PLAY and STORY are two of the most effective ways to teach new skills. Improv at its core is playing games and telling stories. In addition to entertaining corporate teams, college & university campuses and K12 schools, we use the power of “YES! And…” to teach team, leadership, sales and customer service. But most importantly we deliver much needed laughter to bring your community together!
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After 18 years in Times Square, NYC, and touring nationwide, with long runs Off-Broadway, top Comedy Clubs, and private events EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents Interactive Musical Comedy now streamed live around the world, improvised based on your suggestions and participation.
“YES! And…” Takes Us to the Learning Zone
Psychological Safety is the #1 determining factor in team success, according to 2015 findings of Project Aristotle, the four year study into teams by Google. Balanced with Performance Drive we enter the learning zone.
Our #1 rule: HAVE FUN! But NEVER at another’s expense.
Building psychological safety in your team directly leads to productivity. Psychological safety paired with performance drive also makes you a better leader, a better sales person and better at customer service.
- “YES!” produces psychological safety. We agree and support our team.
- “And…” is performance pressure. We need to carry our weight and contribute to the team
Together there is nothing we can’t achieve.
At EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, we believe once you take our classes and see our shows, you become part of our family. We want you to take our message of embracing the power of “YES! And…” for all to your work, home and community.
Improv Teaches Presentation Skills
Improv teaches presentation skills in two ways.
- Public Speaking Techniques
- Story Telling Techniques
The first perhaps is more obvious. Improv is 100% performance on day one. Every warm-up game and technique exercise is applying public speaking skills. We grow confident just by doing. We learn to consistently energy our voice, using appropriate projection and diction. We learn very early that something funny is not funny unless it is heard and understood.
Less obvious maybe the story telling skills. When you make a presentation, using story will help you persuade your audience. Whether leading a team in a new direction, making a sales pitch, or appeasing a disgruntle client/customer, story will shape information. When you merely present a set of facts, individuals will interpret their own directions.
Story also engages the audience. The more details you give the more clearly the audience will see your intended message. Improv teaches us to shape our stories with emotion and conviction.
Improv Teaches Critical Thinking
Humor and creativity work in similar ways. By creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.
Humor guru, William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University
Simply playing improv comedy games builds a better brain. Akin to playing word games and SuDoku to sharpen your focus, Improv is problem solving. Two or more play together to create story form scratch.
Improv teaches to think out of the box. By letting go of how we think a thing should be, we are able to discover its true nature. We open up to new possibility. We discover new pathways. We learn to solve problems anew.
We become open to others ideas and interpretations on a subject.
Improv Delivers Much Needed Laughter
In many cases, the laughter supersedes all other benefits. Bringing laughter to a classroom improves test scores, according to research at Johns Hopkins. Laughter increases cardio pulmonary function, getting more oxygen to the brain. Laughter creates community, while reducing stress, depression and blood pressure. The laughter alone increases individual and team health. Laughter tears down walls of resentment, replacing with strong bonds of trust.
Laughter and Joy will make your team work together better, will make folks follow your leadership, make your students listen to your teachings, buy your products, and accept your customer service efforts.
NOW MORE THAN EVER you need to bring laughter to your work, school, home and community. We do this with shows and classes.
Make the World Smile
Did you do your homework today? Walt Frasier gives all of his students the following two assignments.
- Observe & experience your world. Then journal it. Every thing you need to inspire characters and story is all around you everywhere you go. Participate in life. This is true of the arts and every discipline.
- Start every day with a smile. When folks make you happy, you smile. You can make yourself feel great starting with a smile. Change your story. Become someone who LOVES Mondays, going to school, going to work. Want the world to smile at your LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Ignore that one that judges you. They will judge you no matter how happy or miserable you are because they are miserable. (If you are reading this and this describes you, STOP JUDGING AND JOIN THE PARTY!). Make yourself feel GREAT by stretching the face with a smile. Squeeze out the happy juices. You can reduce pain and stiffness, open up your sinuses for better pubic speaking, help drain out the gross allergy build up. CHANGE YOUR LIFE by CHANGING YOUR STORY. START with a SMILE!!!
Improv Comedy for Corporate Teams
Corporate clients include JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Twitter, BING/Microsoft, BAML, Home Depot, Ernst & Young, Louis Vuitton, Coach, UBS, BDO, AMEX, Master Card, Datadog, NY Life, Accenture,
Macy’s, 360i, IBM, GM, KRAFT, UNILEAVER, HBO, and 100s more… CLICK HERE to read our philosophy behind using Improv to teach team building
Improv Comedy at Colleges & Universities
The show has played big stages at Montclaire State University, Bloomberg, High Point University, Williams College, Lynchburg College, and Hastings College. Charter House and smaller Greek events at Princeton, University of Maryland and Georgetown. The show has played numerous orientation and preview week shows at Pace and a hug hit at smaller lounges and snack bars and meeting rooms (<200ppl) at Vaughn, College Misericordia, University of Vermont, Mount Ida College and Stone Hill University.
Improv Comedy at Schools
K12 Educational Outreach and Family events include 100s of birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, reunions, plus 100s of NYC DOE School (Vendor for 10+ years), JCC, YMCA, day and overnight camps, etc. We host field trips and events at our Times Square theater as well as touring schools, camps, community centers and family events.