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America's Best Comedy Clubs: Improv Asylum

Ken Kotch

Improv Asylum, Boston

Located in the basement of a CVS Pharmacy in the North End, the Improv Asylum is classic Boston—sarcastic, off-the-cuff, raw comedy. Locals Paul D’Amato, Chet Harding, and Norm Laviolette, who got their start as an improv troupe at the Hard Rock Café, took a chance on the idea that a Second City–style venue had a place in Beantown. They opened the Asylum in 1998, and it’s proven to be a hit, offering both live improv and sketch comedy with a consistently talented cast. improvasylum.com

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