Noted by Red Bull as a “renaissance rapper”, ShowYouSuck has raised the bar for live hip-hop performances and is considered a trailblazer for a new era: alternative hip-hop. Born on the west side of Chicago, his early encounters with the Smashing Pumpkins, Anthrax and Slayer left him a devoted rock fan for life. Without access to instruments or others interested in starting a band, Show turned to rap.
ShowYouSuck has toured with Yelawolf, Asher Roth and recently performed at Riot Fest here in Chicago. He has worked with Flosstradamus, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Doomtree, and is currently gearing up to release his next project, RAD- for updates follow @ShowYouSuck on Twitter!
SONG: Firestarter by The Prodigy
Katie Prout lives in Pilsen with 2 bicycles and 14 plants. She's the senior editor for Story Club Magazine, and writes about feminism, feelings, and all things vagina at inmyspiralringnotebook.blogspot.com.
SONG: Love, Love, Love by The Mountain Goats
Ian Belknap is the Founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB. He teaches creative writing and storytelling at StoryStudio Chicago, Second City, and elsewhere. His solo shows include Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of HIs Skull, and Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy With a Body Count, and he's performed in just about every Chicago live lit show you could name.
SONG: Iron Man by Black Sabbath
Martin Morrow is originally from Birmingham, AL where he started doing stand-up, improv, and belonged to an award winning sketch/stand-up hybrid "Tubbi and Martin."
Currently residing in Chicago, Martin has performed in several shows with Second City as a part of their Outreach & Diversity ensemble in addition to being a Second City PUMA scholarship recipient and graduate of The Conservatory. He has put on several one man shows at The Playground Theater and MPaact Theater and serves as an associate producer to one of the highest acclaimed comedy shows in the country, Comedians You Should Know, as well as being a part of the 100 Proof Comedy cast. He is a regular at the Laugh Factory and has performed in various cities and comedy festivals around the country including TBS Just For Laughs.
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Erin Diamond grew up in Arlington Heights, IL in a legendary neighborhood filled with stories. She is a three-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has told stories around town at Essay Fiesta, This Much is True, Guts and Glory and many more. She is a cinephile, book hoarder, and devoted fan of the band Third Eye Blind.
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In the beginning of the miserably humid and hot summer of 2011, Jessi D packed up her cat and her belongings and drove from Phoenix to Chicago. While working towards a degree in Political Science, she was a DJ at Arizona State's The Blaze 1330 AM, and began volunteering with CHIRP almost immediately. Since then, she has dedicated her time to the volunteer, production, and features departments, loving all of what radio has to offer and the community that CHIRP provides.
Now a professional doughnut slinger/vintage van driver/event coordinator/coffee shop manager/everything in between for the Doughnut Vault in River North, Jessi D is happily settled in Chicago and has no plans for leaving any time soon.
SONG: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon