Laugh Boston, Laugh!
Laugh Boston is the stand-up brother to Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End. Laugh Boston is owned by Chet Harding & Norm Laviolette of Improv Asylum and John Tobin of Theatre District Productions.
Laugh Boston opened the doors to its 300-seat state-of-the-art comedy theater in September of 2013. The venue features premier stand-up comedy, including a weekly show called Boston Accents, as well as national acts. Laugh Boston is located in Boston’s Seaport District in the Westin Waterfront Hotel directly across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Laugh Boston features a full bar and a light fare, quick-serve menu.
Laugh Boston has stand-up shows every Wednesday through Saturday night and is available for Group Events, Private Bookings and more!
Why open a new club?
Over the past few years, and, as theater operators and performers, the Laugh Boston ownership team noticed a dearth of stand-up venues in Boston in the mid-level range. While there are a few remaining clubs in the 100-150 capacity, there remains a gap with no mid-range club. Because of that gap, the comedy scene has suffered greatly. A good portion of national names, and certainly regional and local stars, do not have the ability to “sell” a larger theater. As a direct result of the gap in Boston’s market, the performers are forced to work in other cities and industries, such as convention appearances and cruise ships.
The guys behind it all:
A co-founder, CEO and Executive Producer of Improv Asylum, Chet has years of comedic acting, producing and directing experience as well as an extensive business background. Under the Improv Asylum banner, Chet has produced and performed in hundreds of live shows as well as several film and television projects. Prior to opening the comedy theater, he worked at Leo Burnett Advertising and Polaroid. At Polaroid, he was their Director of North American Advertising and PR for four years, overseeing the company’s national advertising, multi-million dollar media buying and planning, and PR. At Leo Burnett, he worked in New Business Development, as well as on the Kellogg’s account, including product development for new cereals.
As co-founder, President and Executive Producer of Improv Asylum, Norm brings corporate as well as military experience toward the continued development and expansion of Improv Asylum’s theatrical and business divisions.
As an actor, writer and producer, Norm has written and produced several renowned television pilots and feature scripts. He was Executive Producer of the Emmy-Nominated Improv Asylum’s Vanity Project, as well as Executive Producer of Second City Boston, the hit musical You’re A Good Man, Scott Brown and the cult classic All The Single Ladies. Prior to a career in comedy, Norm worked for a marketing firm out of New York City promoting various Microsoft product launches. He is a former member of the Massachusetts and Vermont Army National Guard and a graduate of the Massachusetts Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School. Norm continues to lead Improv Asylum’s strategic business and artistic vision locally, nationally and globally.
John was elected District 6 representative to the Boston City Council in 2001, and was re-elected 4 times. He left the City Council and began working at Northeastern University in August 2010 as the first Vice President of City & Community Affairs. In addition, Tobin has worked in the Boston comedy scene since 1992, when he started as a doorman at a local comedy club. Today, Tobin owns Theatre District Productions, a live comedy production company that produces and operates shows in and around Boston.
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