Live In-Person Team Building NYC Returns April 2021

Pictured: Workshops at our Times Square area theater for JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft BING, and BDO.

Starting mid April, we will be offering live workshops for corporate teams for the first time in 13 months thanks to relaxed restrictions starting April 2 and a small number of our team getting vaccinated this month.

  • Monday-Friday before 6pm
  • 90-minute workshop
  • Rates
  • $600 includes 2-hour rental at Broadway Comedy Club, red room for up to 20
  • Bring this workshop to you anywhere in NYC, and surrounding counties for $500 includes travel.
  • Online workshop via zoom $200 includes our hosting platform fees.

For the past 18 years we hosted events at our Times Square theater(s) and traveled nationwide as far as Orlando, Maine and Nebraska. Since March 2020 we have been working with teams around the world via ZOOM, including Australia, Germany, India, UK, Canada and all over the United States. SAMPLE IMPROV WORKSHOP GAMES

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

Virtual Workshops & Shows 4 Corporate Teams Improv Comedy Shows & Workshops

Email now for dates, rates and more info. Now booking outdoor events for Summer 2021 DC to BOSTON to PITTSBURGH.

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.

We have two primary offerings:

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.

Current Rates

  • 45-minute shows $350
  • 60-minute workshop $100

Sample Online Improv Workshop Game List

Pictured: Walt Frasier works with Microsoft BING Executive Sales Team at their new training center at 42nd and 8th Ave.

SAMPLE IMPROV WORKSHOP GAMES (Download Printable PDF)

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.

NINJA

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.

TRAIT PLATE

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.

Publicity Stunts / Marketing Campaigns

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.


APRIL FOOLS PRANK 2015, Nathan Armstrong and Patrick Reidy went to a midtown office as FBI agents to arrest the bosses and confiscate the laptops. “FRAUD, CONSPIRACY” etc etc etc The event was a huge success. What would you do when the Men in Black come to your door?

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.