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Address: 2916 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
Phone Number:
+1 608-658-5153
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Sat 17:30 - 18:30
20:00 - 21:30

Every Saturday, the Monkey Business Institute creates THREE unique...

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.

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Hilariously Good Time

When in Madison, must check out the Monkey Business Institute. Housed in the basement of an Italian restaurant (had we known ahead of time we would of came in for dinner too) is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
Micki B
Hinckley, Illinois
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Hinckley, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

When in Madison, must check out the Monkey Business Institute. Housed in the basement of an Italian restaurant (had we known ahead of time we would of came in for dinner too) is a small club. If bringing friends, get tickets early so that you can get seats. We could not stop laughing from start to finish. What a talented... More 

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Had a fantastic time and laughed for an 1 1/2 at this show! Reviews were really good for this show and indeed people were right. These performers are very talented and extremely funny! It is very inexpensive and well worth checking out. We will be back for sure!

Thank Stephanie C
Marion, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Went to the Adult show at 8PM with my husband and adult stepson. I am a big fan of Improv, but my guests had never been to anything like this. We all laughed till our sides hurt! Although we were from out of town, by husband is already talking about our next trip to Madison so we can go again!... More 

Thank danniemolle
Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I spent the weekend in Madtown and attended the show Saturday night. We never been to an Improv show so we didn't know what to expect. The host of the show was awesome in explaining what the show was all about and was excited to hear it was based on ideas and audience participation. The staff was... More 

Thank Lisa A
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

After enjoying this all-age improv show a couple of years ago, we decided to treat our children and grandchildren and we all enjoyed every part of the 1 hour show and I would recommend it to anyone!! The show is performed in the lower level of Glass Nickel Pizza on Atwood Ave in Madison, parking in back. Actors and skits... More 

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Brad K, Owner at Monkey Business Institute, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support! We work hard to provide quality entertainment for everyone and you have made our day. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

It's improv. We saw the family friendly show. Cozy, and we were seated with a family. Menu was all American and reasonably priced. Improv artists were aspiring actors and actresses. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

Great people who are EXTREMELY talented. Made us feel at home and laughed until my ribs hurt. We will be back. Wish we lived closer. If ever in Madison check this group out!!!

Thank Parker W
East Rockaway, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Saw the 8PM adult show with our twenty-somethin year old children. Very entertaining and funny - spontaneous for sure. Audience participates with some ideas. Very small venue- 35 seats. No drink minimum, and prices were reasonable. Highly Recommended!

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Neillsville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect but we were not disappointed! The atmosphere was good, food great, service great, and comedians excellent! We were told we could stay for free after the 8:00 pm show. We had already had a long day so we decided not to stay. Later we regretted that decision. Will go back next time we are in... More 

Thank Laurie6252
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

We booked our tickets for the Grown Up Show in advance to try something new on our most recent trip to Madison. The Monkey Business Institute is in the basement of The Glass Nickel Pizza Company. We got there about a half hour before the show and had plenty of time to order food and drinks before the show. The... More 

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