Performers!

  • Jodi Meusel's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Jodi Meusel is an Illionis farm girl at hart who has spent a decade living and working overseas.  She loves flying - movies, ginger ale, snacks and no place to go - she couldn't really ask for more. Jodi now splits her time between rural KS, where her husband teaches and Chicago where she works at Marbles: The Brain Store.  She recently purchased a small studio in Uptown and am trying to embrace mid-century modern as she renovates.  Jodi loves her America Bull dog, Cargo, and her go to plane read is Lee Child - the Jack Reacher series.

    Three wishes for 2017...
    Completion of the Wilson red line stop
    Strong and stable real estate market
    To find time for more tap dancing classes

  • Anne Scott's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Anne Scott was born and raised in Colorado, and moved to Chicago in 2007. She is both a country mouse and city mouse. If she can get it together, she can be found at Do Not Submit open mics and jogging on the lakefront. If she can't get it together, she can be found watching Vanderpump Rules in her Beyonce sweatshirt.

    Three wishes for 2017:
    1. That the Trump presidency is just a recurring night terror
    2. That her friends and family are healthy and happy
    3. That she gets it together

  • Rachael Hoffman's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Rachael Hoffman is an art therapist, yoga lover, traveler and has recently become a cat person, soon to become cat lady.  Rachael has been a performer and entertainer since a young age… ask her mom. 

    Wishes for 2017...
    to protect her body and all women’s bodies against tyrannical rulers
    to bake more cakes
    to tell a story on stage.    

  • Calle Hack's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Calle Hack loves a lot of things like high-fives, hugs, and nachos and is afraid of even more things like heights, the future, and city drivers with strong emotions. She writes for a toy company and freelances for beauty and satire sites. She is very excited to be apart of You're Being Ridiculous.

    Three wishes for 2017...
    She wishes to tell more stories in the future, learn how use her beauty blender, and that we all make it out alive. 

  • Ryan Hamlin's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Ryan Hamlin is a writer/actor who currently balances spreadsheets and databases for a living. He likes to call this "Living the Dream". This is his first time as a storyteller. Ryan is also an accomplished television watcher, barfly, and couch potato. He also has a strange knack for obscure movie and TV trivia. He's very excited to be performing with YBR!

    3 wishes for 2017...
    1. To wake one morning, walk to the bathroom, and find that all of last year was a bad dream because Bobby Ewing is in my shower.
    2. To be Cary Grant
    3. World Peace.

  • Isaac Gomez's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Isaac Gomez is a playwright, dramaturg, and the director of new play development at the award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, IL. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, Co-Creative Director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago (ALTA) where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle, an Ensemble Member with Teatro Vista, an Artistic Associate of Pivot Arts, a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago.

    Three wishes for 2017:
    1)
      For white people to talk to other white people about what it means to be white
    2)  To shift gears and focus primarily on my writing
    3)  Be a better friend

  • Archy Jamjun's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Archy Jamjun is a storyteller and writer from Chicago.  He has participated in many shows around the city including The Stoop, This Much is True, and OUTspoken!  In 2014 he won The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest and in 2015 he won The Moth Grandslam.  When not storytelling or working, you can catch him eating dessert, chasing drag queens, or just being lazy.  He is also an MFA student at Roosevelt University and a server at The Gage.

    My Wishes for 2017...
    1. Finish my thesis and graduate
    2. Publish my thesis as a book
    3. Celebrate doing so in a cabana

  • Heidi Grandberry's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Heidi Grandberry has spent the last three years working as a civil engineer. While engineering is not necessarily her passion, she does enjoy encouraging kids to explore STEM fields. She has worked with organizations such as Project SYNCERE, NSBE and ASCE and has volunteered for the Chicago Regional Science Bowl. Heidi thinks that anyone can be good at math. It just needs to be taught in a way that makes sense.

    Three wishes for 2017:
    1.) Continued overall great health.
    2.) The collapse of white feminism and Taylor Swift
    3.) A successful male birth control pill available to the public

  • Philip Dawkins's 3 Wishes for 2017

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    Philip Dawkins (he/him/his) is a Chicago playwright whose works include Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), and Charm, both of which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, The Homosexuals (About Face Theatre), Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens), and his solo show The Happiest Place On Earth (Side Show/Greenhouse Theatre Center). His adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches with musical collaborator David Mallamud, premiers this February at Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis, and Charm will receive its NYC premiere this fall at MCC. Philip is a Core Writer with the Playwrights' Center, an Artistic Associate of both About Face Theatre and Side Show Theatre, and an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens. He sometimes teaches playwriting at Northwestern University, his alma mater Loyola University Chicago, and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program for writers with disabilities. His plays for young folks and adults can be found at Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing Company.

    As for my three wishes, I'll say this...

    Wish number 1:
    There are 7 billion people on the planet.
    There are roughly 450 million goats on the planet.
    That's enough for every fifteen and a half humans to have their own goat!!!!
    Let's assume that fourteen and a half out of every 15 humans, for some reason, just doesn't want their own goat.
    What I'm saying is: WHERE'S MY FUCKING GOAT!?!?!?

    Wish number 2:
    Remember that 1986 made for tv musical, Babes in Toyland, starring an 11 year old Drew Barrymore, and Keanu Reeves, and Pat Morita as Santa Claus?  
    I do. I remember it.
    Wish I didn't.

    Wish number 3:
    That history would stop retweeting itself.

  • Zoe Stergiannis's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Zoe Stergiannis is a recent graduate of DePaul University, where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Creative Writing. She has since become a Real Estate Agent's Assistant, an online antique sales warrior, a member of the Discovery Squad at the Field Museum, a part-time helper at StoryStudio Chicago, and a writer whenever she can find a moment to sit down. She is currently working on becoming a world explorer who utilizes the creative arts as a way to increase understanding and empathy between people, since she is not good enough at math to explore other planets. Zoe does not believe there is such a thing as "too much ice cream."

    Three Wishes for 2017...
    1) For the automatic food replicators from Star Trek to finally be invented... Imagine the unlimited access to desserts.
    2) For my dog to finally reveal her true Ewok ancestry.
    3) For this new year (and all the years that follow) to be kind to us all. 

  • Margaret Ghielmetti's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Margaret Ghielmetti is from Evanston, where she loves spending time with her 93-year old dad, and credits him with her love for the spoken word. (When they read bedtime stories together, he played Beauty so Margaret could have the role she really wanted: The Beast!)

    My three wishes for the New Year...
    1)
    Get my unicorn, Arabella, all the way to the National Championships.  2017 is ours
    2) Meet new artists...help new tellers...get my creativity out there in new ways and venues  (maybe even - fingers crossed - with YBR at Steppenwolf!)
    3) Be a little [a lot] more generous to those in need or vulnerable.  

    We're gonna need a lot of heart in 2017, y'all.

  • Rashaad Hall's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Rashaad Hall is an actor, writer, visual/performance artist, and teacher in Chicago. He has worked at various theaters including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens and Court Theatre since attending DePaul (2010) BFA program. He is company member of Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble with amazing collaborators focusing on poetry-foward theatre. He is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

    My 3 wishes for 2017 are:
    We combat hatred with radical joy
    Everyone gets woke and stays woke 
    We start cooking more meals for more people 

  • Katie Dow's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Katie Dow is a preschool teacher in Lakeview. She also lives in Lakeview with her 3 pound chihuahua, Mrs. Fezziwig. She grew up mostly in Minnesota but, apart from 5 years of backpacking around the world, has spent most of her adult life in Chicago. In her free time she is probably playing sports, drinking wine, or watching British reality TV shows. 

    3 Wishes for 2017...
    1) To learn how to do the worm
    2) That my dog can ride on the back of another dog like a horse
    3) Peace on Earth

  • Jennie Ellman's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Jennie Ellman is excited to be back at Fillet of Solo with You're Being Ridiculous.  She has also performed at Story Club, Write Club, Oy! Let Me Tell You, and Matter Dance.  She is currently celebrating the month of JENuary and loves bar trivia.    

    Three Wishes for 2017...
    1. I wish to ride the holiday train for the first time in 2017
    2. I wish finally watch The Goonies in its entirety in one sitting
    3. Peace, but seriously though

  • Molly Brennan's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Molly Brennan is excited to return to YBR. In Chicago, she has performed at Lookingglass, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Neo-Futurists, About Face, Lifeline, Second City, Lyric Opera, House, Factory, and others. She has toured the U.S. extensively as well, most notably Denver Arts Center, PS 122 in NYC, the Arsht in Miami, Alliance in Atlanta, and the Kennedy Center. She is excited to begin rehearsals with her p(ART)ner Malic White for "Picnic" at ATC, directed by Will Davis. She is a member of AEA and represented by Paonessa Talent. Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave-lux.

    Her three wishes for 2017...
    1. Health and prosperity to everyone.
    2. A global recognition of the damage we are doing to our planet and each other and Collective Val to remedy this.
    3. The aliens come and save us.

  • Kimmy Fleishman's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Kimmy Fleishman is a newbie to story-telling but was likely performing in the womb. She charged a penny to every person her parents had over as a child to watch her dance and sing for a half hour minimum in her self-proclaimed AMAZING one-girl show. Since growing up into an adult (kind of), she's offset the stress of her advertising industry career life by performing wherever she can. She studied at the Second City Training Center and performing with the Musical Improv Conservatory and officiates her friend's weddings when they aren't too Catholic or too Jewish. 

    3 Wishes for 2017...
    1) To be best friends with both Abbi & Ilana from Broad City
    2) For dogs to have as long of life spans a humans
    3) For 1,000 more wishes, obviously

  • MT Cozolla's 3 Wishes for 2017

    MT Cozzola is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her play DANCE FOR BEGINNERS premieres at the Piven in May and she hopes you'll come see it. She’s delighted and grateful to be ridiculous. More at www.mtcozzola.com

    My 3 Wishes for 2017...
    1. To practice yoga every day instead of feeling bad for not. I know daily yoga would change my life, I've seen the evidence based on the times I actually did it more than one day in a row. And I want that change. I do, but here's the part I don't get: something mostly always stops me. What is that something? It doesn't seem connected to the words and intentions and wisdom part of my brain. It's right next to that, like a child lock. Is it a switch installed by Martians when I was sleeping? My friend Deanna Moffitt says our sense of self is filtered through the questions we ask, so I guess my real wish is to find out finally in 2017 whether I'm really a Martian or just lazy. And what does lazy even mean? I've heard that word doesn't even exist.

    2. To sew a pocket on my new pajama pants. 

    3. To be less controlling. Specifically, to want to be less controlling. I know the way I want it to be, and it's perfect the way I see it, and when you come in with your chaos meaning your own ideas and/or instincts and/or unpredictable behavior, it messes up my stage picture and I panic a little. But really, shouldn't this third wish have something to do with our America? Or would Deanna say I am redefining Patriotism? Yes. That is my third wish. 

  • Ines Bellina's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Ines Bellina is a writer, podcaster and storyteller. She is the co-founder of the monthly Live Lit show, Is This a Thing? and has read at Story Club, Serving the Sentence, 20X2, The Marrow, Miss Spoken, Essay Fiesta, Tuesday Funk, and other events around town. Ines is also one of the hosts of XX,Will Travel, a podcast geared towards independent women travelers which you can subscribe to on iTunes and find on all the social media. When she's not working on a manuscript or over scheduling herself, Ines sings love songs to her bulldog Charlie. 

    My 3 wishes for 2017...
    1) Electoral reform at both a national and state level so that the will of the people doesn’t get screwed over by heteronormative patriarchal and racist machinations.
    2) An end to the crisis of empathy that has taken the world by storm
    3) One day on a tropical island with some fruity, boozy drink in my hand and Idris Elba by my side. I’m not completely selfless, you know.

  • Jennie Ellman's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Jennie Ellman has never produced, published or been awarded anything for her writing, however, she recently bought a life-size flamingo lawn ornament that she keeps in her living room underneath her disco ball. Jennie has performed in You're Being Ridiculous, Story Club, Write Club, Oy! Let Me Tell You, Fillet of Solo and Matter Dance.  She got her first record player in 2016 and can almost confidently say that she has started a pretty decent vinyl collection.  

    My Three Wishes for 2017...
    1. I wish to finally dust off that guitar that has been sitting in my closet for 11 years and learn how to play a song
    2. I wish that in 2017, people stop thanking people for their birthday wishes on Facebook while it is still their birthday so that those, like me, that are late to wishing that person a happy birthday on Facebook on their birthday don't look like a schmuck
    3. Peace, but seriously though

  • Kim Nelson's 3 Wishes for 2017

    Kim Nelson is a writer, performer, and former roller derby skater from Chicago. After retiring from contact sports, she became a regular contributor and co-editor of the literary blog Drinkers with Writing Problems, and co-producer of their live show, Lit Up, every last Friday of the month at Brisku's Bistro. According to a Buzzfeed quiz, her spirit animal is a dog wearing sunglasses. You can follow her on Twitter @ponytailup

    My Wishes for 2017:
    Ideally, world peace comes about when a certain sentient cheeto gets 'unpresidented.' Equality, kindness, tolerance, and love sweep across the land. No one is treated differently because of their gender, orientation, race, or religion. Kit Harrington appears in my dreams on a weekly basis. If that's all too much to ask, then I hope at least the upcoming season of Game of Thrones is pretty rad.