Comedy Camp, Times Square NYC

2019 was so amazing, we are having NINE weeks of comedy camp in 2020, starting June 29.
QUICK LINKS

  • CLICK HERE for calendar of upcoming shows and classes
  • CLICK HERE for December Holiday Camps
  • CLICK HERE for Winter Comedy Classes starting January 4
  • CLICK HERE for Spring Comedy Classes starting March 21
  • CLICK HERE to jump to July 2020
  • CLICK HERE to jump to August 2020
  • CLICK HERE to see our class clowns LIVE. Monthly showcase of up and coming teen comics (Above and beyond our class showcases, these are public performances with future stars showing their best work!)
  • EMAIL for more info on our programs. Bring these programs to your schools, camps and community centers. Ask about our field trip and assembly programs featuring our professional comedy of performers and teaching artists.
2019 Week Three cast photo

Since 2011, Walt Frasier (Artistic Director of Eight Is Never Enough, Improv 4 Kids)  has offered comedy classes and camps for kids & teens at the Broadway Comedy Club. Every day includes two sessions learning and playing Improv warm-up, technique and performance games. Campers than transform stories of personal experience and observation into original stand-up comedy routines.

Our #1 rule is “HAVE FUN but never at another’s expense!” In this safe space, campers (ages 7-17) discover creative writing, critical thinking, public speaking, team dynamic, leadership skills and self confidence. We use the same workshops to train corporate teams Team Building, Leadership, Sales and Service.

Starting June 29, you can register for one, two or up to all nine weeks. Tuition includes daily lunches and snacks, a weekly showcase (video provided for every performance) for invited audience of friends, family and industry pros, and admission to a public professional Improv show performed by teachers, counselors and their colleagues. Check out weekly classes and vacation camps offered year round.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

While camp officially starts at 9:30am, you can drop off as early 8:45, so that parents with younger children can get to work. This time can be used to work on stand-up routines. Stages (We have two plus a classroom area) and microphones will be ready by 9am daily.

Monday-Thursday

9:30 is a daily journal writing session. Our teachers will give prompts on brainstorm exercises, comedy ideas and ways to make routines more focused and funny through out the week. Students are encouraged to keep a journal and use through out the week to record all they learn, discover and create.

9:45a, is our Morning Improv Jam.  We start with a warm-up, play a game or two that develops a specific technique, than a few performance games that could be played in the weekly schedule.

11:30-1:30 Lunch Break and Stand-Up Comedy Sessions give students some down time as well as a chance to try out some of their original comedy routines. These sessions are run like a traditional open mic. LUNCH Included (Pizza, Sandwiches, Tacos, etc). We try to accommodate dietary needs but for extreme situations we recommend send a lunch each day. As we get closer to camp time we will send out health forms so we know what to prepare.

1:30 Afternoon Improv Jam

2:45-4pm Free time (Snack provided) – Some days this is additional time to simply play. Most days the students play one of many team building games. Once a week, usually Wednesdays, the campers watch a professional comedy show improvised by their teachers and colleagues form the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH. (Fun for all ages, the cast regularly performs for NYC schools and student groups visiting the theater.

4-5pm LATE PICK UPS. We will have adult supervision till 5pm as per parent needs. We will have microphones on if students want further stage time.

FRIDAYS

9:30 After a quick warm-up campers run a dress rehearsal

12p Lunch and Notes

2pm SHOWCASES – invite your world so the comics have amazing audience

Improv and Stand-Up Comedy help students discover their best selves building self confidence, creative writing, critical thinking and public speaking. We offer weekly classes Winter, Spring and Fall, plus Summer Camps. We also have teachers at schools, camps and community centers on weekends and after school. Each session starts with Improvisation, playing games that are a ton of fun while teaching valuable life skills. These are the same games we play with corporate groups to develop better leaders, team building, sales, customer service etc. For our public sessions we include Stand-Up Comedy, taking stories of experience and observation, then crafting original comedy routines. Each session ends a performance showcase of original and improvised comedy skits. The classes and workshops integrate perfectly with cultural arts, language arts and character building/guidance programming. Our students have been invited to audition for TV and a few have booked.

(Pictured above – April 14, 2019,  nine of our students performing with Kenan Thompson at Caroline’s on Broadway. CLICK HERE for more info and see who won this year’s big prize….)

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Week One Cast Photo Featured 24 Kids & Teens performing original comedy – Stand-Up and Improv

THIS SUMMER we are running NINE weeks of Summer Camp starting June 29.
CLICK HERE to REGISTER
$450/week
$1500/FOUR WEEKS ($375/week)
$2400 for EIGHT WEEKS ($300/week)
Sign up for ALL EIGHT WEEKS and Week NINE is on us!!!

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The Dating Game

Each week of camp is a unique experience. One week compresses our 8-10 week session into a total submersion into improv and stand-up comedy training. Additionally campers get to watch at least one professional show each week. Tuition also includes daily lunch and snacks. Every Friday camps the week with a performance showcase. Invite family and friends so campers have a great audience!

Improv and Stand-Up Comedy help students discover their best selves building self confidence, creative writing, critical thinking and public speaking. We offer weekly classes Winter, Spring and Fall, plus Summer Camps. We also have teachers at schools, camps and community centers on weekends and after school. Each session starts with Improvisation, playing games that are a ton of fun while teaching valuable life skills. These are the same games we play with corporate groups to develop better leaders, team building, sales, customer service etc. For our public sessions we include Stand-Up Comedy, taking stories of experience and observation, then crafting original comedy routines. Each session ends a performance showcase of original and improvised comedy skits. The classes and workshops integrate perfectly with cultural arts, language arts and character building/guidance programming. Our students have been invited to audition for TV and a few have booked.

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Comedy Camp and Classes for Kids & Teens hosted by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy, 6000+ performances in Times Square and Touring Nationwide since 2002

SUMMER COMEDY CAMP 2019

Week long day camp sessions starting July 1. We are adding even more weeks next year due to August Demand. Also, we will be adding a layer pick up options.

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Emotional Carpool

Drop off as early as 8:45 am. Pick up as late as 5pm

8:45-9:30 arrival/ free time – great time to write in journal, bond with other students etc.

9:30-11:30 Morning Class

11:30-12:30 lunch break

12:30-2:30 Afternoon class

2:30 Snack time (Fridays showtime)

3pm afternoon session varies – open mic/mock performance, team building group games, watch a professional show etc

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A DIVISION OF IMPROV THEATER LLC

Artistic Director, Walt Frasier 212-568-6560

 

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Work along Industry Professionals

Walt Frasier has 25 years of professional credits on stage and screen and has been part of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH  Improv since its formation in 2002. Walter’s number one rule is HAVE FUN, but never at anyone else’s expense. From day one, Walter’s goal has been to create a safe fun environment everyone feels comfortable to open up and develop skills at their own pace. Our comedians are never bullies. We focus on telling great stories, not bad jokes.  And along the way, develop great  skills for life – creativity, community and leadership. Walter’s programs for kids & teens are not far from our programs for corporate teams. Comedy develops leaders, as well as great personality traits that help sales and service.

When not on stage or teaching comedy, Walter can be seen on TV from time to time. Walt Frasier will appear on Showtime’s Billions May 2019. Past credits include Letterman (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS), Royal Pains (USA), LIlyhammer (Netflix), Friends of the People (TruTV), Good Morning America (ABC), Hair Trauma (WE), Stankervision (MTV2) and Naked Brother’s Band (NICK) plus commercials, off-Broadway and international theater/opera credits.

Liz Lord has been our head teacher for the past three years.

Liz Lord has been a cast member of Eight is Never Enough presents Improv for Kids and LMAO since April of 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 and teens.

Steven Prestia

Steven was just 13 when he attended our first public comedy class for kids/teens. For the past two year Steven served as an Intern often helping with public shows & classes. Now in college Steven regularly performs with the professional comedy and team teaches our Long Island programs. He has appeared in various local plays and musical theater productions in addition to his comedic talents.   He can be seen in the indie film “The Great Kevini” and will soon appear on the HonestlyAmelia.com web series (S2 E4).

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