Performers!

  • Shanna Shrum @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. 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! Because when you party so hard, you have to spell it with an H! 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 is your favorite thing, what can you not live without?
    My favorite thing that I can't live without are my running shoes and a halfway decent sports bra. If I don't go running a few times a week I turn into a literal monster stuck inside a dumpster fire. It's not pretty.

    Shanna is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Willy Nast @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Willy Nast to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Willy here and get your tickets!

    Willy Nast is a writer originally from Aurora, Illinois, and yes, he has seen the movie Wayne's World an astounding number of times. He co-hosts Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square every third Monday, as well as the "completely unpretentious" literary podcast All Write Already. You can find out more about what Willy is writing and where he’ll be reading at willynast.com.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    Last year, after a lifetime of sourcing my kitchen cutlery from CVS and working myself into a ball of sweaty desperation every time I chopped a potato, I went ahead and spent a decent little sum of money on a stainless steel, all-purpose chef's knife from Japan. I didn't know a knife could give me joy. I show it off to my friends. LOOK AT THIS FUCKING THING CUT THIS CARROT, I tell them. They hum their approval. I look forward to using this knife, which means I make more plans to cook at home, which means I eat out less, which has improved my economic and physical situation in the ways you'd expect. And all because I finally bought a decent knife, which I had the means to purchase many years before. I've become a good knife proselytizer. Get a better knife, I tell my family, my friends, people on the bus. You won't regret it.

    Willy is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Scott Duff @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Scott Duff to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Scott here and get your tickets!

    Scott Duff is a Chicago- based actor, comedian, radio host, and professional gay who recently opened for the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour. A regular at Laugh Factory, he is the host/producer of The Kiki: Queer Comedy with Variety and has gayed up audiences at venues all over the city and the Midwest including Zanies, iO, The Annoyance, Uptown Underground, and Comedy Sportz. As an actor he has performed with Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, About Face Theatre, ATC, and Lookingglass Theatre, and he can be seen in a variety of independent films. You can listen to Scott every Sunday on OUT CHICAGO, a weekly live talk show for the LGBT community airing from 11am-1pm on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk AM & FM.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    The one thing that I can't live without is my subscription to Bon Appétit magazine.  I know, it's shocking that a gay man loves to cook.  Every month I wait with eager anticipation for that magazine to arrive.  I read it cover to cover, dog-earring each recipe I want to try.  And it doesn't stop with the physical magazine.  I receive to emails a day from BA, and I click on every one.  31 Weeknight Pasta Dishes?  Hell, yes.  Our Best Non-Stick Skillet?  I'm ordering it.  67 Sides for Your Holiday Table?  I ask, "Why only 67?"  I have a problem.  Send help.  And coconut milk.  I'm always out of coconut milk.

    Scott is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Ashley Ray @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Ashley Ray to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Ashley here and get your tickets!

    Ashley Ray is a Chicago comic, storyteller and writer. Her work explores the intersection between race, gender, sexuality, pop culture and sometimes astrology if she's feeling weird. The Chicago Reader voted her the 2nd best Chicagoan to follow on Twitter, but that's only because she's funnier in real life.

    What do you love, what can you not live without?
    I could never live without attention. Honestly. I am thoroughly and constantly motivated by a need for attention more so than a need for love, affection, or sustenance. If people are paying attention to what I'm writing, saying or performing, maybe they'll relate to it. Maybe they'll be inspired by it. Maybe it means my weird, isolated life isn't so weird and isolated and we're all just out here doing our best and being incredibly embarrassing.

    Ashley is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Andy & Jeremy @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series-Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Andy Fine & Jeremy Owens to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about them here and get your ticketsAndy Fine is an English teacher at Lane Tech College Prep High School, where he is the head coach of their very successful debate team. He loves reading, musicals, and his gorgeous dog Sally Field.

    Jeremy Owens eats oreos and takes baths while patiently waiting for Donald Trump to die.

    What do you love most, what can you not live without?
    A: my husband, my family, my dog, my friends, my students, reading, vacations, coffee, brunch, shopping, walking, dancing, resting, laughing.
    J: Cher. Michelle Obama, and Oreos.

    Andy & Jeremy are sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Sarah Zematis @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Sarah Zematis to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Sarah here and get your tickets!

    Sarah Zematis is a performer, writer, director & producer, as well as a proud company member of 2nd Story. She has worked throughout Chicago with companies such as Porchlight, Emerald City & Strawdog. She was featured in the Chicago cast of Listen to your Mother, a nationwide storytelling event, giving Motherhood a microphone. Some of her more interesting performance credits include being a maiden at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, singing with an Andrews Sisters trio at Green Dolphin Street, and giving voice to deaf actors at Centerlight Theatre. But, far and away, her favorite gig is being Mom to her Wee Three. Not only do they fill the days with fun – they make for some excellent story material! To hear more, check out her podcast stories, available for your listening pleasure at www.2ndstory.com/podcast.

    What is your favorite thing?
    Well, my favorite things are seasonal. Spring - The world coming alive again. Everything feels possible and hopeful. I live for the day I walk outside and get a noseful of spring blossoms, especially Lilacs. I hunt them furiously, as they are gone much too quickly. Summer - ALL OF THIS! (why isn't it summer always?) But, most especially, drinking cocktails on a pier, watching a glorious sunset. Fall - Fresh school supplies and new clothes. The glorious changing of the leaves. My children and I go on leaf walks, collecting the most beautiful ones and pressing them to display on our Thanksgiving table. Winter - (gotta dig deep for this one...Again, why isn't it always summer?) I've grown to love this more as I view it through my children's eyes - hot chocolate, snowmen, sledding, fireplaces roaring. And, most especially, big bed cuddles. Whenever things have gone sideways and we need to start over, someone calls out "BIG BED CUDDLE". All five of us scurry to get under the covers of the king size bed and proceed to reset all the wrongs that occurred on the outside.

    Sarah is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Rob Lindley @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Rob Lindley to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about him here and get your tickets!

    Rob Lindley  – Rob has been seen on stage at Victory Gardens Theatre (Fun Home) About Face Theatre (The Tempermentals), Northlight (Funnyman), Goodman (Candide), Asolo Rep (My Fair Lady), Court Theatre (Carousel, James Joyce’s The Dead, Caroline or Change, Secret Garden, and Angels and America: Part 1 & 2), Writers’ Theatre (Bach at Leipzig, and Oh Coward! – which won Rob a Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Revue. Rob directed the Off-Broadway and National Tours of 50 Shades: The Musical! and many productions for Porchlight Music Theatre including Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Far From Heaven, and How to Succeed in Business… Rob also directs many star-studded gala concerts for many organizations including the annual Chicago Sings! concerts for Porchlight and the Flory concert for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Rob’s vocal trio Foiled Again has two recordings available on iTunes and other online outlets, “Foiled Again: Live” and “Blanket of Winter”  Rob was a long time member of Chicago Musical improv group “Baby Wants Candy” and taught musical improv for many years at The Second City. Be on the look out for Rob’s two-person musical improv cabaret group “Chico’s Tops” - they used to be the hit of off-off Broadway, now they manage the Hinsdale Chico’s outlet. 

    What's your favorite thing, what can you not live without?
    This is a tough one. I love anything that makes my studio apartment smell better. So right now I’m gonna say I can’t live without my oil diffuser. Or my scented candles. Or the little incense burner I got for Christmas that looks like a house - and smells like a fire place.

    Rob is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Katie Dow @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Katie Dow to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Katie here and get your tickets!

    Katie Dow is a preschool teacher who has always really loved stories- reading them and writing them, telling them and listening to them. She has told stories at Story Club, Story Lab, This Much is True, Loose Chicks, and Sidesplitter. She grew up in Minnesota but, aside from random stints backpacking the world, has spent her adult life in Chicago. Most of her free time is spent with her 3 pound Chihuahua, Mrs. Fezziwig. They're usually drinking wine and watching British reality TV.

    What can you not live without?
    One thing I cannot live without is change. I love change and new things so I go out of my way to create change in my life, whether it's rearranging the furniture in my apartment or a learning a new hobby or moving to a new country. The thought of a life that's nearly the same every day scares me more than anything else

    Katie is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 9.
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  • Maegan Gwaltney @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Maegan Gwaltney to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets!

    Maegan is a recovering Theatre student, with the loan debt to prove it. After college she moved to L.A. In hopes of becoming an Actress Slash Writer but spent most of her time selling vitamins to the Rich and Angry and helping aging B celebrities pick out body care products. She's now back in the Midwest, close to family and focusing on her first love, writing.

    What is your favorite thing, what can you not live without?
    I don't know if it is my favorite thing because I know it's not good for me, so we have a complicated relationship but I cannot live without caffeine. I've always been part cat, prone to fall asleep at any given moment. I could do a shot of espresso and nod off five minutes later, mid sentence. About four years ago I had a nasty break up with my thyroid so not only am I a special needs eater now but I'm definitely the girl who always has a caffeinated beverage in her hand. Coffee With coconut milk? Sure! Stevia sweetened, hippie energy drink? Hell, yeah! Yerba Mate from a Gourd? Make mine a double! If they made a doll of me it would be called Sleepy, Special Needs Eater Barbie and come with a calico cat, a bag of gluten free cookies, and a thermos of Jolt. Wait, I need to look online and make sure I can have Jolt.

    Maegan is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 3.
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  • Britt Julious @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Britt Julious to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets!

    Britt Julious is a writer, editor, and storyteller. She currently writes a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune, serves as a culture critic for Chicago magazine, and regularly contributes essays and feature reporting to publications, including the New York Times, Esquire, ELLE, GQ, Rolling Stone, VICE, Pitchfork and more. As a storyteller, she's performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival twice and storytelling events like Story Club, Essay Fiesta, Funny Ha-Ha, and The Stoop. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about dismantling and overcoming trauma. She knows 2017 was a shitshow, but both Beyonce and Serena Williams gave birth, so there's hope for the future.

    What do you love ... what can you not live without?
    Is it a cliche to say music? Because I can't imagine a world where I can't escape from the people around me or connect to the people around me or explain my emotions to the people around me or just rock out in total, perfect, pure silence. That's what music means to me. That's why it's my favorite thing in the world.

  • Arlene Malinowski @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Arlene Malinowski to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets!

    Arlene Malinowski is an actor and playwright and teaching artist who views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last twenty-five years.. Her 5 solo shows have been produced in venues and colleges across the country and abroad. Her solo show “A Little Bit Not Normal” was produced by Victory Gardens and she starts touring it this Winter. AS an actor she has worked at the Goodman, Steppenwolfe and Victory Gardens. She teaches Solo/Storytelling at Chicago Dramatists where she is is a Resident Playwright.  She is the proud recipient of the 3Arts/UIC Fellowship and has done TV and films, some of it good. Most of it bad.

    What do you love ... what can you not live without?
    The thing I love- cannot live without? Lipstick. I love lipstick- even bad lipstick is good lipstick. It's like jewelry for your face!

    Arlene is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 3.
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  • Annalise Raziq @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series -Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Annalise Raziq to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets!



    Annalise Raziq is a versatile performer; she has worked with renowned playwright Tony Kushner and also played the back end of a dragon. She sings professionally in a variety of venues, most recently with the Americana band “Annalise and the Backsliders,” and her warm and arresting voice is garnering attention on the Chicago music scene. She is a writer and improviser, and used these skills to help create the show “Sisters Rising” with a group of formerly incarcerated women. Annalise is a three-time Moth Story Slam winner and has had a story featured on public radio’s The Moth Radio Hour (and available on the podcast). She has also told stories for Risk!, Story Jam, This Much Is True, Story Sessions, The Truth or Lie Reading Series, and the Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Palestinians Podcast. Her solo show "I Know A Place," a memory play with a live band onstage, was part of last year's Fillet of Solo Festival. But by far, her most creative act has been raising her amazing daughter Kalila Holt. 

    What is your favorite thing? What one thing can you not live without?
    For me, most questions rarely have straightforward answers and this one is no exception. My immediate response is: my Dyson Handheld Pet Vac, because whenever I’m in motion in my house, that thing is pretty much attached to my hand. If you call me at home, you will inevitably end up asking at some point, “What is that sound?” That is me, yes, still listening intently to you, but also gleefully dancing around my house sucking up cat hair. I have told people that if my house catches on fire, this is what I will grab as I run out the door. (And the cats, of course.) But then I also think I cannot live without my favorite writing notebooks: Decomposition Notebooks (recycled, made with soy ink). The covers are artful and sturdy, and the paper has heft. Whenever I write in them I feel like “I got this.” Of course, there is also Throat Coat tea – THE MIRACLE TEA. I have had singing gigs where I’ve barely been able to talk but I CAN STILL SING with the assistance of this wonder drug. You gotta add some honey though. And it needs to be very warm. But then I think, “How shallow can you be?” She’s not a thing, but she is my absolute favorite: my daughter. She’s 25 years old and 6 feet tall but she’ll always be a little 3-year-old fuzzy headed nuggin to me.

    Annalise is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 3.
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  • Michael Herzovi @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series -Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Michael Herzovi to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about him here and get your tickets!



    Michael Herzovi started as a student in radio at WBEZ-FM and finished with an MFA in playwriting from SIU in Carbondale. He has belonged to the Access Project at Victory Gardens Theater since 1996, and is a writer and performer in their annual showcase. He performed in the ensemble for Bodies of Work in 2006. He has been a featured performer with Small Fish Radio Theatre since their inception. He has been a mentor, writer, and performer with Tellin’ Tales Theatre since 2006. In 2016 he was in the original ensemble for FREEDOM: Out of Order, produced with the Chicago Voices project of the Lyric Opera. He’s told stories for Anytime/Anywhere; Here, Chicago; This Much is True; and FEED, a celebration of outsider art. This Spring he’ll be in performing with NONOpera. He is pleased and proud to debut a new piece in his first performance with You’re Being Ridiculous!

    What is your favorite thing, what can you not live without?
    My favorite thing - a quest. A problem to solve, a journey to take, a place to go. New knowledge, and experiences with human kindness. Tolerating the journey along the way can be difficult, but these turn up in the most unexpected places. And when they don't, a warm home and a loving heart that  makes the journey all the more worthwhile.

    Michael is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 3.
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  • Maya Haughton @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series -Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Maya Haughton to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets!



    Maya Haughton is ecstatic to be performing in this showcase. She is currently in the casts of Matt Damon Improv, Trigger Happy and Barrel of Monkeys Productions. Maya has previously worked with Improv Asylum and Second City Theatricals. She'd like to thank her fellow WOC sisterhood for keeping her inspired and empowered.

    What do you love?
    I love seeing my friends in love. I probably get more hyped about it than most "normal" people. I live for people's stories of how they connected with their partners, romantic adventures they go on and simple stories of how they spend their time together. As corny as it sounds, their stories inspire me. I think we can all use some beautiful rays of hope now and then.

  • Angie McMahon @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series -Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Angie McMahon to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets!

    Angie McMahon is a Producer, Writer, and Performer of Comedy in Chicago. She is also a Mom of two lovely girls. She currently is a faculty member at The Second City where she teaches Writing. She will try to make you laugh if you follow her at Facebook.com/mcmahonangie or Twitter.com/angiemcmahon

    What's your favorite thing? What can you not live without??
    I love 7/11. No kidding it is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I am obsessed with great 7/11 locations. Ask me and I will tell you the best 7/11 spots for all your favorite goodies. AND. Coffee. When I got pregnant with my first child and the doctor said “No wine” I said “No problem” he said “ Quit smoking” I said “You got it!” He said “How much coffee a day do you drink?” I didn’t answer I just burst into tears. “Please, I don’t know if I can do this without coffee.” We agreed to no more the one cup of regular a day and three cups of decaf. My kids seemed to turn out ok.

    Angie is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 2.
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  • Ricardo Gamboa & Sean Parris @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series -Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about them here and get your tickets!

    Sean Parris was born in L.A., raised in Miami and Georgia, with parents from Barbados and a stepfather from Ohio. He currently lives in Chicago with boyfriend Ricardo Gamboa. Sean received his MFA from Depaul University’s Theatre School, and is a graduate of Black Box Acting Academy. Some Chicago Credits Include: Space Age (Free Street Theatre) , a two man show, created with real life intimate partner Ricardo Gamboa; Blues For An Alabama Sky (Court Theatre); The Solid Sands Below, The Magic Play (Goodman Theatre); Compass, Animal Farm, The Drunken City (Steppenwolf ) ; The Whipping Man (Northlight); A Girl With Sun in Her Eyes (Pinebox Theatre). Television Credits: Sickos (Gun Collective); Chicago PD (NBC); The Chi (Showtime); Brujos (OpenTV’s original web series); He is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. Love to my Mom; Ricardo Gamboa and to all family, friends; the agents of Paonessa Talent. 

    Ricardo Gamboa is an award-winning artist, activist, and academic working in their native Chicago and New York City, creating radically politicized work. In Chicago, Ricardo is a member of the Free Street Theater, the Goodman Theater Playwrights Unit, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and founding adult creative partner of the controversial, politically-charged ensemble The Young Fugitives. In New York City, they are a fellow of the EmergeNYC program at Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and a member of the New York Neo-Futurists. They are finishing their doctorate degree at New York University’s renowned American Studies program and graduate of Tisch School of the Arts, where they received their M.A. in Arts Politics (2013). Ricardo has won several awards including an ArtMatters Foundation Fellowship, Joyce Award and an International Connections Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. They have worked with over 5,000 young people in the hemisphere. Their current projects include the underground live and live-streamed news show and podcast The Hoodoisie, the audience- and critically engaged, community-based theater piece Meet Juan(ito) Doe and BRUJOS, the genre-bending, ground-breaking web series about four gay Latino doctoral students who are also witches (co-directed with Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke and Robert Stockwell).

  • John Sundholm @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick off 2018 as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series -Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome John Sundholm to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about him here and get your tickets!

    John Sundholm is not the Finnish film professor that will come up if you Google his name but rather a writer, producer and occasional actor originally from suburban Detroit. You may have seen him for approximately 3 seconds on NBC'S 30 Rock, a re-enactment on The Maury Povich Show or in a web series he co-created called Doris and Belinda, but probably not, and he produced the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson if being sent to buy Courtney Love tampons counts as producing, which it doesn't. His words have appeared in esteemed publications like the Canadian Tourism Commission's now-defunct travel magazine, and on his blog Your Gay Uncle John if he can get his shit together by the time you read this. He's performed at The Stoop and now YBR, which is all very exciting indeed. You can find him yelling a lot on Twitter, Instagram and Medium @JohntheCraptist. 

    What do you love most, what can you NOT live without?
    The thing I can't live without: Madonna concert clips on YouTube, because I am an elderly gay from the 90s who is also bipolar AF, and as any mental health professional will tell you there's nothing like live versions of long-forgotten-movie-soundtrack deep cuts to provide a sense of equipoise.

    John is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 2.
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  • Blair Chavis Gets Ridiculous...

    You're Being Ridiculous is delighted to kick off 2018 as part of Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Festival! And we're SUPER EXCITED to welcome Blair Chavis to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about her here and get your tickets! Click the ticket link bellow to reserve your seats! Please also be sure to visit Lifeline's website and check out one of the other AMAZING performances happening this month!

    Photo Credit: Sean Cook Weddings

    Blair Chavis is a Digital Producer at Crain Communications, specializing in healthcare news. In her spare time, she spends her days writing and thinking about food, and has written freelance food pieces for Chicagoist.com (R.I.P.) and DiningOut Chicago magazine. Blair formerly worked for the Chicago Tribune Company and WBEZ. Her bylines include the Tribune, WBEZ, NPR, Huffington Post and more. Additionally, Blair is a longtime blogger for OyChicago.com. One of her essays for Oy! was published in a book anthology, Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation. Blair has appeared in live storytelling shows with Story Club,  Oy!Chicago’s Oy! Let Me Tell You…and You’re Being Ridiculous. This is her third year joining You’re Being Ridiculous in the Fillet of Solo Festival. In her free time, Blair enjoys watching foreign and independent films and eating dessert first—or any time, for that matter.

    What are your Resolutions for 2018??

    1)     I want to finish the food-themed embroidery pattern I’ve started… because, let’s face it, I’ve either given over to being a crafty hipster or a 105-year-old woman. Either way, it must be done.

    2)     I joined a media bowling league, God help me, and just once I’d like to score above 100. My nightly scores tend to range from 40-90. Mercy. Who knew I would bowl this much? Better yet, who knew I would care?

    3)     I want to give up my Halo Top ice cream addiction. It’s like $100 a carton and not that healthy when you eat a TON of it. Right now … my freezer has like 8 pints. No joke. I’m very, very ashamed.

    Blair is sharing a story with us at the Fillet of Solo Festival at Lifeline Theatre Saturday, January 27. Follow this link to purchase tickets

  • Benjamin Larose Gets Ridiculous...

    You're Being Ridiculous is delighted to kick off 2018 as part of Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Festival! And we're SUPER EXCITED to welcome Benjamin Larose to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about him here and get your tickets! Click the ticket link bellow to reserve your seats! Please also be sure to visit Lifeline's website and check out one of the other AMAZING performances happening this month!

    Benjamin Larose is a visual artist, a past contestant on The Price is Right and a collector of all things plastic, pop and 90's vintage! At age 28, Larose retired from his desk job, cashed out his pension and moved from Montreal, Canada to Chicago to pursue fame and fortune!

    What are your resolutions for 2018??
    In 2018, I vow to 
    eat only my “light” feelings (none of the harsh stuff like failure or shame), to redirect said harsh feelings towards my anger management problem and then use said anger management problem as motivation to go to the gym. Once at the gym, sit back and read a book.

    Benjamin is sharing a story with us at the Fillet of Solo Festival at Lifeline Theatre Saturday, January 27. Follow this link to purchase tickets

  • Bradshaw Wish Gets Ridiculous...

    You're Being Ridiculous is delighted to kick off 2018 as part of Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Festival! And we're SUPER EXCITED to welcome Bradwhaw Wish to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about him here and get your tickets! Click the ticket link bellow to reserve your seats! Please also be sure to visit Lifeline's website and check out one of the other AMAZING performances happening this month!

    Bradshaw Wish is a full time yoga teach based in the city of Chicago. He teaches power vinyasa, yoga workshops and retreats.  Bradshaw resides in Lakeview with his boyfriend Kieffer and his dog Tito. He’s super talented and very handsome. 

    What's your Resolution for 2018??
    More therapy.

    Bradshaw is sharing a story with us at the Fillet of Solo Festival at Lifeline Theatre Saturday, January 27. Follow this link to purchase tickets