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.

 

 

 

Spring Break Comedy Camp April 14-17, 2020 ages 7-17

Spring Break Comedy Camp April 14-17, 2020 ages 7-17

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

2:45 Snacks

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.

improv comedy

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

2019 Week Three cast photo

Friday 4/17

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.

fall classes

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

Monday February 17 President’s Day Comedy Camp

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.

February 17-21, 2020 at the Broadway Comedy Club, Times Square NYC

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.

From 02/02/2020 Class Clowns show featuring our top teens.

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)

2:45 Snacks

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

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.

Dismissal after showtime

Comedy camp
The Dating Game, Summer Camp 2019

Sad Kitty Blues

From the Class Clowns show November 2019

Teens  perform original Improv and Stand-up Comedy in Times Square NYC

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Sunday 3pm Jan 12, Feb 2, March 1

Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd St, NYC 10019
GET TICKETS
$5 cover (Cash only at the door) One drink minimum per guest

Follow and watch the videos of Class Clowns performing live on
INSTAGRAM

YOUTUBE

Dec 7 see our students perform with Kenan Thompson

 

Want to perform?

Most of these performers take classes
at the Broadway Comedy Club.
If you are interested in performing,
register for a class OR
EMAIL a video clip and bio.

Take a Class

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

Comedy Kids
http://www.thecomedykids.com/

FALL CLASSES START THIS WEEKEND Comedy 4 Kids Teens NYC Long Island

FALL CLASSES Start September 8, 9 2018
QUICK LINKS for REGISTRATION
Saturday 10am Comedy 4 Teens Times Square
Saturday 12pm Comedy 4 Kids Times Square
Sunday 6pm Comedy 4 Teens Long Island
Sunday 6pm Comedy 4 Kids Long Island

EMAIL for more information on public classes as well as bringing these programs to our school, camp, community center.

fall classes
Fall Classes start September 8, 9, 2018

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 6pm Comedy 4 Teens Long Island 13-17
Sunday 6pm Comedy 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 10am Comedy 4 Teens Times Square 13-17
Saturday 12pm Comedy 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