Thursday, August 5, 2010

LMAO previews/reopens OFF BROADWAY

Currently in previews, L.M.A.O. Off Broadway will reopen September 3rd, 2010 at the TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTER, 669 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036. LMAO features the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Improv Comedy Troupe with professional guest artists from stage and screen. The multi-talented comedic singers create original sketch and musical comedy improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. No celebrity or politician is safe.

LMAO just completed its run at the Midtown Theater (November 25, 2009 thru August 1, 2010) where audiences enjoyed topical material on the Oil Spill, Tiger Woods, World Cup Soccer, Lindsey Lohan, Jersey Shore and so much more. If you saw LMAO in the past eight month, you can expect the same great shows in a far more savy environment. TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTER features five Vegas style theater showrooms, complete with larger stage and elegant seating area. There are no minimum purchases required, but you will enjoy the menu of salads, snack and sandwiches including possibly the best burger in NYC. The delightful staff serves ales, wines and professionally created bar drinks. Come early and enjoy dinner and drinks before the show.

L.M.A.O. Off Broadway
669 8th Ave, NY NY 10036
Previews: August 6
Reopens: September 3
Weekly Schedule
Friday 8:15pm, Saturday 8:15pm, Sunday 8pm, Monday 8:15pm

VIP Reserved Seating $50
General Admission $42
SRO $20
OR CALL: 866-811-4111
GROUP SALES: 212-568-6560
Additional Performances
Wednesday August 11, 2010 8pm
NO SHOW Labor Day

IMPROV 4 KIDS Saturday 8/14 & 9/4 @ 3pm
Tickets Just $20-35

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I am looking for ideas - well sponsors - to help bring our programs to those that need it most. EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH and IMPROV 4 KIDS already plays 200-300 shows/year, but I feel the neediest of the student population will never get to partake. So for years I have tried to find ways to allure some folks with money, either via grant OR sponsorship, to help us facilitate these lofty goals. I would love anyone out there with the money, the connections or any ideas on a next step.
What am I missing?
What can I do to sell this idea?

We use Improv comedy to inspire literacy, cultural arts education, public speaking skills and one-on-one communication skills. We disguise a classic vaudevillian variety show as modern comedy. Students of all ages love the show and have no idea we are exposing them to classical music, theater and literature. We get students excited about these classics and nuture a desire to learn. Our workshops follow up and teach students how to learn. We expect but don't teach students how to focus, listen and creatively think. These skill are experience and inspired. Carried over to the classroom, you get stduent like the world has not seen in decades. You can't teach a child that has no desire to learn. You can't feed enough information fast enough to an inspired student.

What this grant would mean for a few talented actors???
We would be able to give a few part time performers full time employment, including benifits. Operating under AGVA jurisdiction, we have a few full time contracts and numerous featured guest. These outreach shows would help fill in our calendar especially during slower months (typically Labor Day thru Thanksgiving). We are ridiculous bust the rest of the year as a company. But I envision all of our part timers with year round full time employemnt.

What can we offer a corporate sponsor???
We already have an extensive program. Any sponsor would have some sort of representation in everything we do.

What 10K could get?
TEN SHOWS donated to NYC TITLE ONE schools
TWO SHOWS at Our Times Square Theater by invite only to afterschool programs, Title Ones and other non-profit groups.
1000s of free tickets to public show donated via community centers in our neediest neighborhoods.
FREE ADMISSION to workshop series for selected individuals
A month of YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE everywhere we go....
1) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on a Broadway Marquis on 8th Ave between 42nd & 43rd Streets for 30 days. This busy corner is home to a few high end hotels, brand new office buildings with 30+ floors of employees, and Port Authority with 100s of 1000s of locals and tourists entering our city.
2) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on Large Posters inside theater complex with1000s of weekly guests enjoying theater, comedy, magic and music on our 5 stages.
3) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on 1000's of promotional materials distributed all around the city - postcards, flyers, posters etc
4) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on programs for all SGF productions (20-40 events/month)
5) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on 1000s of study guides distributed to students at all schools we perform for that month (not limited to donated venues)
6) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on all tickets
7) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on weekly eblasts and websites with links to your websites
8) "YOUR COMPANY NAME presents IMPROV 4 KIDS" on press releases you approve to all NYC area news outlets

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH is on the move!!!

EIGHTS IS NEVER ENOUGH comedy theater returns to the Times Square Arts Center (Formerly NYC Laugh Factory). All EINE fans should read the following. Have you seen any of our shows in the past eight months? Call or email for free PREVIEW tickets to check out our new venue before Sept 3rd. If you saw us before November 2009, TSAC / Laugh Factory was our home for over 2000 performances 2006-2009.

EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents LMAO Off Broadway
Interactive Musical Improv Comedy Revue
previews August 6th, 2010
opens September 3rd, 2010
Weekly Schedule: Friday 8:15, Saturday 8:15, Sunday 8, Monday 8:15
VIP TIX $50; Gen Admission $42 ***NEW LOWER PRICES
Saturdays 3pm 8/14, 9/4, 10/2, 10/16
VIP TIX $35; General Admission $20

K-12 Out Reach Program
Bring your school, camp, or family group to our shows and workshops. We offer huge group discounts to public shows and amazing deals on private programs. Our educational programs, in addition to being low-cost, high-impact cultural arts, promote literacy, public speaking, team and other communication skills. We have field trip programs seven days/week. The show tours schools, theaters, camps, military bases and libraries nationwide. With the COMEDY HALL of FAME we are  bringing artist residency programs for students and teachers directly into the NYC schools. Call 212-568-6560 or email now for dates and rates!!!

We are very excited to call the best venue in NYC home - complete with great location, sophisticated A/V support, and multiple show rooms, bars and meeting areas. EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH is the best bang for the buck. High Impact Team Building seminar, shows, happy hour parties and more. First step, get the team laughing together at one of our show. Now lets get them working together in our workshops. Finish with a great meal and you will not recognize the team you entered with. Past clients include Morgan Stanley, AMEX, UBS, UNILEVER, Johnson & Johnson, US Medicare Office and so many more. Call 212-568-6560 or email now for dates and rates!!!


EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH is once again touring US Colleges & Universities. We offer HUGE discounts to students attending our NYC show. Join the list of school that have already discovered why these are some of the hottest shows in town!! Princeton, NYU, Yeshiva, Georgetown, Stone Hill, Williams, Mirericordia, Mount Ida, Lynchburg, Roger Williams, Bloomfield, Virginia Wesleyan... Call 212-568-6560 or email now for dates and rates!!!


In addition to providing Improv and Stand-Up Comedy, we offer complete event service including 2-5 star catering for any taste and budget, holiday characters including Santa and the best rooms in NYC. When your party arrives, see your company name in lights on our Broadway Marquis. Enter into our reception area for cocktail hour where Santa and Friend spread holiday cheer. Sit down and relax with top-notch food & dining while we provide professional entertainment. Catch up with colleagues over dessert and coffees. Call 212-568-6560 or email now for dates and rates!!!

EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH comedy theater
669 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
BTWN 42nd & 43rd under large marquis

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That's Ridiculous 8/3/10

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A word to the younger generation!!!

I do not agree with the ultimate point the author of this list was trying to make, but the following is so true!!! See all at the club this weekend
1930's, 40's, 50's,
60's and 70's!!

To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979
Here's to US!!!!?

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered? with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps.... not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight.. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on… No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps? and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worm and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.

Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the l aw!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?
OK Great List! The rest of this is where I get off, so to speak!


The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us...go ahead and delete this.

For the rest of us...pass this on. 


OK - I do not argue for or against the "GOD FACTOR" I am way to ignorant to say definately "There Is NO God!" However, I hate when folks create propaganda for OR AGAINST GOD. I have admitted in recent years my doubts in a all knowing being in favor of science. Still hope they can coexist. However, if there is a GOD, I have to believe that most of the SO CALLED DEVOUT truly abuse HIS name and what HE (OR SHE) may or may not stand for. I would never speak out against GOD. Not my place. But I really detest those that judge others IN HIS NAME!!! I have met way to many jerks and evil people claiming to be spreading GOD's word. GOD is under attack, TRUE, by many fronts including science, art  and media. Perhaps some are getting desperate as they are under threat of becoming a minority. After decades - centuries - of persecuting other minotiry groups in GOD's name, perhaps they feel their power dwindling. Of course, what is the alternative? SCIENTOLOGY??? Yikes! Any religeon selling itself in Times Square like a comedy club makes me run teh other direction.


I will always live by the notion.... God created man; Man created Religeon. Individuals since the daewn of man have propped themselves up as deliverers of THE WORD OF GOD(s). Some were peaceful profits and wise men hoping to give order out of chaos. Many (most) were greedy scoundrels recognizing the power of fear to control the people. Up until the past century, fear of the elements was enough. Now we fear everything from our neighbor to strangers to terrorists to even alien attack. Killer Asteroids, Volcanos, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Tsunamis, Tornados, etc etc etc the list goes on and on. This fear gives politicians, corporations and religeons the power to prey on our fear.


Live for hope! Not in Fear!

Don't fear the unknown, celebrate it.
Don't fear your neighbor, reach out.
Don't fear getting hurt, be vulnerable.
Don't fear rejection, take chances.
Don't fear failure, learn from mistakes.


In other words LIVE!!!