Thank you Madison!

For voting us Madison’s Favorite Improv Group in The Isthmus’ Annual Manual!

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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
Tue 17

King of the House

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 20

Yes Ma’am

January 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 21

All Ages Show

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sat 21

Grown Up Show

January 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 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:
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    Level One: Introduction to Improv


    Thursdays from 6:30-9:30pm, January 26th-March 16th In Level One: Introduction to Improv, you’ll learn the fundamentals of improvised comedy in a fun, supportive setting!

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    Level Two: Intermediate Improv


    Sundays from 6:30-9:30pm, February 5th-March 26th In Level Two, you’ll build on the basics learned in Level One and dive into guessing games, non-conventional communication games and more.

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    Level Three: Advanced Scene Work


    Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30pm, February 7th-March 28th After learning the basics of improv comedy in our Level One and new skills in our Level Two class, it’s time to add some depth to your scene work. We will cover everything you need to know to make your scenes more compelling including story arc, cuts and edits, scene assists, and juggling multiple plotlines.

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    Level Six: Other Improv Schools and Philosophies


    Mondays from 6:30-9:30pm, February 6th-March 27th In this course, we will look at other philosophies and schools of thought in the larger improv world. Monkey Business Institute certainly has its own unique style, but it is only one of countless ways that the artform of improv can be approached.

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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

The Latest and Greatest

from Monkey Business Institute

Stand-up & Improv Come Together for The Merge

Don’t miss this awesome comedy mashup Beneath the streets of Madison’s east side, a movement has started. Calling into question the status quo, this secret gathering of like-minded individuals is quietly gaining momentum. Some call…read more

Party Starters

New from Monkey Business Institute GET THE PARTY STARTED! Need help getting a room full of acquaintances revved up? Our professional actors and improvisors are witty, charming and amusing and available to turn a room…read more

Kids’ Improv Camp

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