Performers!

  • Adithi Chandrashekar @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Adithi Chandrashekar is an actor and writer based in Chicago. Her solo performance piece Open Season, was written and produced as part of The Gift Theatre's inaugural 4802 residency, a lab which focuses on new work research and development. Her most recent appearances include Bull in a Shop at About Face Theatre, We're Gonna Be Okay at American Theater Company, Wit at The Hypocrites and NBC's Chicago Med. Adithi is a proud 2015 graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and has trained at the Second City Training Center's writing program, iO Theater, Green Shirt Studios and the Acting Studio Chicago. She is represented by Stewart Talent Agency.

    What are you thankful for this year??
    1. My family, friends and pup -- this year and every year. I am surrounded by love and loving people. I'm so thankful.

    2. Art. Art is activism. It's a subversive voice for the disenfranchised, and it's the articulation of hope. I love experiencing it and I love making it.

    3. Food. Enjoying food and art together. Enjoying food with family. Enjoying food alone. Enjoying feeling nourished—cooking whole foods and eating well. And, feeling immense gratitude and humbled that I have the privilege of enjoying so many things—including but not limited to food—when so many others cannot.

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

    Saturday, November 17.

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  • Karen Clanton @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Karen Clanton is an attorney whose law degree did not stifle the English major lurking within.  She has forged a career as a writer in the legal profession, where she develops internal communications strategy for a major law firm.  Karen served as the Reporter for an American Bar Association (ABA) Commission examining diversity and has led editorial projects for both the ABA and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a single mom living on the South Side of Chicago chronicling her adventures through stories that can be heard at open mics on the city’s live lit scene. 

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1 - My Village: The eclectic, outrageously generous and kind family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who band together in support of my son and me.  From offering sage advice on childrearing to watching my child when I was away on business for 10 days, I couldn’t make it without them.

    2 - Live Lit: Sharing stories at various outlets all across Chicago allows me to breathe.  When I first starting writing, I had no idea there was a community that would want to listen.  I am relieved that there is.

    3 - Law & Order Reruns (The original series): The predictability of knowing who did it, why,  how, when the plot twist will come and that Jack McCoy (or Ben Stone) will make it right all within a well-written hour gives me a great sense of comfort.

  • Randy Kim @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Randy Kim is a queer Southeast Asian-American who currently serves as a board member with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum in the Chicago Lincoln Square neighborhood (Ask him for more details). He began his storytelling at YBR in the summer of 2016 and has been storytelling at various events across the city since then.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1) I got to experience visiting Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince.  It was a life-altering experience, so much so, that my favorite color went from Green to Purple.

    2) That I can still keep up with the young'ins on the dance floor because I'm doing something right to keep age gods at bay for now.

    3) I am able to make critical decisions, not just for myself, but for my family.  Over the summer, I've been tested at every turn, and luckily my decision-making has worked to my advantage.

  • Marya Morris @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Marya Morris is a city planner, geography buff, and GPS refusnik. She was born in New York, grew up in Madison and lived in Chicago for 20 plus years. In 2008 she got married and moved to the North Shore where she now lives with her husband, three kids (each at various points on the launch trajectory), and her mother.  Marya started telling stories at Louder than a Mom in 2016 and just last month was the winner of the Chicago Moth GrandSlam. In 2018 she played the role of "Mom" in three separate short films, one of which is being made into a bona fide Hollywood feature film in 2019.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1. I am thankful for climate scientists. The are doing critically important (although often very depressing) research and reporting to save our planet in the face of white hot stupidity in the White House and Congress. 

    2. I am thankful for Graeter's Smores flavored ice cream. Please, please, PLEASE don't tell me the company owner believes Earth was created 6,000 years ago. #boycottfatigue

    3. I am thankful for the roof over my head. It's a homely mansard roof, clad in peeling vinyl tiles the color of red bricks. If the house was mine I'd fix the roof but for now I am just grateful I get to live under it.

  • Kurt Conley @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Kurt lived most of his life in Erie, PA. But in 2013, he traded one Great Lake for another and moved to Chicago, where he completed an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Currently, he’s putting the finishing touches on his first novel while working hard on the follow-up, making feminist-as-fuck art, volunteering at the Gerber Hart Library, and being the queerest queermo he can be.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1) my husband: Look, yes I know this is fucking gross but I really don't care. He's amazing and cute and a total goofball and you should be so lucky.

    2) my therapist: I'm fortunate to be in a position where I can afford it, and my therapist is wonderful and has helped me through some legitimately tough times. We cry together. How cool is that?!

    3) my friends: I was going to put something irreverent and silly for my third thing, but this world is a goddamn shitshow and I don't have time for it right now. Do what I do and surround yourself with beautiful souls that accept you no matter what, purple lipstick or not.

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

    Saturday, November 17.

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  • Carlos Antonio Piñón @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Carlos Antonio Piñón is a three-time You're Being Ridiculous storyteller unless you count the time a lady confused him for a different Latino man, in which case it's four-time. The last time he was at Uncommon Ground, his date was on the phone the entire time, but the food was good.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1) I'm thankful for those old school toilets that waste a bathtub of water each flush. I'm sick and tired of those low-powered, auto-flush pieces of shit. I clog a toilet 300 times a week because of those things. I'm just glad actual sturdy toilets exist.

    2) I am a big fan of privacy, so the next thing I'm grateful for is gender neutral bathrooms. I don't want to be in the same room as anyone when I do my business and honestly neither should you.

    3) I'm super thankful for my boyfriend. If you thought this one wasn't going to be about poop, then you're wrong. I shat my pants at his earlier this year and he didn't break up with me then and there. I still think about it. Honestly, I think we're closer because of it.

  • Josh Friedberg @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Josh Friedberg is a Chicago-based music historian, essayist, and singer-songwriter, as well as a writing tutor and bookseller. He hosted a radio show on CHIRP Radio (107.1 FM) for a while, and he hopes to eventually publish a memoir on his struggles with being Autistic and gay. The story he is telling tonight will surely end up in that book. This is his storytelling debut, taken from a piece he wrote on moments when music made his life better.

    What are you thankful for this year??
    This year, I'm thankful for getting a lot more writing done (and published) than in past years, co-leading one of the biggest projects of my life, and making it to my 30th birthday. I love community, I love music, and I love writing, and these 3 things helped me integrate different areas of my life that I love.

  • Jessica DiMaio @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Jessica DiMaio is a Chicago native and graduate of Columbia College’s Fiction Writing program, who has since switched over to non-fiction because the truth is always stranger. When she isn’t writing, you can find her at her day job as an esthetician, which has given her very passionate opinions about eyebrows and skincare. She has read for the live lady lit event, Miss Spoken, and is very excited to be performing with You’re Being Ridiculous.

    What are you thankful for this year?

    1. Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. My day job basically requires me to hover over people for a living, and doing yoga every day with a personality that is both silly and soothing helps to keep me strong so I don’t break my back.

    2. I recently took a ten day trip to the Pacific Northwest, and even though it’s arguably prettier than the Midwest, it made me appreciate how much more sun we get. Our seasons in Chicago are all over the place, but I’ll take it over constant gray and gloom.

    3. I recently entered midlife, and it turns out that it was nothing to be afraid of. People and lifestyles can change, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is over.

  • Megan Fulara @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Megan Fulara is a Chicago native TEMPORARILY living in the suburbs. She is the host of the wildly successful ‘Live From Wherever We Are, It’s The Megan Fulara Show!’ (not a real show). By day she is a pencil pushing bureaucrat and by night a robust fitness enthusiast and yogi. She enjoys storytelling, comedy, and local government.

    What are you thankful for this year??
    1. My duffle bag, lovingly nicknamed ‘Ho on the Go’ as it takes me from work, to play, to my Barbie
    home office.
    2. All things yoga—music, breath, sweat, and stretch.
    3. My 3 rented children (read: niece & nephews), Anthony, Penelope & Henry.

  • Alisa Rosenthal @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Alisa Rosenthal is a musician and teaching artist. A true old millennial, she works approximately a thousand jobs. You can find her around the Old Town School of Folk Music, Lurie Children's Hospital, the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, and playing kids' music at a surprising amount of downtown office holiday parties. www.alisarosenthal.com

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1. I'm thankful to have a brain that doesn't overheat at the thought of the singular use of "they." AND I WAS AN ENGLISH MAJOR - IF I CAN GET OVER IT, ANYONE CAN.

    2. Having newfound vocabulary to express consent and discomfort. If I don't want to be hugged by you, male coworker, I'm just gonna tell you I don't wanna be hugged!! 

    3. Not being in my twenties anymore. I loved my twenties, don't get me wrong. How was I able to look amazing in EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO? But now at 32, I have such a deeper appreciation for the finer things in life, like making soup, passive aggression, and a night spent in.

  • Jennon Bell Hoffmann @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Jennon Bell Hoffmann is a freelance writer, editor, and dance party enthusiast. You may have seen her perform at Funny Ha Ha, Story Club, Story Studio, Story Lab, or a few years ago at Second City Conservatory. Or maybe you haven't. Either way, it's cool that you're here now. Hi!

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1) Podcasts. For the most part, I like hanging out with my toddler, but when it's time for a nap, I do not fuck [can I swear?] around. The car is a fail-safe way to get her to sleep so I plan our day around errands and activities that require a good-length drive. Cue up some podcasts, grab coffee or drive-thru french fries, and hit the streets. It's quality parenting at it's best.

    2) The Good Place. I parent during the day and work during nap time and nighttime, so watching TV--let alone multicam sitcoms on network television--are not high on my list for down-time activities. But NBC's The Good Place is just. so. great. Ted Danson is a national treasure. And it's fun to think about the afterlife as the Apocalypse is upon us.

    3) French Silk Pie. Not the Sara Lee kind. Not the supermarket, single-serve, I'm-having-a-cheat-day! kind. Not the Market Day/Costco knock-off kind. It's the OG Bakers Square FSP with curly-q chocolate swirls on top. It's decadent, it's luscious, it's accessible without being necessary, it's as basic as you get. The 5 minutes you have to wait at the Bakers Square counter to get that telltale red pie box is worth the stench of overcooked french fry oil that seeps into your hair and clothes. I love everything about it. 

  • Jen Bosworth @ Uncommon Ground!

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


    Jen Bosworth is a writer and actor from Evanston. Her solo show... WHY NOT ME, which she wrote and performed, enjoyed two successful runs here in Chicago and was named the 'breakout hit' of the NYC International Fringe Festival. Jen currently spends her days trying to finish her son of a biscuit screenplay, auditioning for television/film and watching reruns of Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen on Youtube. She lives in Rogers Park with her skateboarding lawyer husband and her imaginary French bulldog named Boots.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1. Rage-rage means I care. When I care I do things I am proud of. And when I am proud I feel like my dead parents are proud. And even in their deaths I would like to make them proud. Because I love them. And they loved me.

    2. Levity-I refuse to despair 100% of the time. This is what oppressors want us to feel. 100% of the time. I will laugh and make jokes. I must. And I will revel in other humans who strive to connect with humanity through humor and perhaps a broader perspective.

    3. Lip balm-I will kill someone if my lips stay chapped for too long. Just facts.

  • Michael Downey @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Michael Downey is a bag of mostly water. He is tickled pinkish that you’re interested in reading about his background.

    It was around 5:28 p.m. on Wednesday February the 11th 1987 right before a viewing of the rerun of the Star Trek episode “The Lights of Zetar” that Michael first invented the following sandwich

    4 slices of Wonder bread

    3 tablespoons of extra crunchy peanut butter

    ½ cup of dried cranberries

    1 tablespoon honey

    1 ounce pringles sour cream and chive potato chips.

    2 tablespoons room softened butter.

    Apply peanut butter to two separate sandwiches. Drizzle honey and then layer dried cranberries on one side of each sandwich and then pile potato chips on the other side of each sandwich. Smash together. Take rolling pin and lightly roll out sandwiches into pancake. Use old rusty cookie cutters to make a few shapes. Butter shapes generously. Pan fry until golden brown. Eat with 1980’s microwavable French fries paired with home stirred Hershey’s syrup chocolate milk before your mom gets back from work and asks what the hell you’re eating and why the kitchen is a mess.

    When not remembering terrible things he ate as an adolescent Michael is a stay at home dad and creator/host of the podcast “Drop Dad Gorgeous”. He’s glad to be back on stage with “You’re Being Ridiculous” and is truly thankful to Jeremy for the opportunity to get some stage time with the other incredible YBR story tellers. Check out Michael’s further adventures in the land of parenting at dropdadgorgeous.com or lookup his podcast of the same name.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1) My dog barking from the window at the teenaged couple arguing across the street again in the middle of the night. I get to get up and drink a glass of water and wrap myself up in the notions that A) I have a few more hours until I have to get up and B) those two yelling across the street aren’t related to me.

    2) My wife falling asleep in front of the television 4 minutes and 18 seconds after laying on the couch. This means I can watch all the terrible 80’s sitcoms and low budget 50’s sci-fi I want.

    3) Shitty parents in stores. They make me feel so good about my own shitty parenting when they yell at their shitty kids in front of me and my own kids. I get to look at their parental shittiness and enjoy watching my kids realize how not quite as shitty I am. It’s a big old shitty win.

     

     

     

     

  • Brooke Allen @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Brooke Allen is a playwright, storyteller, receptionist, graduate student, cat owner, registered voter and all around nice person. She has performed often with YBR, The Paper Machete, Essay Fiesta and many more. Earlier this year she produced and hosted the show, “Sex and Candy” for the 2018 Lit Crawl.  She is a former producer of Mortified Chicago and is super thrilled to return to writing something in non-APA format.

    What are you thankful for this year??

    1) My friends. They have all been so dreamy and patient and loving while I’m in school and they buy me coffee and cook me dinner and listen to me freak out and give me tons of hugs and let me come over and do homework at their houses just so I can be near them.

    2) The video of my mom and my little nephews dressed as zombies and learning how to do the “Thriller” dance at their community center which as of this writing hasn’t even happened yet but which I already know is the best video I will ever see.

    3) Schitt’s Creek. That show makes me laugh out loud every episode and is surprisingly endearing. I also have a supremely complicated crush on Daniel Levy.

  • Amy Sumpter @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Amy Sumpter has been doing stand up for over 10 years.  She has performed all over the Midwest and is a local staple at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square with the kates! She was a contestant on Season 9 of Last Comic Standing and is in an all female Beastie Boys tribute band called She's Crafty.  

    What are you most thankful for this year??
    1. I am thankful for Talenti's Pistachio gelato and Target for having them on sale.  (it's an expensive habit that I JUST CAN'T QUIT)

    2. The Beastie Boys for writing a book that both makes me Laugh out loud as well as remember all the feeling I have for them and how sad I still am that we lost Adam "MCA" Yauch.  

    3.  Friends. Thankful for all of them that listen to stupid woes of dumb crushes and have built me up when I am down and have reminded me why I perform and why I need it. 

  • Shanna Shrum @ Uncommon Ground!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to be back at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater with a fun fall show for you! AND ... 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! and host of the podcast Making An artist. 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 are you most thankful for this year??
    She is thankful for her hair colorist, meditation practice, and the opportunity to work with and support people that she loves and respects through her coaching business. Each of these things make her look and BE better.

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

    Friday, November 9.

    Follow this link to get your tickets!

  • Carma Nibarger @ Uncommon Ground!

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


    Carma Nibarger is a local stand-up comic and story-teller.  By way of Florida, Alabama, and mostly Indiana, she has been in Chicago for nigh on a decade, slinging stories and jokes with or without a microphone.  Part golden retriever, part baby sloth, she has delighted audiences with her introspective narratives at The Kates, The Blackout Diaries, and is a regular on the Feast of Fun podcast.

    What are you most thankful for this year??
    1. I'm thankful for my families, bio and otherwise.  They put up with my neuroses with a hug, a smile, and sometimes an ice cream cone or a cocktail.
    2.  I'm thankful for this city every day. I've lived in a few towns before landing here, but let me tell ya...as a mustard-lover since forever,  when I had my first Chicago dog, I felt like- yes.  This is home.
    3. DUH.  Biggest thanks to YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS, AND MOST OF ALL, YOU, DEAR READER... and I hope to be live audience.

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

    Friday, November 9.

    Follow this link to get your tickets!

  • Nicky Margolis @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Nicky Margolis is an alum of the Second City Etc stage and Second City Touring Company. She has recently gone back to school to get her Masters in Conflict Resolution.  So don't fuck with her - she will conflict resolute your ass.  (you can leave that part out if you want)  She is the mother of two awesome, hilarious and sweet kids.  

    What are you most thankful for this year??
    I'm most thankful for my friends, my community and my family.  And also cookies. 

  • Paulina Jones-Torregrosa @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Paulina Jones-Torregrosa is a PhD student in English at Northwestern University. She just moved to Chicago from Somerville, Massachusetts. Before starting her PhD, Paulina taught seventh grade English, so now she's not afraid of anything. Some of Paulina's favorite things are pugs, Jane Austen movie nights, and dinner parties.

    What are you most grateful for this year?
    1) I'm grateful for my family. My brother is a proud dad to three cats, my mother once used all of the alcohol emojis in a single text, and my dad still signs his texts "Dad." I love them so much.

    2)
    I'm grateful for New England -- for L.L. Bean, cobblestoned cities, and everyone I left behind.

    3) I'm grateful for my friends from grad school who built my desk. I supplied the wine; they interpreted the instruction manual and wielded the screwdrivers. It was a time when I admitted I was afraid of something (building furniture) and my vulnerability was rewarded by people swooping into help. It was the first night I felt I could be at home in Chicago.

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

    Friday, November 9.

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  • Shandee Ewert @ Uncommon Ground!

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

    Shandee Ewert is a Minnesota native, a fast walker, and a nacho aficionado. She works at a college where the students simultaneously keep her young and remind her how uncool she is. She has tendency to sign herself up for things late at night when her decision-making skills are tired. It’s this habit that has resulted in her going skydiving, taking a burlesque class, going to grad school, and telling stories on stage.

    What are you most thankful for??
    I’m thankful for folks in my life who both validate and challenge me, for people who speak sarcasm, because without them no one would ever laugh at my jokes, and for my sister’s adoption of Dolores, a mini goldendoodle who has introduced me to the joys of being an aunt.

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

    Friday, November 9.

    Follow this link to get your tickets!