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.
“When you start performing comedy, you start to laugh more. You stop to smell the roses, if only to make a joke about flowers. You meet other funny people who enrich your life and become your best friends. When you start performing comedy, you feel the power of pointing out your flaws to a room full of people who would never be as brave as you are. You realize there is more light in the world than you ever imagined. When you start performing comedy, you start to discover yourself.”
Congrats to EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv founding member Laurice Fattal for hitting ONE MILLION LIKES on TIKTOK this week. Laurice kicks out on average a new video every day. As a result her channel is build quickly, with about 1000 new followers weekly.
“Every scientist should take a page out of NASA’s playbook: be funny to further your project, your funding and even your career. And the easiest and fastest way to become a better, more relaxed jokester is to take an improv class. Take the leap! If you’re not ready to do that, at least learn some improv tricks:”
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Open your ears (Listen)
Engage in dialogue
Have fun (Our #1 Rule)
Take a class
My father in law was a brilliant scientist, an Engineer at NIST, designer of bridges, but a terrible communicator. He was railroaded by bureaucracy.
I taught a workshop for BDO of interning accountants. So many of these kids were doomed to cubicle hell (or worse, middle management) if they did not take more Improv. I always thought: I wish I had met them earlier.
Hard to predict the future, but I promise you, people skills, presentation skills and the ability to turn on a dime, adjusting to changes are a must.
Improv players and teachers will tell you “YES! And…” is about acceptance of others, but we also learn to “YES! And…” ourselves.
If you are struggling in your career, consider taking an Improv Class. The younger the better, but it is never too late to reinvent oneself.
We work with teams from major companies, deliver entertaining shows and tram building workshops.
But to truly embrace it’s benefits, a longer commitment is required.
One of my biggest goals in teaching kids and teens is instilling valuable skills before they head off to college, or even better, before high school.
Middle school is where most learn to fear the world. Our bodies change, we become more self aware. Our insecurities manifest as anxiety, or worse, judgement of others. Most of the issues I see in failing corporate teams start in middle school years.
But imagine a brilliant kid armed with self confidence, not arrogance or fear, going into high school and college with the ability to navigate socially as well as they do academically.
Improv does not turn geeks into preppy kids or jocks. Improv helps us embrace our inner geek. Improv turns a left brain whiz kid into a witty fearless conversationalist. I have even seen Improv help kids on the spectrum overcome social anxieties.
We learn to let go of our fears, embrace and accept who we are so we can become the best version of ourselves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Walt Frasier has performed and taught Improv Comedy
Catherine BartlettCredit: Catherine Bartlett has at times been a silly scientist, an engaging educator and an imperfect improviser. She’s currently an education specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a member of Tucson Improv Movement and a 2018–2019 Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project.
“One of the psychology of humor methods I’ve employed here is exaggeration: You start with something for which there’s a grain of truth and stretch it further and further to some ridiculous extreme. Exaggeration can be a surprisingly simple and effective means of making material funnier, as well as more memorable.”
In my book STAND-UP COMEDY, and my classes I teach TAKE IT TO THE Nth DEGREE. Basically the same thing.
When developing new material I teach comics to start with brainstorming mundane everyday events. Exaggeration is one way to punch up mundane to stage worthy story telling. Exaggerate the emotion of the moment, the severity of an injury and/or the impact of its aftermath.
Instead of saying, “I almost fell and cracked my skull open” you did fall and break a few bones which led to weeks of doctors, physical therapy and medicine.
Live on the Line
If you’re starting out as a new comic don’t read this yet. Stay focused on having fun and brainstorming material. Getting analytical too soon kills creativity. AND you don’t want to pigeon hole yourself.
Every comic has a line. This is different from the line of raunchy choice, imposed by clients or producers. Never let someone else put you in a box.
Rather every comic has a line that they should ALWAYS flirt with. This line is defined by who you are, being true to yourself. You will discover your line over time.
Exaggerate your stories. Take things to the Nth degree. If you take things too far, pull it back 10%.
Too far might be defined as the joke stops being funny because the audience is concerned for your mental or physical safety to the point they stop laughing. A little danger stirs them up. Too much scares them away.
Push your limits, and ONLY be held back by a consistent feedback of audience telling you you went too far. I don’t mean cancel culture censoring. That’s garbage. I don’t mean the results of one audience. They might have been quiet or prudish. But over the course of hundreds of shows, how do audiences react to your work?
Currently I have a class every Monday at 8pm Online. EMAIL me to drop in your first class for FREE email@example.com
Walt Frasier has appeared Internationally in TV (Billions, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Lilyhammer, Letterman, MTV, NICK, WE), Commercials, Comedy (Clubs, Colleges, Corporate Events, K12 Outreach), Theater (Off Broadway, Regional, international tour), and Music (Soloist and Opera).
Books by Walt Frasier
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!
EMAIL NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION We now offer private shows ($200) & workshops ($75/hour/teacher) online for schools, camps and community centers. Fun for birthday parties too! In School and After School Online Residencies ($400/EIGHT 45-60 minute sessions). Ask about our shows & workshops for teachers – Professional Development. We look forward to returning to your facilities and hosting field trips to our NYC theater ASAP!!!
Improv 4 Kids is the only NYC-based short form professional improv troupe and show designed exclusively JUST for KIDS!
Improv 4 Kids performed its first K12 school show in Farmington, Connecticut in 2003, made it’s off-Broadway debut at the Lambs Theatre in New York City in 2005 and in 2007 Improv 4 Kids became the official outreach program at the NY Laugh Factory where it was featured on ABC news. In the past 18 years, the show has performed for 5000+audiences in Times Square (public shows, field trips) and touring nationwide to theaters, schools, camps and community centers.
Some of the places and events where Improv 4 Kids has performed in recent years:
100s of K12 Schools in the NYC Area, The Long Wharf Theatre CT, Bay Street Theatre at SAG Harbor, The National Smithsonian DC, Fort Dix Military Base NJ, Ohio National Guard, Wolf Trap in the Park, First Night Winchester, First Night Haddenfeild, Cherry Point Marine Corp, First Night Binghamton. numerous JCCs, YMCAs, Libraries etc
Improv 4 Kids also tours the country, performing for school assemblies, military bases, regional theatres, libraries, camps, charity fundraisers, festivals and special events.
Improv 4 Kids doesn’t simply entertain kids- it engages them. Kids learn and participate in comedy arts through improvisation, music, storytelling, dance, pantomime and theatre. Improv 4 Kids uproarious show channels, inspires and rewards creative energy through interactive comedy – so round up the kids and let the fun begin!
Whether performing for assemblies at K-12 schools, afterschool programs, community events, camps or even Broadway-style theatres, IMPROV 4 KIDS offers fun, educational and exciting programming for the whole family. Many audience members are invited to participate on stage while the entire audience is active in various sing-alongs and providing suggestions for skits, songs and dances created on the spot. Every few minutes the audiences is prompted to give new ideas to the actors. The cast introduces young audiences to various performance art forms through the parodies of Shakespeare, Hip Hop, Modern Dance, Mime, Opera, Broadway, Madrigal and Jazz. Students learn to explore the limits of imagination as the actors perform original characters, stories and spontaneously created dialogue.
COMEDY 4 KIDS/TEENS – Here is the full weekly schedule for September 12-October 31. CLICK HERE to pay $200 and get unlimited access to all of the below sessions. Or click links below to register for individual sessions.
Saturdays 9:30am ALL Kids/Teens In Person in Central park with Andrea CLICK HERE to register for IN PERSON ONLY
Mondays 6:30p Improv Jam ALL AGES Kids/Teens with Walter
Tuesdays 6:30p ALL AGES Kids/Teens Stand-Up Open Mic Comedy with Walter
Wednesdays 6:30p ALL AGES Kids/teens Improv technique with Sam
Thursday 8p PROFESSIONAL SHOW Hosted by Sam (PG 13 recommended for teens and older)
That’s right we are back in Central park Saturdays 9:30am CLICK HERE to register for IN PERSON Only $40/class
Artistic Director Piano, MC, TeacherEIGHT 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 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!!!
Andrea Hernandez Mieres
MC, Movement/Dance specialist, Improv
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. Andrea has been with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv since early 2019. She appeared in our Holiday Show, Santa’s Sing Along Adventure, as a singing and dancing Elf.
Samuel Van Wyk
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!).
MC, Musical Theater Specialist, Teachers, Piano, Member since 2018
Ryan would like to believe you are laughing WITH him, not AT him. Ryan is an actors, singer, dancer, writer, noodle hailing from upstate NY. He is also a recent graduate of NYU Tisch (Experimental Theatre Wing/New Studio on Broadway). Besides working his first ever improv job with Eight is Never Enough, Ryan loves bringing new works to life (so you won’t know any of his recent credits until they hit that good good Broadway transfer). Right before the quarantine life started, Ryan was cast in a new Off Broadway run of Naked Boys Singing. Critics have called him a “vocal powerhouse,” a “laugh riot,” and a “person.” Armed with a fast paced walk, and his home-made cold brew, he’s ready to take the world by storm!
We have been offering online shows since March. The first few shows were interesting, but by the end of April, we had figured out how to change our favorite games, and develop a few new one, to deliver the much needed laughs and bonding experiences for corporate teams and family get-togethers. EMAIL for dates & rates to book a show or workshop. Check the menu above for public options for kids, teens and adults.
In the past five months we have done shows for companies like Milbank, NY Life, Datadog and many smaller firms around the country. We have also performed for a number of schools and camp and even a few private evens for families looking to get together for some laughs. Past clients include Twitter, Home Depot, Louis Vuitton, JP Morgan,
We will host your group on one of our ZOOM platforms, up to 90 guests can log on at once. The zoom room will be available 15 minutes before show time for folks to say hello, and will remain open for socializing after the show.
INTERACTIVE IMPROV COMEDY
The show itself is comprised of original skits and songs improvised based on audience suggestions. A few games get the guests involved directly. FOUR SQUARE as seen above, we actually let a guests join the pros is performing some mini scenes.
NEW GAMES Invented for ZOOM
WAIT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WAS…. I a new classic, invented by one of our 11yo students in April during one of our public classes. The rough idea of a new game was perfected when the cast tried it in a show. Now it is a regular, alternating with classics like World’s Worst and Objections. Also a great game in workshops to break the ice in a ZOOM classroom.
We have also tailored such games as HITCHHIKING EMOTIONS into EMOTIONAL ZOOM MEETING. The new game COFFEE SHOP or OPEN MIC parodies small shows in Greenwich Village and gives the full cast a chance to feature some solo work offering funny songs, slam poetry and more as bizarre local characters trying to break into the entertainment business.