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Welcome to Comedy Camp, where kids and teens discover the world of comedy and develop skills in public speaking, team communications, creative writing, self confidence, listening, focus and so much more.

UPCOMING SESSIONS
Summer Camp 2018

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Full Tuition $500/Week
CLICK HERE for EARLYBIRD ($450/Week) ONLINE REGISTRATION
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 1, 2018
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TWO WEEKS JUST $800
FOUR WEEKS JUST $1500
SIX WEEKS JUST $2200
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The core of our program is Improvisation. Starting with Improv allows the performers to focus on being in the moment and tapping into creative depths unreached when sitting with pen and paper.  Every day includes warm-up technique and performance games. With each game we build self confidence and communication skills – public speaking, listening, eye contact, focus.

Then we move to Stand-Up Comedy, turning stories of experience and observation into original comedy routines. New this year we are including sketch comedy, taking those personal stories and creating dialogue and using a team of performers to relate the stories. Every week ends with a showcase of all disciplines covered that week.

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TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP (See below for Friday Schedules)

8:45-9:30 Arrivals and Drop Offs – While waiting for the big official group start to the day, students are encouraged to work in their journals, brainstorming ideas, developing original comedy routines and skits, or simply processing the past and possible future.

9:30 Morning Improv Session. EVERY DAY starts with a group warm-up to get focused and start having fun as a team. In a circle we play games like ZIP ZAP ZUP, One Word Story, Pantomime, and other skills building games that warm-up the voice,  mind and body to perform. This is followed by a series of technique building games and performance games that might show up in the week’s end showcase.

11am-1pm Lunch and Open Mic – Around 11:30 or so we break for lunch, but the rest of this time is dedicated to students getting on stage, presenting an original story of observation or experience – something the actually witness or something that happened to them personally – and gradually we take those stories and craft original stand-up comedy routines by week’s end. NEW this year, some may end up as comedy skits/sketches. While not on stage or eating lunch, students can work on their material in their journals. EVERY time a comic takes stage, he/she should outline on paper what is about to be said. The second a comic gets off stage, he/she should reflect and tweak as needed. What worked? What flopped? What did not go as planned? etc

1pm Afternoon Improv Session – After a quick warm-up game to refocus on Team, we run a master class of performance.  THIS TIME may also be designated to a guest teacher – magician, clown/mime, singing etc

2:30-3:30 Afternoon Snacks and Open Mic. Students get another chance to work on stand-up. The best way to learn how to perform is to engage in mock performance and real performance. Every Friday we have a performance showcase, but every day, students get a chance to try out their original routines in front of an audience of peers.

3:30-4pm Pick-ups. We will continue to make stage available for practice as needed. Teens may self dismiss – if approved by parents. Parents (or approved guardians) may pick up at anytime.

FRIDAY

Every Friday at 2pm there is a performance showcase. Students will perform original stand-up routines, Improv Games and perhaps even a few sketches this year. We ask all to invite the world. These kids/teens work very hard and they deserve an amazing audience.

The entire day is focused on this show. This may include watching a professional show, running a mock show/dress/tech rehearsal, or simple focus games and exercises that training a performer’s process.

Dismissal is after the show. (Usually around 3:30pm).

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, pops into a musical or two and still maintains a church choir job (Tenor Section Leader/Soloist), leftover from his classical singer days.

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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Winter, Spring, Fall Weekly Classes for Kids & Teens

Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS CLASS Times Square NYC
Saturdays 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS CLASS Times Square NYC
Sundays 6pm COMEDY 4 KIDS/TEENS CLASS Farmingdale, Long Island