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A division of Improv Theater LLC 212-568-6560
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Weekly Sessions Winter, Spring and Fall in Times Square plus Multiple weeks of
Summer Comedy Camp, Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv &
Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a
comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing
strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence,
respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. Our students become leaders in
their school.

Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Teens (13-17)
Saturdays 12pm
Comedy 4 Kids (8-12)
$40 to drop in any listed session via class calendar
$300 for 8-weeks includes performance showcase, bonus classes and free
tickets to our professional comedy shows (Saturdays/Sundays 3pm fun for the
whole family)

Comedy Camp
Winter Break 2/17/2020    
Spring Break 4/13/2020
Summer Camp 6/29/2020
July Dates   August Dates
$125/day includes lunch & snacks. 8:45=9:30 early drop offs (microphones on
for mini open mic), 9:30 am Morning Improv, 11:30-1pm Lunch and Open Mic
(Stand-Up Comedy), 1pm Afternoon Improv, 2:45 Snacks, 3pm Afternoon
Activity (Watch a pro show, team bonding games, etc)
$450/Week includes a performance showcase on Fridays at 2pm
$800/Two Weeks, $2400/Eight  Weeks (NINE Weeks 2020)
Monday-Thursday 9:30-4pm (8:45am Drop offs, Pick up as late as 5pm)
Fridays 9:30am - After Show Dismissal (2pm weekly)
Bring these classes to your school, camp or community center
$300/ one session in NYC or surrounding counties (one teacher up to a 2-hours)
$250/ session 2-7 sessions same semester
$200/ sessions 8 or more sessions same semester
Whether as a one off workshops or as a after/in-school residency Improv will develop
the best students. We host workshops at our theater and send teachers throughout
the tri-state area.

We offer these same workshops to help corporate groups develop team, leadership,
sales and service skills. Teachers can further use these games to these valuable life
skills to their students. Studies at John Hopkins demonstrate that laughter in the
classroom leads to higher test score. Studies at Stanford show that humor actually
builds a better brain, learning to compare two dissimilar things.

THE COMPLETE PD PACKAGE - Start with a show (or two depending on school size),
introducing Improv to the entire school. Next a workshop with teachers and staff
introducing a number of games that can be played in staff meetings and the class
room to further develop creative, community and leadership skills. Next we send our
teachers into every classroom to show teachers how to teach these games to K12
students. If time permits, we recommend a final session with teachers to follow up, play
a few games and field questions to our teaching artists. We are NYC DOE Vendors
and can make this entire package happen for $5000  (or less depending on school
size) and complete in as little as one week depending on scheduling limits.

These programs have been featured on CBS, NY POST etc.
I4K teachers used improv classes to get kids talking
about and dealing with having parents deployed to
Iraq and Afganistan
Improv Games & Warm Ups: Click  HERE to
learn about some of our favorite

Click HERE for a full study guide including a
fun word find, glossary of terms and more
basic info on the art of improvisation.

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

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 two?”

“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.”