Improv Comedy Troupe to Confront Anti-Bullying at NYC Schools
May 12, 2014 by Comedy News Desk
One of the greatest problems facing schools today is the community of bully behavior on campus, online and in the
community. One New York City Comedy troupe is taking their skills to the front line via shows, workshops and residencies.
Since 2002, Eight Is Never Enough Improv Comedy troupe (AKA the original Improv 4 Kids and Improv 4 Teens) has
performed over 4000 educational outreach shows at K-12 schools, camp and hosting student groups / field trips at their
Times Square Theater. As the Anti-Bully movement has gained momentum in recent years, coupled with far-too-often
tragedy reported in the news, the troupe has answered the call.
"The popularity of Improv Comedy on TV currently allows us to connect with students in a unique way" says co-founder,
Laurice Fattal. "Then we have their attention as we teach valuable team skills and self-confidence."
"These skills we teach have been known in the theater community for centuries," adds Artistic Director, Walt Frasier. "But
by calling ours selves 'Comedy' we are the cool thing to all students"
The troupe introduces the program via an interactive show similar to "Whose Line IS It Anyway". Frasier says they includes
Anti-Bully themes but avoid sounding preachy. "We get a conversation going" Says Frasier. "Many students are thinking
the same thing, but because of insecurities and outright fear, fail to share". Via Study Guides the shows alone introduce
and teach Cultural Arts (Music & Theatre), Language Arts (Story Telling, Creativity), and Character Building (Leadership).
After a show, the troupe will break into smaller groups and teach basic Improv games. "Improv is one of the funnest ways to
teach public speaking and team work," exclaims Fattal.
Overcoming basic fears (such as speaking in public) - and learning to converse in a way that builds connections ("YES!
And..." is rule #1 in Improv) - serves two purposes. Students are less likely to be effected by bully behaviors. And students
are less likely to take out their insecurities in form of bully behavior.
In a few schools, the troupe has grown to a third stage of the program. "Our residencies create leaders" says Frasier.
While the workshops teach leadership, the residency program develops these skills in a few that can help build the entire
Similarly the troupe offers professional develop for teachers. These workshops - similar to the corporate team building
offered by the troupe - brings the community together as well as show teachers how to continue the work long after the
troupe moves on to the next school.
Learn more about these and other outreach programs offer by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH at www.8improv.com. You can
catch the troupe live in Times Square weekly at the Broadway Comedy Club and touring nationwide to clubs, theaters,
college, private / corporate events.
Bully Assemblies NY Now Offering Anti-Bullying Shows for Schools Nationwide
New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/16/2013 -- Bullying is a serious problem in American schools and accounts for a large
amount of the discord, dissatisfaction and depression suffered by a growing number of school children. This adversely
affects their grades and performance and by extension their futures. Bullies also learn a culture and behavior that will
damage their ability to relate to others in later life. In order to prevent this from damaging the chances of a generation,
Bully Assemblies NY have formed to deliver bully prevention assemblies in schools, and have now opened this offer to K-
12 schools nationwide.
The anti-bully school shows have proven effective in New York schools already and has given the troupe the mandate to
extend their offer to schools around the country. The show uses a combination of storytelling, scripted exchanges,
monologues and spoken word accounts to create a vivid picture of the dangers of bullying not just for the victims but for
the bullies as well, cautioning against anti-social behavior while at the same time encouraging pro-social interactions.
The program is tailored depending on whether it is aimed at K-5 or K-6-12, allowing for the message to reach people at
different levels of maturity in relatable terms. The show uses a cast of three taking on multiple roles.
A spokesperson for Bully Assemblies NY explained, “We are opening up bookings for our show across the country
because we understand that bullying in schools is a nationwide problem and not something confined to schools in New
York. We are available for bookings from K-12 schools and will be looking to start the tour as soon as possible when we
can create a schedule that will allow us to visit the maximum number of schools.”
About Bully Assemblies NY Bully Assemblies NY are a New York City based theatre troupe dedicated to providing anti-bully
awareness and bully-prevention assembly performances for K-12 schools. Bullying is a growing epidemic among youth
today and it can negatively affect everyone involved. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. In
assembly shows, Bully Assembly NYC provides a close look into different scenarios of school-based bullying through a
combination of scripted situations, storytelling, monologues and spoken word. For more information, please visit: http: