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Monkey Business Institute

2916 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
+1 608-658-5153
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Ranked #4 of 38 Activities in Madison
Type: Comedy Clubs, Performances
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Owner description: Every Saturday, the Monkey Business Institute creates THREE unique performances at the Glass Nickel Pizza East - 2916 Atwood Ave. Voted 2013 and 2014's Best Comedy Group (GOLD) and 2013 Best Kids Entertainment (SILVER) by the readers of Madison Magazine, we craft spur-of-the-moment, seat-of-the-pants improvisational comedy by mixing audience suggestions, decades of improv experience and sheer moxie. Our group features over twenty experienced and talented performers with backgrounds in stand-up comedy, acting, writing and music. Many of our members are also frequent guests of the Blame Society Films ensemble (Chad Vader, Beer & Board Games, Welcome to the Basement) We highly recommend buying your tickets online to guarantee your seats, as our venue sells out quickly. Any tickets remaining for our shows are sold to walk-up customers. All-Ages Show ($6, 5:30PM, Seating begins at 4:45PM) Grown-Up Show ($10, 8PM, Seating begins at 7:00PM) and our weekly 10:30pm show slot, which features a variety of rotating shows and special performances! See our website for special shows and showcases, like Puppettown, The Merge, Impromp2, The Gauntlet, and MORE. Full menu and bar available. Free parking. No food/drink minimum.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Highly recommend seeing the Grown Up Show. For $10 per person and no drink minimum it's a deal. We were seated near the stage. All of the comedians are first rate. There is one waiter/bartender, Jake, that takes care of the entire room, with the help of Jessee. You can order food and drinks which comes from the Glass Nickel... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

First comedy show I have ever attended. The cast was funny and impromptu, coming up with immediate responses that cracked me up. I would definitely recommend their adult show and the pizza was served very quickly. They were packed with a full house but there was no waiting. I would have ordered a thinner crust than the regular next time,... More

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Wantagh, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My wife and I saw the adult show which starts at 8:00 on Saturdays. The improvisationists are very funny and there is a lot of audience participation. For $10, this is an incredible deal.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

My girlfriend planned a night out for us and purchased two tickets to the 8 pm show. What a great time! We had some pizza and a few drinks while waiting for the show to begin. And once it began we didn't stop laughing until sometime the next morning. Since then we've been back with kids to the family friendly... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Our daughter treated 9 of us, adults and children (4-12) to the show last night, with pizza before,.... everyone loved it!! It was so much fun to enjoy something that was entertaining for all of us. The staff was very friendly and as other reviewers mention, prepurchase of tickets and arriving early for large groups is good advice. (The show... More

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Monroe, WI
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I was looking for something close (within an hour) of us to celebrate our daughter's 11th birthday. I found this on Tripadvisor, looked at the reviews/price and we made reservations ahead of time. They were waiting for us when we got there. Very friendly staff. The comedy crew was funny, entertaining and energetic. They did keep the content kid friendly.... More

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103 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wow, we really enjoyed this. The price was reasonable, the staff was friendly, and the show was funny. Everyone was involved with the show. They did a great job with the improv as well as working with the audience to make it more fun. We will definately return!

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Jason S, Owner at Monkey Business Institute, responded to this review

Thank you very much Kris - We appreciate that you took the time to share your review and we're happy you had a great time! The next time you're in Madison, we'd love to have some laughs with you and your family again. More

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We attended the all ages show at 5:30. We didn't pre-purchase tickets so we arrived early to get seats. Seating is limited and fills up fast! I suggest pre-purchasing tickets because they will reserve seats for your party. We enjoyed the show with our kids ages 13 and 11. Almost everybody attending had children with them. They will ask for... More

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Jason S, Owner at Monkey Business Institute, responded to this review

Thank you very much for coming to see the show, and thank you for the outstanding review. We hope you can come see us again when you visit Madison! More

3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Though most the kids seeing the show at the 4:45pm slot were much younger, my teenagers thought it was fantastic. We got there early, it is small, so seating really isn't a problem. We finished eating about the time the show started (food is general bar food). Kids thought it was great. Lots of younger precocious children, but the troupe... More

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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The Monkey Business show is downstairs; they have a small space set aside in front of the room. If you get there late, you'll be in the front row--about 3' from the comedy. We got there early (actually too early--a waitress upstairs told us seating started at 7:00, when it's not actually until 7:15). By 7:30 it was pretty full--so... More

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