I am a Chicago-based writer, actor and comedian. I often play lady characters, and my favorite thing is shopping for early 1990s women's blazers at cluttered thrift stores.
I currently teach sketch comedy writing for the world-famous The Second City in Chicago. I'm also a writer and facilitator for their corporate wing, Second City Works. I've performed for Second City aboard three NCL cruise lines: the Jewel, Gem and Pride of America. I am also a featured contributor to The Second City Network.
I've been performing improv since 2001. I'm a graduate of the iO Chicago and iO West in Hollywood, two of the world's premier long-form improvisation training centers, as well as The Second City Writing Program, in which I now teach. I'm a regular performer at The Annoyance Theatre, where I've written three original plays (Earthqueef, A Woman's Path and Lady Balls) and debuted my solo sketch show Adorable Disasters.
In 2012, I was one of 25 finalists for the New York Television Festival FOX Comedy Script Contest for my pilot "Mr. Mayor." More than 1,200 pilots were submitted to the competition.
In 2013, the video I wrote, Help Kickstart World War III, went mega-viral, was slightly misunderstood by the conservative crowd and ultimately featured on Hannity, The O'Reilly Factor, The Daily Beast, Infowars, Russia Today, Glenn Beck's radio show, and Michael Moore's Facebook page (who else can say they got Glenn Beck and Michael Moore to support the same thing?)
In 2014, an article I wrote entitled How To Behave Around Your Gay Teammate went viral, was featured on The Huffington Post and was shared more than 7,000 times on Facebook and received more than 34,000 likes. Another article, 8 Things Your Guns Compensate For (Besides Your Penis) went much more less viral but earned the ire of gun enthusiasts, one of whom accurately called me out for having "tiny lady hands."
Comedy festivals I've performed at include Chicago Improv Festival, Chicago Sketch Fest, Women's Funny Fest, Duke City Improv Festival (Albuquerque, NM), and the Alaska State Improv Festival in Juneau.
When I'm not comedy-ing, I mostly play video games. My Xbox Live handle is DameJudithLight, because duh.