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Workshop! Boulder Fringe Presents

You Time! Personal Narratives in Stand-up Comedy

Taught by Kelsie Huff and square product theatre

You’ve got a story to tell, right? Well, why not tell that story into a microphone in front of a bunch of drunk people! Kelsie Huff will lead a short intensive on generating material from your own experience for stand up performance. If you love talking about yourself whether people want to hear it or not, this might be the right workshop for you. Participants will have an opportunity to perform a short stand-up set at the Fringe’s Nightly Big Time.

This workshop will focus on:
– Punching up the traditional essay
– Finding characters and building emotion
– Creating a cohesive set

Everybody has a funny tale to tell. What’s yours?

Instructor: Kelsie Huff
Like most Chicago comedians Kelsie studied at iO and Second City. While nailing her object work and "yes anding" her heart out she met Amy Sumpter and formed the two women sketch comedy team Children of the Absurd. Their signature show titled "10% Less Fat" focused on the absurdity of female body image and was performed all over the Midwest. Huff then wrote and produced her acclaimed one woman show, HUFFS, which explored the struggle to find forgiveness in one dysfunctional family tree. It was given a 4 out of 4 review from Boulder’s Daily Camera, was a "Don’t Miss" in Time Out Chicago and Kelsie received the Camera Eye Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy). Kelsie's second one woman show, BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy received 4 out of 4 stars in the Chicago Stage Review, Best Solo Performance of 2011, and was declared a "Midwestern American Intangible Cultural Treasure" by Boulder International Fringe Festival Board Member, Michael Hibner. Huff has performed in short films was the commercial "spokesfly" for the Life Foundation, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is very proud to produce the monthly all female comedy showcase the kates. Kelsie can currently be seen performing stand-up around Chicagoland and continues to work at clubs in Chicago, the suburbs, and colleges; anywhere that will pay her or at least give her donuts.



PG-13 - Parents strongly cautioned: Some material may not be suitable for children under 13

Of Interest: Educational

3 hours


Sun Aug 19 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Naropa Lincoln 4140

To register: email
or call 917-495-2277