Performers!

  • 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"

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  • 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

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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Shanna Shrum @ 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 Shanna Shrum to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Shanna here and get your tickets!

    Shanna Shrum is a writer, performer, recovering sorority girl and landlocked mermaid. She is also the creator of the sketch comedy web series Life of The Pahty! Because when you party so hard, you have to spell it with an H! When she isn't making art, she helps others create their own through her Creative Coaching and Consulting business. You can find her at LifeofThePahty.com

    What is your favorite thing, what can you not live without?
    My favorite thing that I can't live without are my running shoes and a halfway decent sports bra. If I don't go running a few times a week I turn into a literal monster stuck inside a dumpster fire. It's not pretty.

    Shanna is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Willy Nast @ 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 Willy Nast to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Willy here and get your tickets!

    Willy Nast is a writer originally from Aurora, Illinois, and yes, he has seen the movie Wayne's World an astounding number of times. He co-hosts Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square every third Monday, as well as the "completely unpretentious" literary podcast All Write Already. You can find out more about what Willy is writing and where he’ll be reading at willynast.com.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    Last year, after a lifetime of sourcing my kitchen cutlery from CVS and working myself into a ball of sweaty desperation every time I chopped a potato, I went ahead and spent a decent little sum of money on a stainless steel, all-purpose chef's knife from Japan. I didn't know a knife could give me joy. I show it off to my friends. LOOK AT THIS FUCKING THING CUT THIS CARROT, I tell them. They hum their approval. I look forward to using this knife, which means I make more plans to cook at home, which means I eat out less, which has improved my economic and physical situation in the ways you'd expect. And all because I finally bought a decent knife, which I had the means to purchase many years before. I've become a good knife proselytizer. Get a better knife, I tell my family, my friends, people on the bus. You won't regret it.

    Willy is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Scott Duff @ 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 Scott Duff to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Scott here and get your tickets!

    Scott Duff is a Chicago- based actor, comedian, radio host, and professional gay who recently opened for the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour. A regular at Laugh Factory, he is the host/producer of The Kiki: Queer Comedy with Variety and has gayed up audiences at venues all over the city and the Midwest including Zanies, iO, The Annoyance, Uptown Underground, and Comedy Sportz. As an actor he has performed with Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, About Face Theatre, ATC, and Lookingglass Theatre, and he can be seen in a variety of independent films. You can listen to Scott every Sunday on OUT CHICAGO, a weekly live talk show for the LGBT community airing from 11am-1pm on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk AM & FM.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    The one thing that I can't live without is my subscription to Bon Appétit magazine.  I know, it's shocking that a gay man loves to cook.  Every month I wait with eager anticipation for that magazine to arrive.  I read it cover to cover, dog-earring each recipe I want to try.  And it doesn't stop with the physical magazine.  I receive to emails a day from BA, and I click on every one.  31 Weeknight Pasta Dishes?  Hell, yes.  Our Best Non-Stick Skillet?  I'm ordering it.  67 Sides for Your Holiday Table?  I ask, "Why only 67?"  I have a problem.  Send help.  And coconut milk.  I'm always out of coconut milk.

    Scott is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Ashley Ray @ 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 Ashley Ray to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Ashley here and get your tickets!

    Ashley Ray is a Chicago comic, storyteller and writer. Her work explores the intersection between race, gender, sexuality, pop culture and sometimes astrology if she's feeling weird. The Chicago Reader voted her the 2nd best Chicagoan to follow on Twitter, but that's only because she's funnier in real life.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    I could never live without attention. Honestly. I am thoroughly and constantly motivated by a need for attention more so than a need for love, affection, or sustenance. If people are paying attention to what I'm writing, saying or performing, maybe they'll relate to it. Maybe they'll be inspired by it. Maybe it means my weird, isolated life isn't so weird and isolated and we're all just out here doing our best and being incredibly embarrassing.

    Ashley is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Andy & Jeremy @ 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 Andy Fine & Jeremy Owens to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about them here and get your ticketsAndy Fine is an English teacher at Lane Tech College Prep High School, where he is the head coach of their very successful debate team. He loves reading, musicals, and his gorgeous dog Sally Field.

    Jeremy Owens eats oreos and takes baths while patiently waiting for Donald Trump to die.

    What do you love most, what can you not live without?
    A: my husband, my family, my dog, my friends, my students, reading, vacations, coffee, brunch, shopping, walking, dancing, resting, laughing.
    J: Cher. Michelle Obama, and Oreos.

    Andy & Jeremy are sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Sarah Zematis @ 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 Zematis to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Sarah here and get your tickets!

    Sarah Zematis is a performer, writer, director & producer, as well as a proud company member of 2nd Story. She has worked throughout Chicago with companies such as Porchlight, Emerald City & Strawdog. She was featured in the Chicago cast of Listen to your Mother, a nationwide storytelling event, giving Motherhood a microphone. Some of her more interesting performance credits include being a maiden at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, singing with an Andrews Sisters trio at Green Dolphin Street, and giving voice to deaf actors at Centerlight Theatre. But, far and away, her favorite gig is being Mom to her Wee Three. Not only do they fill the days with fun – they make for some excellent story material! To hear more, check out her podcast stories, available for your listening pleasure at www.2ndstory.com/podcast.

    What is your favorite thing?
    Well, my favorite things are seasonal. Spring - The world coming alive again. Everything feels possible and hopeful. I live for the day I walk outside and get a noseful of spring blossoms, especially Lilacs. I hunt them furiously, as they are gone much too quickly. Summer - ALL OF THIS! (why isn't it summer always?) But, most especially, drinking cocktails on a pier, watching a glorious sunset. Fall - Fresh school supplies and new clothes. The glorious changing of the leaves. My children and I go on leaf walks, collecting the most beautiful ones and pressing them to display on our Thanksgiving table. Winter - (gotta dig deep for this one...Again, why isn't it always summer?) I've grown to love this more as I view it through my children's eyes - hot chocolate, snowmen, sledding, fireplaces roaring. And, most especially, big bed cuddles. Whenever things have gone sideways and we need to start over, someone calls out "BIG BED CUDDLE". All five of us scurry to get under the covers of the king size bed and proceed to reset all the wrongs that occurred on the outside.

    Sarah is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Rob Lindley @ 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 Rob Lindley to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about him here and get your tickets!

    Rob Lindley  – Rob has been seen on stage at Victory Gardens Theatre (Fun Home) About Face Theatre (The Tempermentals), Northlight (Funnyman), Goodman (Candide), Asolo Rep (My Fair Lady), Court Theatre (Carousel, James Joyce’s The Dead, Caroline or Change, Secret Garden, and Angels and America: Part 1 & 2), Writers’ Theatre (Bach at Leipzig, and Oh Coward! – which won Rob a Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Revue. Rob directed the Off-Broadway and National Tours of 50 Shades: The Musical! and many productions for Porchlight Music Theatre including Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Far From Heaven, and How to Succeed in Business… Rob also directs many star-studded gala concerts for many organizations including the annual Chicago Sings! concerts for Porchlight and the Flory concert for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Rob’s vocal trio Foiled Again has two recordings available on iTunes and other online outlets, “Foiled Again: Live” and “Blanket of Winter”  Rob was a long time member of Chicago Musical improv group “Baby Wants Candy” and taught musical improv for many years at The Second City. Be on the look out for Rob’s two-person musical improv cabaret group “Chico’s Tops” - they used to be the hit of off-off Broadway, now they manage the Hinsdale Chico’s outlet. 

    What's your favorite thing, what can you not live without?
    This is a tough one. I love anything that makes my studio apartment smell better. So right now I’m gonna say I can’t live without my oil diffuser. Or my scented candles. Or the little incense burner I got for Christmas that looks like a house - and smells like a fire place.

    Rob is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Katie Dow @ 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 Katie Dow to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Katie here and get your tickets!

    Katie Dow is a preschool teacher who has always really loved stories- reading them and writing them, telling them and listening to them. She has told stories at Story Club, Story Lab, This Much is True, Loose Chicks, and Sidesplitter. She grew up in Minnesota but, aside from random stints backpacking the world, has spent her adult life in Chicago. Most of her free time is spent with her 3 pound Chihuahua, Mrs. Fezziwig. They're usually drinking wine and watching British reality TV.

    What can you not live without?
    One thing I cannot live without is change. I love change and new things so I go out of my way to create change in my life, whether it's rearranging the furniture in my apartment or a learning a new hobby or moving to a new country. The thought of a life that's nearly the same every day scares me more than anything else

    Katie is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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