NEW Digital Series! 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic ‘live’ performances are temporarily canceled. Tune into our new digital series and fill your social distancing with laughter!

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The Brave New Workshop has been crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis since 1958. Audiences enjoy original sketch comedy revues, written and performed by our cast, in our 2nd floor mainstage theatre; along with special presentations of unique comedy shows in our ETC theatre, every week of the year. With an impressive list of alumni, including US Senator Al Franken, Louie Anderson, Mo Collins, Melissa Peterman, Pat Proft, Rich Sommer, and Cedric Yarbrough, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre is a premiere venue for live comedic entertainment, and a true Twin Cities institution.

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In 1958, former circus aerialist Dudley Riggs opened a Minneapolis coffeehouse with a stage for performers and created an American comedic institution. What started as a way to draw customers on slow nights became the Brave New Workshop, a comedy theater sinking its satirical talons deep into the culture of MinneapolisSt. Paul for over half a century. | Learn More!

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