NOW IN OUR 16th SEASON – 6000+ shows since 2002
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!
COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!
Adding Shows Morning, Afternoons and Evening – We host corporate events – team building and office/holiday parties, college/university groups, and K-12 educational outreach and family events (AKA Improv 4 Kids / Improv 4 Teens). For larger groups (are at a premium for smaller groups) we can add private shows to the calendar. We also add public shows daily to smaller accommodate smaller groups.
- EMAIL US or Check https://newyorkimprovtheater.com/comedy-school/ for most up to date schedules of upcoming sessions
We have a vast client list of international and local companies that utilize our service – using Improv to teach team building, management, service and sales. NOW we have a growing program of classes and workshops available to the public that deliver these same skills. Improv is a ton of fun and delivers on a variety of skill sets and personal enrichment usable in almost EVERY field. While playing a series of fun games – telling stories, performing comedic scenes and just being outright silly at time – we tap into a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. We learn to truly LISTEN to ourselves and others. We start to communicate better – one on one and public presentation. We over come stage freight and social anxiety. We learn to unlock our creativity and critical thinking skills.
Perhaps MOST IMPORTANT is the laughter itself. Since 2008 we have researched 100s of studies to help justify our existence to corporations and skills as a valuable resource beyond entertainment value. It just may be our most valuable gift to you are the laughs. Laughter it self breaks down walls. Laughter also promotes heart health, increasing cardiovascular activity while reducing stress and blood pressure. Laughter in the classroom increases test scores.
Basically – it is near IMPOSSIBLE to feel anger and fear while laughing. The more you laugh the less regret, insecurity or ego can hold you back.
We all need to chill out. Improv does this while delivering amazingly positive side effect.
Why wait till your an adult to discover how to better communicate and love life to its fullest? 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.
– EMAIL US about group sales, private events, classes/workshops, catering options and more.
- Team Building
- Holiday Parties
- Off Campus Bonding Sessions at Lunchtime and Happy Hour Shows
- Workshops that teach management, sales, service
- Conflict Management
- Clients include teams from JP Morgan Chase, IBM, HSBC, BAML, Morgan Stanley, Master Card, American Express, NYC Schools (DOE VENDOR – educational K12 outreach and professional development for staff), NYC Dept of Health, Microsoft/BING, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Home Depot, Enrst & Young, GM, KRAFT, UBS, UNILEAVER, Sandvik Publishing (Dr Seuss) and 100s more local firms.
Corporate Comedy, while it may sound like we are taking the fun out of the art form, is all about putting fun and laughter into the work place.
In addition to providing fun moments out of the office (or in your conference rooms on campus) via shows and workshops, we teach you how to bring these games into your every day space – starting meetings with a quick game, engaging YES AND… into your interactions with co-workers, bosses, employees and/or clients.
Laughter/Joy/Smiles combined with powerful training communication skills and self confidence creates better managers, sales and service, while making the work place more enjoyable for all.
STUDENT GROUPS / NON – PROFITS
EMAIL US about group sales, private events, classes and more
- K12 Field Trips for schools and summer camps
- Student Travel groups from around the nation/world as well as local Scouts, YMCA, JCC and other student/teen groups
- Broadway Classrooms / Workshops in Improv and other area of study available (Musical Theater, Dance, Monologue/Scene Study, Auditions)
- Touring Nationwide to schools, camps and community centers
- NYC DOE VENDORS, NYC PARKS, BOCES, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
Our public Improv shows are all ages friendly.
THE NYC TEAM
Laurice Fattal, Executive Producer
Laurice Fattal is the heart and soul behind New York Improv Theater. She started us on this path in 2002 when she joined the cast of Bob Monaco’s Comedy Show. While that troupe did not survive the year, the idea was formed for EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Comedy. In the past 20+ years Laurice has appeared on many New York stages and a few, TV shows but has always found Improv her artistic home. In recent years Laurice has developed a following in New Media with growing success vlogging about pop culture and more. When not on stage, Laurice drives this project from behind the scenes developing marketing and other strategies.
Walt Frasier has been with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy since the beginning in 2002. In that time he has hosted over 5000 shows and workshops in Times Square and touring Nationwide. Now considered a specialist in corporate team building, Walter embraces Psychological Safety and tries to teach the world to smile. At every workshop, Walter gives his students homework “Now that you have taken my classes, you are now comics. It is your job to make the rest of the world smile. Don’t wait for the world to make you happy first. Wake every morning and force yourself to smile and see how your world changes.” He has run workshops for JP Morgan Chase, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Master Card, American Express, NYC Schools (DOE VENDOR), Microsoft/BING, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Home Depot, Enrst & Young, GM, KRAFT, UBS, UNILEAVER and 100s more smaller/local firms as well as training corporate trainers. Other credits include TV (2019- Billions 4.10, Letterman, Friends of the People, GMA, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Lilyhammer, WE, MTV, NICK and more) Musical Theater (Off-Broadway, International Touring, Regional), Opera and can often be found entertaining as Santa, The Blues Brothers or as Piano Singer.
Many of our clients know Amelia as our former company manager. A very active member Amelia of the team since 2009 is busy doing a lot of TV and other project. Amelia Fowler, a native of Brooklyn, New York, can be seen in the upcoming motion pictures “Top Five”, starring Chris Rock and “Learning to Drive” starring, Sir Ben Kingsley as well as “Monica Z”, directed by Per Fly as Ella Fitzgerald and “Orange is the New Black”, directed by Jodie Foster. Amelia has been seen in commercial spots for Cablevision, the History Channel, IFC, as well as comedy venues throughout the U.S. with her fellow cast mates of the improv troupes “Comedy Sportz – New York City” and “Eight is Never Enough.” Amelia has also had the good fortune to perform in the GLAAD award winning “She Like Girls” at the Ohio Theater as Regina and her one woman show “Flozetta” performed at HERE as part of the “Downtown Urban Theater Festival” and the movie . Amelia currently serves as Client Relations Manager for EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH so if you are booking a private event or outreach program, expect a friendly call. Visit her website at AmeliaFowler.com
Samuel Van Wyk, Company Manager
Samuel Van Wyk is an actor/improvisor based in New York City. As an improvisor, Samuel has performed for thousands of students and adults. He has also lead Improvisational workshops for all ages from kindergarten students to senior executives and everything in between. Samuel has lead workshops on the benefit of improv in a business setting for professionals in the education and medical field as well as corporate clients like IBM, Bing, and JP Morgan. As an actor, Samuel works in TV, Film, and Theatre. Samuel has appeared in such TV shows as Evil Talks, Diabolical, and Mysteries at the Museum. Favorite stage roles include Malcolm (The Full Monty), Hal (Proof), and Snoopy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!).
Thomas Burns Scully
Thomas Burns Scully is a British born writer-performer, now living and working in the States. 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”, the New York Times critically-acclaimed “A Girl Without Wings” (For which he also composed the score), and an upcoming appearance on Martin Scorcese’s HBO pilot ‘The Rock and Roll Project’. 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/
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ivana Méndez has been acting since she was negative 12 months old. Credits: Off-Broadway- Everything No One Should Know, Press Play. Film/TV: Start-Up (SONY Crackle), Wrecked (TBS), etc. Puerto Rico: High School Musical, Diary of Anne Frank, El Condominio, and other spanish titled plays. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Pace University BFA. She would like to thank her family, friends, and El Pollo Mendez.
Nathan Armstrong 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.
Isaac Beauchamp is an actor and improviser from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been living in New York since 2017 and has been a member of Eight is Never Enough since 2018. He has definitely been in shows, and he has definitely enjoyed being in them. He’s in a few frames of the intro to Saturday Night Live, where he plays a waiter in the restaurant he actually works at. Isaac has also shined as a guy who fires a gun in an episode of NBC’s The Blacklist. He has also played King Lear! Watch out as this sure-fire performer skyrockets to the epitome of fame and notoriety in the near future! He wrote this!
Ryan Hudzik would like to believe that you are laughing with him, not at him. He has been with Eight is Never Enough for about a year, and has loved every minute of it. He is a senior at NYU Tisch studying Musical Theatre and Spanish. Favorite NYC credits include the world premier of Iron John (Ron/Cat) in collaboration with the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Department, and the world premier of A Cabaret for Dark Times (Klaus Nomi) at the NYU Tisch. Ryan hopes to see you soon at the club soon!
Originally from North Smithfield, RI, Gian has been performing since an early age and has fostered a successful career as a professional actor in NYC. Gian has been a part of Eight is Never Enough since May 2018, but has been doing improv comedy since 2011, including a performance with Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie from TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway?. Cruises/Nat’l Tours: Jersey Boys, PAW Patrol Live!, Turn it Up!. Regional Credits: Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, Smokey Joe’s Café, Forever Plaid, Shrek the Musical. BFA Theatre & Performance from Emerson College. www.gianraffaeledicostanzo.com. @gi_raffaele.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Artistic Director, PATRICK REIDY is an actor, comedian, musician, and improviser in NYC. He can currently be seen as a host and improv comedian at the Broadway Comedy Club for the Eight Is Never Enough and LMAO-NYCInteractive Comedy Shows as well as touring with their family friendly cousin, Improv 4 Kids. He is also an established improv teacher, having taught for the Comedy Hall Of Fame and independent residences throughout the five boroughs. As a sketch writer and performer his work has been featured onFunny Or Die, College Humor, and the Absent Minded Comedy Show. He is a graduate of Salem State University and has studied improv, sketch-writing, stand-up, and screenwriting at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theatre,andThe Annoyance Theater. Yes, and he would love to help you with your next artistic project!
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Evan Schultz has been performing with the Eight Is Never Enough Improv troupe since 2009! This New York native is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance as well as Voice and Speech. Off Broadway: LMAO, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever. Off-Off Broadway: Lost Boys or an Awfully Big Adventure, JAR’D, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, Hollywood-Hollywood!, Booth! The Musical, Dickens Condensed. Regional Theatre: Jekyll and Hyde. A Wonderful Like, Grand Hotel, Into The Woods, Sleeping Beauty, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Touring Theatre: Improv4Kids, Charlotte’s Web, 1776, A Christmas Carol. TV/Film: 30 Rock, Law and Order, Gossip Girls, Fringe, Cupid, When in Rome. Thank you to The Entertainment Group, friends and family for the love and support.
Liz Lord has been a cast member of Eight is Never Enough presents Improv for Kids and LMAO since April of 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 with SGF Productions.
Steven was just 13 when he attended our first public comedy class for kids/teens. For the past two year Steven served as an Intern often helping with public shows & classes. Now in college Steven regularly performs with the professional comedy and team teaches our Long Island programs. He has appeared in various local plays and musical theater productions in addition to his comedic talents. He can be seen in the indie film “The Great Kevini” and will soon appear on the HonestlyAmelia.com web series (S2 E4).