Improv Comedy Shows in Madison, Wisconsin | Monkey Business Institute

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Improv Shows

Live Comedy. Every Week.

You can catch Monkey Business Institute’s shows on Saturdays, Tuesdays and sometimes Fridays at The Glass Nickel basement stage on Atwood Avenue in Madison, WI. Occasionally we venture further afield to delight audiences throughout our great nation. Check our detailed calendar of events for dates, times and locations. Want to see us perform in your neck of the woods? Get in touch.

Looking for specific show information? Find info on All Ages Shows, Grown Up Shows, Impromp2, The Extended Cut, The Merge, The Music Department, Yes Ma’am, The Gauntlet, King of the HouseClass Shows and FAQs.



Upcoming Shows
Sat 25

All Ages Show

November 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sat 25

Grown Up Show

November 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 25

The Music Department

November 25 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue 28

King of the House

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

I seriously laugh the entire time, every time! Madison is lucky to have Monkey Business

Casey Rowe

Improv Classes

Laugh and Learn. Get Funny.

Whether you’re looking to get started in improv, or you’re an experienced performer and want to learn more, MBI has a class for you. Check out our course offerings and get signed up today. Click on the button below for more information.

Our current offerings include:

Learn more about Improv Classes.

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Ryan Bender

Our organization was going through change and turmoil. We needed help in assisting staff to accept that change and to lighten the mood. Your troupe was just what we needed! Breakouts getting people involved with what change is and how to work around it, plus a super comedy routine that sent everyone home feeling giddy and refreshed. Thank you!

Pete Haase, Bureau Director Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection

Private Parties

Let us amuse you.


Are you planning a party or special event? Looking for ways to keep your guests entertained? If so, look no further than the improv comedy pros at Monkey Business Institute. You tell us where to go, and we’ll bring the laughs. See our event ideas or contact us at to start planning today.

Monkey Business was the highlight of our staff holiday party. They provided our team with a unique and memorable entertainment experience that left a positive buzz in our workplace well after the party was over. We were all impressed by the high quality of their improv skills, and it was fun to have members of our team included in on the action. I would recommend Monkey Business as the entertainment for any group party or event, as they did a great job of making the evening extra special for our hard working team!
Nina, Good Harvest Market

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