Risata at Improv Asylum

Curbside Cocktails, Nibbles & Bits

Improv Asylum is excited to announce the grand opening of Risata at Improv Asylum: Curbside Cocktails, Nibbles & Bits.

Thursday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00pm – 11:00pm


Although the esteemed Boston comedy theater is still closed for live performances, Risata (Italian for Laughter) is open Thursdays through Saturdays on the patio on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End, featuring Frosé, craft cocktails, wine, and beer. The menu will feature lighter fare provided from some of the North End’s most loved restaurants: Lucca, Dolce Vita, and Mother Anna’s. 

Haven’t been yet? Come down this weekend — great food, great drinks, frosé and order a “Special Guest” to join you at your table and make you laugh. Read more about the Special Guest Program!

Because really, we all need someone new to talk to these days, right? An Improv Asylum comedian will join you and your guest right at your table, for some laughs, some bits, or… if you just need a shoulder to cry on, well… we’ll get you set up right.

Our theater may not be open, but we will never stop making people smile.

Improv Asylum CEO and owner Norm Laviolette says it best, “We improvise for a living. Our entire business model is based on the idea of people coming together in groups to laugh and have a good time. Since we can’t do that at the moment, we needed to get creative and find new ways to activate our space. Risata at Improv Asylum is a way to remind everyone that we are still here, and we still will be when the world is open again for laughter and live comedy.” 

“It isn’t just the company that’s hurting, but also all of those artists that make us laugh and dance and sing. If we can find a way that allows them to work, in a manner that is both safe for them and our patrons, then I’m all for it.” 

Laviolette admits that the pandemic has taken an exponentially hard toll on cultural and entertainment-based companies. “The fact is many won’t make it,” says Laviolette. “Risata at Improv Asylum is a way for all those fans who have asked how they can help and support Improv Asylum to do just that. Come have a drink and enjoy some incredible food from the best restaurants on Hanover Street!”

Make your visit truly unique by booking a SPECIAL GUEST to join your table at Risata!