Code of Conduct

Madison Comedy Week is dedicated to creating a safe and respectful environment.

We kindly ask that performers and audience members respect the following rules:

  • Cell phones must be turned off or set to silent during shows.

  • Please keep table talk to a minimum.

  • No Flash Photography or Recording is permitted unless you are approved by the performers and the Madison Comedy Week organizers.

  • Do not heckle or otherwise interrupt the performers during performances. If a performer engages you in conversation, it is ok to respond.

Engaging in the above behaviors may result in a warning or expulsion from the venue with no refund.

Some of the shows in Madison Comedy Week may be R-rated or “blue” shows that include off-color humor. We believe that with a combination of communication, common sense, respect, and empathy, the community can create an environment that prioritizes safety.

Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Engaging in discriminatory behavior related to an individual’s sex (gender), race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, age, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, education status; or disability, or the use of a guide or support animal for disability, or relationship to a person with a disability.

  • Inappropriate verbal, physical or sexual conduct with performers, volunteers, or staff.

  • Destruction of or damage to any physical property belonging to any of the venues being utilized for Madison Comedy Week.

If a performer, volunteer, staff, or audience member engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the venue with no refund, or police intervention.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the organizers immediately either in person, or by sending email to

If you’re currently afraid for your physical safety or are in danger, call local law enforcement via 911.