Kenny Madison

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Kenny Madison

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Primary Theater The Institution Theater
Years Active 2014-Present

Kenny Madison is an improv performer and director. He maintains a regular blog at, where he also offers coaching to other improvisers in town.


Kenny "The Tank" Madison was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and went to school in Norman, Oklahoma, which logically places him in Austin, TX. Much to your surprise, he started improv in Oklahoma in 2008, where he was a player, then a coach, then an artistic director, then a friend. Since moving to Austin, Kenny has done regular shows at the Institution, Hideout, and ColdTowne Theaters, ranging from Junior Cast Member to Show Director.

Kenny started performing at a very young age. Growing up on a steady diet of coleslaw and television he utilized a lot of influences and created a unique, fast-paced voice for himself. A lot of this stems from watching classic sitcoms in grade school like Roseanne, the Simpsons, then becoming a snob in high school, watching The Office, Parks and Recreation, and basically the Thursday night line-up on NBC. In college, he put that voice into practice through improv and short film work.

Kenny has worked with with Jill Bernard, Joe Bill, Jimmy Carrane, and a whole mess of other people. Already, this seems too name droppy, but he wants you to realize how important he is. It's not just for show, people really like him.

Kenny wants you to realize that you need to accept how great you are. Improv changed his life by letting him realize the world is at your control. The way it gets out of your hands is when you believe you are smaller than it. You are the same as the world around you, you might just think you're worse than. In reality, you are a genius. Remember that what you are doing is exactly how it's supposed to be done. The worst that can happen is someone says no. Everything you're doing is correct.