Performers!

  • 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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  • Katie Viña Medrano @ 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 Katie Viña Medrano to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Katie here and get your tickets!

    Katie Viña Medrano is still working on adding her married name to important paperwork. When she's not writing, performing stand up, or walking her dogs on the beach with her husband, she's totally keeping it together and always on time for things. She's currently on the Keto diet and can be seen around Andersonville, licking bakery windows and crying just a teence.

    What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
    Mija, it ain't ... 'til it is."

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

    Saturday, August 25.

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  • Jacob 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 Jacob Simon to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Jacob here and get your tickets!



    Jacob Simon is a high school senior who got his start in musical theatre at the age of 5. His first role was the Magic Mirror in a funky production of Snow White, featuring the hits of the 70's, and his rendition of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" brought the house down. Since then, Jacob has performed in over 50 musicals.  He is now a member of the Ensemble at Another Door Theatre Project, where he has played numerous roles including Moritz in Spring Awakening, the Emcee in Cabaret, Paul in A Chorus Line, and the Leading Player in Pippin.

    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
    What immediately comes to mind for me is a piece of advice that many people have given to me, and I honestly don't know where I heard it first. The phrase is "You can't look forward if you're looking to the side," and I try to live my life by that. Especially in musical theatre, it's incredibly easy to waste time comparing myself to others, so whenever possible, I try to reclaim that time and use it to work on myself and improve my skills. I find that reminding myself of this advice helps me block out the inner critic and focus on my actual goals, whether I'm in a dance class or sitting in the waiting room at an audition.

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

    Friday, August 24.

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

    Annalise Raziq is a storyteller, writer, singer, and project manager. She sings with the Americana band "Annalise and the Backsliders" and had a story air on the Moth Radio Hour. Annalise is a Polish Arab and has told stories for Palestinians Podcast at the Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. She is most proud of: her amazing daughter Kalila Holt; creating the performance company Sisters Rising with formerly incarcerated women; and her ability to get others to communicate clearly in the corporate-speak vortex without losing her shit (most of the time).

    What's the best advice you've ever received?
    The best piece of advice I've ever gotten came when I was pregnant with my daughter. (And no, it wasn't that story someone told me about how a friend's baby almost died because the mom drank too much coffee or that other person who told me I needed to be playing Mozart in-utero or my baby would never make it to the Ivy Leagues.) (How do you play music in-utero anyway?) My childhood friend told me this: "Whatever stage they are at, whether you love it or you hate it, it will pass." This piece of advice brilliantly covers not only parenting but most of life.

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

    Friday, August 24.

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

    Lupe Nuñez is a proud husband, Dad, first generation Mexican-Chicagoan...on a "Shoot Your Shot Tour"...making video games by day, and telling stories by night.

    What's the best advice you've ever received?
    Best is tough, but recently while thinking over a very difficult decision, someone told me to just follow my heart. It came at a time when I really needed that reminder and I decided to do just that. It's brought on big change for me. Whether it's the best advice I've ever received remains to be seen, but for now it feels good to do me, to be me, and I'm excited to see what the future holds.

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

    Saturday, August 18.

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

    Clarence Browley, co-producer/host of a storytelling show called, The Stoop. I am an expert level gamer, a master level curmudgeon and all around nerd since birth.

    What's the best advice you have ever received?
    In 7 grade my gym teacher told me, after seeing me getting bullied, "Look dude, you are the smartest kid in your grade and you weigh like what 80-90 pounds soaked and wet? and you are a black nerd. Black people won't respect you and white people will not accept you so you might as well be yourself cause you're screwed either way... oh, and learn how to throw a punch."

  • Kenley Eaglestone & Maya Haughton @ 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 Kenley Eaglestone & Maya Haughton to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Kenley and Maya here and get your tickets!

    Kenley Eaglestone and Maya Haughton are excited to be here after their successful surgery to fuse them into one being, Kenya Haughtstone. While living life as separate entities, Kenley has had 6+ years of Stand-up and storytelling experience and was recently featured in the Brew Crew Comedy Tour. You can catch her at the iO Chicago Bentwood Comedy Festival this month. Maya, the much older, grumpier of the two, has performed with Matt Damon Improv and is currently in the ensembles of Second City sketch and improv shows. You can follow them, separately, on Instagram at @ithinkshesontv and @notyomaya.

    What can you not live without?
    (Kenley):  Oh man, it's gotta be a toss-up between Pilot Ink Jet .7 Extra Fine Tip Black Pens and, well, air. Hmm. Wait, no....it's selfies. Definitely selfies.

    What's the best advice you've ever received?
    (Maya):  I was told to stop worrying about how I look onstage and it changed my comedy dramatically. I used to be self-conscious about looking stupid doing physical, loud or bizarre characters so my performances weren't great at first. Once I got comfortable with looking ridiculous, it really upped my game.

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

    Lelia Purky is a 19-year-old writer and performer who attends John A. Logan College in Carbondale. She has written many stories, including a folktale called “The Healing Stew” and “The Yellow Bracelet”, a story about the immigration crisis in the Trump Administration. She has been active in working with the homeless, and is a big advocate of disability rights. She plans to become a recreational therapist for kids with severe disabilities. She is very excited to share her story at YBR.

    What is your favorite thing/what you can’t live without:
    Traveling and kindness.

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

    Jennifer Peepas studied film directing at Columbia College Chicago and international relations at Georgetown, which has equipped her to make weird feminist films with sad endings and pay way too much attention to the news while she gnaws her fingernails down to bloody stumps. Since 2006, she's taught over one thousand people to make movies. She writes the online advice site CaptainAwkward.com and is working on a book of essays.

    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
    From one of my professors in film school, Chris Swider, it's probably a tie between these three:

    1) If you're directing something and the cinematographer wants to shoot it one way and you want to shoot another way it's probably faster to shoot it both ways than to have the argument. The cinematographer will move their crew like a tornado to get it all done, and you will have more options in editing.

    2) The film crew chiefly wants the director to know stuff and make decisions. If you're nervous on set and feel like you're not sure of what you're doing, fake it. Make decisions. The confidence will come later.

    3) If you're going to make mistakes, let them be your mistakes. You can at least learn from those.