RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. On RISK!, storytellers such as Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho, Kevin Nealon, Andy Dick and more have dropped their usual act and shown a side of themselves you've never seen before. Hosted by Kevin Allison ( of MTV's The State), the RISK! podcast has been downloaded over 7 million times. Slate.com called RISK! "jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching."
Special Guests: Jim Padar, Lily Be, Shannon Cason, Stephanie Douglass
and Scott Whitehair
Scott Whitehair is the host and producer of This Much Is True, and creator of Story Lab Chicago. He has told stories anywhere somebody will listen, including The Steppenwolf, The Green Mill, Chicago Public Radio, Risk! Podcast, Write Club, Here's the Story, Grown Folks Stories, Story Club, Paper Machete, 2nd Story, Essay Fiesta, and Real Talk Live, to name just a few. Scott is a MothSLAM Chicago winner and Runner-Up at The 2012 Windy City Story Slam All-City Championships, and has participated in The Printer's Row Lit Festival, Fillet of Solo Festival, RhinoFest, Chicago Improv Festival, and The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.
Shannon Cason is a writer and storyteller. He has shared his stories on large stages, dive bars, and small living rooms all around the country. Shannon is a Moth GrandSlam champion; a contributor to NPR’s Snap Judgment; and hosts his own storytelling podcast called Homemade Stories. He is originally from Detroit. Find out more at shannoncason.com...and he really doesn’t believe he’s telling the st0ry he’ll tell with RISK!
Stephanie Douglass is a farmer, writer, and performer. Over the past few years, she has worked in the Middle East, East Africa, and alternative schools on Chicago's west side.She was the head writer for OLN’s extreme sports show “Outside Magazine’s Ultimate Top Ten,” and is currently developing agriculture and nutrition projects for young mothers in Uganda. In New York, Stephanie is a co-founder of The TEAM, and in Chicago, she improvises with Eleanor, and has been featured at here's the Story, This Much Is True, Real Talk Live, Paper Machete, Write Club, Story Club South Side, Adult Education, I Sh*t You Not, and all kinds of other story-filled events. She is a Moth GrandSLAM winner, and during the week, she grows delicious, organic veggies and trains people with employment barriers for Growing Home.
Jim Padar has worked as an electrical engineer, a beat cop, a homicide detective, a video producer and operations manager of Chicago’s 911 system. In retirement he discovered writing— penning an extremely successful blog of police stories. He is also a story teller, becoming a three time Moth StorySLAM winner. To prove he can expand his horizons even further in retirement, his first book of short stories coauthored with his police officer son Jay, is set to be released this December, entitled On Being a Cop; Father and son police tales from the streets of Chicago. (OnBeingaCop.com)
I'm a mother, daughter, sister, friend, Humboldt Park resident, a nanny, a dog walker, and storyteller...in that order.I'm a Maelstrom and Moth GrandSlam winner. I host a show once a month called Stoop-Style Stories at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W Armitage. I hate writing bios, which is why I share stories. I'm Lily Be.
90 minutes with no intermission.
If you're hungry or looking for a drink, we have a full Bar and Appetizer Menu available throughout all performances.
UP Comedy Club has a nightclub atmosphere and alcohol is served. Our shows contain adult content and language. Most of our shows are the equivalent of an R-rated movie. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when coming to the 11pm shows due to Chicago curfew laws. Please note we're not able to admit anyone under the age of 10. UP Comedy Club is best for savvy teen and adult audiences.
If you require special seating or accommodations (Wheelchair-bound, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired) please contact our box office at (312)337-3992 to ensure the best service.
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