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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.
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.
Since 2002, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH has played 7000+ shows live from Times Square (off-Broadway, Top NYC Clubs) and touring nationwide (clubs, theaters, colleges and private events) delivering hilarious interactive comedy improvised based on the audience suggestions and participation. Now available worldwide via ZOOM, the cast brings the energy of the NYC clubs to your living room, office, or anywhere else you like to watch.
February 21, 2021 show features the Gutterballs
This is our monthly show featuring veteran cast mates that all joined the troupe on or before 2010.
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH IMPROV co-founder, DC area native, Walt Frasier, now has 18+ years working in NYC comedy clubs. TV credits include Billions, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Lilyhammer, and Letterman 9 episodes). Plus shows on NICK, TRUTV, WE, MTV2, commercials, indy film… Additional international credits include theater (Off Broadway, Festival, Regional and touring), opera, and music.
Member since 2009
This Long Island, New York native is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance as well as Voice and Speech.
TV/Film: 30 Rock, Law and Order, Gossip Girls, Fringe, Cupid, When in Rome.
Off Broadway: LMAO, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever. Off-Off Broadway: Lost Boys or an Awfully Big Adventure, JAR’D, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell, Hollywood-Hollywood!, Booth! The Musical, Dickens Condensed. Regional Theatre: Shrek The Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, Seussical The Musical, A Wonderful Life, Grand Hotel, Into The Woods, James And The Giant Peach, The Wizard Of Oz, Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf, Sleeping Beauty, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Touring Theatre: Improv4Kids, Charlotte’s Web, 1776, A Christmas Carol. Thank you to all for the love and support!
Patrick Reidy is an actor, comedian, musician, and improviser in NYC. He can currently be seen as a host and improv comedian at the Broadway Comedy Club for the Eight Is Never Enough and LMAO-NYC Interactive Comedy Shows as well as touring with their family friendly cousin, Improv 4 Kids. He is also an established improv teacher, having taught for the Comedy Hall Of Fame and independent residences throughout the five boroughs. As a sketch writer and performer his work has been featured on Funny Or Die, College Humor, and the Absent Minded Comedy Show. He is a graduate of Salem State University and has studied improv, sketch-writing, stand-up, and screen writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theatre, and The Annoyance Theater. Yes, and he would love to help you with your next artistic project!
Christopher Leidenfrost is an actor, singer, director and producer who spent the last four years (before COVID) touring the country with his improvised, pirate musical The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! and his bands, The Crimson Pirates and The Roving Blades. Before that, he was a regular with Eight is Never Enough! and LMAO-ff Broadway. He now spends his days bartending and selling real estate until we can all perform in public again. http://www.christopherleidenfrost.com
Bringing with him 18 years experience of performing live on stage, he is back with his fellow performers from Eight is NEVER Enough! Throughout his performance career he has performed all over the country for people of all ages! Originally studying Improv in his home town of NYC he has since moved out and continued studying in the Windy City of Chicago! He continues studying Improv, Musical Improv, Sketch and anything else that allows him to get on stage to entertain! He also spent 5 years traveling the world and entertaining guests at sea with Carnival Cruise Lines!
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.
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.
NEXT LIVE SHOW: Thursdays January 14, 2020 8pm CLICK HERE for Tickets
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.
EMAIL to book this show for your next private event – Corporate Entertainment, College Comedy, K12 Outreach.
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.