225 Magazine [October 2022]

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AT BATON ROUGE’S new Boomerang Comedy Theater, you’ll find laughs of a caliber you may not have known existed. That’s because what you won’t find is your run-of-the-mill comedy club where any average Joe can stumble into an open mic and try out his notso-tight five. Inside their comedy club, tucked in Mid City in the former Hearthstone Drive home of The Leather Apron Theatre Co., Boomerang owners Angi and Travis Noote say they strive to bring high-quality, professional standup and improv comedy to town. They accomplish that in large part with their training curriculum— divided into 101-, 201-, 301- and 401level classes—which aspiring comics must progress through before they can take the Boomerang stage. “My passion and my background has always been providing a framework for other people to accomplish whatever they’re accomplishing,” Travis says. Both he and wife Angi have backgrounds in corporate communication and teambuilding workshops. “I want to make that framework so that anybody who comes in the door—whether audience member, performer, or worker or volunteer—is gonna have a good time.”

Before or after drinks or dinner at nearby spots like Elsie’s Plate & Pie and The Radio Bar, audiences can enjoy standup shows, improv showcases, musical theater productions and more. The venue even hosted the second annual Baton Rouge Improv Festival this past spring. The attention to quality that undergirds all of Boomerang’s operations has two sides, the Nootes say: Training performers to deliver professional-caliber standup and improv creates a more consistently enjoyable experience for the audience. On the flipside, “if people are going to pay to go see a professional show,” Angi says, “then we feel like the performers should be treated like professionals.” Part of that is the performer experience, with Boomerang’s backstage greenroom boasting numerous amenities and refreshments that create a professional feel for performers. And while that certainly helps, the real kicker is this: Performers get paid. In the world of ameteur comedy, money for aspiring pros can be as rare as a puppeteer selling out a stadium. But Angi and Travis don’t just want their performers to feel like professional comedians; they want to equip them with the tools to make a real go of it. The training is a big part of

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