Samuel Van Wyk HEAD WRITER Sunday Night Laughs Writer’s Room HOST OF LMAO Off Broadway 3rd currently running Thursday of the Month at 8pm MC, Teacher, Corporate Teambuilding Member since 2017 Sam is an actor/improvisor based in New York City. As an improviser, Samuel has performed for thousands of students and adults. He has also lead Improvisational workshops for all ages from kindergarten students to senior executives and everything in between. Samuel has lead workshops on the benefit of improv in a business setting for professionals in the education and medical field as well as corporate clients like IBM, Bing, and JP Morgan. As an actor, Samuel works in TV, Film, and Theatre. Samuel has appeared in such TV shows as Evil Talks, Diabolical, and Mysteries at the Museum. Favorite stage roles include Malcolm (The Full Monty), Hal (Proof), and Snoopy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!).
Tyler J. Oakley
Sunday Night Laughs Writer’s Room Member since 2019 WEBSITE Tyler is a head writer for the “Patent Pending” Sketch Comedy Show. He has studied improv with Bay Area Theatresports (BATS), National Comedy Theatre (NCT), and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Previously from the west coast, Tyler appeared in numerous regional theater and commercials via production companies in San Francisco and San Diego.
Robin Murray is a singer, actress, and improv comedian living in Brooklyn in New York City. She is a 2018 graduate of the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Her most recent projects include a reading of a new musical, Two Princes, and performing Revenge and Sorrow in Thebes via Zoom. She otherwise spends her time procrastinating on her psychology homework and bothering her cat.
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.
NEXT LIVE SHOW: Thursdays January 14, 2020 8pm CLICK HERE for Tickets
Dolphin Surprise Party is a show featuring our hilarious ladies performing their own version of our off-Broadway show that has been performing LIVE in Times Square since 2002 and touring nationwide. Currently running monthly online, we will see you back in Times Square ASAP.
EMAIL to book this show for your next private event – Corporate Entertainment, College Comedy, K12 Outreach.
Amelia Fowler MC, Teacher Member since 2009 WEBSITE TV: Newark, Posh, Bull, Blue Bloods, FBI, Power, Mysteries of Laura FILMS Learning to Drive (with Ben Kingsley), Learning to Drive (Chris Rock). Amelia, a native of Brooklyn, New York has been seen in commercial spots for Cablevision, the History Channel, IFC, as well as comedy venues throughout the Northeast with her fellow cast mates of the improv troupes, Comedy Sportz, and Eight is Never Enough. Amelia has also had the good fortune to perform in the GLAAD award winning She Like Girls at the Ohio Theater as Regina and most recently the one woman show Flozetta performed at HERE as part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival and the movie Monica Z, directed by Per Fly as Ella Fitzgerald.
Liz Lord MC, Teacher, Member since 2012 After receiving her theater degree from Earlham College, Liz came to the city to act, direct, and teach. Favorite roles include Ophelia in Hamlet, Liz in Chicago, and She in The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year. She loves performing in new work as well, and has been on stage for many of New York Cities various theater festivals. Liz has directed adults and children, and is the co-artistic director of the newly formed Three Bridges Theater. Teaching has always been one of Liz’s favorite endeavors. She has worked with Americorps to bring arts education to low income families, taught literacy through acting with the Central Park Historical Society, and acted as an assistant director for the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation. Her favorite teaching position, however, has been teaching stand-up and Improv to kids. Liz currently is hiatus to raise an amazing child and work at St. Ann’s.
Ivana Méndez MC, Teacher, Dance Instructor, Member since 2015 TV: Start-Up (SONY Crackle), Wrecked (TBS) Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ivana has been acting since she was negative 12 months old Credits: Off-Broadway- Everything No One Should Know, Press Play. Puerto Rico: High School Musical, Diary of Anne Frank, El Condominio, and other Spanish titled plays. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Pace University BFA. She would like to thank her family, friends, and El Pollo Mendez.
Andrea Hernandez Mieres Member since 2019 Andrea is a Mexican & Spanish singer, actress and dancer. Originally from Mexico City where she debuted professionally on the Musical Theater scene in the Mexican Broadway versions of The Fiddler on the Roof and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Recent AMDA NY graduate, Andrea is venturing on the New York City scene.
Robin Murray is also a member of the Sunday Night Laughs Writers Room
Robin is a singer, actress, and improv comedian living in Brooklyn in New York City. She is a 2018 graduate of the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Her most recent projects include a reading of a new musical, Two Princes, and performing Revenge and Sorrow in Thebes via Zoom. She otherwise spends her time procrastinating on her psychology homework and bothering her cat.
Izza Saks Member since 2019 Izzy is a singer, actress, model, (possible mermaid,) and writer who graduated from AMDA NYC in February of 2019 shortly after joining the cast. Her most “viral” work is doing the voice over for a Storybooth video which has gained over 11,000,000 views.
We are expanding our online offerings to meet demand with cold weather driving other circumstances driving folks inside and online. Links to upcoming session can be found below. Our after school sessions are akin to a gym subscription service. You can sign up for a sing class ($25) FOUR 60-minute classes for $75 or just $125 for unlimited monthly access.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS SPECIAL!!!!
Sign up now for January classes, and be our guest for the rest of December. NEW & RETURNING Students only!
These are ALL LEVELS comedy classes, primarily focused on Improv but also include some Stand-Up Comedy. The primary goal of these classes is having fun. Through playing games students will develop valuable performing skills as well as public speaking, creative writing and self confidence.
*12 year-olds with some experience in theater & comedy may be ready for teen class. EMAIL us questions regarding which class is best. We require past experience with our classes or others. Also we require preteens to be prepared to demonstrate a level of maturity. We take being very silly very seriously.
Advanced Comedy 4 Teens January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 12pm January 30 @ 3pm will be a showcase of our top teens, including some videos from our sketch comedy class.
Sketch Comedy Teens SOLD OUT through end of January! Check out our most recent sketch written, directed and starring our teen students!
Bring the gift of laughter into your classroom. Studies at John Hopkins and other universities show humor in the classroom raises test scores. The laughter alone increases cardio-pulmonary activity, bringing more oxygen to the brain. Laughter reduces stress while building confidence in self and trust in others. Students become more focused and engaged.
Comedy classes should be offered to every student in the world. Simply playing improv comedy teaches creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking, listening, focus, self confidence and even empathy. Walt Frasier uses the same games to teach corporate groups team building, leadership/management, sales and customer service. His mission is to set-up kids & teens for success in life by introducing these programs. He works with thousands every year in schools, camps, community centers and his own Times Square NYC Comedy School.
Get the arts back into schools better than ever with Improv. Compared to traditional theater arts programming, students are performing on day one. There is nothing to memorize. There is no overhead for script royalties, props, sets or costumes. Every one is featured.. No one is relegated to secondary characters, ensemble or tech. Improv can be performed easily online and with social distancing. It’s even more without the current restrictions.
IMPROV on ZOOM is the culmination of Walt Frasier and the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA LMAO Off Broadway, Improv 4 Kids) performing over 100 shows on ZOOM while logging 1000s of hours teaching kids, teens and adults in just the past six months.
Since playing an even for the Pan Hellenic Counsel at #UMCP during a black out in 2003 (yeah road life lol) we have toured numerous amazing #college and #university campuses and hosted student groups at our Times Square theater.
Also college student interns for major corporations like BDO were treated to improv and pizza at our club. #IMPROVCOMEDY by Eight Is Never Enough is fast paced, high energy and very interactive. Many are invited on stage, while the entire show is #improvised based on audience suggestions and participation.
Now online, be our guest at public shows or treat your fellow students to a private show. Just $200 for up to 90 guests hosted on our #ZOOM. We’ll see you LIVE in Times Square and at your campus ASAP
Improv shows and workshops perfect for Holiday Parties, Team Building, Management/ Leadership, Sales, Customer Service.
Recent clients online include Milbank, Accenture, NYC Teachers, NY Life, Datadog, and numerous smaller firms. Past clients include JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Twitter, BING/Microsoft, BAML, Home Depot, Ernst & Young, Louis Vuitton, Coach, UBS, BDO, AMEX, Master Card, Macy’s, 360i, IBM, GM, KRAFT, UNILEAVER, HBO, and 100s more…
CLICK HERE to read our philosophy behind using Improv to teach team building
Written & Directed & Choreographed by Carolyn White
Starring Carolyn White, Emmett Rosenbaum, Justin Sasserath, Ami Gillon
Edited by Walt Frasier
We do not own ANY of the following CGI Animation of Space provided by Pixels https://www.pexels.com/video/cgi-animation-of-space-854228/ Billie Karaoke track purchased via https://www.karaoke-version.com/mp3-backingtrack/billie-eilish/bad-guy.html
Additional Music provided by Walt Frasier on Piano Blues based on “You deserve a break today” McDonald’s Jingle Hallelujah Chorus, Messiah by George Frederic Handel Imperial March from Star Wars by John Williams
Advanced comedy classes for kids by invitation only. Improv, Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy Weekly online classes available now. See you back in TIMES SQUARE soon!!!
Starts with black screen, and cuts to girl being thrown into ball pit–McDonald’s ball pit
Oh my gawsh! Is this…McDonalds? I LOVE fast food…but, why am I here?
Waiting Room Person:
Oh you’re here, a little late though…must be a glitch in the system
What, no! I’m always fashionably late for things.
Waiting Room Person:
I see…well, we’ll have you out of here in just a second. Oh, by the way, you’re dead. Sorry about that, but welcome to burgertory.
Are you kidding me?! I can’t be dead, I still have things to do! Like…post about how I don’t get fake tans or wear makeup on Instagram! I thought purgatory meant I was a ghost.
Waiting Room Person:
Ma’m, I apologize, but it’s not my job to console the deceased. The best I can do is offer you is a lukewarm McFlurry. And it’s BURGERtory. Some guy misspelled purgatory, so a McDonald’s was built.
Wow, some people just don’t have common sense. #can’t relate. (Gets handed drink) Oooh yasss, that looks so delish. I bet you’ve met tons of other girls who wouldn’t dare to even look at one of these, but I’m nothing like them! I bet they only like salads, so shallow am I right?
Waiting Room Person:
Okay…I’m just about to send you up to heaven, but don’t get too excited, this is just a formality. We have to see what God thinks of you.
Wdym? I’m totally heaven material. I’m not fake, I love video games, and I love rock music! I bet you don’t have anyone like that up there!
Waiting Room Person:
Note to God…girl talks in abbreviations…alright. I think we’re all set to go. (Pushes button)
I must tell you, unlike some people, (Trailing off) I’m super anxious and loyal to my boyfriend–
Waiting Room Person:
Oof. Good luck God.
I’m so glad I didn’t fix my hair today. I know some people would, but I like it messy.
Welcome to heaven! Where you can live in luxury for all of–are you still talking about your hair?
Oh, sorry, I just wanted to point out that I’m so unique that I didn’t even wash it this morning. I bet other girls wouldn’t be caught dead like that, but not me!
(To themself) Well, we all have our flaws…
Oh, and do you have Call of Duty up here? I like to play video games while I bet other girls are getting their nails done. They’re so typical, lol.
Ahem. Right, well, I see a strong lack of…personality coming from you, so–
What r u saying? I’m just exposing all the horrible things other women do, and how I’m so much different and better than them!
Riiight. Well, I think you’ll be a much better fit down in hell…sooo, bye.
(Trailing off) Probably no other girls get to meet Satan–
Who’s this girl? She doesn’t seem like a bad person…ugh, probably reads books and teaches children to write…
Actually, I run a full time blog called Quirkchat! It’s where all special girls can get together, and explain how hard it is to be an outcast for not wearing skinny jeans.
…You’ll fit in just fine.
NO, no no no no!
…I-…what’s the problem?
Don’t. Fit. In. I can’t believe you would even say that I don’t want to be like other girls I want to be my own person how could you even compare me to those ordinary and common girls they don’t have any defining qualities–
(The ground begins to shake)
(God and Waiting Room Person appear in hell)
Waiting Room Person:
Her quirkiness is ripping a hole in the system! She’s too unusual for the afterlife! If we don’t do something soon, the whole universe could collapse!
–and I don’t get why they even exist I mean they’re clones they all put gunk all over their faces and they only care about lipstick breaking boys hearts and clothes! I have no clue why–
(God, thinking quickly, pulls out his iPhone, goes onto iTunes, and starts playing…)
Billie Eillish songs should calm her down…
How do you know?
I went on the “not like other girls reddit page.”
(God plays a song)
–I’m so outdoorsy and…other people…can’t…understand–Is that Billie? Omg she’s my queen!! (Starts lip syncing to Bad Guy)
Waiting Room Person:
It’s a pretty good song…
Yeah, I never realized that…
I don’t think any normal people listen to Billie…
Waiting Room Person, God, and Satan:
(Turning into quirky girls–high pitched voices and super enthusiastic) We must be unique because of our specific song preferences!
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.
“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!
$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.
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!!!