NYC COMEDY SCHOOL

Tons of fun comedy classes provide invaluable education in performance, public speaking, self-confidence, creative writing, critical thinking, team building, and more. We have programs for professional performers, self enrichment for adults and outreach programs for K-12 students. EMAIL for more info on private/corporate/outreach programs in Times Square and Nationwide.

PUBLIC CLASSES in TIMES SQUARE

CLICK HERE for complete calendar including weekly drop-in sessions for kids, teens and adults. Scroll down for upcoming session info.

  • HAPPY HOUR IMPROV JAM RETURNS FALL 2017 Adults 21+
    Mondays 6pm Starting September 18 – Play. Network and Self Enrich. Happy Hour Drink Specials. FREE TICKETS to shows that night to continue the party (8pm On The Spot OR 9pm Stand-Up Comedy)
  • SUMMER CAMP 2017 for KIDS & TEENS ages 7-17
    WEEK ONE July 10-14 $400 (two Weeks $350)
    WEEK TWO July 17-21 $400
    WEEK THREE July 31-August 4 $400 (two Weeks $350)
    WEEK FOUR August 7-11 $400
    Join us for our 4th year of comedy summer camp at the Broadway Comedy Club. Come have fun as you learn both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy. Registration includes daily lunch, weekly showcase and a chance to see the pros perform.
    9am-10am Drop Off and Free time – socialize with other campers, work on your stand-up routines, write in journal, take turns working on stage
    10am Morning Improv Session
    11:45 Lunch Break
    12:30pm Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic – Share Stories from your own experiences and observations. We will turn those stories into original comedy routines.
    2pm Snack Time
    2:15-4pm Afternoon Improv Session (Friday is a showcase open to family and friends – Pick up by 4:30
  • FALL CLASSES for KIDS & TEENS
    Saturday 10am Teens 13-17
    Saturday 12pm Kids 8-12
    Sunday 11am Kids 8- 12
    Sunday 1pm Teens 14-19
    Every week includes 60 minutes of Improv Comedy including warm-up, technique and performance games. The final 30-45 minutes is an open mic type session where students develop stories from their own experiences and observations into original stand-up comedy material. We have classes every week 9/9-11/12.
    SATURDAY 9/2 Drop in Labor Day weekend for our Open House (FREE for students signed up for fall classes) 10am TEENS
    SATURDAY 9/9 & SUNDAY 9/10 First official day of FALL classes
    10/7 & 10/8 MIDTERM SHOWCASES – we will be having 2 shows this session to give students more performance experience.
    11/11 & 11/12 FINAL SHOWCASES

 

 

 

SUMMER CAMP 2017

ONE WEEK $400
Five days of Comedy Classes, Lunch included, Weekly Performance Showcase

WEEK 1 Monday July 10- Friday July 14
WEEK 2 Monday July 17- Friday July 21
WEEK 3 Monday July 31- Friday August 4
WEEK 4 Monday August 7- Friday August 11

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Click links for more information and registration for our upcoming programs.
Send us an email eightimprov@gmail.com if you have any questions about  classes, including our private programs for Corporate Team Building, K-12 schools and other outreach. We have teachers in public and private institutions throughout NYC area. We also host private workshops and send teachers nationwide.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING

COLLEGE COMEDY

K-12 EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

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Unless otherwise noted, public classes are all held at the BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB, 318 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019, Between 8th & 9th Avenue
Near Times Square and Columbus Circle Subways,1 block from Letterman’s Stage Door

For more information about public or private educational options, email IMPROV THEATER LLC eightimprov@gmail.com

We have public classes and private groups at our Times Square theater and travel nationwide to K-12 school, camps and non-profits, colleges and corporate events. Improv comedy is the best way to develop creative, community and leadership skills. Our students have so much fun they don’t even realize how much they are learning. But at the end of a session, you have a new group ready to learn and thrive in the world. Whether participating in just for one workshop session or a progressive class program you will learn creative writing and thinking, public speaking, team, respect, listening, focus, eye contact, self confidence and self respect. A must for any future star, these classes provide life skills valuable to all!

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SATURDAY PUBLIC CLASSES

We have a quickly growing program but we found we have many families that wish to enroll siblings and even parents in programs but due to busy schedule cannot make multiple weekly trips to the club. So now the entire family can enroll. We have a unique comedy school which combines stand-up and improv in many of our classes. This allows us to both work on team and individual skills. While always tons of fun, we are coolest way to learn Creative Writing, Communication and Leadership skills.

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Our 8-week classes run for 10 weeks every Fall, Winter and Spring. We building 2 bonus weeks to every session to allow for individual student attendance needs. The 9th week of every session is a review and dress rehearsal. The 10th week is a performance showcase. If extreme weather or other natural/civic issues prohibit more than one class being canceled we will schedule additional make up sessions as needed.

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PRIVATE GROUPS

We host private groups almost daily for workshops and master classes. Every session starts with a group warm-up and technique games. Time permitting (not much needed) we start a master class of performance games.

Corporate Team Building – We have worked with top execs from Johnson & Johnson, Sales Managers from Louis Vuitton and even claims auditors from the United States Medicare. Drop in for a workshop. Stay for a show and lunch. Flexible options for your schedule, budget and specific team needs. Our basic workshop gets the team laughing, playing and simple problem solving together as they create original stories and scenes. Advanced workshops include role playing and more to attack more specific problems in your workplace – HR nightmares, sales, customer service, management, sexual harassment and more…

Theater Groups – Many professional, community and educational theater groups love an Improv Workshop. Improv is one of the most important skills in developing scripted material that truly leaps off the page. Also, we open up your creativity and break down acting techniques away from being stuck by the script. Many groups go back and create their own Improv teams at their home theater and school.

Educational Outreach – We have blogs and documents galore on why every school should incorporate improv in their programs. We offer an inexpensive way to get the arts back into schools. We incredibly enhance any arts program you currently offer. And we use these wonderfully entertaining shows and workshops to teach invaluable life skills. We teaching artists have been in schools since the beginning of time… But by branding our programs as “COMEDY” we reach a far broader demographic. Students use comedy every day to deal with stress. Often that displays as disruptive behavior.

BRING IMPROV TO YOUR COMMUNITY

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We can send our teachers and shows nationwide. Great for K-12 schools, camps and non-profit educational settings for cultural arts, language arts and character building. Improv makes for amazing team building in Corporate setting. Perfect education  and entertainment for any community or religious center.

Drop in Shows & Workshops

Need a quick diversion or filling a calendar with a great cultural arts program, we can simply provide an amazing show, perhaps with a bonus educational talk back session or workshop after the show. The touring company has performed nationwide at theaters, clubs, colleges, K-12 schools, camps, libraries and private/corporate events.

After School

We work with many schools and community programs, sending teachers to present weekly classes all year round. We are also developing our own programs at the Times Square theater.

Residencies

We can send you a teacher or cast of teaching artists for a week of sessions OR in design a weekly program in the New York Area. Progressive programs, ending with a performance by the students, develop strong leaders in the community. In a few schools, via the Comedy Hall of Fame, our students have the best attendance records and do better than most in other classes. By teaching students valuable skills (focus, listen, eye contact, public speaking) they are more confident to participate in other classes and absorb information faster. We teach students how to learn- THE FUN WAY!!! We have even hired a few of these students right out of high school for our summer programs.

Residency for the Whole School

Our teaching Artist(s) will enter each class room and present a master class in warm-up, technique and performance games. Depending on the size of your school one teaching artists could spend 1-3 hours with every class in a week.

Progressive Classes

Every program is unique based on your needs, scheduling and budget. But all progressive programs center around one group of students – 10-20 recommended – developing more skills and knowledge of performance. The programs work best with a performance showcase. With this goal, the students rise to the occasion and excel. You will be amazed at the hidden talents in your ranks.

ONE WEEK RESIDENCY

Our teaching artists will meet with the students for about 20 hours in a week.

4-15 week weekly classes

Schedules vary. In a perfect world we meet for eight 90-120 minute sessions – Weekly, Bi weekly, very flexible. But every program varies based on your schedule needs. In some schools – via comedy hall of fame – we even have teachers for 35-40 weeks with high school students that can receive graduation electives upon completion. In other schools we do a 4-5 week survey course. We will design the program that maximizes potential within your time and budget.

CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING

We offer customized team building events designed by Walt Frasier (Featured as Life Coach / Team Specialist on WE Network’s hit show “Hair Trauma”, as well as actor on “Lilyhammer”, “Royal Pains”, “Blue Bloods”, “Letterman” etc)  Mr. Frasier uses basic improvisational techniques to motivate creative thinking, trouble shooting, problem solving among  teams and groups. We can host a Team Building Workshop at our resident theatre and comedy club in the heart of Times Square. We can also bring our team to your event or place of business. Our corporate clients include Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley, Amex, Master Card, Medicade, Kraft, UBS, General Motors, Louis Vuitton, and 100s more.

DAY TIME SEMINAR

Our most popular package delivers great release and team building. Below is the program we host in Times Square at the Broadway Comedy Club but we can export this nationwide. We have amazing rates that fit the new post-2008 budgets.

ARRIVAL

Upon arrival, we have a continental breakfast of yogurt, mini bagels and donuts with coffee, juice and bottled water.

MORNING WORKSHOP

We kick off activities with a 90-120 minute workshop of Improv Games to Warm Up, develop basic techniques and even play some classic performance games. The shear laughing together builds strong bonds, but the team also works together to create original stories and scenes. We can customize the program to meet your specific needs. Although I recommend to start simple, we can include situation role play – Sales, Service, Problem Solving, Corporate Communications and more.

LUNCH

We have many options ranging $20-200pp (Usually for holiday parties and corporate dinners). But for these we recommend the light buffet of gourmet wraps, salads, chips and cookies. This menu keeps the budget in check and the mood informal.

SHOW

Relax while Lunch is winding down and sit back as the professionals perform their signature Musical Improv show that has played off-Broadway and toured nationwide. The show is very interactive so the team building is not over yet… Every game requires suggestions from the audience and many include volunteers on stage. So bring your cameras – video too – to capture some great moments for your website and social media.