We really miss our work with schools. Since 2002 we (Improv 4 Kids & EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv) have worked with 100s of schools in NYC area and beyond including field trips to our Times Square Theater, In School Assemblies, Residencies, after school programming and even professional development.
Now we have prepared amazing online versions of these program, perfected since March through our public programming for kids & teens. Not only are these programs perfect for distance learning, we have lowered our rates. EMAIL US NOW for dates and rates.
Online Field Trips
45-minute show is as close to our live club experience possible. High energy scenes, music and games are created on the spot based on audience suggestions (provided via chat, too avoid ZOOM sound issues with kids shouting out ideas). We do have 1-2 games per show that include students in the show.
IMPROV COMEDY Unit
Each class is focused on playing games. Many of which we have created / altered to fit the ZOOM platform. These games include both technique building workshop games and performance games. These are the same games we play with corporate groups to teach team, leadership, sales and service. After 8-10 classes students will be ready to put on a min showcase. Students develop critical thinking, public speaking, team communications (listening, focus) and self confidence.
Improv Unit can be a single workshop/master class or progressive after school or residency. After 8-10 classes students will be prepared for a mini showcase.
Our stand-up comedy writing/performing is based on three basic concepts.
1) Prepare yourself (using our writing prompts) to take stage through brainstorming and outlining of ideas.
2) TAKE STAGE Using your notes, share ideas, stories, etc (at first not even trying to be funny.) Just talk for 3 minutes.
3) Tear the work apart (never yourself) to prepare a better set for next time. What worked? What Conncted? What got a laughs? What just did not seem to hit the mark? Why? We keep this stage completely objective.
Over the course of a few sessions we slowly turn stories of observation and experience into original comedy routines. Meanwhile we learn creative writing, public speaking, and storytelling.
To minimize babble in class, I have a 5 minute video that goes with each of these writing prompts.
Great for both beginners and experienced performers!!!!
Start every day with a smile. Lead by example and most folks lead back. But also stretching the face with a smile opens one up for better speaking/performance.
Observe your world and record it in your journals. Comedy inspiration comes in the most mundane daily activities. When it comes time to perform improv or stand up your journal becomes your own text book of scene/story/joke ideas.
Daily registration includes lunch, snacks and classes in both Improv and Stand-Up Comedy. Weekly registration includes five days, ending with Friday performance showcase at 2pm, exclusive to those signed up for full week.
Spring Break Comedy Camp
Join us for our first full Spring Break Comedy Day Camp. Campers ages 7-17 will daily participate. Let’s look at what a week of camp looks like.
Monday April 13
9:30am camp starts. We will have an adult on campus by 8:45am for early drop offs. After a brief morning meeting, welcoming all to camp, we warm up. Playing a series of “games” we develop team and individual skills in improv comedy. Next we play a technique building game on how to start a scene and develop story with WHO (characters, relationship) WHERE (setting) and WHAT (plot, action, arc). We intro duce a few performance games that could be played during the Friday show. In addition to learning Improvisation and Performance skills, campers develop self confidence, public speaking, and creative/critical thinking skills. We play these same games in corporate events teaching team building, leadership, sales and customer service.
11:30 Brainstorming exercise. Before lunch we discuss ideas for possible stand up comedy routines. We start simply by listing things we have experienced and observed at school, home, on vacation and in public spaces, recording this list in our journal.
Lunch is served
Open Mic- each student will take their list, one at a time, and just share some of the items. Some students on might simply share the list. Others might start telling us the stories. Each comic just talks for about 2 minutes. After talking on stage, campers write about the experience in their journals. What connected, what hot a laugh, what seemed to misfire. All this organizing our thoughts for the next time we get on stage.
1pm Afternoon Improv Session – after a brief refocusing warm up game, we focus on playing one or two performance games.
3pm showtime – campers will get to watch a public performance of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy, featuring camp counselors and teachers.
Parents and siblings are invited to join the campers to watch the show. There is a one beverage minimum (included for campers) but the $25 tickets are on us.
4:15 dismissal after the show, but we will have adult supervision until 5:15 as needed for late pick ups.
Tuesday 4/14 – Wednesday 4/15 – Thursday 4/16
8:45a early drop offs. Microphones on for students to practise stand-up comedy
9;30 morning meeting and brainstorm – short journal writing exercise to help flesh out comedy routines – brainstorming details, learning ways to make more funny etc
9;45 Morning Improv Session
11:30 lunch and open mic time
1pm Afternoon Improv Session
3pm snacks and afternoon break out- teenterns (teen students that have attended 2-6+ years) lead
Friday is exclusive for students attending full week. 8:45-9:30 drop offs, 9;30 morning meeting and dress rehearsal. 11:30 notes. 12:pm30 lunch break, 1:30 house opens for show as campers gather to focus. 2pm showtime. Please invite the world. Our campers work hard and they deserve a great audience!!!
Dismissal after show.
Early drop-offs start at 8:45, late pick-ups 5pm
$125/Day (Monday-Thursday) includes daily classes, lunch & snacks
$450/Week includes watching a professional show (EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Family Friendly Improv Off-Broadway) and performance showcase on Friday at 2pm.
$850/Two Weeks (Register for more, save more)
Check out recent article in THE TIMES, London, regarding our classes for kids. Click here for full article
Due to the popular demand of our Holiday day camp sessions this past December, we have added a full week of camp to coincide with the NYC Schools Winter Holiday Break. CLICK HERE to register for Monday February 17 or the full week. Scroll below to learn more about what each day and week looks like.
Monday February 17 2020
CLICK HERE to register for Monday February 17 or the full week
8:45am we don’t start until 9:30am, but we have at least one adult on campus for early drop offs. The microphones are on for students to play with stand up comedy ideas.
9:30am Camp officially begins with a brief morning meeting, role call and explanation of what to expect for the day. Students due a brief brainstorm exercise to help prepare for both stand up and Improv comedy. Great comedy, and all art, starts with what we know.
9:45a Morning warm ups. We play a series of games that focus the individual and team. We wake up our vocal and physical bodies to perform. We prepare our mind to be creative as well as receive ideas from teammates.
10am Technique Games. We play a game or two that teaches a technique in Improv comedy. YES AND, starting a scene, making simple choices in WHO, WHERE WHAT, pantomime, etc
10:30 Performance Games. Everyday we work on two specific games that could be performed in a show. Our more experience students – AKA TEENTERNS – will take turns as MC/Host, learning how to teach and present the games to audiences.
11:30 Stand Up comedy Open Mic and lunch. At some point we take a full 30 minute break for lunch. Before and after students take turns on stage. On Monday, simply take one if your ideas from the morning brainstorm. Simply tell us what happened, sort of like what you might do at school lunch, sharing stories with friends. Over the course of the week we will craft these stories into original comedy routines.
1pm Afternoon Improv Comedy. After a brief warm up we will work on another performance game.
2pm Improv game review. Play games from the day and popular games loved by our students (that include all on the team)
3pm Watch a professional performance of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, featuring teachers and counselors from camp and other pros from stage and screen. Tickets normally $25pp plus a one drink minimum. We invite campers and their families to joins us. Free tickets for all, just purchase a beverage (included for camper). Not attending camp? CLICK HERE for tickets
Show is over by 4:15. This is also dismissal time, however we will have an adult on hand until 5:15 as needed for late pick ups.
CLICK HERE to register for Monday February 17 or the full week $125/day includes all of the above – and yes we provide lunch and snacks. Monday is usually Pizza Day. We also get salad and additional healthy veggie options. Or pay $450 for the full week. See below for more of the week.
Tuesday thru Thursday
Similar to Monday, we offer 8:45 drop offs. 9:30-11:30 Morning improv session, 11:30-1:00 lunch and open mic (Stand up comedy). 1pm Afternoon Improv Session
The biggest difference is the 3pm fun hour. Our TEENTERNS take over and run one of their fave group bonding games. For many campers this is their favorite times of the week.
Fridays are all about putting on a show. We do not allow day-only drop in for Fridays as we really need campers all week to be effective on Friday.
8:45 early drop offs
9:30 warm ups
9:45 dress rehearsal – run a mock show, practicing stand up comedy and improv comedy intended for afternoon show. The focus is on presenting with focused transitions.
11:30 Notes – teachers share their take on what works and what needs some focus before final show
Lunch break and free time
1:30 house opens to public (family and friends). Campers gather for one more quick focus session.
2pm SHOWTIME please invite the world so the campers have a great audience. We video the show and share, unlisted, on YouTube so you can share with friends and family not in attendance.
EVERY SATURDAY at 10am during Winter, Spring and Fall we invite teens to join us for weekly classes. Just $40 to drop in, almost every session includes open mic time to work stand up comedy routines plus 75-90 minutes of Improv Comedy. Register for full sessions and you will perform on our showcases for friends and family. Our more experienced performers also perform the monthly showcases listed above (Class Clowns)
Click Here for calendar of classes. Click on date/times and complete registration
Congrats to all nine of our students that performed on April 14, 2019 at Caroline’s on Broadway. We are so proud of all the performers. Last year Judah won 2nd place and has since performed at the Hollywood Improv and visited SNL backstage with Kenan Thompson. This year our student, Carolyn, won the day. There were 16 competitors selected to perform. Eight were from our camps and classes. Judah and other winners for last year from LA, Atlanta and Chicago headlined the show.
Carolyn White has some thoughts about how New York City shops come up with their names.
“Like the clothing store on the East Side, A Second Chance. That basically means your style failed the first time,” said the 12-year-old. “Or what about Drug Loft? That totally doesn’t stir up suspicion.”
The Upper West Sider was named the funniest kid in the country last Sunday, at Kenan Thompson’s Ultimate Comedy Experience — a stand-up competition for kids ages 8 to 18.
Carolyn came to us for the last week of camp in 2018. She has since attended just about every classes since (weekly sessions the past fall, winter and spring) as well as all bonus sessions and quite a few professional shows at the club.
She is all in!
While we do not advertise our camp as a place to become a professional comic – we focus on having fun and teaching invaluable life skills – Carolyn joins a growing list of students turning towards acing and comedy as a career choice.
A number of former teens students have become interns and professional members of our company.
Now in college, Steven Prestia has been with us since 13yo, attending many classes and camp sessions. During the summer Steven performs with the professional Improv company of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA Improv 4 Kids) and is returning as a camp counselor. Steven can be found year round performing on the comedy stages of Long Island.
Brandon Ford was our student from a high school program in Queens. Upon graduation Brandon became an intern and eventually a full time cast member. Now Brandon is launching a music career, working with a producer to release original songs. Brandon still appears with the professional cast.
We have many teens in a scholarship program this summer. Many of these teens will potentially be invited to join the company upon graduation as interns.
EMAIL for more information on public classes as well as bringing these programs to our school, camp, community center.
FALL CLASSES START THIS WEEKEND Comedy 4 Kids Teens NYC Long Island
Improv and Stand-Up Comedy helps 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, 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.
Below are our four sections offered for Fall 2018. If you are unable to attend one week, we do allow you to drop by other classes to make up and we offer bonus classes FREE to all signed up for full sessions.
Sunday 6pmComedy 4 Teens Long Island 13-17 Sunday 6pmComedy 4 Kids Long Island 8-12 Teachers: Evan Schultz, Steven Prestia, Brandon Ford, Walt Frasier TUITION: $250 for 8 weeks, $40 to drop in LOCATION: ACTS CAFE 610 Carmans Road, South Farmingdale, NY First Class: September 9 includes pizza and a mini show by the professional teaching staff. The show will demonstrate some popular Improv games. Students and their families are invited to the 7pm show. Pizza will be served at 6:45. SHOWCASE: October 28th 5:45 call, 7pm Showcase
BONUS CLASS: November 4th will also include 7pm professional show and pizza FREE for students and families registered for full session
Saturday 10amComedy 4 Teens Times Square 13-17 Saturday 12pmComedy 4 Kids Times Square 8-12 Teachers: Ivana Mendez, Sam Van Wyk, Walt Frasier TUITION: $250 for 8 weeks, $40 to drop in LOCATION: Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY First Class: September 8 SHOWCASE: October 27 Showcases BONUS CLASSES: November 3, 10, 17