WHY IMPROV COMEDY – IMPROV 4 LIFE

We use PLAY + STORY to teach valuable life skills and spread much needed laughter in the world!

“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.

At EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, we believe once you take our classes and see our shows, you become part of our family. We want you to take our message of embracing the power of “YES! And…” for all to your work, home and community.

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.

Make the World Smile

Did you do your homework today? Walt Frasier gives all of his students the following two assignments.

  • Observe & experience your world. Then journal it. Every thing you need to inspire characters and story is all around you everywhere you go. Participate in life. This is true of the arts and every discipline.
  • Start every day with a smile. When folks make you happy, you smile. You can make yourself feel great starting with a smile. Change your story. Become someone who LOVES Mondays, going to school, going to work. Want the world to smile at your LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Ignore that one that judges you. They will judge you no matter how happy or miserable you are because they are miserable. (If you are reading this and this describes you, STOP JUDGING AND JOIN THE PARTY!). Make yourself feel GREAT by stretching the face with a smile. Squeeze out the happy juices. You can reduce pain and stiffness, open up your sinuses for better pubic speaking, help drain out the gross allergy build up. CHANGE YOUR LIFE by CHANGING YOUR STORY. START with a SMILE!!!

Improv Comedy for Corporate Teams

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

Improv Comedy at Colleges & Universities

The show has played big stages at Montclaire State University, Bloomberg,  High Point University, Williams College, Lynchburg College, and Hastings College. Charter House and smaller Greek events at Princeton, University of Maryland and Georgetown. The show has played numerous orientation and preview week shows at Pace and a hug hit at smaller lounges and snack bars and meeting rooms (<200ppl) at Vaughn, College Misericordia, University of Vermont, Mount Ida College and Stone Hill University.

Improv Comedy at Schools

K12 Educational Outreach and Family events include 100s of birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, reunions, plus 100s of NYC DOE School (Vendor for 10+ years), JCC, YMCA, day and overnight camps, etc. We host field trips and events at our Times Square theater as well as touring schools, camps, community centers and family events.

Quirky Girl Ascension (Comedy 4 Teens October Sketch Class Project)

  • 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

New classes for kids & teens forming every month.

  • Comedy 4 Teens
  • Comedy 4 Kids
  • 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!!!
  • http://www.eightimprov.biz
  • http://www.improv4kids.com

Starts with black screen, and cuts to girl being thrown into ball pit–McDonald’s ball pit

Girl: 

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

Girl:

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.

Girl: 

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.

Girl:

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.

Girl:

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)

Girl: 

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.

Girl:

I’m so glad I didn’t fix my hair today. I know some people would, but I like it messy.

God:

Welcome to heaven! Where you can live in luxury for all of–are you still talking about your hair?

Girl:

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!

God:

(To themself) Well, we all have our flaws…

Girl:

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.

God:

Ahem. Right, well, I see a strong lack of…personality coming from you, so–

Girl:

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!

God:

Riiight. Well, I think you’ll be a much better fit down in hell…sooo, bye.

Girl:

(Trailing off) Probably no other girls get to meet Satan–

Satan:

Who’s this girl? She doesn’t seem like a bad person…ugh, probably reads books and teaches children to write…

Girl:

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.

Satan:

…You’ll fit in just fine.

Girl:

EXCUSE ME?!

Satan:

…w-what?

Girl:

NO, no no no no!

Satan:

…I-…what’s the problem?

Girl:

  1. 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)

Satan:

W-what’s happening?!

(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!

Girl:

–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…)

God:

Billie Eillish songs should calm her down…

Satan:

How do you know?

God:

I went on the “not like other girls reddit page.”

(God plays a song)

Girl

 –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…

God:

Yeah, I never realized that…

Satan:

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!

Girl:

Now you’re getting it!

(They all start humming to the song)

College & University Campus Comedy Shows


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.

Past COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY Clients Include

  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • Williams College
  • Montclair State University
  • High Point University
  • Lynchburg College
  • Hastings College
  • Georgetown University
  • Bloomfield College
  • Hofstra University
  • Molloy College
  • Roger Williams University
  • Cooper Union
  • Misericordia University
  • Add your school to this list….

Improv class teaches people to ‘roll with the punches’ #fridaywisdom #fridaymotivivation

“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!

Tuesday October 13 Wednesday 10/14 & Thursday 10/15 Comedy Shows & Classes

  • Tuesday 5pm Comedy 4 Teens with Walter
  • Tuesday 8pm Musical Theater with Ryan
  • Wednesday 9am Private Workshops Trenton NJ School Residency with Walter (Grades 4 & 5) thru January 2021
  • Wednesday 5pm Comedy 4 Kids with Walter
  • Wednesday 8pm Advanced Improv Comedy with Sam
  • Thursday ALL DAY shows and workshops for Milbank, include European offices.
  • Thursday 7pm Improv Jam Session ALL LEVELS Comedy Class with Walter
  • Thursday 8pm LIVE IMPROV COMEDY Show hosted by Sam
  • ZOOM Links provided after registration.
  • EMAIL for information on corporate entertainment, team building, college shows and K12 Educational outreach options.
Sure you can watch us for free on Facebook stream or clip on Youtube and Instagram, but Improv is best consumed LIVE “In the room where it happens”. CLICK HERE for Tickets. You can ALSO see the show via ZOOM for Free. But if you have the means, please help us pay these professional artists.

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.