A Message from the Main Monkey | Monkey Business Institute

My name is Brad Knight. I am co-founder and owner of Monkey Business Institute. I bear a striking resemblance to the guy in the image to the right.

This is our first installment of a brand new blog section called Brad’s Corner. In each post I’ll be waxing poetic about happenings with MBI, the improv world at large, or just something that’s rattling around in my head. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

For Brad’s Corner #1, I thought I’d toss out some Monkey Business Institute statistics for your reading pleasure.  These numbers are straight out of my memory banks and have not been cross-referenced by any reputable sources. If you feel any are inaccurate, please send all complaints to:

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Brad’s Brain, WI 53713

  • YEARS MBI HAS EXISTED: About 13 Human Years

  • NUMBER OF TROUPE MEMBERS IN 2004: 2 (Me and Jason Stephens)

  • NUMBER OF TROUPE MEMBERS IN 2016: 29 (Plus 1 full-time and 4 part-time employees.)

  • VENUES MBI PERFORMED AT REGULARLY BEFORE SETTLING DOWN AT GLASS NICKEL: 5 (West Side Club, Babe’s, JT Whitney’s, Coliseum Bar, Bunky’s)

  • VENUES WHERE MBI HAS HAD RECURRING SATELLITE SHOWS: 6 (Kalahari Resort and Monk’s in WI Dells, Watertown Country Club and Watertown Player’s Theater in Watertown, Headquarters in Oregon, WI)

  • NUMBER OF SHOWS PER WEEK IN 2004:  1 (if we were lucky)

  • NUMBER OF SHOWS PER WEEK IN 2016: 4-5

  • NUMBER OF CLASSES WE RAN THE FIRST YEAR OF CLASSES: 1

  • NUMBER OF CLASSES WE RAN IN 2016: 28

  • PRIVATE BOOKINGS IN 2004: MAYBE 2 OR 3 (Our first show was a benefit show in a barn. We played some games and sang a song about presidents.)

  • PRIVATE BOOKINGS IN 2016: 51

  • STUDENTS MBI HAS TAUGHT: MORE THAN 1,000

  • PEOPLE MBI HAS PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED: MORE THAN 10,000

  • PEOPLE MBI HAS PERFORMED FOR: MORE THAN 50,000

In a little over a decade, we’ve grown from a ‘mom & pop’ organization (well…’pop & pop’, technically) to a full-service improv company (S-corp, technically).

Leading MBI, and watching it grow from into what it is today, has been a joy and a privilege. And the best is yet to come. Thanks to everyone who’s helped make it a reality.

With love,
Brad

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Last updated on: January 27, 2017