When MBAs Get Downright Silly

by John A. Byrne on

At some of the best business schools in the world, there’s an annual ritual that spoofs B-school culture and MBAs in general. It’s the Follies Show.

In the tradition of Saturday Night Live, these sketch comedies allow students to shuck their MBA personas–at least for a few nights–to become the B-school equivalents of Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon. For years, some of the best and most irreverent skits were put on by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, schools with large enrollments and resources.

This year’s batch of early Follies’ Shows at the best schools indicate that there is no shortage of comedic creativity on B-school campuses. They also prove that MBA students can be far from politically correct. Among the best: A Columbia Business School MBA asserts he will do anything for a job (with the exception of giving up alcohol); In a spoof of Wharton’s Advanced Negotiations course, students try negotiating sexual encounters; and New York University’s Stern School MBAs do a hilarious send-up of movie, The Social Network.

One of our favorite skits so far involves a Columbia MBA who has an obsessive crush on a fellow classmate who won’t date him because he’s not Jewish. Never mind the A he got in finance.

And then there is what Kellogg is now calling the first LipDub video by a business school. Filmed to Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose,” the video features a cast of 70 Kellogg students. The cast learned their parts, rehearsed, and were filmed as a single, continuous shot in less than 3.5 hours on a Sunday morning.

Anything For a Job (With the Exception of Giving up Alcohol)

NYU’s Stern School’s Send-up of The Social Network

Kellogg’s LipDub Video Featuring Performances By 70 Kellogg MBA Students

Wharton’s Evolution of an MBA

The Columbia MBA With An Obsessive Crush on a Jewish Classmate

A Spoof on Wharton’s Advanced Negotiations Course: MBAs Negotiate a Sexual Encounter

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  • Jane

    Yikes…………….I do not think jews will find that funny!

  • Y

    Jane, I don’t think Jews will find it insulting. It’s more poking fun at general ignorance than it is being ignorant if you know what i’m saying. The premise is that the main guy makes an assumption at the beginning and because of this false assumption (that Jewish only date the Jewish), he tries to hard to impress in the wrong ways (converting etc…) and loses out, since in reality openness is an individual choice (the girl dates a Hindu at the end). It’s more poking fun at general ignorance/bad assumption than it is poking fun at the Jewish.

  • D

    Wharton made such better videos this year than the negotiation one.

    Their Evolution of an MBA is the best video of all the b-schools this year!

  • ConsultantBankerMarketer

    i mean… wharton’s facebook vid is one of the funniest things ive ever seen… mba follies or otherwise

    btw i don’t go to wharton… not a shameless plug

  • ConsultantBankerMarketer

    oh… and this one isn’t crazy funny… but is amazingly produced

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