Alumni Archives | Monkey Business Institute

Linda Hedenblad

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.

Linda Hedenblad

Jennifer Javornik

Having been raised on formulaic 70s sitcoms, our resident Canadian lives by two mantras: “Always have your next party and your next vacation planned.”

Jennifer Javornik

John Steeno

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.

John Steeno

Benson Gardner

Benson Gardner is just the sort of person you’d expect to be a video/film creator, government communicator, one-time public radio journalist, Splu Urtaf co-founder, aspiring historian, happy father, husband and meditator. Except for the cutlass.

Benson Gardner

Ari Salinger

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.

Ari Salinger

Sean Moore

Sean Moore is an accomplished improviser and stand-up comic, for which he won Madison’s Funniest Comic competition in 2010. He is well known for his physical comedy and firm handshake.

Sean Moore

Luke Arthur

Luke was born on Tatooine a long time ago. During his teenage years, he and his brother Bo were notorious bootleggers who flattened hills and straightened curves for the Georgia Department of Transportation. He then wrote a short biography of Jesus that remains popular to this day.

Luke Arthur

Aaron Yonda

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

Aaron Yonda

David Rodriguez

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).

David Rodriguez

Matt Sloan

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.

Matt Sloan