STEVE REIDELL is a typography enthusiast and a Chicago musician: he is one-half of DJ/production duo The Hood Internet, and one-half of the band Air Credits alongside fellow Chicagoan ShowYouSuck. He formerly worked as the in-house art director at Metro and Smart Bar.
Photo credit: Graham Gardner
Tony Breed is cartoonist, DJ, and UX Architect. His comic Muddlers Beat is a queer slice-of-life comic about how life is what happens when you don't know what you're doing; he also created Finn & Charlie Are Hitched, about a gay married couple and their friends. You can listen to his show on CHIRP Radio every Friday morning, 6-9am, and watch him dance in the studio on Instagram. Right now he's probably thinking about what he's going to eat next.
Paul Farahvar has been delighting audiences with his self-deprecating dry humor, centered on being an aging single. After training at The Second City and iO in Chicago, Farahvar quickly became a regular at local stand-up clubs, Zanies, Comedy Bar and Laugh Factory. Farahvar's hard work, prior stage life (He was/is also a musician) and ease at connecting with audiences have allowed him to achieve remarkably rapid success by industry standards, including the rare opportunity to host and produce his own monthly (now weekly) called "Drink Date Laugh" about dating and a new comedic game show called "Everyone's a Lawyer" both at the World Famous Laugh Factory. He currently tours regularly with national headliners Demetri Martin, Jen Kirkman, Keith Alberstadt and Chris Franjola when he is not headlining. Farahvar currently performs stand up regularly at Laugh Factory (Chicago, Las Vegas, Hollywood), Zanies (Chicago, Rosemont, and St. Charles), House of Comedy (Phoenix, Minnesota), Skyline Comedy Club (Wisconsin and Tacoma), Comedy Club on State, Comedy Bar (Chicago) and McCurdys (Florida). He is also the host of the Podcast "Singles Only" (iTunes, Laugh Factory Channel) and a regular guest on Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez on WGN Radio. He also played "Karam Haddad" on NBC's "Chicago Med" in 2017.
Cate Brecht is a transport from Florida. She is an adult that doesn’t know what anything means or what to do with herself. She has channeled this energy most recently into talking about her mental health even though she was always told to not discuss that. She has been doing shows around the city talking about her mental breaks. She loves theatre and is a member on the board of the Chicago Volunteer organization The Saints, an organization that provides ushers to almost all Chicago theatres. The ushers are able to enjoy theatre all over the city by providing a simple service. If you’re interested in knowing more, please let her know. She would like to think of herself as a writer and teller of stories. She is one of the Babes from the podcast Babes Watch Buffy, an intersectional feminist watch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s been on hiatus, but it’ll be back. If you talk to her she’ll probably want to know what movie you saw recently and to show you a picture of her cat.
Nicole Vasquez, MBA, believes that a certain kind of magic occurs when people of all different backgrounds come together to share information and ideas: they experience the power of perspective, understand new ways of thinking, and create new opportunities.
Nicole’s current roles are Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer of Deskpass (named one of Chicago’s “50 on Fire” companies), and Co-Founder of Second Shift (named ‘Chicago’s Best Coworking Space’ by Chicago Reader). Nicole has also won several awards, including traveling to Europe as a Professional Fellow through the U.S. Department of State.
When she’s not geeking out about coworking and community building, she travels, writes, and learns about the world through observations and conversations with people.
Mason Johnson is an ex-journalist who has found refuge in the marketing industry. He runs the bizarre, anti-film comedy show Movie Club at The Logan Theatre on the second Wednesday of the month, and co-produces Psychotic Break at Schubas on the first Wednesday of the month.