any kind. You are welcome to keep your camera off if you prefer not to be seen. That said, most shows will not utilize the recording for anything, as the shows are generally only seen live.

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Friday Comedy Classes 4 Kids & Teens

We now have classes for kids & teens seven days/week online.

We sure do miss working with students at our Times Square theater and touring nationwide, however, we are blessed to continue our programs and welcome students form around the world. In addition to all over the US & Canada we have regularly hosted students from as far as Australia, as well as Norway, South Africa, England, Germany, Switzerland and more.

Every class is an hour of fun. We bounce back and forth between Improv & Stand-Up Comedy. We choose different games based on the size and experience of each class. A handful of students are joining us 5-7 hours/week. Most just 2-3. A few pop in for a single class when homework and other schedules allow.

To accommodate the we have have enacted a subscription style payment system that allows maximum flexibility.

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Groundhog Day Movie Parody NYC Sketch Comedy

FEBRUARY CLASSES

QUICK LINKS – Adult Classes, Open to 16+

  • Mondays 8pm Stand-Up Comedy
  • Tuesdays 8pm Improv Comedy
  • Wednesdays 8pm Improv Comedy
  • Saturdays 2pm Long Form Improv Comedy
    Drop by anytime for $25/class. Sign up for a single class $75 (four weeks, ONE class/week) or register for unlimited access at $125/month to ALL of the above.

NEW SKETCH COMEDY CLASS 4 ADULTS

  • Sundays 7pm Sketch Comedy Forum $75/Month includes FOUR CLASSES and a produced video from your original sketch comedy script

QUICK LINKS – Youth Programming

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