What is Humorology?
Humorology, or “Humo” for short, is an annual juried musical/variety show that takes place at the Union Theater of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The competition consists of original mini musical comedies written, produced, and performed by independent companies which are overseen by a student-run executive board. Beginning in 1948, Humorology is one of the oldest traditions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the largest non-profit student service organization in Wisconsin.
Since 1948, Humorology has been an outlet for University of Wisconsin-Madison students to utilize their singing, dancing, and acting talents to make a difference. Each year, over 300 devoted participants bring Wisconsin’s largest student-run non-profit organization to life on stage, raising money for a charity in need. This year, 100 percent of profits will benefit a local charity, The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, an amazing locally founded organization that establishes programs that enable youth to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. Last year, Humorology donated $80,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and this year our goal is to raise $110,000! If you would like to help us reach our goal donations are being accepted through PayPal on our Donate Page.
The final show takes place every April in the Wisconsin Union Theater, where casts who are chosen through a fall audition perform mini-musicals based on the executive board’s chosen theme. Each show is written, directed, choreographed, costumed and performed by the students themselves. Backed by a professional tech crew, Humorology has been equated to the caliber of an off-Broadway production that is fun for family and friends! This year our show theme is “Blast from the Past” and we are excited to see what plots, characters, and songs are incorporated.