Here's who you'll see on June 14 at the Hideout.
Jeanie's humor ranges from sweet and nostalgic to edgy and adult-themed. Her quick observations and no-apology take on teaching, motherhood, and American culture sets herself apart from her peers. Her sharp wit draws on her experiences growing up on the Southside of Chicago, and her years as a public school teacher, to deliver comedy that reaches audiences of all ages, genders, and walks of life. The Chicago Tribune calls Jeanie's comedy perspective "fresh", which is coincidently what Jeanie's dates call her, right before they ask her to pay her half of the bar tab. She has entertained audiences at colleges, casinos, and corporate events, in addition to legendary venues throughout the US. She was recently featured in "Chicago Parents' Magazine's Four of Chicago's Funniest: Stand Up Parents", as well as featured on Nick Jr.'s Moms' Night Out stand up special.
Named WXRT Local Anesthetic Top 5 of 1999, Phil has recorded and released 5 CDs, and Richard Milne has played at least 6 different songs from them on XRT. He have 20 years of experience writing and editing for print and web, including Trib, Sun-Times and University of Chicago. Otherwise, nothing much...oh! He founded Chicago Music Tour, Inc., providing guided tours of Chicago music history, ran the Writing Center at King College Prep High School in Chicago for three years, taught journalism and advised the student newspaper at Saint Xavier University for three years, and taught English for one year at De La Salle Institute. He's been a writing tutor at Ravinia Reading Center in Highland Park for four years.
Davyd Reddyk is a disconnected series of subatomic particles He and Ethan Krupp write musicals, including "The Thanksgiving Circumcision," (2015) "Sunday Night Songbook" (2016). They're thrilled to debut their first rock musical, "Jenna Roxie and the Church of Modern Love" (directed by Jon Martinez) in August at the Chicago Musical Theater Festival. Reddyk also judges Cheez-Whiz Sculpture competitions and instructs younglings in the way of public speaking and appreciating music.
Author of "The Order of Odd-Fish," a fantasy YA novel that booklist calls "quite hilarious" and James says borrows from writers as various as Douglas Adams, Evelyn Waugh, Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, James Joyce, J.K. Huysmans and G.K. Chesterton.
Daphne Whitington has been a teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 13 years. She is the winner of the CPS High School Teacher of the Year Award, the Milken National Educator Award, and is a 2016 finalist for the Golden Apple Award. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as NBC, CBS, and WGN news. She has a Ph.D. in curriculum and policy and she presents internationally on the use of hip hop and spoken word in urban classrooms. She is the coach of the dopest poetry team on the south side of Chicago (literally, they went farther than any other south side team in Louder than a Bomb.) As a writer, she's currently working on a book for Teachers College Press and she has won the coaches' slam in Louder than a Bomb as a poet. She writes almost exclusively about teaching.
Molly Myers has had the privilege to teach amazing students using an inquiry-driven curriculum in Human Geography and Women's Studies at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in West Englewood. She also created a program at Lindblom called the Teacher Apprentice Program where upperclassmen serve as a teacher-in-training for a class that they have already taken. The program now serves over 70 students each year. Molly came to Chicago to coach soccer at Northwestern University and uses what she learned there in her classroom every day.