AUGUST EVENTS – TIMES SQUARE – NEW YORK COMEDY

AUGUST EVENTS – TIMES SQUARE – NEW YORK

TUESDAYS 7pm LMAO ALL STARS
Hilarious interactive musical comedy based on audience suggestions and participation. Perfect for after work party.  PG-13 rated comedy, these shows are corporate team friendly. Adult material that will not offend anyone in the crowd.
August 7, 14, 21, 28

SATURDAYS / SUNDAYS 3pm LIVE from TIMES SQUARE 
Weekend matinees are all ages friendly. PG rated comedy. $25 plus 1 drink minimum

AUGUST SPECIALS
SPECIAL #1 – Groups of ten or more, get a FREE mini workshop before show
SPECIAL #2 – Book full show for private event for just $800 (minimum 2 weeks notice). Bring up to 100 guests. Two drink minimum ala carte or we can do a catering special as well. HAPPY HOUR EVENT MENU $35pp plus tax/tip includes drinks and mini buffet of sliders, wings, fries, assorted crackers, chips and dips (hummus, guacamole, salsa etc). Optional FREE Workshop included for groups up to 30ppl.

PUBLIC CLASSES RETURN SEPTEMBER

COFFEE DONUTS AND IMPROV
Join us Saturday mornings, September 8, 15, 22, 29, for fun and powerful edutainment session of games and networking with other professionals. Conquer stage freight. Strengthen public speaking. Develop stronger self confidence in all situations. But most importantly LAUGH and have fun!
9:45 am Coffee and Donuts served (Cocktail hour for Saturday AM)
10am-11:30am Play Improv Games
11:30-12pm Anything goes

MONDAY HAPPY HOUR IMPROV MEET & GREET
Mondays 6-8pm starting September 24, join us for fun games and light refreshments. Tuition includes snacks and bottled water. NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASE REQUIRED but Happy Hour specials and more avail at the bar.

STAND-UP COMEDY IN TIMES SQUARE

Prefer stand-up comedy, the Broadway Comedy Club presents a lineup full of  Top Headliners. These are the best comedians from New York City with special guests from all across the country. You’ve seen them on MTV, HBO, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, The Daily Show, Last Comic Standing and more! $25 plus 2 drink minimum.

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AUGUST EVENTS – TIMES SQUARE – NEW YORK

The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers high energy fast paced musical comedy revue improvised based on your suggestions and participation. The host warms-up the crowd as he/she introduces how the show will work. After a quick song, the first audience volunteers are invited on stage.

Join us after work. Buy tickets individually or take advantage of groups specials and private event packages.

The Broadway Comedy Club features 2 theaters and a small class room for shows and workshops. Close to both Times Square and Columbus Circle it is convenient for most teams. In addition to in house catering options (mostly bar food) we work with a number of top local restaurants and catering companies to deliver the best menus for your team’s tastes and budget needs. We have catered everything from NYC Pizza to 5-course tasting menus and every thing in between. We even had a ice sculpture filled with shrimp cocktail for 2007 Morgan Stanley Party. We are only limited by your imagination and group needs.

New York Improv

The New York team is home based at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street (Close to Times Square and Columbus Circle Subways) and offers a variety of options for shows, workshops and catering. This team currently services events in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston MA and as far east as Pittsburgh PA on a regular basis. In the past 15 years, clients include teams from JP Morgan Chase, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Master Card, American Express, NYC Schools (DOE VENDOR), Microsoft/BING, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Home Depot, Enrst & Young, GM, KRAFT, UBS, UNILEAVER and 100s more smaller/local firms.

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HAPPY HOUR Corporate Comedy Team Building

HAPPY HOUR Corporate Comedy Team Building is our most popular option, this perfect nugget fits after any work day or training session. Times are flexible but here is the typical program. This program is very economical for teams of any size that need to unwind without a major commit in time or budget. Even better we have recently reduced our minimums to allow more groups to participate. EMAIL to discuss fees, dates and other booking options.

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Happy Hour Workshops at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, NYC 10019

HAPPY HOUR

5:30pm COCKTAIL 1/2 HOUR
(We will have the bar open by 5pm for early guests)

Happy Hour starts with drinks and snacks. Many would say this is enough to call dinner, or a perfect hold over to a bigger feast. Platters of sliders, wings, fries, chips and dips (hummus, guacamole, queso, salsa etc). We always include vegetarian and gluten free options.  Every guest gets 2 drink tickets (open bar and other options available).  Food & Drink service continues through out the event.

Corporate Comedy
2017 Workshop for Microsoft, Bing Executive Accounts Sales Division

6:00 pm WORKSHOP
The team, under the direction of our teaching artists, plays a series of games. Our Rule #1 – HAVE FUN but never any anyone else’s expense. Rule #1 in Improv “YES! And…” is all about accepting your team and their contributions then adding on with details that forward the story and while supporting everything our team has offered. While playing these games the team begins to relax and have fun. We encourage the entire team communicate clearly their offers. Everyone engages is in listening to the team. Listening is define as “a willingness to change” based on what is heard. Together we create original stories and scenes. Through out we include tie ins to psychological safety and other corporate team concepts. But we truly achieve psychological safety simply by laughing together and supporting each other in the games.  We let down our walls of insecurity and ego. We build strong bonds of trust. We also teach how to use these games every day to bring laughter into the office and start the day/meetings with smiles.

7pm LAST CALL 
Have one more beverage and snacks as we wrap the evening.

7:15 Optional Improv Comedy Show
Finish the evening by watching the pros play. You can still play too. The entire shows is improvised based on your suggestions. And we invite many on stage to play with us in games. For larger groups (30+) this will be a private show. For smaller groups, you will have VIP seating stage side OR pay a small extra fee to shut the show down for private session.  Guests can continue to order drinks ala carte if they have used all their drink tickets, or we can work out a 3-hour open bar package.

THE HAPPY HOUR DEAL***

We have lowered our minimum commitment from 20ppl to 10ppl, to allow smaller groups to participate in this amazing deal!

$850 flat up to 10ppl
$75/additional guest
Includes a 2-hour private event, 1-hour workshop with our teaching artist, and happy hour menu catering – sliders, wings, fries, chips and dips (guacamole,  and 2 drink tickets/guest good for beer, wine and mixed drinks (plenty of non alcoholic options as well). All taxes and gratuities included.

FREE TICKET TO A COMEDY SHOW
We will give each guest two free tickets $50-60 value) to come back and see a show. If you redeem these right away for the 7:15 Improv, NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE (Additional drinks ala carte optional). If the tickets are used in the future the club imposes a 2-drink minimum.

PASTA & SALAD
Add $10pp additional we will add Primavera Pasta (Fresh Garden Vegatables w/garlic & oil) and  Mixed Greens Salad. Both offer some additional healthy and vegetarian choices, turning the happy hour menu in a full dinner.

CHICKEN MARSALA
Add $10pp for a a tray of Chick Marsala – Sauteed Chicken Cutlets and Mushrooms in a wine sauce.

CATERING CATERED TO YOU
We work with a number of local restaurants to cater the best for any taste/budget. Let us know your dream menu and/or budget caps and we can design the perfect evening for you and your team.

EMAIL to discuss fees, dates and other booking options. We can customize this package to fit your budget, schedule and tastes. The above reflects our most popular options but we can upgrade menus to suit your tastes, or shave off some perks to meet your budget constraints. We try to offer the greatest flexibility possible to meet your team’s needs.

happy hour

The New York team is home based at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street (Close to Times Square and Columbus Circle Subways) and offers a variety of options for shows, workshops and catering. This team currently services events in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston MA and as far east as Pittsburgh PA on a regular basis. In the past 15 years, clients include teams from JP Morgan Chase, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Master Card, American Express, NYC Schools (DOE VENDOR), Microsoft/BING, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Home Depot, Enrst & Young, GM, KRAFT, UBS, UNILEAVER and 100s more smaller/local firms.

CORPORATE COMEDY of AMERICA

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY + PERFORMANCE DRIVE = “YES! AND…” IMPROV

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY +
PERFORMANCE DRIVE =
“YES! AND…” IMPROV
by Walt Frasier

In 2015, Google released the findings of Project Aristotle, its four year study into what makes a great team. They expected to find the perfect completed puzzle with each piece serving its function – techy plus artsy plus sales whiz plus service plus manager = the perfect team, right?

WRONG!

The number one determining factor behind team success turned out to be a simple concept called psychological safety. If everyone on that team feels safe to contribute, enjoys coming to work and is engaged in the success of the team, that team works.

psychological safety

Think Basketball! In 2018 Labron James, possibly one of the greatest players of all time, was not enough to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers all the way to the finish line, losing in the finals to the Warriors.

The Yankees won a lot of games with killer teams around the turn of the century, but then lost big when they traded for big name stars in the middle of the last decade.

Superstars do not make a team. Teams succeed when every one on that teams feels value.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY v PERFORMANCE DRIVE

The key to success, however,  is more than everyone just being nice. A great team needs to deliver results.

Some teams have neither safe spaces or drive. When I see the chart above, I think of Jon Lovitz in the movie, BIG. Jon’s character I think encapsulates a huge problem in work places around the world when he says “Hey, you’remaking us look bad.” We just do the bare minimums to meet quotas not get noticed. Too many just want to keep their job. They fear standing out because that might get them fired. The fear being the victim of office politics and bullies. They keep their head down. They have no stake in the game. They only feel safe when they hide in their corner or cubby hole, and they have zero drive or incentive to do better.

Jon Lovitz’s character is the epitome of THE APATHY ZONE.

Some offices are super fun to work but no one and nothing drives the team forward. They may get buy with status quo but their is probably zero growth and nothing exciting for the future.

This team is in the comfort zone.  It is similar to the Apathy Zone with a few more smiles. Casual Friday anyone?

The opposite is the HIGH ANXIETY ZONE. A lot of teams have that project manager that is so focused on results he/she forgets his team is human, not robots. The stress level is high. When things go south, heads roll. This team may have results but no one is having fun. FUN IS NOT NEEDED HERE. This leads to burn out and lots of illness. This inspires office politics of the worst kind.

But the team that finds balance between performance drive and psychological safety enters the LEARNING ZONE. In this pace of ultimate collaboration, every challenge is met as a possible. This team can do anything. Perhaps not now, but can figure it out, together.

Improv Comedy is the best way to find this perfect balance….

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY + PERFORMANCE DRIVE = “YES! AND…” IMPROV

In Improv Comedy, “YES!” is all about accepting your colleagues and their contributions to the team.  “YES” is Psychological Safety! As we play Improv games we are all equals, regardless of age, experience, race, creed, personality etc.  We create a safe space and level playing field for all to play. We accept our colleagues 100% as is.  EVERYTHING they say and do. We do not judge. We do not fear.

“AND…” is all about contributing valuable work and information to the team. We are not going to let our colleagues do all the work by simply saying “YES!” We are going to take this to the next level by accepting our colleagues work and building upon with our own contributions, supporting everything that comes before our new addition.”AND…” is Performance Drive, coming  from within.

When the whole team embraces “YES! And…” we enter the learning zone together. The entire team is now personally engaged in the success of the team. This brings out the best in all of us. We leave ego and insecurity behind. We trust ourselves and our team. We now are hyper focused on team  success and its goals.  The entire team accepts and overcomes challenges together. The entire team wins.

APPLYING YES AND IN THE OFFICE

First of all, how about starting the day, every day, with a 2-3 minute Improv warm-up game.  It’s 9am. Everyone meets in the conference room, puts their coffee down on the table, and then gets silly and laughs for a few moments to play PASS the FACE or WHOOSH (Take our workshops to learn these games first hand).  Give the team a quick run down on the day’s goals and focus and send focus off ready to rock. It is 9:10 and the teams is on fire.

Now it’s time for a big meeting to start a new project. The team needs ideas. AH HA. YES AND to the rescue. THEIR ARE NO BAD IDEAS at this stage.

Most teams will just say NO to most offers. Susan has an idea. In the past Susan was told NO. Eventually Susan heard NO so many times she stopped contributing ideas altogether.

But now let’s try YES! Susan has that same idea. Bob says, that is a different way fo thinking of the problem. let’s YES AND that. The team bounces around possible scenarios stemming form this Susan idea. That idea may still not get out of the conference room but at least now the idea had a shot, and more likely, the process of YES AND… will lead to an idea inspired by Susan’s starting point.

As this next TED TALK video demonstrates, when a team does not create a safe space, lives can be put in danger.

How many ideas are left on the floor of the conference room that could have saved a team,  a company from going out of business or a life?

Change course before it is too late!
Bring your team into the Learning Zone.

Creating a Safe Space for All

A quick word for team leaders. Before you write off certain folks, think to yourself. Have you truly created a safe space to work?

I say this because I have met folks that are not too happy with themselves, their work, their home life etc. I have worked with kids, teens and corporate teams.

I have met folks that have never truly felt safe in their own skin or environments. Home, School and now work all seemed like hostile worlds without escape.

In those situations folks have two choices – fight or flight. Both extremes destroy team. But before you throw away o potential gold star employee/team mate, take a step back.

While teaching high schools kids in late 2015, a particularly troubled group, I stopped and started talking about Psychological Safety. My goal was simply to move away from bully style jokes, making everyone uncomfortable. This lead to a deeper discussion and it turns out these kids (15-18yos) did not feel safe at home, school or work. They have never know psychological safety. They have never known mental relaxation. They lived in the anxiety zone 24/7, at times in fear of their lives, never mind traditional mental, emotional and physical abuse.

But their was a change. The last 15 minutes of the class the most hardened students cracked a smile. We all laughed. We all found a safe place in that moment. For the first time these students had a glimmer of hope for a better way. Sometimes all one needs is hope to survive the worst situations.

PRESIDENT SNOW SAID IT BEST

Perhaps an absolutely horrible example – think about Hunger Games.

Even a ruthless dictatorship under President Snow recognized the power of hope being just slightly more effective than fear.

I hope you inspire hope with far better intentions than the Capitol of Panem.