College & University Campus Comedy Shows


The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has taken their off-Broadway comedy show, LMAO OFF-BROADWAY nationwide to play main stages, Greek houses & Club events, homecoming, orientation, preview weekends and other campus activities at colleges and universities. We traveled to numerous campuses and hosted events at our Times Square theater.

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE WORLDWIDE

The show features interactive games, songs and scenes, improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. AKIN to WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY but far more interactive and musical.

Workshops are a ton of fun to get your club members bonding or develop leadership skills. We use these same games to teach corporate groups team, sales and service.

TEAM UPS with your campus Improv Group. Our last College Show before shutting down for Quarantine featured the amazing students at Western Connecticut College performing their long form set before we took stage.

Past COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY Clients Include

  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • Williams College
  • Montclair State University
  • High Point University
  • Lynchburg College
  • Hastings College
  • Georgetown University
  • Bloomfield College
  • Hofstra University
  • Molloy College
  • Roger Williams University
  • Cooper Union
  • Misericordia University
  • Add your school to this list….

Improv class teaches people to ‘roll with the punches’ #fridaywisdom #fridaymotivivation

“Improv is communication training. And it’s empathy training,” he said. “Improv is really just a fancy way of talking about how we understand language and how we understand the communication that a group of people can have amongst themselves.” Jean-Michel Cliche in article from The Aquinian, St. Thomas University’s independent newspaper, is a student-owned-and-operated publication.

So well put and in these times, more than ever, we have so many punches to roll. Pandemic plus politics plus financial ruin equals a beyond psychologically tough 2020.

But those that will emerge from successfully, or at least this less scathed, will take the good and take the bad (The Facts of Life) and stay focused on their goals.

This past week top CEOs denounced ZOOM meetings, calling them far less creative hubs etc.

They are not wrong.
Improv teaches us to thrive working with perfection.

These #unprecendented times call for unprecedented measures.

I miss performing on stage but I know folks need laughs. Teaching on ZOOM is draining but I press on, motivated by the joy my students get from the work.

If we stop focusing on what we can’t do, and drive the machine that does work to its max, we will find new ways, sometimes better ways for forge forward!

November Improv 4 Kids Classes Online & Central Park NYC

November Schedule & Rates

$75 includes ONE of the following weekly schedules. $125 includes UNLIMITED ACCESS throughout November (Sign up for your preferred day/time and pop in any time)

  • Sundays 5-6pm November 1, 8, 15, 22 IMPROV COMEDY Online
  • Mondays 5-6pm November 2, 9, 16, 23 IMPROV COMEDY Online
  • Wednesdays 5-6pm November 4, 11, 18, 25 IMPROV COMEDY Online
  • Saturdays 10:30-12pm CENTRAL PARK Nov 7, 14, 21 (THREE IN PERSON CLASSES)
  • Saturdays 1-2pm November 7, 14, 21, 28 STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Online

Our #1 Rule: HAVE FUN but never at another’s expense!

Improv 4 Kids has been playing Off Broadway in Times Square since it’s debut at the Lamb’s Theater in 2004. The show played its first school assembly in 2003. In 2011, the comedy school for kids & teens opened in Times Square.

#1 Improv Rule: “YES! And…”

Improv Comedy is a ton of fun. While sharing and creating the laughs, students develop creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking and self confidence. We use these same games to teach corporate groups team, leadership, sales and service.

#1 Skill in Improv: Listening

In many classes we include Stand-Up Comedy. We help student turn personal stories of experience and observation into original comedy routines in just four weeks.

Our Mission: Teach Creative Writing, Public Speaking & Self Confidence through Laughter

Get our text books FREE via Amazon KindleUnlimited CLICK HERE or $7.99 Paperback. Valuable resources for students and teachers of comedy geared to a K12 audience.

Walt Frasier

Artistic Director Piano, MC, Teacher, EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Cast Member since 2002

TV credits: Billions 4.10 (2019 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), Stankervision (MTV2). International credits in Theater and Music – LMAO Off Broadway (Improv Comedy), Scarlet Pimpernel (2nd Nat’l), Fiddler (gateway Playhouse), Amalfi Opera Festival, NYC Fringe), Fave Roles – Rodolfo (La Boheme), Harold Hill (Music Man), Prince Karl (Student Prince), Frederic (Pirates of Penzance) and dozens more.

Walter is a New Yorker since 1997, but grew up in Maryland, getting his theatrical start in the Washington DC area (Montgomery College, Catholic UA and regional theaters). If you have called to book a gig or group sales you most likely talked with this guy. Walter has been performing Improv Comedy for kids & teens since 2003. In 2009 he was named Director of Instruction for the Comedy Hall of Fame, developing their programs for NYC schools. In 2011 he opened his own school. Walter currently works all over the NYC area, including in residencies via Arts Horizon. Now his students are winning competitions, getting recognized by Kenan Thompson as America’s funniest kids. One student even appeared on Aziz Ansari’s MASTER OF NONE on Netflix.

Also a corporate team building specialist, Walter uses these same comedy games to teach Leadership, Team, Sales and Customer Service. Corporate Clients include JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, NY Life, Coach, Louis Vuitton, HBO, Twitter, Home Depot, Milbank and 100s more.

Beyond the brag-able credits, it is Walt Frasier’s goal to create laughs and teach other to spread his positive message. Start every day with a smile. Want others to smile at you? LEAD BY EXAMPLE!!!


Improv Class Builds Children’s Self-Confidence, Self Concept

Improv has foundational guiding principles, each of which can be linked to psychological skills or constructs that may increase self-concept. Below, we list each of these foundational guiding principles, and how each one may be linked to self-concept or other social-emotional skills.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mind-stage/201905/improv-and-self-concept

I can attest that Improv most certainly does increase self confidence. Here is an email I just got THIS MORNING from a student new to our classes.

“(my son) is having a blast in your class.  Every time, he has huge smiles for the rest of the day, and he’s had tremendous growth in his speaking confidence already. “

This mom is signing up for another four weeks.

What is most significant about this student, he has ONLY taken virtual classes the past four weeks.

For 18 years I have seen shy kids wake up after just one live session. We moved online with the rest of the world in March.

I am beyond excited to see the growth in this child. He has such anxiety, he sounded asthmatic when he has to talk, well when he finally talked around the third class. When he finally opened up it was a struggle.

But yesterday, he laughed nearly the entire hour, and contributed more than ever. Only once did he start to heave before speaking.

Reading his mom’s email brought smiles and happy tears.

The smartest among us are usually the shyest. Their brains worked differently. They have so much information they don’t always know how to share it. Many of these kids are on the. Spectrum. They are high functioning but society generally writes them off.as different so they shut down socially.

They seem quiet but are just as anxious. Improv calms the anxiety through creative cerebral play.

I had been doing residencies at schools and workshops for years by the time I opened up my school in 2011.

One of my very first students enrolled in public classes was first a five year old kid with Asperger’s Syndrome. I only knew this because his parents, after coming to our show numerous times, reached out on Facebook. Mom explained to me his situation and how just being in our interactive shows brought the kid out if his shell.

Their requests led to my first public class. He was now eight. Five years later he was cast in a Netflix TV show. Now I hear he wants to enlist as a Marine.

Another student from that first class is now working with our company as a professional performers and teacher. Steven Prestia also sits on the board of a Long Island arts council while still in College.

These kids, and their parents, have become family.

In those years I have had hundreds, maybe 1000+ pass through our doors. We get a few theatrical types, after all we are in Times Square and Improv is amazing for ALL performers. But the ones I treasure, come in scared.

They leave with smiles and laughter.

I leave feeling accomplished. I never set out to change a life. I am humbled by every parental email, text or call saying how much our classes have done for their child.

But more importantly, GET YOUR KID INTO IMPROV CLASSES.

I hope you will choose mine, but there are hundreds others.

Just make sure it’s a class that does not cater to it’s stars.

The secret is PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY for all. No one should feel less than in an Improv class. I nurture my stars but never at the expense of those that NEED our classes the most.

Links to classes can be found in the links above (MENU).

THE COMEDY CURE: HOW PERFORMING COMEDY CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

“When you start performing comedy, you start to laugh more. You stop to smell the roses, if only to make a joke about flowers. You meet other funny people who enrich your life and become your best friends. When you start performing comedy, you feel the power of pointing out your flaws to a room full of people who would never be as brave as you are. You realize there is more light in the world than you ever imagined. When you start performing comedy, you start to discover yourself.”

In 18 years of teaching Improv Comedy I have seen lives transformed.

I’ve seen ADHD kids, over active and bouncing off walls, find focus.

I’ve seen socially anxious kids discover themselves and their self confidence to conquer their world.

I’ve seen folks find their life partners.

I’ve seen actors find success in commercials and on TV thanks to the lessons Improv taught, focusing years of traditional theater training.

I’ve seen folks discover the humor in the worst situations, making coping and a future possible.

But most importantly I’ve seen thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands at this point) laugh, either in the audience or by my side on stage.

This has been my greatest gift to myself as an actor, director, teacher or producer. Surrounding myself with the gift of laughter from colleagues, students and audiences keeps me young at heart.

Need a few laughs, come see a show. But if you want to be surrounded by laughter, take a class, then go forth and make all around you laugh. Lead by example and the world gives back in chuckles.

TIKTOK by @LauriceF THIS WEEK hit ONE MILLION LIKES!!!!

Congrats to EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv founding member Laurice Fattal for hitting ONE MILLION LIKES on TIKTOK this week. Laurice kicks out on average a new video every day. As a result her channel is build quickly, with about 1000 new followers weekly.

LATEST TIKTOK

@lauricef

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♬ original sound – LauriceF

THE MILLION VIEW VIDEO

@lauricef

So Melania decided to wear a bright green dress. 😶😂 ##rnc ##oops ##melaniatrump ##wtf ##memes ##maga ##politics ##lmao ##maga2020 ##greenscreen

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Serial Phone Farter

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A new Supreme Court justice is announced ##supremecourt ##gop ##pranks ##prank ##election ##vote ##fart ##lol ##liberals

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Original Songs

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Original Animation Too

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Want to Be a Better Scientist? Take an Improv Class (Scientific American Article)

“Every scientist should take a page out of NASA’s playbook: be funny to further your project, your funding and even your career. And the easiest and fastest way to become a better, more relaxed jokester is to take an improv class. Take the leap! If you’re not ready to do that, at least learn some improv tricks:”

Recommendations from the article

  • Open your ears (Listen)
  • Engage in dialogue
  • Have fun (Our #1 Rule)
  • Take a class

My father in law was a brilliant scientist, an Engineer at NIST, designer of bridges, but a terrible communicator. He was railroaded by bureaucracy.

I taught a workshop for BDO of interning accountants. So many of these kids were doomed to cubicle hell (or worse, middle management) if they did not take more Improv. I always thought: I wish I had met them earlier.

Hard to predict the future, but I promise you, people skills, presentation skills and the ability to turn on a dime, adjusting to changes are a must.

Improv players and teachers will tell you “YES! And…” is about acceptance of others, but we also learn to “YES! And…” ourselves.

If you are struggling in your career, consider taking an Improv Class. The younger the better, but it is never too late to reinvent oneself.

We work with teams from major companies, deliver entertaining shows and tram building workshops.

But to truly embrace it’s benefits, a longer commitment is required.

One of my biggest goals in teaching kids and teens is instilling valuable skills before they head off to college, or even better, before high school.

Middle school is where most learn to fear the world. Our bodies change, we become more self aware. Our insecurities manifest as anxiety, or worse, judgement of others. Most of the issues I see in failing corporate teams start in middle school years.

But imagine a brilliant kid armed with self confidence, not arrogance or fear, going into high school and college with the ability to navigate socially as well as they do academically.

Improv does not turn geeks into preppy kids or jocks. Improv helps us embrace our inner geek. Improv turns a left brain whiz kid into a witty fearless conversationalist. I have even seen Improv help kids on the spectrum overcome social anxieties.

We learn to let go of our fears, embrace and accept who we are so we can become the best version of ourselves.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Walt Frasier has performed and taught Improv Comedy

Catherine BartlettCredit: Catherine Bartlett has at times been a silly scientist, an engaging educator and an imperfect improviser. She’s currently an education specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a member of Tucson Improv Movement and a 2018–2019 Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project.

Standup Comedy Technique #1: Exaggeration (Psychology Today Article)

“One of the psychology of humor methods I’ve employed here is exaggeration: You start with something for which there’s a grain of truth and stretch it further and further to some ridiculous extreme. Exaggeration can be a surprisingly simple and effective means of making material funnier, as well as more memorable.”

In my book STAND-UP COMEDY, and my classes I teach TAKE IT TO THE Nth DEGREE. Basically the same thing.

When developing new material I teach comics to start with brainstorming mundane everyday events. Exaggeration is one way to punch up mundane to stage worthy story telling. Exaggerate the emotion of the moment, the severity of an injury and/or the impact of its aftermath.

Instead of saying, “I almost fell and cracked my skull open” you did fall and break a few bones which led to weeks of doctors, physical therapy and medicine.

Live on the Line

If you’re starting out as a new comic don’t read this yet. Stay focused on having fun and brainstorming material. Getting analytical too soon kills creativity. AND you don’t want to pigeon hole yourself.

Every comic has a line. This is different from the line of raunchy choice, imposed by clients or producers. Never let someone else put you in a box.

Rather every comic has a line that they should ALWAYS flirt with. This line is defined by who you are, being true to yourself. You will discover your line over time.

Exaggerate your stories. Take things to the Nth degree. If you take things too far, pull it back 10%.

Too far might be defined as the joke stops being funny because the audience is concerned for your mental or physical safety to the point they stop laughing. A little danger stirs them up. Too much scares them away.

Push your limits, and ONLY be held back by a consistent feedback of audience telling you you went too far. I don’t mean cancel culture censoring. That’s garbage. I don’t mean the results of one audience. They might have been quiet or prudish. But over the course of hundreds of shows, how do audiences react to your work?

ONLINE CLASSES

Currently I have a class every Monday at 8pm Online. EMAIL me to drop in your first class for FREE eightimprov@gmail.com

Walt Frasier has appeared Internationally in TV (Billions, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Lilyhammer, Letterman, MTV, NICK, WE), Commercials, Comedy (Clubs, Colleges, Corporate Events, K12 Outreach), Theater (Off Broadway, Regional, international tour), and Music (Soloist and Opera).

Books by Walt Frasier

  • Stand-Up Comedy by Walt Fraser is a text book for comics and teachers looking to bring fun creative writing sections into the classroom.
  • Improv on Zoom by Walt Frasier is a list of games with tips and tricks to play online as well as Improv technique and wisdom.
  • Both books are now available via Kindle and Paperback on Amazon. Coming soon to Audible!

Tuesday October 13 Wednesday 10/14 & Thursday 10/15 Comedy Shows & Classes

  • Tuesday 5pm Comedy 4 Teens with Walter
  • Tuesday 8pm Musical Theater with Ryan
  • Wednesday 9am Private Workshops Trenton NJ School Residency with Walter (Grades 4 & 5) thru January 2021
  • Wednesday 5pm Comedy 4 Kids with Walter
  • Wednesday 8pm Advanced Improv Comedy with Sam
  • Thursday ALL DAY shows and workshops for Milbank, include European offices.
  • Thursday 7pm Improv Jam Session ALL LEVELS Comedy Class with Walter
  • Thursday 8pm LIVE IMPROV COMEDY Show hosted by Sam
  • ZOOM Links provided after registration.
  • EMAIL for information on corporate entertainment, team building, college shows and K12 Educational outreach options.
Sure you can watch us for free on Facebook stream or clip on Youtube and Instagram, but Improv is best consumed LIVE “In the room where it happens”. CLICK HERE for Tickets. You can ALSO see the show via ZOOM for Free. But if you have the means, please help us pay these professional artists.

Thursdays 8pm JOIN US for an online version of our show, LMAO OFF BROADWAY. This is the same show we perform in Times Square as well as most colleges and corporate events. PG13 comedy for adults but clean enough for professional settings and even teen audiences. If you prefer a little edgier, check out our Saturday show, Absent Minded Comedy.

Before the show, join us for a comedy jam session FREE for all ticket holders and students from other classes. Led by Walt Frasier, or other guest cast mates from EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy. We just play games for 45-60 minutes.

Wednesday 8pm Advanced Improv Comedy Virtual Class with Samuel Van Wyk. This class is 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. Great for both Short and Long Form improv Comedy players.

Tuesdays 8pm Musical Theater Virtual Class with Ryan Hudzik. Are you looking to beef up your singing? What about falling in love with music all over again? Or do you just want to learn how it’s done? Ryan starts every classes with vocal warm-ups and exercises that build a better instrument, tone, breath support and more. Than each students can share a song and get feed back on presentation and vocal production tips.

COMEDY 4 TEENS and COMEDY 4 KIDS classes with Walt Frasier focus on Improv Comedy but also include Standup Comedy, and in more advanced sessions, Sketch Comedy Writing and production. Online Sessions take place on weekends and after school.

7 Ways Standup Comedy Can Help Your Auditions (BACKSTAGE ARTICLE)

Click to read full article at Backstage https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/7-ways-standup-comedy-can-help-your-auditions-67827/

Walt Frasier has been teaching Stand-Up comedy since 2011. We find data from articles in Improv Comedy all the time. Here are the highlights of Backstage’s Article.

  • It makes you more dynamic.
  • You learn timing.
  • You can sell a line.
  • You put attention to tension. 
  • You can be your best self.
  • You learn and play with your type.
  • You get out of your comfort zone.

Walt Frasier Adds:

  • One of the best reasons to do stand up comedy is discovering who YOU are.
  • While doing Stand-Up you showcase who YOU are. Casting Director or Agent in the audience know what they are getting should they stumble into your work.
  • Being in the clubs you are networking with other comics, show bookers and industry. The networking is amazing.

I grew up a theater actor. I was trained to become someone else for hundreds and thousands of people. I was mostly musical theater and opera.

18 years ago I landed in comedy, almost by accident. At first as a way to showcase for industry, but eventually learned how to produce and make money in comedy clubs.

I slowly discovered how to play REAL through Improv, which made me much more desirable for modern plays. Through Stand-Up I learned to play myself, which made me more desirable for TV.

Both made me far better at auditioning. But it was the Stand up comedy, including serving as MC for 5000+ short form Improv comedy shows, that made me confident to stand by myself and just do the work.

I wish I had learned this skill earlier. I’ve been working in Theater since 1994, debuting in DC dinner theater. After that a lot of stipend work and a few regional/touring musicals. But like most “actors”, I spent more time serving food and drinks.

In 2002 I fell into comedy, by accident, through my wife’s troupe. By 2005 it became my day job, doing 6-8 shows/week at Times Square clubs, including a few gigs with corporate events, colleges, etc.

It was being in the club that got me my first TV gig, a sketch show, STANKERVISION on MTV 2. It was being in another club years before that landed my second TV gig NAKED BROTHER’S BAND on NICK. Currently at the IMPROV I was working one block away from LETTERMEN when they called me in to walk a horse across stage. I made a good impression and was asked back the next week to ride a bike across stage. In all I was booked nine times, eating a lot of cookies in the green room.

In 2007, I met a guy, who was the friend of a friend of my soon to be manager. I booked my first SAG commercial off my first booked audition through my manager. This relationship led to many commercial bookings and a few Costar TV books as well. So far the big film role has escaped me but a number of call backs have been amazing relationship builders with dozens of NYC Casting Directors.

Starting a Comedy Career During Covid

One might think these are the worst times to start doing comedy, when every club in the world is closed or operating at diminished capacity.

However the time is perfect to start developing your self and your act. Online shows have small audiences but thanks to online platforms hundreds, perhaps thousands, can discover your work online.

Right now, online comedy classes are cheaper. Unlike Theater, Stand up classes are perhaps even more effecting online. We get to focus on things that get difficult with stage nerves getting in the way.

To become a stand up comic all you need is stage time. In my booked STAND-UP COMEDY, I lay out a simple four step process to develop a five minute routine. I also discuss ways to get stage time.

Stage time is the secret sauce. You need to get on stage, or online. Whether in a class, open mic, or a booked show, every moment on stage develops your talent and material.

ONLINE CLASSES

Currently I have a class every Monday at 8pm Online. EMAIL me to drop in your first class for FREE eightimprov@gmail.com

Walt Frasier has appeared Internationally in TV (Billions, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Lilyhammer, Letterman, MTV, NICK, WE), Commercials, Comedy (Clubs, Colleges, Corporate Events, K12 Outreach), Theater (Off Broadway, Regional, international tour), and Music (Soloist and Opera).

Books by Walt Frasier

  • Stand-Up Comedy by Walt Fraser is a text book for comics and teachers looking to bring fun creative writing sections into the classroom.
  • Improv on Zoom by Walt Frasier is a list of games with tips and tricks to play online as well as Improv technique and wisdom.
  • Both books are now available via Kindle and Paperback on Amazon. Coming soon to Audible!