Performers!

  • Allison Hendrix @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Allison Hendrix to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Allison here and get your tickets!

    Allison Hendrix is a theatre-maker, yoga teacher, reader of books, pianist, and human-in-training. She has worked in Chicago theatre for the last eleven years, including work with Writers Theatre, The Hypocrites, Boho, and as founding Artistic Director of Kokandy Productions. She loves leggings, avocados, and coffee.

    What scares you?
    LOL OMG EVERYTHING. Okay, but real answer: I’m often most afraid of using my voice, literally and figuratively. I worry that what I have to say isn’t really worth saying.  I worry if I’m teaching yoga (or anything),  who am I to pretend I have anything really new or special to say. Also, spiders. Those things are weird and Arachnophobia was a terrible movie and spiders are terrifying even fake ones!

  • Elizabeth Gomez @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Elizabeth Gomez to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Elizabeth here and get your tickets!

    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 and editor at Heauxs Magazine (a magazine where smart people talk about dumb things), 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. You can learn more about her ridiculousness at thatelizabethgomez.com.

    What scares you??
    Melania Trump scares me the most. I MEAN IS SHE EVEN HUMAN? I have no idea what's happening behind those eyes, but what's more frightening is what kind of evil person could you be if you're married to Trump. I mean, I bet you she's a hair puller in a fight. That's some low down dirty shit.

  • Archy Jamjun @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Archy Jamjun to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Archy here and get your tickets!

    Archy Jamjun is a writer and storyteller from Lincolnwood. He is a member of the writing group Drinkers with Writing Problems, curator of Outspoken LGBTQ stories and co-producer of Talk Stories, An Asian American Storytelling Show. He is a also a two-time Moth Grand Slam winner, professor, server, guncle, and proud father of an undisciplined and coddled cat.  

    What scares you???
    I'm horrified of uncomfortable toilet situations. If I walk into a bathroom and the seat is down, I practically need a xanax to move forward. Port o potties are out of body moments, and I hate that people equate sharing moments of bodily functions with intimacy.

  • Jeremy Owens @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... our founder Jeremy Owens will be sharing a SPOOKY story with us ... learn a little about Jeremy here and get your tickets!

    Jeremy Owens is the creator, producer, and host of You're Being Ridiculous. He's running the NYC Marathon in November, and is super excited to have been invited to participate in FOCUS at Highland Park High School in the spring! He's also . . . #TeamCarole, loves long runs in the forest preserve, and would eat a bag of dirt if it were dipped in caramel and covered in peanuts. He's a sometimes writing and performance teacher, but mostly a secretary for a Rabbi on the North Shore.

    What scares you?
    How long do you have? People who haven't seen Gaga's A Star is Born 25 times. Republicans. Mitch McConnell's turkey neck. Everything about Lindsey Graham. The media trying to force me to have feelings for Melania. Writing. People who announce social media breaks. Stephen King novels. White Castle. Chipotle. Public water fountains. Open toed sandles on men. White women voting against their interests. Snakes. Airplanes. Chicken coops. Cows. Rudy Giuliani. Street meat. Milk ... ewww and weird things like almond and rice milk ... like who needs milk this badly ... that's super scary and also disgusting. Children. Prince Phillip's health. Nazis. Jars of pigs feet. Chopped liver. asymmetrical sleeves. chunky highlights. Men who talk in the bathroom. Straight men. Couples who share an email account or a facebook account or a twitter account or any shit like that. Men who can't be alone with women ... which I guess means Mike Pence is terrifying. Joel Osteen (WHAT IS HIS FACE DOING). The pimple popping show (but also I really love it). BOTCHED! (omg are you watching it? so good and so sad and so scary). Oreos that aren't just oreos, you know like chicken flavored and blueberry pie flavored and shit. telephones. I'd keep going but I do have a job, y'all.

  • Taylor Flory Ogletree @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Taylor Flory Ogletree to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Taylor here and get your tickets!

    Taylor Flory Ogletree holds an MFA in fiction writing from The Michener Center for Writers. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

    What scares you???
    I'm afraid of the world ending before I can afford to buy a hot tub. I'm so close to being solidly middle-class trash I can taste it. That hot tub is my birthright, but since our collective fate as Americans and humans is in the hands of a bunch of dumb assholes, I might die without ever having the opportunity to stew in my own juices whenever I please. That's terrifying, y'all.

  • Meg Benson @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Meg Benson to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Meg here and get your tickets!

    Meg was born in North Carolina, grew up in Grand Rapids Michigan and has lived in Chicago for 40 years.  She’s been married to Art Simon, a Rogers Park boy, for 38 years. They have three great daughters-- Julia, Caroline and Gina, and, of course, Trevor, the terrier. She is Executive Director of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. She loves her work but hates trying to raise money. Otherwise, life is great and she is happy.

    What scares you???
    Haunted houses and slasher movies. I went to a haunted house in college, hated it and never went to one again. Anything where it is dark, you can’t see then someone or something screams and jumps out at you. That and outcome measurements.

    Meg is sharing a story with us at Writers Theatre Saturday, October 20.

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  • Jennie Ellman @ Writers Theatre

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Jennie Ellman to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Jennie here and get your tickets!

    Jennie Ellman is thrilled to be joining You're Being Ridiculous at Writers Theatre.  Jennie has told stories for You're Being Ridiculous, Write Club, Matter Dance, Story Club, and at the Filet of Solo and Steppenwolf.  Recently, Jennie went to Dracula's Castle in Romania and now she's not afraid of anything.

    What scares you the most???
    I used to be afraid of Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump because he was so bitter and mean, and my name is Jennie, and it's the first time I saw a Jenny on-screen (I was nine) and so I thought my life and fate would automatically be like hers. Now, I'm afraid of squirrels because they can freak out and jump on you and then get rabies.

    Jennie is sharing a story with us at Writers Theatre on Saturday, October 20.

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  • Amy Danzer @ Writers Theatre!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to present our SPOOKY new show at Writers Theatre on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Amy Danzer to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Amy here and get your tickets!

    Amy Danzer works at Northwestern University where she manages several master’s programs - including the MA/MFA in creative writing program - and directs NU’s Summer Writers’ Conference. On the side, she interviews authors for Newcity and The Rumpus, at book stores and literary festivals, and is a contributing writer for Heauxs Chicago. When Danzer isn’t working, reading, or writing, she’s regularly at live lit events around town, and occasionally shares a story of her own.

    What scares you the most??
    Clowns and nipple clamps aside, climate change scares me most because it means the fruition of every dystopian storyline EVAR.

    Amy is sharing a story with us at Writers Theatre on Saturday, October 20.

    Follow this link to get your tickets!

  • Lit Crawl Chicago: Eric Rampson!

    FRIENDS! We are super-duper excited and honored to be a part of this year's Lit Crawl produced by THE INCREDIBLE Neo-Futurists! Their curators Jessica Anne (Neo-Futurist Alum), Gwynn Fulcher (Artistic Associate), and Lindsay Muscato (Write Club, Neo-Futurist affiliate) have put together a night of DAZZLING talent that will be capped off with Chicago's FAVORITE: Samantha Irby.

    Please check the schedule and see as many events as you can! We're showcasing NEW TALENT at this year's event ... so check out our FRESH FACES this Saturday, September 22 at 6pm ... we'll be at The Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark) ... with Eric Rampson! Learn all about Eric here and GET READY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT!

    Eric Rampson spent almost 20 years in the city’s improv comedy scene as a performer, director, and coach. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Lonely Robot Comics, through which he publishes his comic book THE REDEEMERS. His short fiction has been published in several literary journals and he holds an MFA in Fiction from The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. You're Being Ridiculous marks his first live storytelling adventure (if you don't count jabbering on and on at parties, work, or home).

    What's your favorite thing about Andersonville?
    My favorite thing about Andersonville is Women and Children First. While it's not unusual for my favorite thing about an area to be a book store, Women and Children First is one of the best book stores around. Their commitment to bringing talented, thoughtful voices into the store to talk, discuss, read, and share is so valuable to everyone in the community.

  • Lit Crawl Chicago: Colin Milroy!

    FRIENDS! We are super-duper excited and honored to be a part of this year's Lit Crawl produced by THE INCREDIBLE Neo-Futurists! Their curators Jessica Anne (Neo-Futurist Alum), Gwynn Fulcher (Artistic Associate), and Lindsay Muscato (Write Club, Neo-Futurist affiliate) have put together a night of DAZZLING talent that will be capped off with Chicago's FAVORITE: Samantha Irby.

    Please check the schedule and see as many events as you can! We're showcasing NEW TALENT at this year's event ... so check out our FRESH FACES this Saturday, September 22 at 6pm ... we'll be at The Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark) ... with Colin Milroy! Learn all about Colin here and GET READY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT!

    Colin has been an ensemble member of the Factory Theater for 11 years. He has served as Writer's Workshop Manager while also writing and performing in a multitude of shows. By day, he writes about anything from toys to toilet paper. At night, he likes to write and perform whenever he can, whether it be at the Factory or elsewhere. This is his first time with You're Being Ridiculous. He is giddily thankful and excited.

  • Lit Crawl Chicago: Stefan Brundage!

    FRIENDS! We are super-duper excited and honored to be a part of this year's Lit Crawl produced by THE INCREDIBLE Neo-Futurists! Their curators Jessica Anne (Neo-Futurist Alum), Gwynn Fulcher (Artistic Associate), and Lindsay Muscato (Write Club, Neo-Futurist affiliate) have put together a night of DAZZLING talent that will be capped off with Chicago's FAVORITE: Samantha Irby.

    Please check the schedule and see as many events as you can! We're showcasing NEW TALENT at this year's event ... so check out our FRESH FACES this Saturday, September 22 at 6pm ... we'll be at The Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark) ... with Stefan Brundage! Learn all about Stefan here and GET READY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT!


    Stefan Brundage is a professional actor and happy to be starting his fourth year as a Chicagoan; he has worked Off-Broadway and all over the country. As a writer, his plays have been professionally produced across New York, Chicagoland, and New England. Along with a one-actor show based on King Lear, Stefan is also writing a new book with the working title: “The Fanboy’s Shakespeare.” He also performs as burlesque personality Dick Pentameter and is a company member of Chicago’s Boy Toy Pocket Cabaret.

    What's your favorite Andersonville spot?
    Stefan’s favorite place in Andersonville is basically all of Clark Street because of his favorite (karaoke) bars: Sofo Tap, Meeting House, and Hamburger Mary’s (Attic), along with Kopi, Brown Elephant, Graham Cracker Comics, and Alleyway Comics.

  • Lit Crawl Chicago: Rachael Carter!

    FRIENDS! We are super-duper excited and honored to be a part of this year's Lit Crawl produced by THE INCREDIBLE Neo-Futurists! Their curators Jessica Anne (Neo-Futurist Alum), Gwynn Fulcher (Artistic Associate), and Lindsay Muscato (Write Club, Neo-Futurist affiliate) have put together a night of DAZZLING talent that will be capped off with Chicago's FAVORITE: Samantha Irby.

    Please check the schedule and see as many events as you can! We're showcasing NEW TALENT at this year's event ... so check out our FRESH FACES this Saturday, September 22 at 6pm ... we'll be at The Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark) ... with Rachael Carter! Learn all about Rachael here and GET READY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT!


    Rachael recently came to her senses and moved back to Chicago after being gone for four years. She currently resides in Hyde Park and is working on a series of monologues discussing black hair. Rachael enjoys cookies, cakes and cocktails and not necessarily in that order. This is her debut performance with YBR.

    What's your most favorite thing about Andersonville?
    My favorite thing about Andersonville are the gin flights at Vincent!

  • Steven Strafford @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Steven Strafford to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Steven here and get your tickets!

    Steven Strafford is an actor and writer living in Chicago. He’s married to a great man. His play, Small Jokes About Monsters, will be at 16th street theatre in Berwyn this coming January. You should go. It’s great. Also, he is often in musicals around town. 

    What's the best advice you've ever received?
    The best piece of advice I ever got was when I was considering moving back to Chicago. My then-boyfriend, now-husband was here doing Blue Man Group, and I was still in NYC. (where we met) We had talked about my moving, but I was wary. I called my dear friend, Harry, an actor with whom I had done a show, and I talked about how nervous I was to move to Chicago. I was a fairly established actor in nyc. Wouldn’t i be  giving all of that up by moving and starting over?

    Harry’s response was epic. He said, “Steven, do you know what the end result of choosing your acting career over love is?” Before I could answer, he continued, “You’ll be eighty years old, eating cheese of a knife in a dorm room in Syracuse, NY, because you were lucky enough to get a part in Absurd Person Singular. Move to Chicago. They have theater there. You’ll be fine.”

  • Jenn Sodini @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Jenn Sodini to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Jenn here and get your tickets!

    Jenn Sodini grew up in Pittsburgh and then moved to Chicago and never looked back. Her featured story on The Moth Radio Hour about running around with no pants on has surely helped her career as an analyst for a medical consulting firm. She hosts and co-produces CHIRP Radio's The First Time storytelling and live music show, which won "Best Live Lit Event" in The Chicago Reader's 2017 Best Of poll (http://firsttime.chirpradio.org).  She also co-hosts and co-produces Psychotic Break, Chicago’s premiere mental-illness-themed variety show (1st Wednesday of the month at Schubas). She loves all sorts of projects (making light fixtures, refinishing furniture, building computers, hydroponic gardening) so long as it's not the thing she's supposed to be doing.

    What's the best piece of adivice you ever received? 
    Get an in-unit washer and dryer. $5000 in therapy talking about how you are bad at self-care - $400 setup because actually you're just lazy = life changing.

  • Brittney Brown @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Brittney Brown to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Brittney here and get your tickets!

    Brittney is pretty stoked and honored to join in on the You're Being Ridiculous fun! You can catch her next as Scraps in New American Folk Theatre's production of Scraps at the Den Theatre starting September 1st. Select previous Chicago credits include: Factory Theater's Adventures of Spirit Force Five (Ensemble), Theo Ubique's Sweeney Todd  (Female Ens. U/S*), Lucky: A Musical at Second City (Hazel), New American Folk Theatre's Hot Pink or Ready to Blow (Tatanya), Kokandy Production’s Bonnie and Clyde (Stella/Ensemble & Blanche Barrow U/S), Griffin Theatre’s Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend*/Harlem Female Ensemble U/S) & Violet (Lula/Almeta U/S*), and WCFA's Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide). She has also directed and music directed productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, [title of show], and Calvin Berger. She is also a proud alumnus of Millikin University’s Musical Theatre program and enjoys working on her screenplays, reading, and expanding her film and music collections.

    What's the best advice you've ever received?
    The best piece of advice that I ever received is that someone else's opinion about you is none of your business. There are so many critics in this world, both professionally and otherwise, & everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however those perspectives should never dictate how you feel about yourself or how you view others because at the end of the day, that perspective doesn't belong to you. You gotta take it all with a grain of salt and continue crafting your art in your own unique way :).

    Britney is sharing a story with us at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater

    Saturday, August 25.

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  • Cassie Slater @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Cassie Slater to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Cassie here and get your tickets!

    Cassie's had a life. She's lived here and in New York and back here again. She's been married and not married (almost). She's birthed a child. She's started a business. She's lived and taught in China. She's sung in lots of fancy places (the actor in her must tell you where they were - Joe's Pub. Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Ars Nova and more). She's had songs written for her (the actor in her has to tell you where to listen to these songs: www.CassieSlater.com). She's won some awards (a Jeff Award and NYMF'S Next Broadway Sensation). She sings with Danni Smith and Meghan Murphy as We Three (check them out, September 17th at The Marriott Theatre). She writes songs and stories and poems for children. She tries to write things for grownups, too. She loves to tell jokes and laugh and can often be found making up ditties while hustling down the streets of Chicago with egg shakers and tiny tambourines in an oversized shoulder bag.

    What is your favorite thing, what can you not live without??
    I hate picking favorites. It's a mean thing to ask someone to do. Especially someone like me -- who overthinks everything. Because my initial thought was, well, sex....duh. But then that makes me seem like a "certain type of woman". So naturally, the next thought was coffee. Because...I love it with a full body passion. Then that made me think of The Gilmore Girls who love coffee and offer me sweet solace in their beautiful town of Stars Hollow when I'm feeling blue. But, then I thought....well, if we're realllllly being honest. It's Prozac. I cannot live without Prozac. If I try to live without it, The Gilmore Girl's sweet comfort will be no match for the heft of the deep-dark web spun by my special brain. But that's intense. You can't tell people that. And honestly, what kind of mother am I that I've thought of sex, coffee, a tv show, and prozac....before my daughter. OBVIOUSLY she's my most favorite thing. She makes life better. She is the greatest thing I've ever done. But here's the deal: without sex, coffee, The Gilmore Girls, and Prozac....I would be a crap mom. So actually, this all feels pretty right.

    Cassie is sharing a story with us at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater

    Saturday, August 25.

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  • Juliet Simon @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Juliet Simon to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Juliet here and get your tickets!

    Juliet Simon is so incredibly excited to be performing in You're Being Ridiculous!! Juliet is an eigth grader at Shepard Middle School and a member of the Another Door Ensemble Conservatory. Her favorite roles inlcude Olive (Spelling Bee), A Player in Pippin, Tiger Lily (Peter Pan) and Ursula (Bye Bye Birdie). She would like to thank her family and Uncle Jeremy for giving her this opportunity!! Come see her in Another Door's production of Godspell this fall!!

  • Casey Coppess @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Casey Coppess to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Casey here and get your tickets!

    Casey Coppess is an actor, comedian, and yoga teacher in Chicago.  After having run away from home to pursue a life of creativity, Casey could be doing a lot better but is still content with how things are going.  Casey recently had surgery after they tore their meniscus playing Blanche Devereaux in Golden Girls the Musical and would do it all again if given the opportunity.

    What do you LOVE, what can you not live without??
    I probably couldn't live without the Golden Girls.  As an actor I try to convince myself to watch new things on television but it is guaranteed that I will watch 1-2 episodes every night on my phone before I fall asleep.  Thank God Hulu streams the entire series online now.  It has changed my life.

  • Kathleen Gibson @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Kathleen Gibson to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Kathleen here and get your tickets!

    Kathleen Gibson is an actor comedian musician and whatever else you'll pay her for (within reason).  She is a music director and second city and a really good baker.  You can hear her music at "Kathleen Sings Stuff" on youtube and see her baked goods paired with celebrity butts at @cakesandcAAAkes on Instagram.  You can also catch her solo show at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival Sunday August 26th at 5.  

    What do you LOVE, what can you not live without?
    I cannot live with out fountain diet coke.

    Kathleen is sharing a story with us at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater

    Saturday, August 25.

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  • Allison Hendrix @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun summer show for you! AND ... we're delighted to welcome Allison Hendrix to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Allison here and get your tickets!

    Allison Hendrix is a theatre-maker, yoga teacher, reader of books, pianist, and human-in-training. She has worked in Chicago theatre for the last eleven years, including work with Writers Theatre, The Hypocrites, Boho, and as founding Artistic Director of Kokandy Productions. She loves leggings, avocados, and coffee.

    What's the best advice you've ever received??
    The best advice I’ve received is every yoga teacher ever who has repeatedly said in class, “and remember to breathe.” Every moment of my life, when everything is amazing or falling apart, remembering to breathe allows me to live in the moment and figure out how to move into the next.

    Allison is sharing a story with us at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater

    Friday, August 24.

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