Performers!

  • Ada Cheng @ Women & Children First Bookstore!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Women & Children First Bookstore again this year! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Ada Cheng to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Ada here and make plans to join us THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 16! Tickets are $10 ... cash at the door ... with a portion of that going to The Women's Voices Fund at Women & Children First!

    Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival at Lifeline Theatre in January 2018. She just performed this solo at The Exit Theater in San Francisco last week. She will bring the performance to the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in October this year. Ada is the producer and host of the show Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. In addition, she is the co-producer and co-host of Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, along with Archy Jamjun, a show where they showcase Asian/Asian American storytellers and performing artists. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.

    Who are your favorite Queer icons?
    Cher and Margaret Cho are two of my favorites. The queer thing I have done? I don't know??? Pleasuring myself unapologetically with a magic wand?! 

    Tickets are cash only ($10) ... at the bookstore ... this Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm!

  • Carly Ballerini @ Women & Children First Bookstore!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Women & Children First Bookstore again this year! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Carly Ballerini to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Carly here and make plans to join us THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 16! Tickets are $10 ... cash at the door ... with a portion of that going to The Women's Voices Fund at Women & Children First!


    At the tender age of nine, Carly found herself in dusty overalls on the lawn of some Master of the Universe answering to Huckleberry, her given ‘stage name.’  “Hello, Sir.  Would you like to go get some popped balloon animals from that drunk clown?  No? I understand,” she said and then tiptoed behind a tree. The drunk clown was her mom.  Now she’s a comedian.

    Carly is a contributing writer for Cards Against Humanity and produces Arguments and Grievances and Ladylike in Chicago and has opened for Shane Torres and Hari Kondabolu and featured for Mary Mack and done a million festivals of note.  

    She has a very sexy dog who sheds too much and it’s gross but she loves her anyway

    What's the QUEEREST thing you've ever done?
    One time my girlfriend and I cut each other's hair.  We were NOT good at it.  Then we just lived like that for weeks.

    Tickets are cash only ($10) ... at the bookstore ... this Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm!

  • Darwyn Jones @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Darwyn Jones to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Darwyn here and get your tickets!

    Darwyn Jones is the youngest of nine kids. Not because his family is Catholic, but because his parents didn't own a television. He's a former company member of the storytelling series 2nd Story, frequently appears at Reading Under the Influence, and has recently finished his memoir, I Am Pluto, the story of a Mama's boy who never made the cut.

    What's the QUEEREST thing you've ever done?
    The queerest thing I've ever done was... Well, I studied for a P.E. class. (In my defense, it was the summer after 7th grade and I was moving to another town. I saw this as my chance to change myself, to become 'more' than what I'd been at my old school. So, I signed up for a summer basketball camp, thinking that I would learn everything there was to learn, practice all summer, and enter my new school as a basketball prodigy. I read about basketball in the Tree of Knowledge encyclopedia and didn't think it sounded so hard. I lasted one day. There was no learning. All the other kids were already adept. Instead of a basketball star, I was the Spelling Bee winner. Go me!

  • C. Russell Price @ Women & Children First!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Women & Children First Bookstore again this year! AND ... we're delighted to welcome C. Russell Price to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about C. Russell here and make plans to join us THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 16! Tickets are $10 ... cash at the door ... with a portion of that going to The Women's Voices Fund at Women & Children First!


    C. Russell Price is the author of Tonight, We Fuck the Trailer Park Out of Each Other (Sibling Rivalry Press) and the apocalypse collection Oh, You Thought This Was A Date. They are a Lambda Fellow, Ragdale Fellow, Pushcart nominee, and Literary Death Match champion.

    What is the QUEEREST thing you've ever done?
    Fucked your man, fucked your brother, fucked your dad, fucked em all and didn't feel a thing.

    Tickets are cash only ($10) ... at the bookstore ... this Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm!

  • Erin Diamond @ Women & Children First Bookstore!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Women & Children First Bookstore again this year! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Erin Diamond to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Erin here and make plans to join us THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 16! Tickets are $10 ... cash at the door ... with a portion of that going to The Women's Voices Fund at Women & Children First!

    Erin Diamond writes stories but mostly she plays Melania Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders at The Paper Machete.  Her sexual orientation is mostly Sheela but sometimes Bhagwan.

    Who is your favorite Queer icon?
    Fried Green Tomatoes

    What's the queerest thing you've ever done?
    My dad could never find his k.d lang cassette tape because I’d take it and stare at all the pictures alone in my bedroom.

    Tickets are cash only ($10) ... at the bookstore ... this Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm!

  • Angie McMahon @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Angie Mcmahon to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Angie here and get your tickets!


    Angie Mcmahon is a faculty member at The Second City. She is a contributing writer to Funny or Die. She is also a mom of to great girls. 

    What is the QUEEREST thing you've ever done?
    Prolly directing Gayco. Also using essential oils. 

    Who is your most favorite Queer icon?
    My first answer is Judy Fabjance (founder of Gayco and my best friend) second answer is Kanye West for obvious reasons. Third is maybe Anderson Cooper...I watch him every night. He is the only person I trust to give it to me straight (see what I did there).

    Angie is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, June 22.

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  • Nestor Gomez @ Women & Children First Bookstore!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Women & Children First Bookstore again this year! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Nestor Gomez to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Nestor here and make plans to join us THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 16! Tickets are $10 ... cash at the door ... with a portion of that going to The Women's Voices Fund at Women & Children First!

    Nestor Gomez winner of over 30 Moth Slams, three times Grand slam winner, curator, producer and host of 80 Minutes Around the World an Immigration Storytelling Show

    Who is your favorite Queer icon?
    Boy George, he was the first person who open my eyes to an identity many people never even spoke of back in Guatemala.

    What's the queerest thing you've ever done?
    When I tried my mom's high heels pretending that I wanted to be taller but I just wanted to be sexier.

    Tickets are cash only ... and the bookstore ... this Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm!

  • Lindsay Eanet @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Lindsay Eanet to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Lindsay here and get your tickets!

    Lindsay Eanet can be seen reading around Chicago at shows like OUTSpoken, Essay Fiesta, Story Jam and karaoke night at Spyners Pub, doing her best impression of the Teen Angel from Grease. She is the co-host of "Hello to All That," a podcast launching this summer. She has a weakness for reality competition shows and cries an average of four times during every episode of American Ninja WarriorBut enough about her, let’s talk about you.

    What's the QUEEREST thing you've ever done?
    The first CD I ever bought with my own money was the Indigo Girls' double live album, 1200 Curfews.

    Who's your favorite queer icon??
    There are so many ways I could answer this and so many queer people in so many walks of life who I respect and admire, but the name jumping out at me right now is Brian Epstein, the queer, Jewish Scouser who elevated the Beatles from some local bar band into, well, the Beatles.

    Lindsay is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, June 22.

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  • Steve Delahoyde Tells ALL

    Winter is almost done (fingers crossed), and it's time you got out of the house! Lucky for you we've got a new show to warm your heart and get you ready for SPRING! ...and isn't it time you were excited about something?? We're traveling north to Winnetka to share stories at The Book Stall (811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093) THIS Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7pm.

    The Book Stall is an independent bookstore with a busy book-related events schedule located on Chicago's north shore, specializing in fiction, children’s books, and history, among a host of other topics. Recent guests have included Valerie Bertinelli, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. BUT! On Thursday, March 8 you will get the talented, charming, and wonderful Steve Delahoyde!

    The store is a block away from the UP-North Winnetka Metra station—very easy to get to from the city. Don't miss it ... JOIN US!!!

    Steve Delahoyde owns the production company Delahoyde Projects, where he helps make commercials, things for television, and other things that people hire him for. He also spends some of his time at Coudal Partners and Field Notes, where he makes films and writes. His site is thehoyde.com

    Three things you may not know about Steve...

    1. For years, in my youth, growing up in Arizona, I told everyone I was born in Milwaukee, just to seem more interesting

    2. I once rode in an elevator with Tony Randall and even though we were the only two people in there, I couldn't work up the courage to say hello. I was also, maybe 15 at the time, so it's weird that I was so enamored with Tony Randall.

    3. I'm 6' 1 3/4", but I tell everyone that I'm 6'2"

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW ... by following this link!

  • Elizabeth Gomez Tells ALL

    Winter is almost done (fingers crossed), and it's time you got out of the house! Lucky for you we've got a new show to warm your heart and get you ready for SPRING! ...and isn't it time you were excited about something?? We're traveling north to Winnetka to share stories at The Book Stall (811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093) THIS Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7pm.

    The Book Stall is an independent bookstore with a busy book-related events schedule located on Chicago's north shore, specializing in fiction, children’s books, and history, among a host of other topics. Recent guests have included Valerie Bertinelli, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. BUT! On Thursday, March 8 you will get the talented, charming, and wonderful Elizabeth Gomez!

    The store is a block away from the UP-North Winnetka Metra station—very easy to get to from the city. Don't miss it ... JOIN US!!!

    Elizabeth Gomez is a Chicago based comedian, writer, and storyteller. She established the city's first all female roller derby league, The Windy City Rollers, in 2004. She is the founding writer of a writing collective called Drinkers with Writing Problems, spends her days working for an Alderman on Chicago's city council, and spends her nights trying to learn all the dance moves from Magic Mike. She hates everyone.

    Three things you may not know about Elizabeth...
    1. I actually like sugar free pudding.
    2. I think horses are gross.
    3. My pinky was broken during a roller derby practice, so I cannot drink tea without humiliation

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW ... by following this link!
  • Michael Blumberg Tells ALL!

    Winter is almost done (fingers crossed), and it's time you got out of the house! Lucky for you we've got a new show to warm your heart and get you ready for SPRING! ...and isn't it time you were excited about something?? We're traveling north to Winnetka to share stories at The Book Stall (811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093) THIS Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7pm.

    The Book Stall is an independent bookstore with a busy book-related events schedule located on Chicago's north shore, specializing in fiction, children’s books, and history, among a host of other topics. Recent guests have included Valerie Bertinelli, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. BUT! On Thursday, March 8 you will get the talented, charming, and wonderful Michael Blumberg!

    The store is a block away from the UP-North Winnetka Metra station—very easy to get to from the city. Don't miss it ... JOIN US!!!

    Michael Blumberg is a psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders.  When the opportunity arose to tell a true story about himself in a room full of strangers he thought he better put his money where his mouth was.  His lack of training in story-telling is more than made up for in acute, often debilitating self-assurance.

    Three things you may not know about Mike...
    1) Michael was born in Israel in 1979 and lived there until until 1990.  Due to the gap in American movies being released overseas he has not seen any movies between 1988 and 1990.  He has not seen Willow.  Stop asking.

    2) Michael has been playing guitar for 25 years, but peaked early after about 2 years.  He can play a C chord.

    3) Michael sometimes watches the West Wing and pretends that he lives in an alternative universe where Martin Sheen in the president.


    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW ... by following this link!

  • Jackie Mantey Tells ALL

    Winter is almost done (fingers crossed), and it's time you got out of the house! Lucky for you we've got a new show to warm your heart and get you ready for SPRING! ...and isn't it time you were excited about something?? We're traveling north to Winnetka to share stories at The Book Stall (811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093) THIS Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7pm.

    The Book Stall is an independent bookstore with a busy book-related events schedule located on Chicago's north shore, specializing in fiction, children’s books, and history, among a host of other topics. Recent guests have included Valerie Bertinelli, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. BUT! On Thursday, March 8 you will get the talented, charming, and wonderful Jackie Mantey!

    The store is a block away from the UP-North Winnetka Metra station—very easy to get to from the city. Don't miss it ... JOIN US!!!

    Jackie Mantey is a current copywriter, former journalist, and forever book worm. She’s the feminist co-host of the podcast “A Feminist and A Comedian Walk Into A Bar.”

    Three things you may not know about Jackie...
    1) Once missed a call from Val Kilmer (for an interview) because she was on the toilet. :(
    2) Can play “Open Arms” by Journey on the clarinet, suckas!
    3) Named a cat the best cat name of all time: Dolly Purrton.


    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW ... by following this link!

  • Ellen Blum Barish Tells ALL

    Winter is almost done (fingers crossed), and it's time you got out of the house! Lucky for you we've got a new show to warm your heart and get you ready for SPRING! ...and isn't it time you were excited about something?? We're traveling north to Winnetka to share stories at The Book Stall (811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093) on Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7pm.

    The Book Stall is an independent bookstore with a busy book-related events schedule located on Chicago's north shore, specializing in fiction, children’s books, and history, among a host of other topics. Recent guests have included Valerie Bertinelli, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. BUT! On Thursday, March 8 you will get the talented, amazing, warm, and wonderful Ellen Blum Barish!

    The store is a block away from the UP-North Winnetka Metra station—very easy to get to from the city. Don't miss it ... JOIN US!!!


    Ellen Blum Barish has told stories at Essay Fiesta, Story Sessions, Story Club North, Is This a Thing and Do Not Submit. Her essays have appeared in a variety of literary publications and on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She teaches writing at Northwestern and North Park universities and Columbia College, facilitates small workshops and coaches writers one to one. She is editor of two literary publications, Thread and Stitch, published a book of essays in 2007 and she is hard at work on a memoir. For more, go to www.ellenblumbarish.com.

    Three things you may not know about Ellen...
    1)
    Funk music will ALWAYS get me up and dancing.
    2) I NEVER say no to a Philly cheesesteak or Philly pretzel.
    3) I still tie my shoelaces with bunny ears.

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW ... by following this link!

  • Midge Wilson @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Midge Wilson to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Midge here and get your tickets!

    For over 30 years, Midge Wilson taught Psychology and Gender Studies at DePaul University. She took an early retirement, and in an attempt to find a new life passion, has taken a lot of different classes, including painting, knitting, improv, memoir, guitar, stand-up comedy, and live-lit performance. Some have been a better fit than others.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    My favorite thing is a Grammy Award Medal that I inherited from my long-time partner who died in 2011. The category was only "Best Packaging", but still.. . I would be immeasurably sad if this item (awarded to non-winning nominees) was somehow lost or stolen.

    Midge is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 10.
    Follow this link to purchase tickets

  • Michael Sanchez @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Michael Sanchez to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Michael here and get your tickets!

    Michael Sanchez is a filmmaker, musician and recovering stand-up comedian. He is a founder of both Comedians You Should Know and the storytelling show I SHIT YOU NOT! (which launches it's inaugural annual storytelling show and chili cook off on February 17th at Lincoln Lodge.) Michael can be seen around the city playing in his band Electric Dylan.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    The one thing I can not live without is ice cream. Actually, make that chocolate. No, wait... let's go with ice cream. I'm pretty sure it's ice cream. Or at least it was, before Ben & Jerry's got rid of Wavy Gravy. Yummm... Caramel and cashew brazil nut ice cream with chocolate hazelnut swirl and roasted almonds... UGH... Okay, wait, let's go with chocolate. Chocolate is my favorite. For sure... I think... Alright, forget it. I don't know. Honestly, I am completely torn between the two. Chocolate or ice cream, chocolate or ice cream... it's like a never-ending conundrum for me. That being said, it should be noted, that ironically, I am not that fond of chocolate ice cream.

    Michael is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 10.
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  • Isaac Gomez & Rashaad Hall @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Isaac Gomez & Rashaad Hall to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about them here and get your tickets!

    Isaac Gomez is a playwright, dramaturg, & Slow Jogger

    Rashaad Hall, the Actor, lives his life as a Gemini Sun Cancer Moon Cancer Rising while Isaac, the Scribe, keeps it grounded as the Taurus Sun Taurus Rising Leo Moon of the duo. Their first date was seeing a play about the affects of white supremacy followed by cute queso fundido and margaritas. If anything were to happen to them, at the same time at the same place, they'd be survived by their cat Tuxedo and should be buried with Limon Pepino Gatorade and XXtra Flaming Hot Cheetos (The Black Bag).Thank you in advance.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    Rashaad can't live without friends, family and memorable moments that last a lifetime. Isaac can't live without his cat.

  • Erika Napoletano @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Erika Napoletano to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Erika here and get your tickets!

    Erika Napoletano is a Chicago-based creator who’s taller than a toaster but shorter than the average taco truck. That’s probably not important, but just so you have a spatial perspective, y’know? She goes through life with a limited number of fucks and is particular with how and with whom they are spent. You might have seen her on stage, wearing flannel pajama bottoms while walking her dog, or standing on the wrong side of the El platform. Her mission in life is to tell stories that don’t suck so folx can slow down for a damn minute, listen, love, and find the shared bits of humanity that connect their souls.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    The thing I cannot live without is my copy of Stephen King’s “On Writing.” As a writer and creator, it’s touchstone for un-fucking a process that’s easy to fuck up — bringing characters and stories to life without wasting people’s time.

    Erika is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 10.
    Follow this link to purchase tickets

  • Eileen Dougharty @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Eileen Dougharty to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Eileen here and get your tickets!

    Eileen Dougharty writes to find out what she is thinking, what she is looking at, what she sees and what it means. Eileen Dougharty has no problem plagiarizing Joan Didion to make this bio sound smarter. She has performed at Story Sessions, Essay Fiesta, and Miss Spoken as well as dabbling in fiction, sketch, and stand up comedy writing.  She is always honored to be part of the wonder that is You’re Being Ridiculous.


    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    I truly love and could not live without my new king sized bed. It takes up my entire room and it partnered up with the tv to convince me that leaving the house is a silly waste of time. A king sized bed is a fine replacement for a social life. Throw in a case of La Croix and I’m good forever.

    Eileen is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 10.
    Follow this link to purchase tickets

  • Lupe Nunez @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Lupe Nunez to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Lupe here and get your tickets!

    Along w/ being a story teller, I'm a #22q & Homeschool Dad, first generation Mexican-Chicagoan, and an IT Director at a major video game company. I've only been telling stories for a bit, but I've been fortunate enough to do shows like Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, Truth Be Told, Story Lab, This Much Is True, You're Being Ridiculous and many others all over Chicago within the last year. I really dig crafting a story, getting up in front of an audience, and sharing that special moment together. I look forward to telling more stories in my own way and taking the whole experience and medium even further. 

    What is your favorite thing...what one thing can you not live without?
    That's a tough question, man. But, if I had to pick one thing (and not people...shout out to my Wife & kid!), it would be my records. I sit back in my chair, throw on some headphones and really listen. I love being fully immersed, even getting lost in the appreciation of a good recording, an inspiring presentation or performance, a cherished memory, or a dope beat. I also really enjoy record hunting, looking for samples no one's used yet, and helping my daughter learn to appreciate and collect records too. I've been collecting records for over twenty years, no matter what's been going on, it's always been an escape...and considering what's going on (shout out to Marvin Gaye ;) today, I'm not trying to live without my escape.

    Lupe is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 10.
    Follow this link to purchase tickets

  • Sarah Hollenbeck @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Sarah Hollenbeck to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Sarah here and get your tickets!

    Sarah Hollenbeck writes personal essays, one of which was recently published in the anthology NASTY WOMEN: FEMINISM, RESISTANCE, AND REVOLUTION IN TRUMP'S AMERICA and excerpted on Shondaland. She’s often distracted from her writing by her day-job running Women & Children First, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country.

    What do you love, what's your favorite?
    My favorite thing recently has been boarding the Red Line and seeing more and more people reading actual, physical books. My heart grows three sizes when I hear these readers laugh, snort, mmmm-mmmm, or make other audible sounds of appreciation.

    Sarah is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 10.
    Follow this link to purchase tickets