Performers!

  • Fawzia Mirza @ Steppenwolf!

    Fawzia Mirza is an actor, producer, writer who believes in dispelling the myth of the ‘model minority’ in mainstream media and in the power of comedy to tackle divisive topics and breakdown stereotypes. She was named a White House ‘Champion of Change’ in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a 3Arts Grant Recipient in Acting, a ‘Top 10 Creative’ by Indiewire magazine, one of Chicago's ‘Rising Stars’ of indie filmmaking and was named to New City Magazine’s ‘Film 50’ list. Her short films have screened at festivals all over the world. In 2016, she was named one of ‘8 Muslims Defying Donald Trump’ for her mockumentary "The Muslim Trump", about Donald Trump's illegitimate Muslim daughter and she is featured in the acclaimed Emmy-nominated and Peabody, Gotham and GLAAD-Award winning web series "Her Story". She has performed theatre across Chicago, including her own one-person play "Me, My Mom & Sharmila" which she's currently developing into a screenplay. She emceed the Chicago Women's March and hosts The Moth monthly at Evanston's Space. Her work has been covered nationally and internationally, including in Marie Claire, Jezebel, Al-Jazeera, AV Club, .Mic, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, NBC News, VICE, The LA Times, Red Eye Chicago, New City Magazine, Indiewire, DNA India, Newsweek Pakistan, and a lot of Indian and Pakistani tabloids. Her latest short documentary "The Streets are Ours" world premiered at the Nashville International Film Festival where it won Audience Award for Best Short Documentary.Signature Move", which she co-wrote, produced and stars in, is Mirza’s first feature-length film, directed by Jennifer Reeder and starring film legend Shabana Azmi. It world premiered at SXSW 2017, is touring festival circuits now and will be distributed on Amazon Video 2018.

    Three things you may not know about Fawzia...

    I was a Lawyer.

    I am becoming an introvert.

    I love underwear.

    Fawzia is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 7...
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  • Kimmy Fleishman @ Steppenwolf!

    Kimmy Fleishman is thrilled to share her incredibly personal story with the masses because who doesn't want to share a personal story with a crowded room of complete strangers? She was born & raised just outside of Chicago, lived in Boston & San Francisco for a bit, and then came back to Chicago because she couldn't stand being that far away from Portillo's. During the week she lives that Med Men life, even though she hates commercials interrupting her Hulu binges. And in her free time she explores and engages in new things, people and places because she's curious like a cat. This is her second storytelling performance experience so bear with her.

    Three things you may not know about Kimmy...

    1.  Ellie Goulding thinks I'm pretty. I used to write for a music blog and she once told me that during an interview. My claim to music fame is that I have almost 7K followers on a music curation website. One of my next career aspirations is to get paid for curating playlists. Anyone hiring for that? Holla!

    2.  I am a registered Uber & Lyft driver. I get about two weeks off of work around Christmas each year and this year, I was bored out of my mind. I registered, drove for maybe three total days, and made probably $140 total. The first day of driving, I went out and bought water bottles, gum, and got a car wash. I spent more money than I made that day. Totally worth it because I have only ever received 5 stars on my rides and that validates I am an overall good person.

    3.  I officiate weddings sometimes. I also DJ/MC weddings, poorly. Did you know that getting officiated is as easy as signing up for a new email account online? The things you can do online these days. Guys, I adopted a dolphin online to offset a bad day I had last year. For real. You can do anything if you put your mind to it with the internet.

  • Erin Diamond @ Steppenwolf!

    Erin Diamond is a writer and comedian.  She is a frequent contributor to The Paper Machete at The Green Mill.  She is the co-creator of Oral: A Storytelling Hour now running at the iO Theater in LA.  Erin also co-produces and performs in The Kiki ( a queer comedy variety show) at The Laugh Factory on the second Sunday of every month.  You can catch Erin opening for the very gay and very talented improv team Babywine at The Annoyance Theatre on Friday, June 16th.  

    Three things about Erin you might not know...

    1) I have successfully rescued and cared for two ducklings, one baby possum, and one baby squirrel-NOT ALL AT ONCE.  The ducklings were rescued out of a condo-complex pool drain.  I named them Flapjack and Poncho and they would swim in a watering can.  I rescued the possum from the middle of the road.  He was hit by a car and had a broken leg.  I named him Acanthus and he was a little rude.  He became so violent and combative that I had to release him into a wooded area behind the Lou Malnati's in Buffalo Grove before he was 100% healed.  I'm sure he's ok.  The squirrel followed me home from work and climbed up the leg of my pants.  I named him Thaddeus and he slept in the front pocket of my hoodie sweatshirt while I stood in line waiting to purchase him Pedialyte at the 24 hour Jewel in Andersonville (I felt like a real mom).  I guess I didn't rescue him...I guess I abducted him.  He went to live with a family in the suburbs and within a few weeks, he turned on the children and had to live outside again. 

    2) I had a creepy obsession with the Romanov Family when I was in elementary and middle school.  I would gather the neighborhood kids to sit under a tree in my front yard where I would recount the assasination of the family in a very graphic manner.

    3) I have Oral Allergy Syndrome.  It's real and no, it has nothing to do with oral sex you pervs!   According to Wikipedia: "Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is an allergic reaction in the mouth following eating food. It is a type of food allergyclassified by a cluster of allergicreactions in the mouth in response to eating certain (usually fresh) fruits, nuts, and vegetables that typically develops in adults with hay fever."  Basically, I can eat raw apples, grapes, or cantaloupe without my throat starting itch like crazy and develop the sensation of it closing.  I didn't have when I was little so I have such fond memories of eating all this fruit.  Now I only eat hash browns.

    Erin is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 7...
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  • Amy Nicole Miller Plays Would You Rather...

    Amy Nicole Miller is a former burlesque clown slash magician slash easter bunny who writes about all the stupid situations she's gotten herself into. Look forward to her upcoming book of essays "Middle Child, Obviously" 

    Would you rather...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Well, I'm a self-righteous humorless vegan, so I'll go with Gilbert Gottfried. Anything is better than living off the flesh of innocent squirrels whose death was caused by the greedy destruction of their natural environments for the sake of capitalism. 

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  Definitely never be able to speak again. I'd be banished from society if I had to say everything on my mind. My voice isn't much better than Gilbert Gottfried's, no-one would be upset. 

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  STOP IT! I hate this. OK, I'd rather watch them have sex every day. Can I make them wear sacs over their heads?,Or even better, fur suits? 

  • Risa McDonell Plays Would You Rather...

    Risa Nystrom McDonell is a former corporate drone, former academic, former consultant, and current aspiring novelist trying to fictionalize her great-grandmother’s real-life friendship with Babe Ruth. She has been published in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, where she wrote a feminist beer column. Risa has told stories at various venues around Chicago, including Voice Box, Louder Than A Mom, and First Person Live, and she is ridiculously thrilled to be doing YBR. She may also be the only mother in North America to send her 4-year-old to preschool with a Bud can hanging around his neck, but that’s a different story.

    Would you rather…

    1.)   Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Farm-to-table is so yesterday. I predict that road-to-table will dominate the culinary trends for 2017, with upscale killeries about to pop up all over the foodie scene. Pass the truffle oil and the balsamic vinegar!

    2.)   Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  When I was three my mother told me my middle name was “Chatterbox,” and I believed her. Then when we moved to a new house, I went up to the neighborhood kids and introduced myself as “Risa Karin Chatterbox Nystrom.” That was the beginning of an unfiltered life. It’s not a productive day if someone doesn’t ask, “But how do you REALLY feel?”

    3.)   Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  MY EYES!!! THEY BURN!!! So I’m just going to pull a Trump and answer the question I wish you’d asked instead of the one you actually asked. We play this game with my 10-year-old all the time, and once he picked a card that asked, “Would you rather have one nostril or a horizontal butt-crack?” Horizontal butt-crack! Duh! “Horizontal Butt-Crack” would be an AWESOME name for a band. “One Nostril,” not so much.

    Risa is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, June 3...

    Follow this link to reserve your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!

  • Ian Belknap @ Steppenwolf!

    Ian Belknap is founder of WRITE CLUB. His essays, criticism, and satire have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, The Daily Dot, Crain's Chicago Business, Untoward Magazine, Story Club Magazine, Bullshitist, The Hit Job, and others. He teaches creative writing workshops, in which you should enroll.

    Three things you may not know about Ian...

    1) I have an irrational love of the Great British Baking Show. If I could transport myself to a fictional world, it would not be Narnia or Hogwart's, it'd be under The Tent, inhaling the smells, hoping for a kind word from Mary.

    2) I have a weakness for birds. My grandpa on my mom's side was an avid bird watcher (kept a log, always binocs handy, etc) and the principle of Admiration and Affection Causing a Transference of Interests pretty much doomed me to being the same way. If I am going out to walk our dumb dogs and there is fresh snow on the ground, the sight of spindly-toed sparrow prints in the snow will make me momentarily happy. This descends, obviously, into ruin the moment I next encounter a human.

    3) I hate cats. Cats are a bullshit waste of time. People who like cats are simpleton punks who deserve to have the faces eaten off when the die in their kitchen and their cat gets hungry. And then to make the EMTs who respond to haul away their carcass make jokes about how you look like one of the alien invaders from They Live, while their stupid cat has the smell of their face-meat on its stupid breath.

    Ian is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 7...
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  • Michael Downey Plays Would You Rather...

    Before we go any further it’s important to remind you that Michael Downey is getting out there and is no longer consciously aware of his grotesque limitations. Mr. Downey (Michael if you're nasty) likes gin, shouting, and lying about his love of gin and shouting. Mickle the Pickle who carries a Sickle has been noted to be nine feet one inch tall by someone with poor depth perception and 170 pounds by the year 1998. He would like to conclude this bio with the wise words of Dr. Alistair Zimzambaum but unfortunately Alistair was just made up so he never had the chance to say anything wise or interesting.   

    Would you rather...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Gottfried all the way. I would never tire of the most serious statements being barked out at me with comic aggression for the rest of my life. Never. Tire. It would also leave me as the only unique sounding person on earth and then I can finally be the snowflake I get accused of being in the comment sections of online news sources.

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  I guess it all depends on how the condition manifests itself. If the cause of the verbal avalanche option is a miniature Sam Kinison on my shoulder yelling at me to “say it! say it!” then sign me up.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  My father is dead so I’ll have to write Steven King yet another letter on the subject and get back to you.    

    Michael is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, June 3...

    Follow this link to reserve your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!

  • Coya Paz @ Steppenwolf!

    Coya Paz is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur. She is the Artistic Director of the historic Free Street Theater, and the mother of a very tiny hurricane. 

    Three things you may not know about Coya...

    1. It is possible I still believe in fairies. 

    2. I heart Vegas, shopping malls, and all hyper-constructed environments - prefer fake nature to real nature 10/10.

    3.  really, really, really love stickers. 

    Coya is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 7...
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  • Dara Davis Plays Would You Rather

    Dara Davis is a recent Loyola University Graduate with a Bachelor of Science (sounds smarter than Arts) in Psychology and a minor in Urban Studies, which means I can only think of one thing and that is finding a job. So if anyone asks me about myself, she’ll probably respond like; My name is Dara Davis, I have been working for the Chicago Debate League doing large event planning and coaching debate at Lane Tech High School for the past four years. She is really interested in working for non-profits because she is motivated and has amazing leadership skills. She's proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and SPSS (if you know anyone looking for a psychology research assistant). She believes she would be a great fit at your organization, but if you have any more questions feel free to email or call her. Thank you for your consideration! Dara Davis.

    Would you rather... 

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  This is a no brainer, eat roadkill for the rest of my life. Midwest roadkill would suck but move me to Australia, I’d have no problem eating deer, rattlesnake, kangaroo, or koala. Just think of it as sustainable meat farming.

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  I’m going to go with never be able to speak again because words just don’t do my emotions justice. I was the type of kid where my mom wouldn’t even have to look at me to know that I was rolling my eyes. And to this day, if you really want to know what I’m thinking just look at my facial expressions.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  This question has me so stressed but if I had to choose I would watch my parents have sex every day for the rest of my life. The silver lining here, is that the stress of watching them have sex would probably kill me, so max I’m only living for like 2 to 3 days.

     

    Dara is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, June 3...

    Follow this link to reserve your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!

  • Samantha Irby @ Steppenwolf

    samantha irby writes a blog called bitchesgottaeat and her new book WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE comes out on Tuesday, May 30.

    Three things you may not know about Samantha ...

    • i really love listening to sports analysis

    • i've never seen any of the star wars movies

    • my ringtone has been "return of the space cowboy" by jamiroquai for 10+ years

    Samantha is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 7...
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  • Michael Williams @ Steppenwolf

    Michael Williams is an avid laugher, a bit of a dandy, a recovering waitress, a purveyor of famous times, a devourer of cakes, a lover of wigs, and a work in progress.  He is fond of making grand proclamations and occasionally following through on them.  He enjoys spending time with his niece and nephew, any excuse to wear a costume, and is that person talking to the dog at a party.  He studied Theatre at Loyola University Chicago and is grateful for the chance to tell you a story.

    Three things about Michael you may not know...

    As a youth I enjoyed entertaining my family with my Ethel Merman impression.  I would like to publicly apologize to my family.

    I fully believe it's a matter of when and not if the zombie apocalypse happens and I have plans in place.  I would very much like to talk to you about yours.

    I cannot resist the urge to order a tuna melt in a diner.  There's something about eating a tuna melt in a greasy spoon diner that I find very nostalgic, romantic, and reassuring.  Unfortunately I also hate tuna melts.  

    Michael is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 14...
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  • Sarah Bunger Plays Would You Rather...

    Sarah Bunger grew up in one of the smallest towns imaginable outside of Dayton, Ohio (think: flashing caution light, a gas station/Subway sandwich shop, and lots and lots of cows). Since moving to the big city nine years ago, she is adjusting to the long winters and nearly complete lack of cows. In addition to teaching English Lit to sophomores and seniors, she hosts two shows: Truth or Lie Reading Series the first Sunday of the month and Do Not Submit: Uptown the third Monday of the month. She has been a featured teller at Solo Theatre, Story Sessions, This Much is True and WBEZ's New Year's Eve celebration. She is a two-time Moth Grand Slam Champion and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and podcast.

    Would you rather...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Apparently you do not know my deep and abiding love for Gilbert Gottfried. Wait--I thought you said Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls). So...still Gottfried. 

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  I think we all know that I already say everything on my mind and that I constantly lost the "quiet game" in elementary school. Also, LET'S STOP QUIETING WOMEN, folks.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  I need some more information: Are my parents in their hey day physically and sexually? Or is this later in life when (I'm guessing) it's kind of quick and no frills?  Either way it's watch because all the therapy in the world cannot undo joining in. 

    Sarah is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, June 3...

    Follow this link to reserve your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!

  • Marla Depew Shares A Secret...

    Marla Depew is a comedic performer and writer, a graduate of The Second City Training Center's Writing Program, a co-producer of the queer-and women-friendly comedy show Just Dickin' Around, the founder of comedy showcase Laughs In The Lounge, and the creator of the one-woman shows Marla Depew: Recovering Christian and Marla Depew's Mom: Farmgirl Gone Wild. She's performed standup and sketch comedy around the country. She's obsessed with Sinead O'Connor and writes feminist fan fiction about The Bachelor franchise called Will You Accept This Prose.

    Three things about Marla you might not know...

    1. I wore a leotard to my baptism and had to pee beforehand. Rather than take the whole thing off I peed right through the crotch, then was submerged in the pool in front of hundreds of witnesses, pee crotch and all. If Jesus exists I think he would find that funny.

    2. I have an incredibly complicated relationship with my body but have no problem being naked in public as long as it doesn't feel exploitative—I was the kid at Bible camp streaking through the woods and bath house, and I thoroughly enjoy posing nude for art classes.

    3. I have never seen any of the Star Wars films. We weren't allowed to consume a lot of "secular" things growing up and I hate space stuff, so I've just never gotten around to watching the movies. Now it's like a bet I have with myself—how long can I go without seeing this franchise?

    Marla is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 14...
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  • Brannen Daugherty Shares A Secret

    Brannen Daugherty used to live in Chicago 117 years ago in gay years. He worked at at a few different theatres around town like Bailiwick, Marriott, Chicago Shakespeare (is that dog and pony show still around?) and was also and Ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Now he lives in Charleston, SC with his gay husband and their straight dog. Brannen still does theatre in Charleston sometimes and owns a few men's clothing stores. This is his first time appearing with YBR and the first time he's written a story that had to be told! 

    Three things about Brannen you might not know ...

    1. I actually grew up in West Virginia before moving to Chicago after undergrad. You might be surprised to know they have a gay bar there, but probably not surprised that it's called The Stonewall. Hey, they're trying!
    2. The first show I ever saw at Steppenwolf was  an amazing production of Hedda Gabler starring Martha Plimpton in 2001! Martha was so good that afterward I stepped out of theatre and walked North for about three hours, silently thinking to myself, "I'll never be that good."
    3. I'm an extroverted introvert. Much like a turtle,  I'll poke my head out for a while and perhaps hump a Croc sandal on camera -  but when I'm done, I really enjoy my shell.

    Brannen is performing with us at Steppenwolf on Wednesdy, June 14...
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  • Gwynn Fulcher Plays Would You Rather...

    Gwynn Fulcher is a staff writer for the award-winning podcast PleasureTown and an Artistic Associate with the Chicago Neo-Futurists. A Write Club multi-champion and a repeat performer of pop-culture rants at Chicago's beloved Paper Machete show, Gwynn has been a featured live essayist around town since 2011, and her work has appeared online or in print for Chicago Literati, Video Game Heart, The Skewer's best satirical essays of 2016, and the forthcoming Good Little Girls.

    Would You Rather...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Though I know I'd be sentencing myself to a life of madness as intense as any found in an Edgar Allen Poe tale: I'll take the Gottfried route. The idea of eating roadkill even once, let alone for a lifetime, is persuasive enough.

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  Never speak again. Hopefully most people will feel so socially embarrassed for me that they'll avoid me altogether. Then I could be free to read all the books I want AND NEVER BE FORCED TO JOIN A BOOK CLUB. Yiss.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  JEREMY. OH MY GOD. WHY. Has anyone actually answered this? HOW? HOW DO YOU ANSWER THIS?

  • TJ Medel Plays Would You Rather...

    This New Jersey native started his performance career ever since he saw Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He has attended The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in New York and holds a BA in Theater from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. On top of that he has studied improvisation and sketch comedy at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City Chicago.

    As a Spoken Word artist for the past 15 years he has featured, performed, and educated around the nation in over 150 schools, colleges, and venues. The most notables being Madison Square Garden, The Legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, and the historical Green Mill in Chicago. He has been on the 2006 New Jersey Youth Slam Team in HBO’s Youth Speaks Brave New Voices, ranked top 20 in the 2007 New York Knicks Poetry Slam Series, and in 2009 became the Southern Fried Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion, earning him the title "King of the South".

    While earning his Theater Degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock he worked as a stage hand at Arkansas Repertory Theater, The Weekend Theater, and The Robinson Theater. As an actor in college some of his most memorable roles are Prince Dauntless (Once Upon a Mattress), Billy Flynn (Chicago), Paul (Kate Crackernuts), and Doug (Gruesome Playground Injuries). 

    As a Chicago resident he has found his groove and worked his way into the performance circuit. He has collaborated with A-Squared Theater Company, Circa Pintig, and featured on Hip-hop Collective Elephant Rebellion's first album ONE Love. He is an ensemble member of the Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble, Theater Unspeakable, and Stir Friday Night. He has directed the improvised rap group Rapture as well as being the current assistant coach of the improv group Noun and Laters. In 2015 he was awarded the Bob Curry Fellowship at Second City and performed in NBC's Breakout Comedy Festival. His most prized possession is his improvised spoken word group PREACH!

    Finally, he is a Teaching Artist for American Theater Company, Mudlark Children's Theater Company, and Second City; and a DJ for Backthird Entertainment and Entertainment Cruises at Navy Pier. Aside from the fact that he clowns, mimes, plays volleyball, and longboards, he is represented by Stewart Talent. Follow him @tjspokenword

    WOULD YOU RATHER...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried.

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  Always have to say everything on my mind.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  Watch my parents. 

  • Chad Peterson Plays Would You Rather...

    Chad Peterson is a former actor, intermittent writer, daily arts marketer, fantasy sports guru and certified dog owner.  He has written short fiction for several literary magazines and has been recognized for his poetry by the Jo-Anne Hirschfield Memorial Poetry Awards and by the Writers’ Institute at UW-Madison.  He has completed two novels (provided that publication is not necessary to earn the label of "completed"), and edited the book "Brother of the Stones" by Eugene Baldwin, which is available for only $2.99 on Kindle and which you should all buy because Gene's stuff is FREAKing great.  Chad is a member of the Literary Writers Network of Chicago and the former Managing Editor of 10,000 Tons of Black Ink literary magazine.  He does not have a blog or a podcast. 

    WOULD YOU RATHER...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried? I choose Gilbert.  It will make my soothing baritone stand out and make me the envy of all that I encounter.  Unless mankind evolves to prefer the sound of Gilbert since that's the norm now...  Never mind. I choose roadkill (with a nice bernaise sauce.)


    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again? Option A does not represent any kind of change for me.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it? The former. Who am I to force my parents to stop having sex every day (in this hypothetical world you've created.)  That's kind of an asshole move, isn't it? Having to watch is a small price to pay to keep them happy.

    Chad is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, May 27 ...

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  • Adrian Gonzales Plays Would You Rather...

    Adrian Gonzales is a writer from San Antonio, Texas who hasn't had any contact with Russian Intelligence informants, at least to his knowledge. 

    Would you rather...

    1) Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  I'd rather sacrifice my hearing than my tastebuds. Gilbert Godfried's voice can be easily tuned out with head phones or just not talking to anyone. The taste of smashed armadillo and hot asphalt can not....trust me...

    2) Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  I'd rather say everything on my mind. It'd probably result with the same remedy to combat a world of Gilbert Godried voices. Head phones and self seclusion.

    3) Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  There is no chance, even in a hypothetical scenario, that my parents would ever make physical (let alone sexual) contact ever again. Even in a world with Donald Trump as president, there is no chance in heaven or hell, this universe or a parallel one that I'd have to imagine my parents in an intimate setting or have to make a decision to watch or join in. If I DID have to make a choice, I'd rather have to eat road kill for the rest of my life without the ability to speak and have everyone in the world sound like Gilbert Godfried. 

    Adrian is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, May 27 ...

    Follow this link to reserve your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!

  • Steve Glickman Plays Would You Rather

    Steve Glickman has been telling stories at weddings and funerals his whole life to wide critical acclaim.  He co-hosts “Do Not Submit” at Uptown Underground every month. He’s told stories at The Laugh Factory, Tellin’ Tales, The Moth Grandslam, This Much Is True, Story Sessions, Story Club, Tenx9, Truth or Lie, OUTSpoken, and First Person Live.  In a prior life he sang with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and played the piano.  By day he’s a software engineer, and he organizes the ping pong league in his office.  His Mom is his inspiration, who at 79 is a ping pong champ many times over, and just recently she kicked his ass at the senior center."

    Would you rather...

    1. Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  I’d take Gilbert Gottfried, then wear soundproof earmuffs all day long and learn how to read lips.  Aren’t I clever?

    2.  Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  I judge everyone in my head, constantly.  I wouldn’t survive 24 hours if I said half of what I’m thinking, but it would be a fun 24 hours.

    3.  Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  OMG this question is making me barf.   I plead the 5th.

    Steve is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, May 27 ... Follow this link to reserver your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!

  • Stephanie Douglass Plays Would You Rather

    Stephanie Douglass is a performer, farmer, writer, and trainer. She is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, and was the head writer for OLN's "Outside Magazine's Ultimate Top Ten.” She hosts Story Club North Side and cohosts the storytelling open mic Do Not Submit:  Englewood. Stephanie is grateful to serve as the Farm Enterprise Director at Growing Home, growing organic vegetables and training Chicagoan with barriers to employment for placement in permanent jobs. She is also a co-founder of Cyahafi (Cha-HA-fi) Blooms, a resource training collective in southwestern Uganda. 

    WOULD YOU RATHER ...

    1. Eat only roadkill for the rest of your life OR Have everyone else in the world sound like Gilbert Gottfried?  Have everyone else sound like Gilbert Gottfried. Especially Bobcat Goldthwait.
    2. Always have to say everything on your mind OR Never be able to speak again?  Always say everything on my mind. (Do I get to pick the language?)
    3. Watch your parents have sex every day for the rest of your life OR Join in once to stop it?  Watch them have sex every day! I want to hear them 30 years after their poisonous divorce, calling each other's names in their Gilbert Gottfried voices!


    Stephanie is performing with You're Being Ridiculous on Saturday, May 27 ... Follow this link to reserver your ticket at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater for that night's performance!