Serenity Now Performer Submission
Hi! I'm Whitney and I'm an alcoholic. I host/produce Serenity Now, a comedy show for people who are sober and or in recovery from addictions like substance abuse, sex, and eating disorders, to name a few.
We're now booking comedy acts for our 2020 run. Dates include:
January 4 at 8 p.m.
February 15 at 10 p.m.
March 7 at 8 p.m.
April 4 at 8 p.m.
May 2 at 8 p.m.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Serenity Now is primarily a comedy show, but welcomes variety acts that fit the theme of recovery. If you are a performer who is sober or in recovery from addiction, please consider submitting. A note about content: We're after honest, vulnerable, funny material about what recovery means to you. What we're not into: jokes that belittle addiction, fat jokes, anything sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or misogynistic.
Ideally, you will have audio or video recording of past performances, or links to your writing. If you don't have an example of your work, please describe what you plan to do. Without any work samples or descriptions of your act, your submission may not be considered for future shows.
Performers DO NOT have to talk about their personal experience with recovery if they don't want to -- just be mindful that audience members include those in recovery from substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, and eating disorders, so please be respectful and adjust as needed.
If you are someone who uses drugs and alcohol, there are literally a hundred other shows in Chicago to submit to, so sit this one out, friend!
The Crowd Theater is a performer-led theater in Lakeview, near the intersection of Broadway and Irving Park. It's accessible by the 36 and 80 bus and a short walk from the Sheridan redline. Accessibility note: the theater is a DIY, black box space on the second floor, up a steep staircase. For accessibility questions, please visit
This information is confidential and will not be shared.
For more about Serenity Now, check our our Instagram (@serenitynowcomedy) or visit
Name / Stage Name
Please briefly describe your experience with addiction and recovery. (Important note: you don't have to share your most personal story about your addiction -- it can be as simple as "I'm in recovery from drug/alcohol abuse.")
What kind of performance would you contribute to this show? (Ex: standup, improv, sketch, solo sketch, storytelling, music, etc.)
Please share a link to a clip of a recent performance, your bio, and/or a description of what kind of act you would bring to the show.
Anything else? (Tech needs, content questions, etc.)
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