NYC COMEDY SCHOOL

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TIMES SQUARE * DOWNTOWN * LONG ISLAND

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Mondays 6pm ADULTS HAPPY HOUR IMPROV JAM
Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Teens TIMES SQUARE
Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Kids/Teens LONG ISLAND
Saturdays 12pm Comedy 4 Kids TIMES SQUARE
Sunday 1pm Comedy 4 Teens DOWNTOWN NYC

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Students to all of our classes are always invited to see our public professionals shows for FREE. Regular students are invited to perform at the end of each session. EMAIL for more info on private/corporate/outreach programs in Times Square, Downtown, Long Island and Nationwide. eightimprov@gmail.com

  • COMEDY CLASSES for ADULTS
    Monday 6pm HAPPY HOUR Improv Jam 4 Adults with Walt Frasier starts 9/18 at the Broadway Comedy Club. Includes 90 minute class, a drink (beer, wine, soda) and FREE admission to pro show. Popular with grad students and young professionals. COME PLAY WITH US!!!
    CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING 
    We host private groups weekly, using Improv Comedy to teach team communications, management, sales, service and more. Laughs breakdown the walls of ego and insecurity. Recent clients include BDO, JP Morgan Chase, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Microsoft / BING, Home Depot, NYC DOE Schools and more…
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  • COMEDY CLASSES for KIDS & TEENS
    Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. 
    Sunday 1pm COMEDY 4 TEENS DOWNTOWN at Greenwich Village Comedy Club with Walt Frasier starts 9/24
    Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 KIDS/TEENS FARMINGDALE Long Island with Evan Schultz starting 9/23
    Saturday 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS TIMES SQUARE at Broadway Comedy Club Fall Class with Liz Lord Starts 9/9
    Saturday NOON COMEDY 4 KIDS TIMES SQUARE at Broadway Comedy Club Fall Class with Liz Lord Starts 9/9
    PRIVATE CLASSES & Residencies for Student Groups 
    Our teachers are in residence throughout the tristate are at schools, camps and even private homes, delivering our full programs to students. We also host student groups almost daily in Times Square or send our teachers for Improv Workshops.
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  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

    CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING

    COLLEGE COMEDY

    K-12 EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

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, fill out form below OR email IMPROV THEATER LLC eightimprov@gmail.com

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING

COLLEGE COMEDY

K-12 EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

 

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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.