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.
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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.
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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.
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!
“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!
Develop creative writing and performance skills while discovering your inner comedic genius!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Introduction: Stand-Up Comedy Easy 4-Step Guide to Writing and Performing Original Comedy Routines
While this book can be used as a step by step beginner’s guide to starting a career in comedy, I hope far more will learn to enjoy creating laughs, for the sake of creating laughter.
Comedy courses should be in every school in the world. There is no better way to find your individual voice. There is no more enjoyable way to learn creative writing and public speaking skills.
In my Times Square, New York City school for comedy, I combine stand-up and improv comedy. In addition to working with hundreds of kids and teens every year, I present team building workshops for major corporate clients.
Perhaps the most valuable takeaways from comedy classes are building self-confidence and sharing much needed laughter.
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld
Whenever I get a call for a corporate workshop, one of the first questions I get is, “Will this embarrass anyone?”
Stage Fright is a specific, and very common, type of fearing the unknown. One of my missions in life is to teach people to overcome fear. One cannot experience joy if always in fear of judgment, or worse. After ten years of teaching comedy this is the number one benefit.
Teaching traditional public speaking to kids that fear public speaking is often like hitting your head against the brick wall. Making it fun changes the game. Students take more chances. Once you get them hooked you can swing around to the technical tedium and terms of writing. Always focus on the fun first.
I have seen incredibly shy, often terrified, students break out of their shells after minutes in a comedy class. We create a fun space to play, free of judgment. We remove ego and insecurity from the equation.
Laughter IS the Best Medicine!
Everyone has heard this phrase used literally and sarcastically over the years. New studies say it might be true.
Before 2008 we were performing in schools and corporate events non–stop. The only requirement was providing a fun show appropriate to the setting: G-rated for schools, non-offensive to corporate parties.
After 2008, when the stock market crashed, every penny had to be justified. We learned to promote our shows and workshops with more educational value in mind. Our mantra was building creativity, community and leadership. We paired with Cultural Arts, Language Arts and Character-Building curriculum.
Skip ahead to 2015, when Google releases the findings of its Project Aristotle, a four-year study into team success. The result of thousands of interviews with team leaders within Google and every other industry (Arts, Sports, Business etc.) leads to one answer.
This changed our focus 100%. It also led to discovering studies into the effect and benefits of laughter.
The following is from the Mayo Clinic:
A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.
Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.
Additional studies show that laughter in the classroom increases test scores. If you are a teacher, I recommend learning to use comedy in your presentations.
Our experience is simple. Students having more fun show up to learn, including in our after-school programming and residencies.
Principals tell me my students average higher attendance rates in general. They will show up, sit through math and history, knowing that the fun times are coming soon.
In my public programs at the Broadway Comedy Club, Times Square, NYC, I have had students come back every week for years. Most of my teen students started when they were as young as seven. Many of my students are getting national recognition, winning awards and getting industry attention.
I could not be prouder. Creating professional comedians was never my goal. Next thing you know Kenan Thompson named my twelve-year-old student, “Funniest Kid in America”. I was in tears watching all my students that day at Caroline’s on Broadway
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EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Artistic Director, Walt Frasier, has transcribed his Stand-Up Comedy course into a new text book. Dedicated to his students and all lovers of comedy. this book takes you from zero to five minute routine in four easy steps. Also learn about getting stage to you need to develop as a comic.
Featuring a FORWARD by the funniest kid in America
I wasn’t born a comedian. Though I spent many of my 13 years
on this planet trying to find where I fit in, I don’t want this to sound like a
cheesy finding-my-place story; so I’m just going to tell it like it is. I tried
everything before comedy (yes, everything). I did violin, guitar, sewing,
singing, robotics, taekwondo, tennis, and even soccer for a hot minute. But
everything I did, I got bored of. I didn’t want to practice chords or kicking
with the inside of my foot. You can probably imagine this wasn’t making my
parents too happy; honestly, they were getting pretty desperate, and my dad
didn’t want to waste any more money on weekend activities. So, in the last week
of one long summer, my mom had run out of options for me. Instead of keeping me
at home for a week of relaxation like I wanted, she stuck me in the basement of
The Broadway Comedy Club in Walt Frasier’s improv/standup camp Improv4Kids. Walt’s camp was the only one still open that
late in August. Keep in mind, I was about eleven, and there was a bar right
down the hall. And yet that’s when it happened; in that one week alone, my
yearning for performance could not be satisfied in five days; and, lucky me,
there were Saturday and Sunday comedy classes that started in the fall, so I
immediately knew where I would be every weekend.
Being in Walt’s class, you never know what to expect, never
know what games you’re going to play, or even when you’re going to crack your
next joke. The most important thing you have to do, or bring, rather, is your
energy (never leave that at home). Energy is key when it comes to improv;
without it, scenes fall flat, and they’re not as structured or fun as they
could be. The thing about class with Walt is no one is ever pressured to
perform at all. You’re never pulled up on stage or forced to be in a game;
there’s free choice for everyone to do what makes them feel comfortable. I
never felt like I had to be anyone/anything because performance is about
finding yourself and your style…then run with it! If anything, you have to be
more of YOURSELF.
Walt has a tendency to ramble a bit, but when he does, most
of the stuff he says can be super crucial to perfecting your craft. For
example, every morning, Walt tells us to smile. Not only does it wake your body
up by stretching your face around, but chances are fake smiling might make you
“real” smile. Being in a better mood will 100% boost your energy, which you
know you need in order to be at your best. To quote one of my favorite Walt
mottos, “Treat every rehearsal like a performance and every performance like a
rehearsal.” In other words, bring confident energy to rehearsals and your
playful spirit and ease to performances.
Unfortunately, I’ve come to the end of this Forward…I
know, I know, I’d love me to write forever, too, but to finish I thought I’d
add why you should read this book. I can tell you, it’s jam packed with great
advice on how to critique and better yourself (in terms of performance) that I
hope will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone, help you to get just
one more laugh, or maybe even make you chuckle at some of the stories.
(If you’re still here, after this Forward thing, thank you!)
(An 8th grader living in Manhattan, Carolyn is the Winner of Kenan Thompson’s Ultimate Comedy Experience 2019— “Funniest Kid in America”)