Not all live comedy is contained to Boston’s Theater District. Just ask the folks at Improv Asylum, located in an underground spot in the North End, where local actors perform different sketch and improvisational comedy shows nightly. The subterranean space on Hanover Street hosts 90-minute shows with up to six different actors in each show, performing skits that touch upon family humor, current events and even some adult topics (suggested minimum age for shows is 17 years due to the content). There are nine different shows held here each week, with a cast that interacts with the audience to ensure the authenticity of each show. Best of all, military and student discounts keep the already-low prices at rock-bottom levels.
Celebrities from Busta Rhymes to Gisele Bündchen have visited Limelight Stage & Studios, a karaoke lounge designed to give every guest—even ones who have not joined Hollywood’s ranks—a chance to shine onstage. Performers can belt out their favorite tunes on a general stage while an emcee waits in the wings; alternatively, groups can retire to private karaoke studios that accommodate up to 30 for a more intimate vibe. The studios’ Mixr technology allows singers to personalize their sets by choosing their own songs, videos, lighting, and foreign accents. As stars show off their vocal cords, a team of waiters delivers platters of cocktails and finger food such as egg rolls and chicken tenders.
Each year, artists with specialties from furniture to glassware showcase their work at CraftBoston Spring - 90 in all. Hosted by the Society of Arts and Crafts, the annual event provides shoppers with one-of-a-kind gift-giving opportunities, helping them find unique, contemporary crafts including intricate leather work, jewelry, and mixed media. Organizers also makes the show easy to navigate; custom, medium-specific tours are available to groups of 10 or more; advanced arrangements required.
For more than 35 years, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has been mining tears and guffaws from audiences with an eclectic lineup of classics and contemporary works. Every year, 40,000 drama junkies, including 2,000 season-ticket holders, flock to the theater’s intimate performance space, where no seat is more than 35 feet from the stage to facilitate quick and easy group hugs between audience and cast.
While the worst times in life often end in a puzzling murder, the best times in life often begin with one. Today's deal proves this with a $21 ticket to Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse (a $42 value). This Groupon is good for any of the 13 shows between December 23 and January 2. Tickets are subject to availability, so call ahead to reserve the show you want and to share your opinions on the long-term viability of biofuel as an energy source.