Casem has been performing ever since he first pretended to be a nice guy. Fond of hugs and a big fan of beards, Casem is only part teddy bear. He enjoys reading, good storytelling, kale, acting, chocolate, coffee and hanging out with his Lifeboo.
Dylan Brogan is a journalist covering city government, Wisconsin politics and local issues in Madison.
Al first performed on stage as the Mouse King in a grade school production of “The Nutcracker” and has been performing off and on ever since. Al is grateful for improv, his family, his friends, his dog, monkeys and you, not necessarily in that order.
Linda is a graduate of the first Monkey Business class. In fact, for a while, taking classes from Brad Knight and Jason Stephens was her part-time career. When Linda isn’t performing, she is using comedy to keep people awake while teaching professional ethics.
Having been raised on formulaic 70’s sitcoms, our resident Canadian lives by two mantras: “Always have your next party and your next vacation planned.”
When Brandon was born, he was a baby. Then by age thirteen he was already a teenager. Now he is in his twenties, hosting an incessant battle between intimacy and isolation. He uses his body as a housing unit for organs, through which he can live vicariously. He has four limbs, all of which are used to express art in the form of music and comedy.
Craig was born 5 weeks, 4 days late, and since then has been using this as an excuse for his habitual procrastination. You can see him on the internet as co-host of “Welcome to the Basement” and co-star of “Chad Vader.” He respectfully despises eggs.
Brad has endured many horrific events in his life. He was the sole survivor of the famous Cinammon Toast Crunch Fire of ’73. He lost his duodenum to a freak meteor strike in ’81. He is living proof that Comedy = Tragedy + Time.
Hailing from the cornfields of Iowa, Adam met his future wife while performing together in a high school musical. Today he is known for his sideburns and always looking guilty. Adam enjoys piano, pizza, playing, purple, and pushing buttons
Bree is always covered in cat hair. Hug at your own risk.
Kelly is a writer/actor/graphic artist with Madison theatre collective Are We Delicious?, a writer/director of two Broom Street Theater productions- “Held: A Musical Fantasy” and “Playscapes”, and a singer with Madison band The Fauxtons.
Someday, Tara will do a pushup.
Sheila, AKA (Awesome DJ Name), has been performing improv since (Early 90’s Band) was popular. The first time she saw improv, she said,“(life-altering exclamation)!” Improv has taught her (noun) and (concept). She thanks MBI and her family for their support. Without their (nice thing), she’d be (sad thing).
David dabbles in the arts, which means cooking, photography and ― since 2007 ― making you laugh. In his free time, David likes to cook gourmet four-course meals for his friends or anyone who will pay him. Then he takes pictures of the food (see “arts” above).
Hailing from Central Illinois, Sarah discovered she was lactose intolerant in 2007, right after she moved to live among you Cheeseheads. She arrived to comedy late, but is otherwise notably punctual. You can rely on Sarah to tell you if have something in your teeth.
When Andrew was 14, he jumped into the arms of a grumpy department store security guard (a joke among Andrew’s theater friends). The security guard punched Andrew in the gut. Andrew is the music director for the disco band VO5 and Monkey Business Institute.
After being kicked out of the Shaolin Temple, Ari decided he had no choice but to cut his teeth on stage. He once played under the direction of Irving R. Feldman (deceased). If Ari was a dog, he’d be a small one. He enjoys sweets and coffee and his family and coffee and science and coffee.
Matt is the co-creator of Chad Vader and the voice of Darth Vader for various video games and commercials. He can be seen on the web in “Beer & Board Games” and “Welcome to the Basement” and on stage with the Are We Delicious ensemble. He collects old records and has cats.
John Steeno started improvising in 2003 in Chicago. Then he realized he wasn’t funny, so he moved to Madison to work in a bank. Then he realized he was funny, so he joined Monkey Business and quit the bank. Then he wrote this incredible bio
When Jason Stephens isn’t performing with the Monkey Business Institute, he’s teaching his young children how to do funny things. If at the time of reading this, the internet still exists, you can search for and view Jason being funny in dozens of web videos or listen to his voice-over talents at jasonvoices.com
Vanessa is the co-owner/founder of NessAlla Kombucha. As a mama, she is busy with 4 growing boys, animals and growing things. As an entertainer, she jumps from improv comedy to playing music and singing. She has a big smile and a loud laugh and loves to share them.
Along with co-creating the Chad Vader series (120+ million views), Aaron created a gaming channel on YouTube called GameSocietyFilms with 5 million views in 6 months. Watch Aaron and his friends get drunk and play board games online at Blame Society Films or see everything he gets up to at aaronyonda.com.
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