WORCESTER — You don’t necessarily have to be a comedian to do improv.
Norm Laviolette, who grew up in Grafton, most definitely did take to comedy improv and is co-founder and CEO of Improv Asylum in Boston and New York as well as Laugh Boston, and a partner in WooHaHa! Comedy Club, 50 Franklin St.
However, when Laviolette leads improv training with corporate clients around the world, he isn’t a laugh a minute.
“I’m not pitching comedy, I’m pitching the art of communication,” Laviolette said. “I can teach the skill set of what we do to anybody.” That includes clients in Shanghai, Dubai, Beijing, London and Dublin. Much closer to home, the main emphasis is likely to be on fun when the Improv Asylum Training Center launches classes in Worcester beginning April 17 at WooHaHa! Comedy Club. Laviolette will be leading the classes along with Adam Michael Kennedy. The first class will be Improv Level 1 (intro to improv) and runs for eight weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The cost is $320 for eight weeks. To register, go to www.improvasylum.com/classesworcester/
Improv Asylum will include “comp ticket perks for students so that they can see professionals doing it” at WooHaHa!, Laviolette said.
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