IMPROV 4 KIDS – New York Shows & Classes

Since 2004 the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy (AKA LMAO Off Broadway, Improv 4 Kids) has presented 5000+ professional shows for families and K-12 student audiences in Times Square and touring nationwide. Now the troupe has shows and classes for kids, teens and families in Times Square, Greenwich Village and Long Island.

Improv 4 Kids shows, most Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, resemble the TV show WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY with a touch of Nickelodeon and Disney. Big characters and funny stories alternate original songs, all improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions. But the most popular aspect of these shows is the use of audience volunteers. For at least 3-4 games, the cast invite kids, teens and adults on stage to help more directly steer the comedy path. Bring your camera (video OK too) to catch your future stars on stage with the professionals.
Many families have had their special events with Improv 4 Kids. Whether utilizing group rates at public shows or booking a private show, Improv 4 Kids is perfect for birthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, family reunions and more. The club features a beer & wine beverage menu and lighter fare, as well as number catering options for private events. But the most popular is the NY PIZZA IMPROV COMEDY PARTY. Kids of all ages love a soda and a slice with some interactive comedy.
Improv 4 Kids is very proud of its extensive educational outreach program. The company hosts student groups from around the world, as well as touring schools, camps and community centers nationwide. Improv is a fun way to teach creativity (writing and critical thinking), community (team, respect, listening, focus, eye contact) and leadership skills (public speaking, self confidence). Schools pair the shows and workshops with cultural arts programming (Music, Theater), Language Arts (Story telling, Presentation Skills) and Character Building (Leadership, Community, Social Emotional Learning, Anti Bully). Some schools just have the group in for a fun PTA night. Improv 4 Kids artists teach weekly for a number of area after school programs.
The troupe was even hired by the Ohio National Guard to help kids cope with deployed parents. Many weekend warriors meet their spouses in service. So when the Iraq and Afghanistan wars commenced, many kids found themselves with a parent gone for years at a time. One leaving soon after the other returned home, In 2006 our team worked with dozen of military kids, using Improv to help open up about feelings. The final presentation brought the general to tears.
While that is the extreme case, Improv has been very powerful to bring 1000s of students over the years to be more confident in participating in class. By overcoming fear of public speaking and developing stronger skills in focus and listening,  these students start to engage. They absorb information and become free thinkers. Students no longer memorize and regurgitate for tests, they actually learn in all subjects.


Improv 4 Kids students at Broadway Comedy Club, Wisconsin High School, Springfield Gardens (with Eddie brill, Mario Cantone) and Ohio National Guard.

At the request of many fans, a public class program was developed in 2011. With just 3 full time students that first session in 2011, the program now boasts well over 100 each season with public classes in Times Square, Greenwich Village and Long Island. Classes for kids and teens combine Improv and Stand-Up comedy, increasing the creative writing development process and teaching an even wider variety of skills. Improv 4 Kids hosts weekly sessions every Winter, Spring and Fall and 4-6 weeks of summer day camp.
The class programs have been so successful that Improv 4 Kids’ students are getting attention from around the industry. The producers launched their own online show THE COMEDY KIDS this year, featuring kids and teens performing Improv comedy in front of a live studio audience. Another producer is pitching a TV show around town with students performing Stand-Up Comedy. Meanwhile many of the student have been invited by America’s Got Talent producers for private auditions.
One of those students, Ethan Harkavy, recently appeared on Netflix’s Master of None (Season 2, Episode 3 Religion). Ethan has been attending Improv 4 Kids shows with his family since 2009 and was one of the first students registered in 2011. Another student from that first 2011 class, Steven Prestia, is now 18 and working part time with the company performing at many outreach shows and team teaching while attending SUNY Stony Brook.

13yo Ethan Harkavy on Netflix’s “Master of None” (Season 2, Episode 3 “Religion” 2017)

Laurice Fattal (producer) and Walt Frasier (Artistic Director) are dedicated to providing quality family entertainment and delivering powerful educational programs to students.
Check out more about Improv 4 Kids programs at their website, facebook, twitter and instagram.
Improv Theater LLC
c/o Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

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