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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Parody and Performance at HBS

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

First presented in 1974, the HBS Show is a popular student-run comedy production that follows in the tradition of Harvard College’s Hasty Pudding Show and Harvard Law School’s Parody. This extremely well-attended show is a major production that pokes fun at life at Harvard Business School, incorporating joking—but good-natured—references to case protagonists, professors, administrators and the recruiting process. A spouse of one HBS student who helped organize the 2012 production wrote in her blog, “It was a great outlet for business school students to roast their own school—the whole performance was based on The Godfather but with a zillion HBS inside jokes thrown in.” Featured among the HBS Show film productions in 2013 was a parody of Mean Girls titled “Mean Boys & Girls,” which depicted humorous “cliques” of business school students.

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