The Manhattan Comedy School's teambuilding workshop will benefit your company or college in several ways.
We will introduce the most fundamental basic rule of all Improv which is “Yes And”. We will then take that rule even further and teach everyone how to over accept an idea. That will be one of the most important rules that they will learn. Your associates will learn that any idea is fantastic and exciting no matter how ridiculous it sounds. In fact they will enthusiastically over accept it and justify it completely. They will then believe and support it a %100 “offer…accept…offer…accept…offer…accept etc.” The idea of over acceptance is not only ridiculously fun; it creates a safe environment where people feel free to share their ideas. It's all about inclusion, and valuing everyone's input.
Your associates will be learning critical thinking, trust, thinking outside out the box, brainstorming and of course team work.
We will divide the group into five sections.
Each section will have between 12 and 15 people.
There will be two teachers per section. This will enable the teachers to perform two important exercises. The first one will be a simple traditional “Yes And…” exercise. The Second exercise they will perform will be called “Denial”, which is a very informative and funny exercise where they will break every rule of improv.
We will start with some easy warm up games and exercises. We will then progress to four or five well known improv games that will be the main keystone of the workshop.
Yes with advancement- The golden rule of improv is over accept and justify
TV commercial- name of product, logo, slogan, celebrity spokesperson and jingle
Presents- Excitedly and energetically over accepting presents
That's preposterous- Building on outrageous ideas
Even though everyone will be having a lot of fun, they will also be learning valuable skills such as listening, cooperating with co-workers and leaving your ego at the door. In improv we treat all ideas as gifts and we don't allow negativity.
Universal Rules of Improv:
Many people think that you have to come up with a funny or witty comment when doing improv.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The key rule to remember is to be in the moment and work organically and advance the scene. Trying to be funny is the opposite of what good improv is all about. Don't try to be funny. Just listen, see, and respond.
You do not have to blurt out your first thought or idea when doing improv. You can take a moment to make an intelligent choice. In fact many improv scenes have dramatic pauses.
Never deny, never say no and never ask questions.
You don't have to be the center of attention. You take a back seat in the scene
Don't go for the laugh or the wacky, go for the organic responses.
Lastly, this workshop will not feel like work at all. It will feel like getting together with a group of friends and just playing games. Many people become addicted to improv.
Extra benefits for hiring MCS
I will give a complimentary ticket for two to see selected weekend shows at Gotham Comedy Club to each associate. The value of each ticket is $50.
Some of my instructor's credits include: UCB, Second City, HBO and Comedy Central half hour specials, Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The View, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Services we offer...
- Comedians for private and corporate events
- Humorous speakers
- Entire comedy programs (for resorts, country clubs, etc.)
Our number-one concern is booking the best act for your event. Unlike most of the major New York City clubs and leading talent agencies, we do not represent comics, so we don't try to push our clients on you.
Our prices are very competitive.
Former clients include:
References upon request
For more info call: 212-462-3200