Stand-Up Comedy Curriculum K12 Schools, After-School Programming, Public Classes

Whether in person or online Stand-Up comedy classes are a ton of fun and help students of all ages develop valuable skills in creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking, and self confidence. Below is an outline of our curriculum. Sign up for our public classes currently available worldwide or bring this program to your school, community or corporate group. NYC DOE VENDORS since 2010, Touring Nationwide and now worldwide via ZOOM.


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  • Adults (16+ welcome) Stand-Up Comedy Mondays 8pm via ZOOM
  • Teens
  • Kids
    We combine Improv & Stand-Up Comedy in our online programming for kids & teens. One helps develop the other skill set. Combined the students grow quickly as creative, confident leaders.
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EVERY CLASS, EVERY OPEN MIC, EVERY SHOW

Before we look at step one or my four step process to developing new material, lets look at what you will do at every step. This is for total beginners or experienced comics. This is the formula to growing as a comic and not being one that watches the world pass them by.

  • PREPARE YOURSELF: Get your self ready to perform. Brainstorm Ideas, Brainstorm Details, Outline Ideas or Add some Funny. Set yourself up to succeed. I have study guides, one-pager writing prompts for each step to guide you.
  • GET ON STAGE: Focus on HAVING FUN! Don’t try to be funny. Don’t try to be clever. Just talk, share you ideas, and most importantly LISTEN. Stand Up comedy is a one on one conversation with crowd. RECORD EVERY SET.
  • ANALYZE YOUR WORK: This is when the real work starts. Tear the work apart. NEVER TEAR YOURSELF APART. This is not about ego or insecurity. Break down the good, the bad, the ugly in the most objective manner. Review video of your work. Write down any improvised lines that got a laugh. We will want to repeat these again and again. Ultimately the goal is to have EVERY word/phrase lead to a laugh. Don’t force this process, as you will find later, we want to FIND THE FUNNY. When we try to be funny/clever, we end up being jerky and/or disconnected. The best comedy insights come from the discovery process of improv as well as trial and error.

STEP ONE: Brainstorm Ideas

PREPARE YOURSELF

Create a list of 5-10 ideas. When brainstorming ideas, don’t edit, don’t try to be funny, don’t try to be clever. Simply jot down anything that pops into your head. I like to say VOMIT ideas onto the paper. GROSS I know. Let the volcano of creativity flow out of control at this stage.

As a writing prompt, write down a word or two to reflect ANY idea that pops into your mind when you think of things that you experienced or observed at home, school, work, shopping, on vacation, transportation, etc. Anything happen at the park, the bank, on the bus, train, airplane…? What annoys you, angers you, saddens you, makes you happy, makes you laugh etc?

GET ON STAGE

Keep working this list until it is your turn to share. Get on stage, stand in front of the class, or take focus on ZOOM. Simply read off your list and/or start sharing the story reflected on your list. Just talk. HAVE FUN. LISTEN to yourself and the audience response.

ANALYZE THE WORK

OK, now what? The second you get off stage start reflecting the past few minutes. Skip the ego/insecure responses. Those are a waste of your time and energy. Jump right in on the questions: WHAT WORKED? WHAT FELL FLAT? WHAT PEAKED INTEREST BUT…?

At this stage we are merely looking for a connection to certain ideas. We are not expecting any of the ideas to be comedy gold, not yet. For now, what stories connected to you or the audience? What stories completely fell flat? What stories held their attention? At what points did the flake out and start checking their phones, etc? Don’t take these responses personally. This process is not exciting enough to hold everyone’s attention, with rare exception. (VERY RARE).

This is the time we edit our list. From your list of 5-10 ideas, cut it down to 1-3 to focus in the next step. You can go back and use the other ideas next week/class session. Make a choice. Which ideas inspire you to dig further?

STEP TWO BRAINSTORMING DETAIL

PREPARE YOURSELF

Let’s flush out some things to enrich our stories. At this point focus on what really happened.

WHO are the characters involved? You are probably the main character of the story. List all the characters involved. Consider the extras in your story as well. Extras in TV/Film are those non speaking characters. Every story has extras. In a play, we often have to imagine the other people in the world not represented by actual actors. For the sake of this exercise, what did these seeming non consequential do? Did they ignore the action of the story? Did they stop and stare? How did they react? They may or may not be discussed in your story but they do set the tone of how you tell the story. For the main and secondary characters, go into some detail. Who are they and how do they relate to you/each other? List their character traits, moods, clothing etc.

WHERE did the story take place? Describe the location, include how it felt – cluttered v open space, hot v cold, wet v dry, light v dark etc. All these things effect our character and paint the picture for our audience.

WHAT happened? Brainstorm details regarding the actions of the characters. what changed, what stayed the same as a result of the actions.

GET ON STAGE

Now re-share the same stories from previous sessions, armed with all these new details. HAVE FUN! Just talk. Don’t try to be funny/clever.

ANALYZE YOUR WORK

Again, tear the work, NOT YOURSELF, apart. From all the new details, which just cluttered the point of the story and which helped shape the story towards funnier outcomes and understanding.

STEP THREE: FIND THE FUNNY

PREPARE YOURSELF

NOW I want you to think about how can we make these stories more funny. Too often students/amateur comics skip to this step. There are many ways to make your stories funnier. Consider technique such as MAGIC THREE, combining stories/characters into a single crazy life episode, exaggerating details, solving the problem, writing the line you wish you would have said or the action you wish you would have taken, etc. Again we have a full study of ideas but every routine/comic is unique and this is where we do this most work with our students to enhance their work.

ALSO start to consider your presentation skills. Sometimes a story becomes funnier simply by finding the right tone and rhythm of the moment. Play with tempo/pace of the delivery, find places to get louder/softer, higher/lower pitched. And when in doubt heighten the attitude of the moment.

GET ON STAGE

Share the SAME story/stories again with the new takes.

ANALYZE THE WORK

Once again identify from new and repeated work, what is leading to laughs, what is delaying the funny unnecessarily, bogging us down with unfunny, unnecessary set-up, etc.

STEP FOUR: OUTLINE ROUTINES

From now one while working on this routine we will continually repeat Steps 3 & 4.

Continue to Find the Funny. Every time you are about perform, look for new ways to punch up the laughs. Suck out the dead space of unnecessary set-up and details, punch up the exaggerations, the attitude, re-adjust rhythm/pitch/volume for to keep you audience on their toes etc.

OUTLINE your work. Set yourself up to succeed by organizing your thoughts. Start considering your opening and closing line, as well as a general order of major points you ant to make. You can put this on the stool or just to the side of your camera on zoom as a guide. If you flake out for a moment, this list will help keep you on track with today’s game plan.

EVERY TIME you take stage from now on make an outline of the routine fresh.

GET ON STAGE

Execute the plan.

ANALYZE YOUR WORK

Continue to reflect the good, the bad, the ugly. What new stuff worked or fell flat?

STEP FIVE: WASH RINSE REPEAT

The rest of your life as a comic will continue the above steps. Every time you need to develop new material, go all the way back to step one. Every time you retell the same routine, go back to steps three and four. Every time you get on stage is a chance to grow as a comic. Every time you waste this time you sip backwards. There is no such thing as a plateau in the arts. Every perceived plateau is a back slide. Make the conscious choice to look for new ways to make people laugh.

Unlike a Broadway show, with its closing nights, or a TV/FILM shoot with its final days on set, your comedy material is always in flux. Over years you will find certain stories get stale. You can choose to retire them from service or revamp to find new life. If you get to a certain level, a comic with a new comedy special every year, you will developing new material constantly. The pros go back to step one almost every week.

At the club before their set, or at the diner, or on the subway en route, you will see a comic with their journal, or sometimes scribbling on a cocktail napkin, their list of 5-10 ideas.

Don’t try to be Dave Chappelle on day one. Most comics will never be Dave Chappelle on their death beds. But even Chappelle spends 100s of hours in the clubs working new ideas.

GET ON STAGE – At some point you will hopefully be paid to get on stage, but until them: take a class, go to open mics, produce a show, start a podcast etc. If you are not finding or given opportunity, create it.

After 20 years in this business there are two type of artists. Those that get on stage, ANYWAY THEY CAN, and those that judge with bitterness as the world passes by them.

Most of the first group eventually work and get paid as comics, writers, producers etc. Not all become famous, most don’t but they can hold their head high knowing they paid their dues and can see the rewards of their efforts – paid spots at clubs, college and corporate gigs.

NONE of the latter group have anything but bitterness.

MAKE CHOICES, NEVER EXCUSES!

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Broadway’s Newsies Musical 2020 Edition Sketch Comedy Parody

Sunday Night Laughs Presents

1/10/21 Tyler J. Oakley presents this parody of Newsies Movie/Broadway Musical number Carrying The Banner updated reflecting the even more fleeting headlines of 2020 and the past four years in general. Also starring Samuel Van Wyk and Ryan Hudzik, with additional voices and musical arrangement by Walt Frasier. Check out our weekly #SKETCHCOMEDY series More from SUNDAY NIGHT LAUGHS

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Classic LiteraChurn Ice Cream Parlor Promo Commercial Video

WARNING: Illicit use of the M word (#Shakespearean #curse) Written & Directed By Saloni Singh with Ami Gillon, Carolyn White & Some guy that just ran out of the theatre, spun around three times, spit, cursed and is now knocking on the theatre door to be allowed back in…while singing Stevie Wonder song. LIVE from #TIMESSQUARE #NYC since 2002 Now offering ONLINE shows, classes and private events http://www.eightimprov.biz

Sunday Night Laughs

Join us every week, Sunday at 7pm for the latest offering from our new writing team. 
This week, Sunday December 10, 2021, check out the latest sketch from writer, Tyler J. Oakley
A parody of the movie and Broadway Show NEWSIES, the Musical. 
Tune in to see our paper boys tackle 2020 headlines. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8D1lT-Brq97l08I_8tMZw
We hosted TWO corporate events last week, both companies from San Francisco. We miss working with students and private groups in person but we are still delivering powerful message and much needed laughs. 
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Adults (16+ welcome)
Teens
Kids
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Don’t Stop, Don’t Make the Face: Self Confidence & Improv Comedy Performance Trick

Don’t Stop, Don’t Make the Face: Self Confidence & Improv Comedy Performance Trick By Walt Frasier

I was just five years old when I came home from watching Star Wars 1977, headed straight to piano, and figured out the theme plunking one note at a time. (John Williams is the soundtrack of my life)

Next thing you know I was in piano lessons. Soon, I had my first recital. The only thing I remember is this valuable lesson from my teacher.

Don’t Stop and Don’t Make the Face

While on stage playing Old Grey Mare or Hot Cross Buns, my goal was to keep going no matter what happens.

Don’t stop and say, “I messed up.” Just keep playing as if nothing is wrong.

Don’t make the “I MESSED UP” face either. Don’t cringe. Don’t show any sign of a mistake.

If you don’t tell the audience there is a problem, no one will ever know.

Applying Technique to Improv Comedy and Life

These days, when I tell the story, I add the joke, “If you don’t stop and don’t make the face, no one knows you messed up, except your teacher and your mother. Mom always knows. Nothing I can do. Dad has no clue” laughter ensues. Thank you. Goodnight. Here all week. Try the veal….. (Warning: never eat veal at a comedy club)

Piano is a unique instrument. The notes are always in tune, or at least our playing won’t change the tuning in the short term of a single song. Unlike singing, or playing brass, stings and winds, you can get away with a lot.

Further, if playing Jazz or other modern forms, there are no wrong notes. You can justify every perceived mistake. Wrong note? Repeat it and turn that into a lick (Thanks for this lesson, Mark Cook).

Improvisation, whether in music, dance or in the story telling and scene work theatrical/comedic improv I teach there are no mistakes.

So, now, not even your teacher or mom will no if you believe you messed up, because what you are creating is completely knew and original.

There are no mistakes.

To me, the only mistake in Improvisation of any kind is stopping, or making a face, to acknowledge to the world that YOU think you made a mistake.

Remember this important rule of Improv: Mistakes are GIFTS.

We should never stop or make the face in Improv, because there are no mistakes. Your offering NEVER deserves or requires apology, unless it’s outright offensive (racist, sexist, bullying etc)

Almost EVERY corporate workshop I teach has at least one moment where someone says something absolutely perfect, even perhaps a little brilliant, and they follow it with I’M SORRY.

More often than not, this happens in a game as simple as ONE WORD STORY.

Meanwhile they are in AWE of the jerk that got a stupid laugh form saying CHICKEN when it made zero sense.

Most of us manifest insecurity because we fail to realize what confidence truly is.

THE REAL SECRET

We are all a little scared. We are all a little insecure. We all hear that voice of doubt. We all get sick at times worrying.

The loudest, most arrogant among us are over compensating, try to hide their fears from the world. We might see the anger, even violence at times. We might see the perfectionist or control freak. But it’s all a cover, their ill fated attempt to hide the doubt and fear.

A rare few have found balance and are able to calm the beast, and even channel it’s energy into their work.

Most of us have that feeling of self doubt just below the surface, hold us back from achieving our greatest potential.

A few are completely destroyed by their fear, hiding in the shadows of a cruel world, unable to experience it’s beauty to the fullest potential.

Fake It Till You Make It

The underlying concept here is to realize you are much better than you think, right now, even in the first day of your first Improv class.

Surrounded by folks that are faking it, or perhaps even a rare few that have mastered the technique already, you may appear to be the only scared one.

You are not.

On some level I doubt myself at every show and class. I’m always trying to find that balance. Sometimes that voice makes me not do my job well.

However, I have also learned over time, when I don’t hear those voices at all, I’m ignoring that voice that helps me be better. I start letting ego say, “I’m the best”, and I stop getting better. I stop listening. I say inappropriate things. I stop being a good team mate.

Don’t stop, don’t make the face, but when the show is done, make a note, I need to work on that skill, that technique, that part of the song etc. That voice is not bad. It helps us get better. It keeps us in check.

Have Fun

You deserve to enjoy life. The world at times will be their to serve as critic. Let the critics do their job. Your job is to create. Your job is to do your best in the moment.

Do this in classes too. Confidence is a skill we need to practice. Fight the urge to stop.

Don’t give up on your self or the scene. Dig deeper. Make simple choices. Take the pressure off yourself so you can have fun and play.

Online Classes – Click links below for schedule and registration options.

  • Adults (16+ welcome)
  • Teens
  • Kids
  • EMAIL for questions regarding public classes and/or private shows, corporate team building, K12 educational outreach and more
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TV Talk Show: How to play Improv Comedy games on Zoom

TV Talk Show

(The following can be found on page 36 of Improv on Zoom by Walt Frasier, available for FREE via KindleUnlimited or just $7.99 via Paperback and Kindle at Amazon)

This game has changed names over the years. I still call it Miracle Ear, out of habit, as taught to me by Lee Markham in 2005. Liz Lord coined the name, “Interpretive Dance” for school shows.

There are three primary components. A talk show host, a guest (usually a book author) and the interpreter.  The host interviews the guest. Establish the name of the characters, the show, and the book. Discuss the book for a minute or two. Shift to the guest’s private life. Wrap up by going to commercial or ending the show.

Meanwhile, the interpreter translates everything into movement: think Charades. Use mock sign language and/or interpretive dance. Alternate translating actual words and phrases with acting out the story.

ZOOM FIX

  • This game has been a perfect fit on ZOOM without alterations.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GAME PLAY

  • Create a fun story with lots of action. Use big descriptive words that inspire character and movement. Animals and weather disasters are great. Colors can be tough.
  • Interpreter: Stand-up. Play to the camera. Don’t even look at the performers talking. HAVE FUN. Play with puns and other word play. When they try to get me to do a cartwheel, I pretend to be Tevye from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, pick up the cart, point to the pantomimed wheel. For pushup, I eat the ice cream treat.
  • Never stop moving. Don’t stop to listen. Keep doing a movement or action until you grab onto something else. Like any performance, see the story unfolding around you. Great pantomime comes from seeing and believing the imaginary as truth.
  • When I interpret, I add another layer by pretending to be BAD at the job. Acting anxious helps fill the dead space.
  • Avoid the b ag of tricks trap. Avoid stealing another’s trick. Improvise!
  • Add multiple interpretive dancers to give more students stage time.

Online Classes – January Schedule

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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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