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.
EMAIL for information on corporate entertainment, team building, college shows and K12 Educational outreach options.
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.
Develop creative writing and performance skills while discovering your inner comedic genius!
Weekend/After School Programming for kids & teens!
We are very excited to move to a subscription style service for online classes to maximize the value to our students and their parents. Get unlimited access to FOUR WEEKS of classes for just $125. Select the date/time of the first class you wish to attend. See below for current class offerings. Not ready to commit? You can sign up for ONE class for $25. FOUR classes for $75. ZOOM links sent after registration.
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!
After 18 years in Times Square, NYC, with long runs Off-Broadway and at top Comedy Clubs, and touring venues and events nationwide, EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents Interactive Musical Comedy now streamed live around the world, improvised based on your suggestions and participation.
EMAIL us for more info on private events. Check out menu links for public shows and classes.
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.
We are very excited to move to a subscription style service for online classes to maximize the value to our students and their parents. Get unlimited access to FOUR WEEKS of classes for just $125. Select the date/time of the first class you wish to attend. See below for current class offerings.
Not ready to commit? You can sign up for ONE class for $25. FOUR classes for $75.
Now more than ever we need laughter in our lives. Social AND traditional media deliver the negative vibes. The world is a crazy place. But the world has always been crazy.
What can you do about it?
Our goal, above all else, is delivering laughter. We justify our existence demonstrating how Improv teaches creative writing, public speaking and self-confidence. We lead corporate workshops teaching team, leadership, sales and service.
Our greatest contribution to this world is the laughter. Laughter increases brain function, cardio pulmonary activity and state of mind/being.
According to William F. Fry, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Stanford University, laughing 100-200 times per day is the cardiovascular equivalent of rowing for 10 minutes. When something strikes you as funny, you laugh. And when you laugh, your body responds. You flex, then relax, 15 facial muscles plus dozens of others all over your body. Your pulse and respiration increase briefly, oxygenating your blood. And your brain experiences a decrease in pain perception, possibly associated with the production of pain-killing, pleasure-giving endorphins.
According to Jeffrey Briar, laugh instructor at California’s Blue Pearl Yoga, those who take the [laugh] class regularly will see an improvement in their self-confidence.
According to Steve Wilson, physiologist, joyologist and founder of the world laughter tour and a board member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, when you look at all the research on laughter, it strongly leads us to the conclusion that one of the main purposes of laughter is the discharge of tension. Laughter also energizes people. If you laugh long enough and hard enough you reverse the physiology of stress. And anything that can reduce the ill-effects of stress is an ally in health and happiness.
There’s even hope, the scientists say, for cranky people who rarely laugh and for those without a sense of humor: They can learn.
According to an article by Kathleen Doheny on WebMD, Laughter is being called the latest weapon in the fight against heart disease, ever since University of Maryland researchers reported at an American Heart Association meeting in November that heart-healthy people are more likely than those with heart disease to laugh frequently and heartily, and to use humor to smooth over awkward situations. There’s even hope, the scientists say, for cranky people who rarely laugh and for those without a sense of humor: They can learn.
One-minute guffaw has the same health benefits as a 45-minute gym workout
Up to 80 muscles are used during a hearty laugh, the blood pressure rises, the heart beats faster and blood oxygen levels increase. In fact, a study released last year by German gelotologist Professor Gunther Sickl revealed that a one-minute guffaw has the same health benefits as a 45-minute gym workout. When the laughter stops, the blood pressure returns to normal and stress hormones are reduced – actually strengthening the immune system.
From Diabetes Care May 2003; People with type 2 diabetes may be better able to process sugar from meals if they laugh, according to a small study. Researchers found that diabetics who watched a comedy show had a smaller rise in post-meal blood sugar than when they listed to a non-humorous lecture. The effect occurred in people without diabetes as well. Researchers are not certain why laughter appears to reduce blood sugar, but suggested that it might increase the consumption of energy by using the abdominal muscles, or might affect the neuroendocrine system, which controls glucose levels in the blood.
TV Experts Agree
“Laughing is great exercise. It tightens your abs, gets your endorphins going, and filters out all those anxieties that weigh you down.” Denise Austin, TV fitness guru. Source: July 2006 Redbook Magazine
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.
Online Improv Comedy Workshop Package
We will host your team of up to 90 on our ZOOM platform.
We invite your team on up to 15 minutes before class time.
One teacher will work with up to 10 of your team mates for 60 minutes playing games that teach teams to play as one through better communication, listening, self-confidence and using humor and laughter to build trust in others.
We will leave the room open after the show for another 15 minutes to interact with your team.
EMAIL Walter now to book an online team building workshop for your team for just $100! (We can negotiate longer times, additional teachers or add on a show)
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
In 18 years providing improv comedy team building workshops, the biggest challenge our team faced was answering the question:
“How do we apply these techniques to our remote teams around the world.”
Their team would come to New York and include as as part of their 2-3 day recruiting, team launch or other training.
In the past six months we have now presented 100+ shows online via ZOOM and other platforms plus logged 1000s of hours of class time teaching Improv comedy. We have had to adjust our games, and create some new ones, to continue our own team’s existence.
We are now armed with the tools and techniques to teach team skills on ZOOM to be utilized in your online interactions moving forward.
“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.
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.
Now more than ever we need laughter in our lives. This is perhaps most true at the office, especially now that the office now means your house or apartment. It is harder than ever to bring the team together. We recommend starting with a show.
Improv Comedy Shows are perfect for holiday parties or just getting the team together to play and laugh. 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.
Online Improv Comedy Show Package
We will host your team of up to 90 on our ZOOM platform.
We invite your team on up to 15 minutes before show time.
Show online runs 45-50 minutes. The cast creates original skits and songs improvised based on your team’s suggestions. Many games invite your team mates to participate directly with the professional cast.
We will leave the room open after the show for another 15 minutes to interact with your team. (We can negotiate longer times for meetings or add on a team building workshop)
EMAIL Walter now to book an online show for your team for just $350!
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
8pm Unsensored Improv Comedy hosted by Nathan Armstrong with Amelia Fowler, Patrick Reidy and Ivana Méndez.Tickets $0-20 to join us on ZOOM. Improv is always more fun when “in the room where it happens!”
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. If you have fun and want to sign up for more. CLICK HERE to register for SIX week course that starts 9/19. $125 for six classes plus showcase. $200 get unlimited drop in to all our adult classes for the next eight weeks.
We are bringing back our comprehensive 8-week program online. We start each day with a warm-up developing story telling and performance skills. Then play some Improv Comedy Games. Every class will include a mini open mic where students develop original stand-up comedy comedy routines based on personal stories of experience and observation. No experience necessary. CLICK HERE to Register. $200 includes EIGHT 90-minute classes plus unlimited access to drop in shows and classes though 10/31.
RAIN OR SHINE: Nice days we hang by the Fountain. If it rains we escape under the Bethesda terrace overpass. Andrea will lead Improv warm up (ZIP ZAP ZUP is back!), and more at 9:30am. 10-11pm master class in performance games. At 10am playing large group games. At 10:30 each week playing a different scene game (switch, columns etc) We welcome students to continue after 11am but we will not have supervision present at that time.
Please bring water and hand sanitizer. It could be hot, but hopefully, working in the morning will beat the worst.
CLICK HERE: $40 to drop in but just $200 for unlimited access to in person AND online classes for kids and teens.
Join us Thursdays at 8 for our weekly showcase of professional artists improvising music and skit based on audience suggestions and participation. This show has played in Times Square since 2002. These shows are appropriate for teens & older.
The professional cast is hosted by Walt Frasier (Billions, Blue Bloods, Friends of the People, Letterman, etc). Frasier co-founded the show in 2002. Since then EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has entertained 6500+ audiences in Times Square and touring nationwide to colleges, corporate events and even K12 schools. (See full bio below)
PS We are paying the artists for every show, so PLEASE help us out. You can watch the shows for free but if you have the means, select the $5 option OR the $20 VIP experience. CLICK HERE to register!
OR Support these artists by self enriching yourself and take a class.
THANK YOU in advance for helping us create paid for for these amazing artists. The entertainment business is virtually dead until further notice in New York City. Broadway just announced it is shut down through September 1. Most of the professional arts were bragging about making a living solely as performers just a few weeks ago. We have no idea when NYC will be back to anything resembling normal. But we want to keep as many artists working as possible AND delivering the much needed laughs!
ONLINE COMEDY CLASSES with Walt Frasier
Drop by at $25/class, $75/four week session includes additional private coaching. We combine Improv and Stand-Up comedy to maximize training in performance, creative writing and critical thinking as well as public speaking, social skills, team skills and self confidence.
Musical Theater Singing Class with Ryan Hudzik Wednesdays 7pm – Song/Rep Selection, Performance, Audition Coaching Also available for private sessions to develop your instrument. Ryan regularly performs with 8improv. Available for private coaching.