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Improv Asylum offers lesson for corporate clients

The cofounders of the Improv Asylum comedy club are teaching the corporate world a valuable lesson about communication: ‘But’ and ‘no’ are showstoppers, while ‘Yes, and . . .’ keeps the creative juices flowing.

Every Wednesday night, Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette are at their comedic best on an underground stage on Hanover Street. Audience members call out an idea and the veteran Improv Asylum comedy club owners, along with a troupe of performers, spontaneously compose a hilarious scene by playing off one another’s words.

But there’s much more behind the act than quick wit and humor. The comedians are using a fundamental improvisation technique of listening to their colleague’s statement, accepting it, and adding to it.

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