NYC COMEDY SCHOOL

  • Manhattan Classes for ADULTS CLICK HERE
    Saturdays 10am MORNING IMPROV JAM
  • Manhattan Classes for KIDS &TEENS CLICK HERE
    Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS
    Saturdays 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS
    Sundays 12:30pm COMEDY 4 TEENS
    Tuesdays 4:15pm COMEDY 4 TEENS
    Wednesdays 4:30pm COMEDY 4 KIDS
  • SUMMER CAMP 2019 for Kids/Teens starts July 1, 2019

We offer public classes and private programs in Midtown Manhattan and Long Island as well as touring corporate events, schools (After School Programming), camps and community centers throughout the tri state area. Ask about corporate team building. Class already start? Want to join after online registration has ended? Want to bring a program to your community? Questions about classes etc? NO PROBLEM!!!  EMAIL us to make arrangements eightimprov@gmail.com 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

MORNING IMPROV JAM
January 5, 12, 19, 26 $40/session, $120/Month

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Recent events for BDO, BING, JP Morgan Chase. Other recent clients include Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Master Card and dozens of smaller firms.

Join us for an adult playground as Walt Frasier presents a public version of his popular Corporate Team Building programs. Bring the office team or come to self enrich as we play a series of games that deliver laughs while building self confidence, public speaking and other skills that enhance acting performance as well as management/leadership, sales, service and team. Coffee & Donuts Served. Walt Frasier has hosted shows & workshops for teams from JP Morgan Chase, Bristol Meyer, 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.

Want to see one of our professional shows? EMAIL US FOR FREE TICKETS available to all registered students.  eightimprov@gmail.com 

COMEDY CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS

WINTER CLASSES 2019
Saturday 10am Comedy 4 Teens

Saturday 12pm Comedy 4 Kids
Sunday 12:30pm Comedy 4 Teens
Tuesday 4:30pm Comedy 4 Teens

January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2,  SHOWCASE March 9.
Winter class has 2 weeks built in to accommodate our usual 8-week program for Multiple 3-day weekends, winter break and weather issues.

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Improv and Stand-Up Comedy help students discover their best selves building self confidence, creative writing, critical thinking and public speaking. 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.

WEEKENDS in TIMES SQUARE NYC – Shaping Young Minds Since 2011

FALL 2018 started Sept 8. If you want to join late email us ASAP eightimprov@gmail.com
SHOWCASES October 27, Bonus Classes November 3, 10, 17 at NOON for all sections

SPRING CLASSES 2019
March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, May, 4, 11 SHOWCASE May 18. Spring classes have a strict 8 week schedule to get the showcase in before Memorial Day. However we will ad FOUR weeks of bonus classes open to all students from 2018/2019 sessions.

SPRING BREAK MINI CAMP

April 23, 24, 25, 26 , 2019 Drop off as early as 9am. 9:30-11:30pm Improv Master Class. 11:45pm LUNCH & SHOW Open Mic. Bring a bagged lunch and take up to 5 minutes to work on original comedy material. Stay as late as 1pm. Grades 3 and older welcome.

Bonus Classes

November 3, 10, 17; June 1, 8, 15, 22 at NOON – Whether you missed a class or attended every session, if you were registered for any class in Manhattan or Long Island please be our guest for these master classes with Artistic Director, Walt Frasier. Each Master Class focuses on a different element of scene work – WHO (Building Stronger Characters and Relationships), WHERE (Developing Locations/Setting), WHAT (Creating Action), WHY (Making Deeper Choices that make audiences care about our scenes).

SUMMER CAMP 2019 for Kids/Teens

After a VERY successful 2018 summer, and at the request of many parents, we will be running EIGHT weeks of summer camp in 2019 starting July 1.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for Summer 2019
ONE WEEK $500
TWO WEEKS $925
THREE WEEKS $1350
FOUR WEEKS $1600
EIGHT WEEKS $2600

TEEN SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Have you been a student of ours for the past few years? We have a new program that started in 2018. Teens available for four or more weeks of camp get a scholarship for extremely reduced registration fees in exchange for helping teachers manage classes as you learn all aspects of running comedy shows and classes – MC Games and Open Mics/Stand-Up Comedy, House Manage, Basic Stage Tech and play more advanced games, training to be future professional cast members with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. In interested, EMAIL Walt Frasier  eightimprov@gmail.com Students will be vetted by entire teaching staff. To be considered one must exhibit leadership and team qualities – on and off stage – rising above and beyond expectations in our teen classes/students. 

VIDEOS from PAST SHOWCASES

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8DC293FB494D90E1

http://comedycampnyc.com/
http://improv4teens.org/
http://improv4kids.com/
http://www.eightimprov.biz/

Corporate Comedy
http://corporate-comedy.us

Discount Comedy Tickets
http://nycomedytickets.com/

SUMMER CAMP for Kids/Teens – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

We also have teachers providing weekly sessions at schools, camps, community centers and even private homes through out the NYC tri-state area.  eightimprov@gmail.com EMAIL us to bring this program to your community!

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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
    Improv Comedy classes are a must for any performer these days. Our Comedy Classes work in classic acting technique to develop stronger characters in our scene work. Beginning classes and comedy jams are fun for all levels. Professionals from any industry will benefit from Improv training, enhancing communication and team skills. Advanced sessions are by invite/audition only .
     
    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. 
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    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 to you 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

WHY? READ MORE….

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.

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