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A Comedy Crossover Event For the Ages!

On Wednesday, May 30th, MBI’s two most popular Improv Lab shows – Yes Ma’am and The Merge – combine forces for a special, can’t-miss all-women improv and stand-up comedy performance extraordinaire. Featuring stand-up sets from Heidi Zepeda, Gena Gephart, and Cynthia Marie; and improv comedy by Yes Ma’am cast members Marian Halls, Kelly Maxwell, Tara Ptasnik, Sarah Rogers, Sheila Robertson, and Vanessa Tortolano.

How can so much comedy be packed into one show? That’s a trade secret, friend. Our lips are sealed.

This unique mashup is just one of the many comedy shows taking place during the inaugural Madison Comedy Week. Thanks to Cynthia Marie for including Monkey Business Institute and to the fine folks at Broom Street Theater for hosting this event.

Show information, including tickets, can be found using the links below.

Yes Ma’am Merge Event Page

Madison Comedy Week website

Madison Comedy Week Facebook page

Too Long & I Don’t Read Long Things!!!

What: Yes Ma’am Merge

When: Wednesday, May 30th at 7:30pm

Where: Broom Street Theater (1119 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703)


  • Yes Ma’am cast members Marian Halls, Kelly Maxwell, Tara Ptasnik, Sarah Rogers, Sheila Robertson, and Vanessa Tortolano
  • Stand-up Comics: Heidi Zepeda, Gena Gephart, and Cynthia Marie

Why: Because it’s Madison Comedy Week, you crazy kid!

An Improv Lab Of, By, and For Women

Behold Yes Ma’am, Madison’s finest improv comedy show of, by, and for women. Watch the Women Of Monkey Business Institute perform feats of improv prowess before your very eyes in this hour-long all-women comedy spectacular.

Improv Labs are Monkey Business Institute’s experimental improv comedy shows. The nature of these shows let us try out new things and explore new territory. When something sticks, we roll with it and see what happens next.

Yes Ma’am started out as an Improv Lab and has quickly become one of the most popular shows in our lineup. Created by MBI’s women cast members as an intentionally women-only show, Yes Ma’am allows space for our female cast member to perform with a freedom and energy that doesn’t always exist in a co-ed setting. The result is a stage full of hilarious women performing their ever-loving hearts out, often providing fresh perspectives and hot takes on subjects that, frankly, you might not get with a bunch of dudes in the mix.

Are we cutting men out of the fun? Of course not! They are more than welcome at any Yes Ma’am performance…as an audience member. As far as the stage is concerned, though, Yes Ma’am is – and will continue to be – a place for women to shine.

Yes Ma’am currently stars: Marian Halls, Kelly Maxwell, Bree Prehn, Tara Ptasnik, Sarah Rogers, Sheila Robertson, and Vanessa Tortolano.

You can find future Yes Ma’am performances by visiting MBI’s spectacular and informative events calendar.

Comedy For A Cause – This Sunday!

Benefit Show at Camp Trippalindee

Join us for an evening of comedy and cocktails in a camp-themed setting this Sunday, March 11th from 7pm-9pm at Camp Trippalindee, the rooftop bar in the Graduate Hotel. This Improv Lab hullabalooza combines two of Monkey Business Institute’s most popular shows, The Merge and Yes Ma’am. First, laugh your ever-loving heart out to stand-up comics Shawna Lutzow, Brittany Tilander, and Vanessa Tortolano. Then, the talented ladies of Yes Ma’am take the stage to perform an improv comedy show based off the topics covered by the stand-up comics.

While there, tip one back with a kombucha cocktail featuring NessAlla Kombucha and State Line Distillery gin.

This event is free to the public, though a suggested $2 donation is greatly appreciated. Proceeds from the night will go to Eviction Prevention for Black Moms, a fund organized by Brandi Grayson.

Thank you to this show’s sponsors:

We can’t wait to see you there!

Yes Ma’am Meets The Merge

Two Improv Labs favorites will combine for one super show on Friday January 5 as the ladies of Yes Ma’am join stand up comics Dina Nina Martinez and Shawna Lutzow on stage.

I don’t know about you, but it’s got us feeling all…

Dina Nina Martinez is the creator of Lady Laughs Comedy and has been called “very funny” by the Late Late Show’s James Corden

Shawna uses comedy to shine light on the ridiculousness of heteronormativity and uses her own experiences as a lesbian to make audiences both laugh and think.


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