Improv Comedy Shows in Madison, Wisconsin | Monkey Business Institute

Improv Shows

Live Comedy. Every Week.

You can catch Monkey Business Institute’s shows on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 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, House BlendClass Shows and FAQs.

Join us on selected Thursday nights at Common Ground in Middleton for our 7:00 pm improv show.

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Magical Lying Hour and Pronoia Theater are offering two fantastic workshops the afternoon of December 8th. Both workshops take place at Monkey Business Institute’s classroom at 1709 S Park Street. Register in advance or show up on the day. Pay at the door or email

The Second Annual Holiday Extravaganza!

Cocktails! • Caroling! • Improv Comedy! • White Elephant Gift Exchange! • Joy! • Merriment!

Join us for an evening of yuletide joy at MBI’s holiday improv comedy show on December 16 at 6:30 pm. Join us at The Brink Lounge in Madison. Bring a white elephant gift to exchange!

This holiday celebration starts with cocktails and caroling, led by the Monkey Tabernacle Choir. Then, enjoy our holiday-themed improv comedy show. Wrap up the evening joining the MBI cast in unwrapping gifts – white elephant style! Join us at this holiday hootenanny! Get your tickets today!

Upcoming Shows
Tue 11

House Blend

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 13

Thursday Night Improv Show @ Common Ground

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 14

The Gauntlet

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 15

All Ages Show

December 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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.

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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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