Sunday Night Laughs

Here is a playlist of recent videos. Tune in every Sunday at 7pm for LIVE Premiere of new Sketch Comedy Videos. https://www.youtube.com/lmaonyc

Sunday Night Laughs Writers’ Room

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.

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!

November Improv 4 Kids Classes Online & Central Park NYC

November Schedule & Rates

$75 includes ONE of the following weekly schedules. $125 includes UNLIMITED ACCESS throughout November (Sign up for your preferred day/time and pop in any time)

  • Sundays 5-6pm November 1, 8, 15, 22 IMPROV COMEDY Online
  • Mondays 5-6pm November 2, 9, 16, 23 IMPROV COMEDY Online
  • Wednesdays 5-6pm November 4, 11, 18, 25 IMPROV COMEDY Online
  • Saturdays 10:30-12pm CENTRAL PARK Nov 7, 14, 21 (THREE IN PERSON CLASSES)
  • Saturdays 1-2pm November 7, 14, 21, 28 STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Online

Our #1 Rule: HAVE FUN but never at another’s expense!

Improv 4 Kids has been playing Off Broadway in Times Square since it’s debut at the Lamb’s Theater in 2004. The show played its first school assembly in 2003. In 2011, the comedy school for kids & teens opened in Times Square.

#1 Improv Rule: “YES! And…”

Improv Comedy is a ton of fun. While sharing and creating the laughs, students develop creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking and self confidence. We use these same games to teach corporate groups team, leadership, sales and service.

#1 Skill in Improv: Listening

In many classes we include Stand-Up Comedy. We help student turn personal stories of experience and observation into original comedy routines in just four weeks.

Our Mission: Teach Creative Writing, Public Speaking & Self Confidence through Laughter

Get our text books FREE via Amazon KindleUnlimited CLICK HERE or $7.99 Paperback. Valuable resources for students and teachers of comedy geared to a K12 audience.

Walt Frasier

Artistic Director Piano, MC, Teacher, EIGHT 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 the 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!!!


Improv Class Builds Children’s Self-Confidence, Self Concept

Improv has foundational guiding principles, each of which can be linked to psychological skills or constructs that may increase self-concept. Below, we list each of these foundational guiding principles, and how each one may be linked to self-concept or other social-emotional skills.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mind-stage/201905/improv-and-self-concept

I can attest that Improv most certainly does increase self confidence. Here is an email I just got THIS MORNING from a student new to our classes.

“(my son) is having a blast in your class.  Every time, he has huge smiles for the rest of the day, and he’s had tremendous growth in his speaking confidence already. “

This mom is signing up for another four weeks.

What is most significant about this student, he has ONLY taken virtual classes the past four weeks.

For 18 years I have seen shy kids wake up after just one live session. We moved online with the rest of the world in March.

I am beyond excited to see the growth in this child. He has such anxiety, he sounded asthmatic when he has to talk, well when he finally talked around the third class. When he finally opened up it was a struggle.

But yesterday, he laughed nearly the entire hour, and contributed more than ever. Only once did he start to heave before speaking.

Reading his mom’s email brought smiles and happy tears.

The smartest among us are usually the shyest. Their brains worked differently. They have so much information they don’t always know how to share it. Many of these kids are on the. Spectrum. They are high functioning but society generally writes them off.as different so they shut down socially.

They seem quiet but are just as anxious. Improv calms the anxiety through creative cerebral play.

I had been doing residencies at schools and workshops for years by the time I opened up my school in 2011.

One of my very first students enrolled in public classes was first a five year old kid with Asperger’s Syndrome. I only knew this because his parents, after coming to our show numerous times, reached out on Facebook. Mom explained to me his situation and how just being in our interactive shows brought the kid out if his shell.

Their requests led to my first public class. He was now eight. Five years later he was cast in a Netflix TV show. Now I hear he wants to enlist as a Marine.

Another student from that first class is now working with our company as a professional performers and teacher. Steven Prestia also sits on the board of a Long Island arts council while still in College.

These kids, and their parents, have become family.

In those years I have had hundreds, maybe 1000+ pass through our doors. We get a few theatrical types, after all we are in Times Square and Improv is amazing for ALL performers. But the ones I treasure, come in scared.

They leave with smiles and laughter.

I leave feeling accomplished. I never set out to change a life. I am humbled by every parental email, text or call saying how much our classes have done for their child.

But more importantly, GET YOUR KID INTO IMPROV CLASSES.

I hope you will choose mine, but there are hundreds others.

Just make sure it’s a class that does not cater to it’s stars.

The secret is PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY for all. No one should feel less than in an Improv class. I nurture my stars but never at the expense of those that NEED our classes the most.

Links to classes can be found in the links above (MENU).

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.

Sunday October 11, 2020 Shows & Classes

October Sundays

Weekly professional showcase of top NYC singers, musicians and guest variety acts (comedy, magic and more).

ONLINE CLASSES

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!

Saturday October 10 Shows, Classes

Saturdays in October

Come be a part of the show!

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.

Much Needed Laughter

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?

LAUGH!

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.

Don’t take our word for it…

What the experts say…

Source https://www.mindfulnessarts.org/LAUGH_RESEARCH.html

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.

Diabetes Too?

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