Improv Shows | Monkey Business Institute

Come see what everyone in Madison is talking about!

At Monkey Business Institute, we don’t waste time dealing with such trivialities as sets, props, scripts, or line memorization; instead creating spur-of-the-moment, seat-of-the-pants improvisational comedy by mixing audience suggestions, decades of improv experience, and sheer moxie.

All Ages Improv Show

Fun for fans of any age, this one-hour show is packed with fast-paced, classic, short-form improv comedy! Audience participation is guaranteed and the content is appropriate for kids or anyone who appreciates smart, clean comedy.

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Grown Up Improv Show

For those who like their comedy a little bit more saucy, our Grown-Up Show features two acts of hilarious improv comedy complete with an intermission. Content is usually rated “PG-13″ with an occasional dip into rated “R” humor.

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Two of our best improvisers take the stage and perform an entire show without a break. Watch as they play multiple characters and juggle story-lines throughout the night.

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The Merge

The Merge blends quick-witted club stand-up comedians with Monkey Business Institute’s cast of professional improvisers to create a show that gives comedy aficionados the best of both worlds.

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The Music Department

Monkey Business Institute is proud to present The Music Department, a fully improvised Broadway musical. We start with your suggestion and go from there. Look for big musical numbers, crazy characters, and outrageous dancing!

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Yes Ma'am

It’s new. It’s hilarious. It’s ‘Yes Ma’am’ – An improv show created and performed by the Women of Monkey Business Institute!

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The Gauntlet

In Monkey Business Institute’s popular comedy competition series, watch our professional improvisers use their comedy prowess to defeat each other — with hopes of being crowned the next Gauntlet champion.

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King of The House

King of the House – Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. King of the House features our hottest up and coming student improvisers. Two teams will have 30 minutes each to improvise in whatever style they like.

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Class Performances

Come and see the up and coming graduates of our improv classes put on a show.

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Be able to tell your say that you knew so-and-so before they became famous. B-Stage shows feature current MBI cast members performing alongside the Performance Track Class of 2017. The future is here, folks! And it’s full of laughs.

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