New York Improv Theater’s signature off-Broadway show plays tomorrow, November 20, 2021, Saturday at 3pm. Come be a part of the show as the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers interactive musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation.
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Samuel Van Wyk Host/MC for 11/20 show
Samuel Van Wyk is an actor who’s diverse in the entertainment industry. From singing, acting on stage or camera- he loves it all! He was born and raised in Iowa where his family had a farm which heavily influenced him; pushing him towards wanting to be involved with both music (in some way) as well as performing arts like theater and dance when growing up there.
After high school, he enrolled in a university to study theatre. There are not many people who can say they truly mastered their craft after only one year of studying it but that is exactly what happened with this young man!
He received an undergraduate degree from Northwestern College and went on to make his mark as both stage actor and director before receiving any other degrees or honors–he was already well known among the industry by age 21 when we met him at summer stock here in town last summer.”
For several years, he called the Twin Cities his home. He worked regularly as a singer and actor/dancer in Minnesota before moving on to New York City where he continued working with stage productions all throughout Manhattan boroughs!
Since then, he’s been honing his skills performing in pilots and independent films. He has also begun writing material including a webseries called “15 Minutes…,” where he was the star of one episode as well as most recently for 30 seconds film about 3 college kids who find themselves lost at sea during their summer vacation from school together!
When it comes to acting, Samuel is a true chameleon. He’s played all sorts of roles in his time–recent ones include an awkward boy next door and passionate lover who can’t keep himself from lusting after every woman he sees!
The one thing these characters have in common though? They each had some form or another for being criminals…
Nicholas “Nick Nack” Nieves
Nicholas Nieves is a storyteller that blends his unique style of writing with comedic acting to entertain the masses. You can see Nicholas bring humor every week at The Magnet Theater (Musical Megawatt) and The Broadway Comedy Club (8Improv).
Nicholas Nieves is a performer and teacher from Western New York. He studied Theatre Arts at SUNY Fredonia before making his way to New York City where he pursued the craft of acting, bringing an innovative style that’s all his own into this industry through hard work cultivating skills under the tutelage of Michael Lutton Annie Moor and Frank Spitznagesld at the Magnet Theater.
Nicholas has experience in video production/editing. He spends his days writing, honing his craft, and making lasting connections in the industry to bring original stories and fresh content to life. He is an experienced Dungeon Master, using the world of dungeons and dragons to expand his creativity, and is currently using those skills helping to create the new DnD podcast, Bad Guys & B-Sides. He also is one half of the comedy duo that brings the podcast Now Try This every week. When not performing you can ask Nicholas about the chess lessons he is teaching all over the city, or how he hosts events at Unorthodox. He credits the film Fiddler on the Roof for igniting his passion for acting.
Nicholas currently teaches our Sunday 12pm Adult Comedy Class at the Broadway Comedy Club, Times Square NYC.
Andrea Hernandez Mieres
Andrea is a Mexican and Spanish singer, actress, dancer. Originally from Mexico City where she debuted professionally on the Musical Theater scene in both The Fiddler On The Roof (Mexican Broadway version) & Scarlet Pimpernel . Recent AMDA NY graduate Andrea has been with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv since early 2019 She portrayed an auditionee who was also cast as one of our Holi performers at NYC’s Center For Manhattan Communities this past weekend!
Andrea teaches a number of classes, including our Summer Comedy Camps.
Dewight Braxton Jr. (guitar for 11/20)
Dewight Braxton Jr is a signed New York based actor, singer and writer who originally hails from Detroit Michigan. With a plethora of theatre and film credits under his belt, both regional and international, he is ready to take over New York!
Dewight studied at Wayne State University where he received his B.A in theatre with a minor in Musical theatre. Prior to this he received his Engineering degree from Ferris State University.
Since breaking into the NY scene and signing with his agency (SW ARTISTS) he has been on the Apple TV show (Dickinson), played multiple roles for NY black arts productions “lion” (the wiz), “Simba ” (Lion King jr) and “Prince Eric” (little mermaid jr) and was in a movie on Amazon prime “Anthony” (set in motion).
International roles include
- I am -original play – Scotland, fringe festival
- Hair- Judd u/s, ensemble-Windsor Ontario, Canada
Regional roles include
- Mitch Mahoney (25th annual Putnam county spelling bee), Karl the giant ( Big Fish), Dick (Christmas carol), Brucie (Sweat) and etc…
With all the love and support behind him he is ready to set the acting world ablaze.
She was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. After receiving her BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University, she moved straight to NYC and has been here for 5 years. She’s studied improv and sketch writing at UCB and The PIT.
She loves doing improv with her indie team, See Harold Run. She also has a fun sketch series called, “Friends After Fat Camp,” on YouTube that she’s currently working on. Go check it out! Kourtni’s also on another sketch team at The PIT with her BoogieManja team, 17:38, that performs monthly at The PIT Loft.
Kourtni’s worked on different productions around the city with Above Average, Comedy Central, NBC, and more. When she’s not performing, Kourtni can be seen around the city, asking random people if she can pet their dog.
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