Performer Archives | Monkey Business Institute

Casem Abulughod

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.

Casem Abulughod

Dylan Brogan

Dylan Brogan is a journalist covering city government, Wisconsin politics and local issues in Madison.

Dylan Brogan

Marian Halls

Marian Halls

Brandon Jensen

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.

Brandon Jensen

Brett Hermanson

Brett Hermanson

Al Hart

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.

Al Hart

Craig Johnson

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.

Craig Johnson

Brad Knight

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.

Brad Knight

Adam Loux

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.

Adam Loux

Kelly Maxwell

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.

Kelly Maxwell

Doug Reed

Doug Reed

Tara Ptasnik

Someday, Tara will do a pushup.

Tara Ptasnik

Sarah Rogers

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.

Sarah Rogers

Sheila Robertson

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).

Sheila Robertson

Jess Schuknecht

Jess Schuknecht

Andrew Rohn

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.

Andrew Rohn

Vanessa Tortolano

Vanessa is the co-owner/founder of NessAllaKombucha. As a mama, she is busy with four 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.

Vanessa Tortolano

Colleen Berg

Colleen’s thighs are muscular, but her soul is gentle. It is the fusion of these two parts of herself that have led her to her passions in life: teaching social skills to middle schoolers, running through the wilderness with her dog, eating too many raw carrots and/or radishes on a daily basis, and improvising silliness with friends (since 2011).

Colleen Berg

Marc Turnes

Marc Turnes

Sean Bossinger

Sean Bossinger

Scott Montague

Scott Montague

Jason Stephens

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

Jason Stephens
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