Peter is a nationally touring comedian with the famed Second City. Originally from NYC, Peter started improv at the UCB and founded EndGames Improv in San Francisco. Currently based in Chicago, Peter can be found improvising at The Annoyance, iO and with TONE at the Mission Theater. His solo act has been featured at The Laugh Factory, Zanies, Jokes and Notes and the RISK! Podcast. Follow @peterkz on Twitter
Danny Black tells stories & jokes. He has a show called Psychotic Break at Schuba’s every 1st Wed. He and his brother saw a UFO in 1978. He just loves too darn much. He recorded for the Bloodshot record label with The Blacks. He has a 7 year old son. He remodels kitchens & bathrooms. He never thought about sex with his mother until he read that Freud book. He likes unsalted pumpkin seeds. He’s been institutionalized. He is jealous of people who can easily fall asleep. He’s kind of quiet when not doing show business things, which many people take as being stuck up, also he can do light plumbing & electrical work.
Len has been an announcer for the Cubs since 2005, with WGN and Comcast SportsNet. He started his work in sports broadcasting in 1999 for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Florida Marlins, and worked for WTMJ for 8 years. In addition to sportscasting, Len also has been monumental in charity work with the Len & Bob Bash at House of Blues, and Hot Stove Cool Music. In 2011 Len won the Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year Award. A native Michigander, Len lives in Chicago with his wife Pam and son, Leo.
Patrick is one of CHIRP Radio's Music Directors and on-air DJs, and has been with the organization since 2007. Born in New York and raised in South Carolina, he moved to Chicago after college to affordably pursue all four seasons. His writing includes regular features for Dusted and The American in Italia as well as weird one-off appearances in The Wall Street Journal and on McSweeney's. He's telling this story for the last time.
Sam Bailey is a Chicago-born actor and writer. She has worked with many theatre companies across the city including The Second City Outreach and was an inaugural Bob Curry Fellow. Her written work has been seen on live lit stages across the city including Guts and Glory, 2nd Story, Story Club, Essay Fiesta and The Paper Machete. Sam is the creator of the new webseries You're So Talented,which was recently honored by the Tribeca Film Festival as part of it's New Online Work program.
Maya Schenwar is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, and is Editor-in-Chief of the social justice news organization Truthout. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. She is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and the Women's Prison Association's Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award. Previous to her work at Truthout, Maya was Contributing Editor at Punk Planet magazine and served as media coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
Julia is a member of Second City's National Touring Company and The Improvised Star Trek. She is a regular contributor to The Paper Machete and Sadsacks and Wisecracks, and has also read cool things at LitMash, WriteClub, Collector's Edition, Oral, The Seven Deadly Sins reading series and other neat shows around Chicago. Julia writes plays, too, and is a big fan of art in general. Her twitter handle is @Weiss_Tea, her favorite food is anything bread, and in January an adult man pooped next to her on the CTA, changing her life forever.