View of the Improv Asylum from Hanover Street.
|Address||216 Hanover Street|
Improv Asylum is an improvisational comedy theater in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1998 by Paul D'Amato, Norm Laviolette, and Chet Harding. The theater produces multiple shows per week including its critically acclaimed mainstage show. The mainstage show is a blend of both sketch comedy and improvised scenes.
In December, Improv Asylum hosts "No Rest for the Wicked Funny," a 24-hour charity show for Globe Santa, a fund to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children.
In the spring of 2010, Improv Asylum produced "You're a Good Man, Scott Brown," an original musical satirizing the United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2010. Written and directed by Jeremy Brothers, the show garnered the attention of Senator Scott Brown and his wife, WCVB reporter Gail Huff who both attended the performance on March 31st, 2010.
In addition to the theater in the North End, the Improv Asylum has also held shows in New York City and Los Angeles. The Asylum also offers a training center where students can learn the art of improvisation.