January Adult Comedy Class Showcase

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Rates Breakdown

  • $25 for a single class. Register for any time you want to drop by
  • $75 One Class/Week – Pick one of the above options. Sign up any time as your first of four classes
  • $125 Unlimited Access. Want to play more often and need some laughs daily? Pop into as many classes as you like. We also have Thursday 8pm Shows FREE for students. Come hang out and want the professionals work. Select ANY date to process payment.

MONDAYS 8pm STAND-UP COMEDY with WALT FRASIER

AS stated in his new book, Stand-Up Comedy, Walt Frasier has a four part method to developing new material.

  • Brainstorm Ideas
  • Flesh Out Details
  • Find the Funny
  • Outline Out Routines

At each stage we

  • PREPARE TO PERFORM – brainstorm, outline or otherwise organize our thoughts, visualize killing on stage
  • GET ON STAGE Simply have fun. Don’t try to be funny. Don’t try to be clever. JUST TALK.
  • ANALYZE OUR WORK – Tear the work apart – NEVER ourselves – identify the good, the bad, the ugly of our material and our performance. Do this IMMEDIATELY after performing while the experience is fresh. Review the tape (RECORD EVERY SET)

We run class like an open mic. Everyone gets 5 minutes or so to share some material. Get feedback form teacher and class. Learn from others as well. Notes to another student will often lend themselves to your work.

TUESDAYS 8pm IMPROV 101 with Walt Frasier

Improv Jam Session with Walt Frasier, artistic director of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv. Each game we play builds a skill for your Improv work. many of the games can be used in shows. This class is accessible to brand new performers but also fun for season players just looking to play and keep the skills lose. Just playing these games develops and strengthens your skill.

WEDNESDAYS 8pm IMPROV 201 with Samuel Van Wyk

These classes are designed to go past improv basics. Through different drills, exercises and games, we’ll strengthen your improv skills. We’ll focus on improv techniques that will help you build richer characters, make stronger initiations, and raise the stakes of your scene work by making more dynamic choices.

SATURDAYS 2pm IMPROV 301 with Samuel Van Wyk

Each week Sam focuses on a particular Long Form style – Lo Ronde, Mono Scenes, Armando and more. Develop your vocabulary of various forms while building skills to sustain longer game play.

WHY IMPROV COMEDY?

  1. It’s fun. Creating comedy is the one thing more fun than watching it.
  2. Self Confidence – Simply playing these games in our safe space builds confidence in self. Over come stage freight, social anxieties and general fear of the unknown that holds so many back.
  3. Public Speaking – Develop public speaking and leadership skills. Practice makes purpose.
  4. Team Skills – we use these same games to teach fortune 500 companies team building. Listen with a deeper focus.
  5. Creative Writing/Critical Thinking – William Fry, the humor guru from Stanford U, says comedy is the art of comparing things in bizarre ways. This builds a better brain. We teach story telling. Playing these games, one learns to think on their feet and out of the box.
Check out our books on comedy, now FREE via KindleUnlimited or just $7.99 via Kindle and Paperback on Amazon. CLICK IMAGE. These books are marketed to K12 young audiences ut valuable resources for all ages/levels of students, treachers and fans of comedy.
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Sunday Night Laughs presents “COVID19 Celebrates 2020”

Premiering TONIGHT at 7pm, Tyler J. Oakley’s unique take on current affairs with Robin Murray, Samuel Van Wyk and Walt Frasier.

Live Improv Comedy Thursdays 8pm

CLICK HERE to register. THIS WEEK January 7, the funny ladies form LMAO NYC / EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv presents Dolphin Surprise Party.

ADULT COMEDY CLASSES

ADULT CLASSES have started but it is not too late to join!  
CLICK HERE for more info and registration options.

  • Mondays 8pm Stand-Up Comedy with Walt Frasier
  • Tuesdays 8pm Improv Comedy with Walt Frasier ALL Levels Game Play
  • Wednesdays 8pm Improv Comedy with Samuel Van Wyk Advanced Technique Development
  • Saturdays 2pm LONG FORM Improv Comedy with Samuel Van Wyk

Comedy Classes 4 Kids & Teens

Join us for a single class ($25) One class/week ($75/month) or get unlimited monthly access for just $125. We don’t expect anyone to pop in for 20 classes/month BUT that is an option.

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FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP when your class buys new Comedy Text Book

Improv on Zoom
Read both books now for free on KindleUnlimited or just $7.99 to order the paperback CLICK HERE

Whether a school, camp, community center, or just a group of friends ready to make each other laugh, buy ten or more copies of the new Improv on Zoom or Stand Up-Comedy and author Walt Frasier will host a free one hour master class online (or discount an 8-class residency) EMAIL to get more details and/or schedule your session.

A professional actor for 25+ years, Walt Frasier began his comedy journey in 2002 when he co-founded EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv. In the past eighteen years Frasier has produced 7000+ shows, many for k12 audiences via the troupe’s Improv 4 Kids program at schools, camps and community centers.

In 2009, Frasier was named the Director of Instruction at the Comedy Hall of Fame where he developed their initial school outreach program.

In 2011 Improv 4 Kids opened their own Times Square comedy school. Hundreds of students have studied Improv and Stand-Up comedy, and a few have even appeared on TV (Did you catch Ethan on Master of None? Or Sam on The Chew) and won a few competitions. (In 2019 Kenan Thompson named 12yo Carolyn “America’s Funniest Kid”. The year before Judah was the runner up touring America’s top comedy clubs.)

While a few have impressed with publicly recognizable accomplishments, hundreds have impressed with leaps in self-confidence, creative writing and public speaking skills.

Frasier claims, “As much as I love seeing students on TV and winning competitions, the real win is watching a shy student tear down those walls of fear. Teaching everyone they have deserve a voice, and they have nothing to fear, is the greatest thing to experience.

Sssssshhhhh….. It’s a secret

Comedy is an art form that teaches valuable life skills. But don’t tell the students that.

The real secret behind the success of these programs (public classes, residencies and even one off workshops for k12 students) is focusing on having fun.

Don’t tell students they are learning valuable life skills. Don’t tell them simply playing Improv Games teaches team skills, critical thinking, and even Empathy.

Don’t tell them writing and Performing jokes and stories will turn them into great leaders.

Thinking of those end goals while in process just creates ego and insecurity.

The secret is getting lost in the moment and just Do. Just play. Just have fun!

Interested in classes with Walt Frasier and his team? Currently online, Improv 4 Kids and it’s parent company EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, offers public programming for kids, teens and adults as well as private shows and Workshops for corporate teams, colleges, k12 schools, camps and community programs. Also family events.

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Fake It ’til You Make It: Three Tricks 4 Improv, Stand-Up, Monologues, Story Telling, Jazz Solos too

Becoming a confident, competent creator of art, story, theater, dance or music takes years if study and experience.

Over time we learn to shape a performance to the point our work feels real to the audience and ourselves.

Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of excess time. We are in the middle of an improv scene; we have to cold read an audition; or perhaps we are developing an original Stand-Up Comedy routine.

There are numerous techniques in each discipline, how to make better choices, how to move, etc, but no matter the art form try employing these simple techniques to immediately make your work more captivating.

No make performances pop before their time, make conscious effort to vary…

  • Rhythm (also pace & tempo)
  • Volume/Pitch of sound
  • Physical levels

Of you want your audience to be engaged, make choices to vary all three of the above throughout the performance.

Rhythm

Rhythm is so obviously important to jazz and comedy. All performing arts are dictated by rhythm.

Learn from our Jazz musicians that say the most important part of jazz is the rest, or silence between notes.

I teach comics to create a moment where you just stop talking. Fill that moment with intent, rich inner monologue (thoughts heightening the mood/thought of the story, character, setting etc) feel the emotion of the moment for real. Unexpected silence can be more powerful than I expected screams.

Comics drinking water on stage is often a pacing trick, not just hydration.

Pauses only become “pregnant” or “large enough to drive a truck thru” when not sustained.

In a typical 2 minute monologue or comedy bit, make at least three consciousness moments when you will speed up the pace and/or tempo. Pace is the perceived speed, often felt as part of the time of the work, created moments, or lack of space, between words and phrases. Tempo is the actual speed of the words.

Monotonous tempo and pace is bad at any level. Even you are packed with energy, talking fast you will lose your audience. And stagnation, no matter how intense the intent will note the most focused among us.

Volume/Pitch

Similarly we need to vary pitch and volume, but more so the latter.

Be careful, varying pitch too much can make is hard for microphones to pick you up without peaking.

More likely to you should use pitch for variety.

Physical Presentation Levels

So far we were focused on the quality of our sounds, however we need to vary various physical interesting.

Make choice to change how close (downstage) or away (upstage) fr audience you prefer to be at any given changes.

At times stand tall, lean, sit or even lay down on stage.

We usually face the audience, but try looking away from the audience on purpose. We should constantly changing sure our eyes focus.

Use the whole stage. Experiment with your character standing in various locations on stage. Experiment with quality of movement: smooth, jerky, flowing, quick bursts, etc.

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January LIVE Improv Comedy Shows, Sketch Comedy & More

COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW ONLINE!!!!

  • January 7 Dolphin Surprise Party! Amelia Fowler hosts hilarious comediennes and a dolphin is sure to make an appearance.
  • January 14 GUTTER BALLS! Walt Frasier hosts 10-year reunion from Off Broadway Run featuring current and former fan faves!
  • January 21 LMAO 2020 in Review! Samuel Van Wyk heads a cast of our top players.
  • January 28 ABSENT MINDED COMEDY R-Rated comedy uncensored hosted by Nathan Armstrong

The all professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents hilarious interactive musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. We recreate the club magic on ZOOM with high energy. No two drink minimum, but we turn any room of yours into a comedy club. CLICK HERE for TICKETS See you back in Times Square soon! EMAIL us for information about classes, private events and more. We have online options for colleges, corporate events (team building workshops, shows) and K12 educational outreach.

SUNDAY NIGHT LAUGHS

Every Sunday at 7pm join us on youtube.com/lmaonyc for the latest sketch comedy form the Sunday Night Laughs writer’s room headed up by Samuel Van Wyk, with Tyler J. Oakley, Robin Murray and Walt Frasier. Many of your fave EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH cast mates pop in an out of these sketch videos as well.

SHORT (HOT) TAKES

Check out this playlists with new videos uploaded 2-3 times/week. Each video is under a minute OR a compilations of shorter quick laughs. Check out your favorite players making fun to top news stories, scandals and more.

JANUARY CLASSES – Adults, Teens & Kids

Support the arts while learning some new skills and help create much needed laughs.

  • Mondays 8pm Stand-Up Comedy 60-minute open mic type session plus coaching on developing original material, performance techniques and getting stage time.
  • Tuesdays 8pm Improv 101 All Level Game Play Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Wednesdays 8pm Improv 201 Advanced Improv Techniques Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Saturdays 2pm Improv 301 Long Form Improv Comedy
  • Sunday-Thursday 6-7pm Comedy 4 Teens ALL LEVELS
  • Sunday-Thursday 5-6pm Comedy 4 Kids ALL LEVELS
  • ADVANCED LEVEL Classes for Teens (Saturday 12pm and Sunday 1pm) Currently sold out. If your teen is ready for advanced level work, contact us and we can get you into those sessions on a case by case basis.
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January Improv Comedy Classes by Samuel Van Wyk

  • Wednesday 8pm Advanced Improv Techniques: 201 level work, have a ton of fun playing games used to develop higher competency in making great offers, developing characters, story and more.
  • Saturday 2pm Long Form Improv Styles: 301 Level work, each week, learn new styles of Long Form Improv comedy, develop techniques to sustain an extended improvised show from a single launching point.
Improv Comedy Classes

These classes are designed to go past improv basics. Through different drills, exercises and games, we’ll strengthen your improv skills. We’ll focus on improv techniques that will help you build richer characters, make stronger initiations, and raise the stakes of your scene work by making more dynamic choices.

Beyond great Improv training, these classes develop better skills for all performers as well as other professions. Improv is great for any professional looking to get ahead. Develop both better team and leadership skills, thinking out of the box, building confidence in self while learning to trust others.

ZOOM Links shared after registration.


TOTALLY NEW TO IMPROV you might find these courses intimidating. Drop by one our jam sessions and learn about classes for ALL LEVELS – CLICK HERE for 1010 level work

Do you prefer Stand-Up Comedy CLICK HERE

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College Comedy Shows available ONLINE – HUGE DISCOUNTS!!!

Email us today to discuss dates and rates for 2021 Spring programming. We have private shows, workshops OR get discount admission to public programming for smaller groups. Our online rates run 50-80% off our live program rates AND there are no travel costs. We can host ZOOM or use your platform of choice.

We hope to see you back on campus in the Fall.

Now more than ever students need interactive entertainment. It’s not safe to do that in person these days, at least not for the next four months or so but we can deliver amazing entertainment to college and university campuses via ZOOM.

SUNDAY NIGHT LAUGHS: New Sketch Every Sunday 7pm

With 7000+ shows in Times Square and touring nationwide since 2002, LMAO by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH have been performing LIVE on ZOOM since March 2020. We keep the shows short, just around 45-minutes and we keep the rates at a fraction of our previous live events, as low as $200. OR we can get you super crazy discounted tickets to invite smaller club groups to our weekly public programming.

SHORT TAKES: New Videos uploaded almost daily!

The audiences have been so grateful to have quality professional entertainment that allows them to be a part of the action.

Just like our live performances, an MC introduces the show and warms up the audience. We include a number of interactive elements with guests making crazy sound effects, filling the blanks of human MadLibs and even doing some improv of their own.

Past College Comedy Tour Destinations include:
Montclair State University, NJ
University of Dayton, OH
Hastings College, NE
Ursuline College (OH)
High Point University (NC)
University of MD (MD)
Yeshiva University (NYC),
Georgetown University (DC)
Mt. Ida College (MA)
Williams College (MA)
Pratt University (NYC)
Virginia Wesleyan (VA)
College Misericordia (PA)
Stonehill College (MA)
Bloomfield College (NJ),
Lynchburg College (VA)
Hofstra University (NY)
Princeton University (NJ)
Roger Williams University (RI)
Vaughn College, NYC
St. Johns University
Pace University – 5 shows for student group
orientations summer 2011, NY

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Improv 4 Kids ONLINE shows & classes 4 Schools, Community Centers, Families

Since 2003 Improv 4 Kids by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has presented 1000s of shows for K12 schools, camps, community centers and family events hosting shows at our Times Square, NYC Theater and touring nationwide. Now the team offers shows & workshops online!

  • NYC Field Trips – Hosting bus loads of k12 students
  • Public Shows – Smaller groups attending our Times Square shows
  • Touring Company performing at local theaters, libraries, community centers
  • School Assemblies – Edutainment teaching cultural arts, creative arts and character building
  • Workshops – Using Improv to teach creativity, public speaking and self confidence
  • Residencies – Developing improv teams and comedy clubs in schools
  • Professional Development – Teaching teachers to use comedy and be more confident as well as corporate style team building.

NOW ONLINE SHOW, WORKSHOPS, RESIDENCIES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Since March 2020 we have logged 1000s of hours teaching/performing on ZOOM and other platforms. We expect to continue this trend through April 2021.

Laughter truly is the best medicine. Whether through shows or workshops, students need the laughter for hope and purpose. We make school fun.

Along the way Improv teaches creative writing, critical thinking, team dynamics, public speaking/presentation skills, self confidence, listening, focus, respect etc etc etc. Simply playing these games teaches empathy.

ONLINE SHOWS

On zoom we can host up to 90 students (100ppl max minus cast and teachers) in one show, which is about the same as most of our Times Square field trips (2-3 classes, 50-90). The shows are HIGHLY interactive. Students, instead of screaming out suggestions for scenes, type ideas into the chat. A few students are invited to participate in the games themselves, directly steering the course of scenes and stories. We approximate the club experience of a Times Square field trip better than most would expect, and provide more intimacy than the typical school assembly.

WORKSHOPS

On zoom we recommend no more than 10 students/teacher (8 is ideal). With Breakout rooms we can work with multiple classes and teachers at once. We can work with more if budget and timing demands but like any education teacher/student ratio reflects quality of outcome.

With 1000s of hours logged teaching K12 students, Walt Frasier, artistic director of Improv 4 Kids and EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH wrote a book, two actually, published via Amazon in September. Read “Improv on Zoom” and/or “Stand-Up Comedy” for FREE via KindleUnlimited. Just $7.99 for the paperback or Kindle edition.

As stated in the book “Improv on Zoom” by Walt Frasier, we have designed our classes to work online. We have adjusted games to best teach the skills and keep students engaged.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

One-off workshops introduce the art form to students. While playing games we impart some life skills and wisdom to further inspire greatness as students. Working with the pros, we teach why listening and focus is so important, beyond keeping teachers and parents sane. We inspire students to project their voices, using better diction. After all jokes that are unheard or comprehended, are not funny. Students from our residencies and pubic classes develop into leaders ready to command an audience with the sound of their voice and the trained movement of their physical communication skills.

SELF CONFIDENCE

Most importantly, and our proudest achievement, is seeing shy students break down walls and come out of their shells. EVERY class we teach, the host teacher or principal or PTA parent would remark, I never expected THAT student to get involved. We create a safe space to play which encourages the shyest among us to play. Over time, through residencies and public classes our students learn to truly be confident, not just over compensate for insecurities with ego and arrogance.

LANGUAGE ARTS

While all theater arts teaches presentation and self confidence, Improv stands out in its ability to teach other academics. Improvisation requires creative writing skills. Even in our shows and one-off workshops, we inspire students to get interested in story, becoming more curious about language arts classes. In our residencies and public classes, our students develop creative writing and critical thinking. They learn to pop out original characters, pantomime and discover setting, and build action (Story arc/plot). In some classes we combine Improv with Stand-Up Comedy so we can further codify these skills with actual writing. Students learn to use Improv to beat writer’s block. This passion for story telling reflects in the student’s respect for the classics – getting more curious about novels, plays, poems and short stories discussed on class.

Interested in more information. EMAIL Walt Frasier for dates & rates of our online programs. We can also have you audit one of our online classes or shows to see our teacher artists at work. NYC DOE VENDORS

January ONLINE Comedy Classes

  • Mondays 8pm Stand-Up Comedy 60-minute open mic type session plus coaching on developing original material, performance techniques and getting stage time.
  • Tuesdays 8pm Improv 101 All Level Game Play Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Wednesdays 8pm Improv 201 Advanced Improv Techniques Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Saturdays 2pm Improv 301 Long Form Improv Comedy
  • Sunday-Thursday 6-7pm Comedy 4 Teens ALL LEVELS
  • Sunday-Thursday 5-6pm Comedy 4 Kids ALL LEVELS
  • ADVANCED LEVEL Classes for Teens (Saturday 12pm and Sunday 1pm) Currently sold out. If your teen is ready for advanced level work, contact us and we can get you into those sessions on a case by case basis.

COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!!

The all professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents hilarious interactive musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. We recreate the club magic on ZOOM with high energy. No two drink minimum, but we turn any room of yours into a comedy club. CLICK HERE for tickets to online shows. See you back in Times Square ASAP!!!

  • January 7 GUTTER BALLS! Walt Frasier hosts 10-year reunion from Off Broadway Run featuring current and former fan faves!
  • January 14 Dolphin Surprise Party! Amelia Fowler hosts hilarious comediennes and a dolphin is sure to make an appearance.
  • January 21 LMAO 2020 in Review! Samuel Van Wyk heads a cast of our top players.
  • January 28 ABSENT MINDED COMEDY R-Rated comedy uncensored hosted by Nathan Armstrong
Improv 4 Kids
Improv 4 Kids / Improv 4 Teens hosts field trips at our Times Square theater and tours Schools, Camps, Community Centers and private events nationwide.
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Want to be a working artist?

Every year thousands of hopefuls flood to New York City with stars in their eyes. BIG DREAMS. Most of them have the talent to make it. Most of them won’t make it.

Not because for all the reasons your parents warned you about.

(This post inspired by this thread on Twitter)

QUICK TIPS

  • WORK HARD!!!! Treat this business like a business. Write, audition, develop talents, read trade papers (Backstage etc), read plays, learn new songs, try to get free tickets to as many free shows as you can.
  • WORK SMART!!!! Use the technology at your disposal. Be on EVERY PLATFORM. Brand yourself.
  • WORK NICE!!! BE someone people want to work with. Don’t let ego and insecurity ruin great relationships. Don’t be an AHOLE!
  • LISTEN TO THE PROS!!!! Ignore the negativity from family and so-called friends OR WORSE the wannabes working next to you at the restaurant. NONE of them know how to make it as an artist. NONE of them!!!!
  • CREATE OPPORTUNITY!!!! Don’t wait to be discovered.
  • ROI!!!! RETURN ON INVESTMENT is one of the most important business ideas artists FAIL. Time = Money. Money = Money. ROI = RESULTS minus time & money invested. Results are not always monetary. But you do need money to pay rent.
  • KEEP EXPENSES LOW!!!!! The money sucks at the beginning and sometimes long after. If you want to be a working artist, instead of serving drinks or selling shoes, get rid of awesome apartments, you don’t need the newest iphone every year, wear clothes to keep you warm and not naked, not to impress. You don’t need a survival job if your money from acting pays the bills. Live within your means so you can dream bigger!!!!

Most people fail because they did listen to their parents, or worse, bitter failed actors working in the same restaurants.

If you want your seat at the table in this biz, you have to treat it like a BIZ.

I am going on 15 years without a boss. My journey is far from typical but not unique either.

I moved to New York City with big dreams in 1997. By 1998 I was married. The fear of not providing for my “family” had both my wife and I working 60+ hours as waiters to pay the bills.

When 9-11 came and went we both re-evaluated our lives. We decided from that day – OK it was about a year later, not an over night decision – that we did not move to NYC, we were not put on this earth to serve food and drink.

After a few showcases, regional shows and a national tour, we started our own company. We were now working actors, except the money was not great AND we never saw each other. If I was single and a few years younger (30 in 2002) I would have been fine. Sometimes I wish I had made this move right out of college. However what was to come in the next three years would never have occurred without the dark times. I became a better artist. I became a better entrepreneur.

We wrote a show, at the time mostly sketch with lots of musical parody. Our frame of reference, being from Washington, DC was Capitol steps. We held auditions, rehearsed in our own apartment and booked a few venues around town that would do a door split (No rent. The venue gives you a percentage of your ticket sales.) We did not make any money but so far we have not spent any money either, except for the studio to hold auditions (about $20 – it was a crappy place with a trash bag covering a hole in the wall, but it served its purpose – That whole building is now an American Eagle in Times Square lol)

At times we would even skip auditions, instead meeting folks at Starbucks. In the middle of one interview I had a total caffeine induced anxiety attack – I would forever on call Starbucks Ice Coffee “CRACK ON ICE”.

That first December 2002 show was in the old Danny’s Seagreen Ballroom, across the street from Don’t Tell Mama’s famous piano bar and cabaret club. Within 8 months we were performing paid gigs.

HOW did we make that move so fast? Not because we are great sales people, that’s for sure. I hate picking up the phone amnd blind calling just hear another NO, or worse, send me your package (THE MOST EXPENSIVE NO THERE IS!!!)

We hustled AND we embraced technology.

  1. We printed flyers, at first at home, hand cut, then eventually via copies at staples and then we actually got a marketing sponsor. They paid for printing of professional quality postcards ($250 for 5000) with our show advertised on one side, their restaurant or business on the back. We spent HOURS handing out flyers in Times Square. We started to get audiences of 20+ per show.
  2. We got on Myspace when everyone was saying Myspace was just for musicians and hookers. We were one of the first on Facebook, Twitter and even were invited to beta test Google+. Sadly we were late to the game on Instagram. We started posting videos early on Youtube. BEFORE Justin Bieber was discovered. AND Laurice was developing a website that was rich with text. Everyone complained about how it look compared to fancy FLASH designs BUT our site was the first to pop up in searches. Even UCB had to pay to be ahead of us and they were far more established at that point.

By the end of 2003, We spent $6000 on a yellow pages ad with ZERO results. BUT through Myspace and promoting ourselves around NYC via flyers and shows, we booked our first college gig at University of Maryland (September 2003), our first Improv 4 Kids shows at 4 Connecticut schools (October) and a few corporate holiday gigs (December). During this first year we were bouncing around from theater to theater. We were meeting other producers, artists and even marketing teams from comedy clubs.

We learned from our mistakes on stage and off. By Summer 2005, we quit our days jobs to focus 100% on marketing and performing. We were now performing 6-8 sold out shows/week in Times Square, performing a few college shows, a few dozen corporate events and a few hundred K12 school shows (Improv 4 Kids TOOK OFF IN A BIG WAY!!!!).

Like entrepreneurs we were working 70-80 hours a week so we did not have to work 40 hours / week for someone else. By the end of 2005 I was making more/week performing my own show, now 100% improv comedy, than my friends doing non-union tours and cruise ships. The only ones doing better were doing Broadway and or TV full time.

In 2006 I made my TV debut, 100% because we were in the clubs. MTV called the NYC Improv looking for a fat guy with a hairy back. It was Monday night, we had a sold out 8pm show. Eric Hansen, the club manager asked if I was available the next morning. I booked it. Around the same time I got myself booked on Letterman simply sending out my postcards. Letterman’s stage door was a block from the NY Improv. In 2008, while I was managing Joe Franklin’s comedy club for a 6-month stint, I was introduced to my manager. Within a month I was filming my first SAG commercial, making more in a day (Over three years of royalties etc) than I did in 6-months at the time.

In 2008 we cam into some money and said, NOW we can do it the right way, right? We hired a PR firm. Spent $10,000!!!! With ZERO returns.

Our success is 100% due to hustling in crowds to our shows, then building repeat business by being good on stage and off. We were entertaining AND fun to hang out with off stage. We greeted our guests with smiles at the door, grateful they attended OUR show with 1000s to choose from in NYC.

WORK HARD
WORK SMART
WORK NICE

In hindsight my advice for kids & teens that want to work in this business. START NOW. Start writing songs, plays, comedy routines. Start creating work on online platforms. I have a couple students taking this advice and KILLING IT!

My advice for 30+ adults, DO THE SAME THING!!!!! The late, great Oren Sandal (R.I.P.) told me in 1992, if you are not getting the work you want, CREATE IT!

A lazy writer, I found success doing improv comedy – very few can claim making a living solely form improvisation in the theater. My income comes from performing, teaching and producing. I spend 60-80 hours a week, EVEN in these crazy times, so I never have to go back to carrying a tray of drinks. And sometimes I am even rewarded with another TV gig etc so those that don’t know any better realize I am successful (LOL). NO REGRETS!!!!

Walt Frasier
Artistic Director Piano, MC, Teacher
Member since 2002 
WEBSITE
TV credits include Billions (CBS),  Friends of the People (TruTV), Blue Bloods (CBS) Royal Pains (USA), Lilyhammer (NETFLIX),Naked Brothers Band (NICK), Fat Pants (Dr. Oz Promo), Late Night with David Letterman (9 eps), Hair Trauma (2 eps, WE).
Walter is a New Yorker since 1997, but grew up in Maryland, getting his theatrical start in Washington DC area.  If you have called to book a gig or groups sales you most likely talked with this guy.  Walter has also performed internationally in theater, music and even Opera.

January ONLINE Comedy Classes

  • Mondays 8pm Stand-Up Comedy 60-minute open mic type session plus coaching on developing original material, performance techniques and getting stage time.
  • Tuesdays 8pm Improv 101 All Level Game Play Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Wednesdays 8pm Improv 201 Advanced Improv Techniques Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Saturdays 2pm Improv 301 Long Form Improv Comedy
  • Sunday-Thursday 6-7pm Comedy 4 Teens ALL LEVELS
  • Sunday-Thursday 5-6pm Comedy 4 Kids ALL LEVELS
  • ADVANCED LEVEL Classes for Teens (Saturday 12pm and Sunday 1pm) Currently sold out. If your teen is ready for advanced level work, contact us and we can get you into those sessions on a case by case basis.

COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW!!!!

The all professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents hilarious interactive musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. We recreate the club magic on ZOOM with high energy. No two drink minimum, but we turn any room of yours into a comedy club. CLICK HERE for tickets to online shows. See you back in Times Square ASAP!!!

  • January 7 GUTTER BALLS! Walt Frasier hosts 10-year reunion from Off Broadway Run featuring current and former fan faves!
  • January 14 Dolphin Surprise Party! Amelia Fowler hosts hilarious comediennes and a dolphin is sure to make an appearance.
  • January 21 LMAO 2020 in Review! Samuel Van Wyk heads a cast of our top players.
  • January 28 ABSENT MINDED COMEDY R-Rated comedy uncensored hosted by Nathan Armstrong
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UPCOMING LIVE IMPROV COMEDY SHOWS

January Comedy Classes

  • Mondays 8pm Stand-Up Comedy 60-minute open mic type session plus coaching on developing original material, performance techniques and getting stage time.
  • Tuesdays 8pm Improv 101 All Level Game Play Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Wednesdays 8pm Improv 201 Advanced Improv Techniques Adults (16+ Welcome)
  • Saturdays 2pm Improv 301 Long Form Improv Comedy
  • Sunday-Thursday 6-7pm Comedy 4 Teens ALL LEVELS
  • Sunday-Thursday 5-6pm Comedy 4 Kids ALL LEVELS
  • ADVANCED LEVEL Classes for Teens (Saturday 12pm and Sunday 1pm) Currently sold out. If your teen is ready for advanced level work, contact us and we can get you into those sessions on a case by case basis.
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