IMPROV THEATER LLC - 212-568-6560 - eightimprov@gmail.com
Comedy Club
318 West 53rd St
@ 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Wheelchair Accessible!

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groups sales and private workshops for corporate
teams, colleges / universities groups and K12  
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recommend signing up for a single class. We will
prorate the full session if you wish to join.

Improv and Stand-Up Comedy help 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.
$300 for full fall session (up to 12 weeks)

Winter, Spring, Summer
$125/day (Mondays-Thursdays) includes lunch, snacks,
admission to professional shows and more.
$450/Week includes Fridays 9:30am to end of Showcase
$2400 FULL SUMMER (nine weeks in 2020)
Ages 7-17 Welcome
8:45-9:30a Early Drop offs, Morning Open Mic
9:30am Improv Class
11:30am Lunch Break (Daily Pizza, Chinese, Tacos etc)
12pm Open Mic (Stand-Up Comedy)
1pm Improv Comedy
2:45 Snack Break
3pm FRIDAY Performance Showcase(exclusive to those signed
up for full week), Other days - Watch  public show, team
bonding games, additional open mic time
5pm Late Pickup Deadline
Adults and older teens (16+) of all levels and experience
are welcome to come play. Come early and try out some
Stand-up Comedy. 30-minutes before classtime will be an
open mic for those wanting to try out some new jokes and
stories. At class time there will be 90-minutes of improv
games - a master class of warm-up, technique and
performance. On Sundays 1:30-2:15 are for Musical
Improv games. Many of our pro cast will sit in to play and
develop along side our students.
Corporate Workshops

Our workshops are great for
team building, leadership,
sales and service training.
Past Clients include JP Morgan
Chase, Coach, Twitter, HSBC,
Ernst & Young, BDO, BING,
and 100s more...
Here i the full copy from London Times article. Click HERE to read at The
Times Website

No one doubts the virtues of Spanish classes, piano lessons and the
workshops where girls learn to write computer code. But for New York
parents who fret that their children do not quite fit in at school and who
hope to turn this into a strength, there is another after-school class in a
dimly lit cellar just off Broadway.

There, on a Saturday at noon, as men carry crates of beer bottles to a
store room, a group of children aged 6 to 11 gather for instruction from an
amiable man in a black T-shirt. “The second you get off stage, think about
what worked and what didn’t,” he tells them. They should consider their
“set-ups”, he says. “What was slow? What wasn’t funny?”

This is a children’s stand-up comedy class: another sign of the steady
evolution of the art form from a fringe activity to a profession so
respectable that even Manhattan parents want their children to learn it. “My
son just started,” says Nastasia Avrutin, a young mother sitting in the hall
outside. “He’s always been the class clown. This is a terrific outlet for him
to explore that.”

Children are taught to embrace the world at Broadway Comedy Club.
Death scenes are frowned upon
Children are taught to embrace the world at Broadway Comedy Club.
Death scenes are frowned upon
I had arrived with a nine-year-old girl called Alice, the daughter of a friend.
“It’s a good place to go, even though it’s usually a comedy club for
adults,” Alice tells me on the way. I ask her about her influences, the
comedians she admires. “Jim Gaffigan,” she says. “My mum only lets me
watch him because he doesn’t swear.”

Walter Frasier, 47, the comedian who runs Improv 4 Kids, tells the class
to “observe your world” and to keep a journal. He asks them for some
recent observations. “My dad has flooded two Airbnb houses,” says the
oldest boy, who is eleven. “Not one, but two.” He pauses. “One, I get. But

“That sounds like a good routine,” Mr Frasier says. “Yeah! I’m going to
do it,” the boy replies.

They play some improvisation games. “No more killing,” Mr Frasier tells
the children during a group storytelling exercise, as they keep steering their
character towards a violent death. “Death in an improv sketch is the end of
the sketch. So try and keep death and killing out of it.”

He also has to lay down the law with a six-year-old who keeps disrupting
the class. “But it’s a comedy club,” the little boy says. “We can do
whatever we want.” “OK, so you’re a heckler, you’re not a comedian,”
Mr Frasier says. “I can’t run a class like this.”

He gets them back on track and the children perform their material.
Fathers take a bit of a beating; so do siblings. Alice does a routine about
her efforts to be a vegetarian. “Vegetarians are super annoying,” she says.
“I’m practising to be more annoying.”

Alice’s mother says that her daughter sometimes seemed “a little spacey”.
She says: “It’s been helpful for her to have this reason to be more alert to
the world.”

Doesn’t she worry, as a parent, that she could become the target?
“Completely,” she replies, and tells me about a routine that Alice does, on
how her dad worries about things that are dangerous but unlikely, like a
shark attack, while her mother panics about “things that are not dangerous
but are very, very likely, like having jam on my school blouse”.

Her mother pauses for a beat. “She does it so much better.”