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“The 11 years olds were laughing out loud”

Monkey Business Institute
Ranked #3 of 52 Nightlife in Madison
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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)! 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.
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. The price was reasonable at $6/person and the food was pretty good. I also enjoyed the comedy show. Truly improv material. We would go again.

3  Thank Kim P
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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!

1  Thank Kris B
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Jason S, Owner at Monkey Business Institute, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

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.

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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 audience volunteers and will offer plenty of time after the skit for pictures.
Get there early and order food, it will be delivered in enough time for you to easily enjoy it before the show starts. The show is 1 hour, which is the perfect length.

1  Thank LuvMex828
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Jason S, Owner at Monkey Business Institute, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2013

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!

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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 handled them well. Very fun night!

4  Thank susanspry
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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 be prompt! It was pretty good, although there were some kids at the "adult" show, which clearly had a (limiting) effect on the comedy. But it was still enjoyable. I would recommend eating upstairs or elsewhere first--dinner service downstairs can be slow.

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