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We are excited to get back to live events in the near future, however virtual programming has been very productive and we will continue to offer these programs which allow remote teams from around the world to connect, share some laughs, and develop key skills to improve communication and other team skills.
Since March 2020 we have offered 200+ shows and 1000+ classroom hours. We even published a book, IMPROV on ZOOM, as guide for teachers, students and clients (read free via KindleUnlimited or $7.99 paperback CLICK HERE).
We have recreated the high energy and fast paced feel of our live shows from Times Square NYC, where we have hosted groups since 2002.
And in some ways the remote improv workshop is even more effective in teaching certain focus and listening skills. We have less distraction. Traditional stage fears play less of a role. Folks are so eager to interact, they forget traditional insecurities.
We know, even with something’s coming back on line many teams will continue to work remotely.
We also know teams need fun, safe extracurricular activities now more than ever.
We recommend shorter events run more often. Rather than a three day seminar, let’s set up a monthly workshop for your team where we meet for just an hour.
Every game we play can be played in your meetings. We will teach you the basics. Continuing the laughter and bonding regularly for 2-5 minutes will be more effective than any massive annual project.
Since 2002, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has played 7000+ shows live from Times Square (off-Broadway, Top NYC Clubs) and touring nationwide (clubs, theaters, colleges and private events) delivering hilarious interactive comedy improvised based on the audience suggestions and participation. Now available worldwide via ZOOM, the cast brings the energy of the NYC clubs to your living room, office, or anywhere else you like to watch.
February 21, 2021 show features the Gutterballs
This is our monthly show featuring veteran cast mates that all joined the troupe on or before 2010.
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH IMPROV co-founder, DC area native, Walt Frasier, now has 18+ years working in NYC comedy clubs. TV credits include Billions, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Lilyhammer, and Letterman 9 episodes). Plus shows on NICK, TRUTV, WE, MTV2, commercials, indy film… Additional international credits include theater (Off Broadway, Festival, Regional and touring), opera, and music.
Member since 2009
This Long Island, New York native is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance as well as Voice and Speech.
TV/Film: 30 Rock, Law and Order, Gossip Girls, Fringe, Cupid, When in Rome.
Off Broadway: LMAO, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever. Off-Off Broadway: Lost Boys or an Awfully Big Adventure, JAR’D, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, Hollywood-Hollywood!, Booth! The Musical, Dickens Condensed. Regional Theatre: Shrek The Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, Seussical The Musical, A Wonderful Life, Grand Hotel, Into The Woods, James And The Giant Peach, The Wizard Of Oz, Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf, Sleeping Beauty, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Touring Theatre: Improv4Kids, Charlotte’s Web, 1776, A Christmas Carol. Thank you to all for the love and support!
Patrick Reidy is an actor, comedian, musician, and improviser in NYC. He can currently be seen as a host and improv comedian at the Broadway Comedy Club for the Eight Is Never Enough and LMAO-NYC Interactive Comedy Shows as well as touring with their family friendly cousin, Improv 4 Kids. He is also an established improv teacher, having taught for the Comedy Hall Of Fame and independent residences throughout the five boroughs. As a sketch writer and performer his work has been featured on Funny Or Die, College Humor, and the Absent Minded Comedy Show. He is a graduate of Salem State University and has studied improv, sketch-writing, stand-up, and screen writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theatre, and The Annoyance Theater. Yes, and he would love to help you with your next artistic project!
Christopher Leidenfrost is an actor, singer, director and producer who spent the last four years (before COVID) touring the country with his improvised, pirate musical The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! and his bands, The Crimson Pirates and The Roving Blades. Before that, he was a regular with Eight is Never Enough! and LMAO-ff Broadway. He now spends his days bartending and selling real estate until we can all perform in public again. http://www.christopherleidenfrost.com
Bringing with him 18 years experience of performing live on stage, he is back with his fellow performers from Eight is NEVER Enough! Throughout his performance career he has performed all over the country for people of all ages! Originally studying Improv in his home town of NYC he has since moved out and continued studying in the Windy City of Chicago! He continues studying Improv, Musical Improv, Sketch and anything else that allows him to get on stage to entertain! He also spent 5 years traveling the world and entertaining guests at sea with Carnival Cruise Lines!
We use PLAY + STORY to teach valuable life skills and spread much needed laughter in the world!
“YES! And…” Takes Us to the Learning Zone
Psychological Safety is the #1 determining factor in team success, according to 2015 findings of Project Aristotle, the four year study into teams by Google. Balanced with Performance Drive we enter the learning zone.
Our #1 rule: HAVE FUN! But NEVER at another’s expense.
Building psychological safety in your team directly leads to productivity. Psychological safety paired with performance drive also makes you a better leader, a better sales person and better at customer service.
“YES!” produces psychological safety. We agree and support our team.
“And…” is performance pressure. We need to carry our weight and contribute to the team
Together there is nothing we can’t achieve.
At EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, we believe once you take our classes and see our shows, you become part of our family. We want you to take our message of embracing the power of “YES! And…” for all to your work, home and community.
Improv Teaches Presentation Skills
Improv teaches presentation skills in two ways.
Public Speaking Techniques
Story Telling Techniques
The first perhaps is more obvious. Improv is 100% performance on day one. Every warm-up game and technique exercise is applying public speaking skills. We grow confident just by doing. We learn to consistently energy our voice, using appropriate projection and diction. We learn very early that something funny is not funny unless it is heard and understood.
Less obvious maybe the story telling skills. When you make a presentation, using story will help you persuade your audience. Whether leading a team in a new direction, making a sales pitch, or appeasing a disgruntle client/customer, story will shape information. When you merely present a set of facts, individuals will interpret their own directions.
Story also engages the audience. The more details you give the more clearly the audience will see your intended message. Improv teaches us to shape our stories with emotion and conviction.
Improv Teaches Critical Thinking
Humor and creativity work in similar ways. By creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain. Humor guru, William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University
Simply playing improv comedy games builds a better brain. Akin to playing word games and SuDoku to sharpen your focus, Improv is problem solving. Two or more play together to create story form scratch.
Improv teaches to think out of the box. By letting go of how we think a thing should be, we are able to discover its true nature. We open up to new possibility. We discover new pathways. We learn to solve problems anew.
We become open to others ideas and interpretations on a subject.
Improv Delivers Much Needed Laughter
In many cases, the laughter supersedes all other benefits. Bringing laughter to a classroom improves test scores, according to research at Johns Hopkins. Laughter increases cardio pulmonary function, getting more oxygen to the brain. Laughter creates community, while reducing stress, depression and blood pressure. The laughter alone increases individual and team health. Laughter tears down walls of resentment, replacing with strong bonds of trust.
Laughter and Joy will make your team work together better, will make folks follow your leadership, make your students listen to your teachings, buy your products, and accept your customer service efforts.
NOW MORE THAN EVER you need to bring laughter to your work, school, home and community. We do this with shows and classes.
Make the World Smile
Did you do your homework today? Walt Frasier gives all of his students the following two assignments.
Observe & experience your world. Then journal it. Every thing you need to inspire characters and story is all around you everywhere you go. Participate in life. This is true of the arts and every discipline.
Start every day with a smile. When folks make you happy, you smile. You can make yourself feel great starting with a smile. Change your story. Become someone who LOVES Mondays, going to school, going to work. Want the world to smile at your LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Ignore that one that judges you. They will judge you no matter how happy or miserable you are because they are miserable. (If you are reading this and this describes you, STOP JUDGING AND JOIN THE PARTY!). Make yourself feel GREAT by stretching the face with a smile. Squeeze out the happy juices. You can reduce pain and stiffness, open up your sinuses for better pubic speaking, help drain out the gross allergy build up. CHANGE YOUR LIFE by CHANGING YOUR STORY. START with a SMILE!!!
Improv Comedy for Corporate Teams
Corporate clients include JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Twitter, BING/Microsoft, BAML, Home Depot, Ernst & Young, Louis Vuitton, Coach, UBS, BDO, AMEX, Master Card, Datadog, NY Life, Accenture, Macy’s, 360i, IBM, GM, KRAFT, UNILEAVER, HBO, and 100s more… CLICK HERE to read our philosophy behind using Improv to teach team building
Improv Comedy at Colleges & Universities
The show has played big stages at Montclaire State University, Bloomberg, High Point University, Williams College, Lynchburg College, and Hastings College. Charter House and smaller Greek events at Princeton, University of Maryland and Georgetown. The show has played numerous orientation and preview week shows at Pace and a hug hit at smaller lounges and snack bars and meeting rooms (<200ppl) at Vaughn, College Misericordia, University of Vermont, Mount Ida College and Stone Hill University.
Improv Comedy at Schools
K12 Educational Outreach and Family events include 100s of birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, reunions, plus 100s of NYC DOE School (Vendor for 10+ years), JCC, YMCA, day and overnight camps, etc. We host field trips and events at our Times Square theater as well as touring schools, camps, community centers and family events.
These games warmup both the individual and the team dynamic. This list of games is a perfect class for building skills through game play. Learning to Improvise combines performance and creative writing skills. These games are also a typical Team Building Session with Walt Frasier, author of Improv on Zoom. After 1000+ hour of teaching improv online, Walter has paired down the perfect 45-60 minute session that introduces the art for as well as game your team can play before every online meeting to get the collaborative juices flowing.
EMAIL booking requests for Improv Workshops and Residencies. Check links in menu for upcoming public class offerings – currently online available worldwide.
Teacher or Player One starts by saying. “I HAVE A KNIFE”.
Hold your hand up as if grabbing an imaginary knife by the blade. Make eye
contact (OR Call out another’s name if on ZOOM). Make sure you have their
attention before throwing. (ON ZOOM Respond to your name being called) Throw
the knife. That player will catch the knife by clapping hand in front of their
face. Both players should feel the weight of the knife as well as the emotional
weight – the anxiety, fear, adrenaline rush of danger, etc. Repeat and pass the
imaginary knife around the room. When two performers “YES! And…” the pantomime,
the object becomes real to the audience. After a point, the teacher can change
the knife into a baby, a snake or other object, simply by using their
imagination. Imagine molding the air like clay. Handle and pass each new object
in a way appropriate to its nature. Eventually, let the class mold the object
anew for every pass. MOST IMPORTANT, before throwing/passing, communicate what
the object is and to whom you intend to throw it. CATCH the object your
teammates pass, reflecting the amount/quality of energy in the passing, and the
object’s size and weight. Make an emotional connection to the object.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Start by getting an activity from the crowd. First player
will start acting out that activity. Next player asks, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” The
first player states a NEW activity, completely different that the one they are
performing at the time (keep your activity going until you state the new activity).
Second player starts acting out the new offer. Continue around the room a few
times. Treat these imaginary activities as real as possible. Pantomime allows
us to create infinite worlds out of thin area. When our imaginations are on
fire, and we respond with realistic movement, the audience sees our creations
in their minds eye.
ONE WORD STORY
One word at time, the team tells a story. Stand in a circle.
(ON ZOOM Establish an order, share that in the chat. Remember who YOU follow) Follow
the story with your eyes. LISTEN and RESPOND without thinking ahead or behind.
Simply say the first word that comes to mind when the story comes to you. Consider
characters and settings. Every word is important. TRICK TO COMEDY and TEAMWORK
– don’t TRY to be funny or clever. TRUST yourself and your team to be funny
together. Stay IN THE MOMENT.
YES And…. ONE SENTENCE STORY
Now, each player in the room will add one sentence at a time
to the story. The first player establishes our story. Introduce a WHO
(Character/Relationship) and WHERE (Setting) choice. Each player following will
start with the words: “YES! And…” Then continue to add details. With every
statement (Avoid Questions in Improv) add a WHO, WHERE and/or WHAT (Action,
Plot) choice that continues to support previous details. In this game we are
all the SAME voice. We are not having a conversation.
Let’s tell one more story. Except this time, we will each be a different character. Player one starts the story by introducing their character. Pass the plate (the story) to the next player by introducing their character. Every time you talk in turn, add something new about your own character and then the next player’s character. Make a new choice about relationships, personality, mood, job, physical status, props, costume etc. When someone mentions something new about your character immediately adapt that into your portrayal of the character.
Have fun playing games
Share much needed laughter
Develop valuable life skills!
Professionally acting since the mid-90s, Walt Frasier has
been performing (5000+ professional shows live from Times Square, NYC and
touring Nationwide) and teaching Improv Comedy since 2002. In addition to his
successful Times Square School, Walt Frasier works with corporate teams,
college groups and K12 schools, using Improv create much needed laughter and teaching
creativity, public speaking skills and self-confidence. Since March 2020, Walt
has logged 1000+ hours teaching/performing online via ZOOM and other platforms.
Walt Frasier is a founding member of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA LMAOff
Broadway, The Original Improv 4 Kids), former director of instruction for the
Comedy Hall of Fame, and has international credits in TV (Billions, Blue
Bloods, Royal Pains, Lilyhammer, Letterman etc), Theater (Off Broadway,
Regional & Touring) and Music (Opera, Concert Soloist). Walt is a NYC DOE
Vendor, has worked with K12 schools nationwide, hosting groups for shows &
workshops at their Times Square theater and touring. Walt is also a corporate
improv specialist using Improv to teach team building, leadership, sales, and
service. Clients include Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, HSBC, AMEX, Master
Card, Twitter, BING, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Home Depot, GM, Kraft and 100s more.
Sampling, Guerilla Marketing, Trade Shows, Street Teams, Character Promotion & More! EMAIL Requests for characters for your next event.
Improv actors help bring attention to your campaigns and make events memorable. Pictured above are our actors as Gladiators and Ladies promoting ROME on HBO at local cable call centers and state fairs, Monopoly Characters promoting AMEX/Monopoly, Alice in Wonderland promoting Wales Tourism, and Holiday Singers for Mastercard campaign (Including joining Jewel on Fox & Friends singing Winter Wonderland). We have also provided actors playing cops and robbers to promote Mentos. Our Improv actors played silly games, hula hoop and more to promote THE CONE by Ben & Jerry’s. At themed private parties we have also provided Blues Brothers, Abbott & Costello, Marilyn Monroe, Teams of Hippies etc.
Let us know what you have in mind and let us make that come true!
2013 BLOOMBERG EVENT at Mr. K’s
We did a fun event for 30 hedge-fund managers form Bloomberg. At Mr. K’s on Lexington Ave, NYC, four of us posed as waiters. No one seem to notice the four Caucasian staff members mixing in with the Chinese Staff (Amazing Chinese Restaurant – BEST Peking Duck EVER). Slowly we got more and more intrusive. After the main meal had been served we switched gears into our traditional stage show. But not before Walt Frasier – playing the embarrassing brother to Paul DeGrocco’s Team leader role – sat down at the main table with a very large dish of sorbet as the rest of the guests enjoyed a palette cleanser.
We Work Well with Others
Our performers have participated in 100s of other promo jobs by other producers. If you are running an event and need some extra character types , we can hook you up with a wide variety types.