ONLINE PROGRAMS for SCHOOLS Fall 2020 #improvcomedy #afterschool #onlinceclasses #NYC

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.

STAND UP COMEDY Unit

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.
Daily Writing Prompts Brainstorm Ideas Brainstorm Details Find the Funny Outline Routine

FOR ALL OF OUR CLASSES

  • Rule #1 HAVE FUN but never at another’s expense!
  • Great for both beginners and experienced performers!!!!
  • HOMEWORK
    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.
  • HOMEWORK
    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.

ONLINE Comedy Classes 4 Kids & Teens

Are your kids stuck at home? Are they bored with little to do? We have created an online version of our Times Square comedy classes to help fill a void for both our students and teaching artists.

Use links to sign up for your first online class time. We will immediately work out a schedule for your class and private coaching times. You can complete the entire session in a week OR over the course of a month. During this time of chaos we are providing almost daily sessions where kids & teens can join a chat group with our moderator.

Tuition includes

  • UNLIMITED use of online resources – videos, study guides and blogs
  • FOUR online class coaching sessions hosted on ZOOM (40-minutes each).
  • FOUR online private coaching sessions (10-minute each)
  • We welcome you to create your own online videos on your finished work for various social media platforms. We will share them on our network. Simply send us a link.
  • When the plague subsides, we will invite students to our public showcases in New York City, where we will resume weekly classes and comedy camps.

Develop creative writing and performance skills while discovering your inner comedic genius!

INTRODUCTION

START by watching our introduction video. We recommend start keeping a journal of your comedy writing process. We will have a series of worksheets and study guides but keeping everything in one composition book makes it harder to lose your work.

RULE #1 HAVE FUN!!!

HOMEWORK

  1. Observe your world. EVERYTHING you need to be a comic is right in front of you. Material for stand-up comedy is everywhere. (As you will learn in the next section)
  2. Journal what you observe.
  3. SMILE – start every day with a smile. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS on making you life a better place to live)

CLASS ONE: Brainstorming Ideas

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Ideas” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

Complete the worksheet, brainstorming ideas based on the prompt. There is no wrong. Never edit. Never judge while you brainstorm. Just “vomit” idea onto the paper.

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #1 
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain. Review your notes before starting grup session.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #1
This will be your first online open mic session for this course. The other students may be doing their first session, their second or their 100th. When it is your turn just focus on your work. You will have 2-3 minutes to share your ideas. At this stage of the game, just read off some of the things on your list. If you want, you can tell us a bit about what happened. Don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE. There will be some minimal feedback. When it is another comic’s turn, be a great audience. Learn from each other. Be supportive of each other. Remember, Comics are never allowed to be hecklers (This is a small community. Don’t burn bridges at your first class lol)

E. Journal the experience of class one brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS TWO: Brainstorming Details

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Details” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

 

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #2
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain and start to formulate an actual routine out of this new information.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #2
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time. Again, don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE your story. LISTEN to yourself.

E. Journal the experience of class two brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS THREE: Add the Funny and Outline your Routine

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT FIND THE FUNNY
B. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT OUTLINE YOUR ROUTINE

C. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

VIDEO COMING SOON

D. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #3
Using the FIND THE FUNNY worksheet brainstorm ways to build up some laughs in your routine. Use the OUTLINE YOUR WORK worksheet to organize your thoughts. Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your process and pick your brain beyond where the video leaves off.

E. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #3
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

F. Journal the experience of class three process and performance. Start to analyze the good the bad and the ugly. What got a laugh? What got a snicker? What was a total waste of time? When we brainstorm we never worry about what is good. NOW we start to be more picky about what makes it to the next step.

CLASS FOUR: SHOWTIME?

ALMOST. At this point think about those words on a shampoo bottle.
WASH – RINSE – REPEAT

A. Go back to CLASS THREE worksheets. From now on, EVERY TIME you get on stage with this same material, the goal is to make it even FUNNIER. How can you improve the material? How can you improve your presentation of the material?

B. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #4
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. Before the next group session, re-outline your routine with the changes.

C. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #4
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

SHOWTIME

The primary class is over. If your time permits and we have space, we invite you to join additional online sessions during your planned class time. Or sign up for another session and let’s create new material together. A professional stand-up comic does the above routine EVERY week.

At the time this is written, you may not have a way to perform live. Schools are closed. Clubs are closed. When things get back to normal we invite you to join us in Times Square for a show. If not in/near New York City, find a talent show at school or local theater/club that hosts showcases for students your age.

Either way, and for now, we recommend shooting a video of your work. Post it on youtube, IGTV, TIKTOK (if under a minute), Twitter (if under two minutes) etc.

Send us a link and we will share in our network.