DEF Presents...Improv Asylum

Saturday, April 8, 2017

For the third year in a row, the Duxbury Education Foundation (DEF) and the Improv Asylum have teamed up for a day of laugh out loud comedy right here in Duxbury.   The event is called DEF Presents … Improv Asylum and there are two great shows from which to choose.  

The Improv Asylum’s family-friendly show starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center (PAC).  This hilarious show is specifically designed for elementary school aged children and there’s lots of opportunity for uproarious audience participation.  Tickets can be purchased at the door by cash or check for $5 per person (with a cap of $25 per family).

The Improv Asylum’s evening show, which is geared towards teens and adults, really cranks things up a notch.  This show starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Duxbury PAC and promises (and delivers) non-stop laughs. Tickets can be purchased in advance here for $25 per person or at the door for $30.  Reserved VIP seating is also available for parties of 8 or more.

But wait, there’s more.  This year the DEF has also teamed up with the Winsor House Inn for a winning combination – a delicious Dine-and-Dash dinner at the “Winnie” plus Reserved VIP seating for the Improv Asylum’s 8:00 p.m. show. This combination proved so tempting, that the Dine-and-Dash has already SOLD OUT!

Proceeds from the DEF Presents … Improv Asylum event support the DEF’s mission to fund innovative programs in the Duxbury schools.

4pm- Family Friendly Kids' Show

6pm- V.I.P. DIne And DasH- SOLD OUT

8pm- Evening Show

Voted Boston's Best Comedy 15 year in a row! 



“Yes, and…”

At the core of improvisational comedy is the idea that whatever premise is presented, the participant’s job is to say “Yes, and…” to move the action forward and to allow the next participant to add new information.  Say that the audience suggests a musical about an old woman in a shoe, then the comedians create one on the spot.  If the audience suggests a song about Piping Plovers sung in pop style, the improv team starts singing.

Norm Laviolette lives by this credo of “Yes, and….”  The Duxbury native co-owns Improv Asylum in Boston’s North End, and trains improv students and corporate clients to work with “Yes, and…”

The whole idea of “Yes, and…” or improv in general, is to accept whatever is thrown at you, then turn it into a something new and different, says Laviolette, it’s not just saying “Yes”.  The magic, the innovation and the change is in the “and…”.  The “and…” puts ideas into motion.  On a very basic level, think of softball; “Yes, I’m going to catch the ball and I’m going to throw it to first base”.  “Yes, and…” connects ideas and moves them forward.

“Yes, and…”

Just as Improv Asylum embraces improvisation and innovation, so does the Duxbury Education Foundation (DEF).  In the interest of embracing new ideas, the DEF says “Yes” to innovative programs and projects in the Duxbury Schools “and…” through its grants moves innovation forward for Duxbury students.

The DEF has raised over $1.3 million through its fundraising events and has used those dollars to fund grants for Duxbury teachers who think outside the box and look for ways to expand their curriculum.  Recent grants include funding the development of an outdoor exploratory learning center and the purchase of pottery wheels, steel drums, and robotics kits to enhance the students’ overall learning experience. Also, Duxbury teachers have benefited from DEF grants covering the cost of attendance of professional development workshops and seminars.

“Yes, and…”

You can say “Yes” to supporting the DEF’s mission “and…” enjoy a day of comedy with Boston’s Improv Asylum right here in Duxbury on April 8, 2017. The comic relief starts at 4 p.m. with the Improv Asylum’s kid-friendly afternoon show.  Then the Improv Asylum kicks things up a notch with their evening show, geared towards teens and adults, which starts at 8 p.m.  Both shows will be held at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center.

Improv Asylum’s show is a combination of improvisation and sketch comedy (think Whose Line is it Anyway? meets Saturday Night Live). Improv Asylum has performed more than 10,000 shows for well over 2 million people. Each show is completely unique and is filled with nonstop hilarity. 

So say “Yes” to supporting the DEF “and…” help us move innovation forward for Duxbury students by purchasing tickets to our April 8th Improv Asylum event.