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.
“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!
$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.
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 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.
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).
EMAIL for information on corporate entertainment, team building, college shows and K12 Educational outreach options.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
Wednesdays 8pm November 4, 11, 18 December 2, 9, 16
These classes are 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.
$125 includes six classes plus unlimited drop-ins Thursday/Saturday 7pm Jam sessions and 8pm Shows.
Mondays 8pm November 2, 9, 16, 23
Registration includes unlimited drop in on weekly shows and a performance showcase slot of your own on one of our cabaret shows.
YES! And… Is the #1 rule in Improv. This simple two word governing principal packs a lot of benefits for your personal and professional life.
How much easier would it be to interview for a job, make new friends, interact with co-workers, have an honest conversation with partners, or even lead a team if we could reduce or out right eliminate fears of failure, fears of the unknown and social anxieties such as stage fright?
We daily claim to clients from corporate teams that Improv Comedy will help build team, leadership, sales and service skills. We claim Improv builds creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking and self-confidence.
But how does Improv comedy build these skills?
Stage Fright is the #1 phobia, combining both the fears of unknown and fear of failure. Combined these fears paralyze the best of us and even cause physical sickness and nausea.
Similarly social interaction anxieties thrive in this phobic space.
Improv turns fears of public speaking and social interaction on their head by simply playing games as a team. No one individual is left out to fail. The team forms a tight knit unit that works together to play.
That’s right, we don’t perform, we play. We play games.
We pass words around like a sports team passes a ball. In fact, sometimes we even pantomime passing around a ball.
We start with the basics. We play games that require listening and focus to succeed and nothing else. A game like ZIP ZAP ZUP seems silly and ridiculous, but it’s genius is it’s break down of all other needs. All you have to do is to follow the energy around the room, listen and focus. You don’t have to think. You don’t have to impress. You just do.
Then we add words. We don’t try to be funny. We don’t try to be clever. We just listen and respond. We simply contribute to the team.
Then we create sentences, one word at a time. Eventually we offer entire sentences at a time.
At each step we teach just adding a word is better than trying to think of the perfect word. Any word you say is good enough and accepted. There are no mistakes. There is no failure. There is no judgement.
Think like a five year old. Just play. Leave behind all those things we learned in middle school like fear and judgement.
Also let go of ego, the over compensation for insecurity. Find a space where all are on equal footing, regardless of age, experience etc.
I tell students of any age not to even hold myself, the teacher with 18 years experience as better.
Psychological Safety achieved. The spark of self-confidence blooms. Wonderful things emerge….
Creativity Now Thrives
As artists, this space, free of judgement, free from fear, the brain’s synapses start to fire.
Now that we have relaxed our tensions and laughed a bit, oxygen is pumping in at new highs. The head actually starts to tingle.
Ideas flow. As an actor, ideas about character. As a designer, shapes and colors circle. Even programers start to see new patterns for computer codes.
We become open to new ideas from others as well. Creative collaboration thrives.
William Fry, the late great humor guru from Stanford University, states that humor builds a better brain by constantly comparing two otherwise unlike items.
Once you let down your guard, you see more possiblity. You can’t think our of the box when stuck in your own construct.
The world tries to put us in a box, stop doing that to ourselves. (Branding “experts” might disagree lol).
As a team, YES! And… will lead to all sorts of possibilities. The solution to the problem is never found at the initial brainstorm. Too many teams and companies and individuals fail by not fleshing out all the options.
“Never fall in love with your first draft” or idea. But letting those first ideas flow without fear of failure will lead to the amazing choices.
Better Presentation Skills
Most classes in public speaking have it backwards, trying to build your confidence by teaching you better presentation skills.
Simply building confidence, reducing fear of failure and unknowns, opens one up to present information better. Over time you will learn from mistakes, because NOW you are not afraid to make big ones. You are taking chances.
Now if you misspeak, stumble, for draw a blank for a moment you won’t freak out. You can simply smile, breathe and move past the inconsequential moment in time, and find humor and joy in your “failure”.
Also Improv teaches storytelling. Your presentations, whether to a mass gathering or small table of friends, will become more interesting.
Both personal and business relationships are destroyed, or never formed, due to these fears.
Many amazing connections are avoided altogether, because we fear the word NO, in others.
Fear of initiating contact could lead to missing out on a valuable partnership.
Great sales people and con artists are successful because they know about the numbers games AND never fear it’s perceived failures. A NO is not a failure, it’s just a NO.
The Confidence to Say YES
Saying NO is easy choice. Saying NO is the lazy choice.
Saying YES puts responsibility on your shoulders. It requires follow through. It requires listening. It requires confidence in your self.
Saying YES puts yourself out there for possible failure, possible hurt.
How many say no at work, because you fear backlash.
NO, we can’t afford that.
NO, we don’t have time for that.
NO, the bosses won’t go for that.
How many great ideas are left behind because too many lacked vision?
Instead, what if you enacted a little improv exercise? Ignore the kneeejerk NO and take two minutes to brainstorm that idea.
Maybe it leads no where, but chances are it leads to another even better idea that NEVER would have materialized.
This vision takes YES AND leadership.
The Confidence to Say NO
We focus on saying YES in the improv world. But it needs to be stated that we should always say yes UNLESS it puts us in physical, mental or emotional harm.
Having confidence to say NO at the right time can save a life time of pain. Too many reserve NOs for fear of involvement but fear saying NO when it will save us pain, in some cases physical injury.
Saying NO to an abusive friend or family member or partner, because we fear being alone, financial ruin etc is real.
Saying NO to a “friend” daring us to ski down that that slope we are not easy for can kill.
Building confidence gives us the power to choose our story.
It’s Not All Kumbaya
For me, YES And… is a selfish choice. I surround myself with, and support individuals that support me. Those that choose to judge or abuse are left out. I give them every chance to embrace, I try to teach them to let go of the old games, but at the end of the day, I get to choose my family.
I experience pain and hurt. That’s part of life. But in between tough moments I am surrounded with smiles and laughter. I have amazing clients that come back year after year. I work with the best team of artists. When I have love to give I give. When I am hurting I have a village of support, now from around the world thanks to social media.
Have the confidence to make GREAT choices in business and personal life.
Start building your tribe today, surrounding yourself with supportive genuine friends buy discovering self confidence and other skills from improv comedy.