Dear Show

An Advice Show Featuring People with No Qualifications for Giving Advice!

 

Dear Show is a live advice show and podcast in which storytellers, comedians, writers and improv performers - essentially people who have absolutely no qualifications - make an earnest attempt to solve the real problems of real people with nothing but their own stories of screwing up to go on. Each episode, Host Brad Lawrence (McSweeney's, Risk) and his rotating panel of unqualified experts – Cyndi Freeman, Blaise Kearsley, Rachel Sherer, Jeff Sherer, and Rory Scholl – will welcome a special guest into the studio or live on stage to help them tackle a life decision submitted by a listener. It's comedy  with the best of intentions as people who've made questionable life choices try to help you make good ones.

 

Brad Lawrence (Host/Producer) was the first storyteller to win back-to back Moth GrandSLAMS and is regularly feature on the Moth MainSTAGE. His writing was most recently featured in McSweeney's. He is both a member and featured storyteller with the BTK Band and a regular at such shows as The Liar Show, Adam Wade’s Super Stories, The Risk Podcast and How I Learned. In addition, his solo show, “Monsters In The Wood,” was presented in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to critical acclaim. He performs burlesque as Handsome Brad and is the regular co-host of Hotsy Totsy Burlesque at The Slipper Room. He has co-produced and performed in storytelling and variety shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, South By Southwest Interactive, and in conjunction with WBUR, USA Network, and Grant’s Whiskey. You can find him on twitter at Bradlaw77 or at his website, hblawrence.com.

 

Cyndi Freeman (Assoc. Producer/Panelist) is a two-time FringeNYC award winning solo performer. Her solo shows have also been presented in Boston, Amsterdam, Ireland, the UK and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Festival. Her newest solo show, I Was a Sixth Grade Bigfoot, debuted this past year at the Frigid Festival in NYC. As a storyteller her credits include: The Moth, The Liar Show, Adam Wade’s Super Stories, Seth Lind’s Told, Risk, and Story Collider.  Other credits include The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Campus Comedy on HBO, and Compromising Situations on Showtime. She also performs burlesque in NYC as Cherry Pitz.

 

Blaise Allysen Kearsley (Assoc. Producer/Panelist) is the creator, producer and host of the How I Learned series. She's also a Brooklyn based writer and storyteller who has performed all over New York and twice in New Orleans where they loved her because they drink a lot. She teaches memoir writing and her work has appeared in VICE, THE WEEKLINGS, MIDNIGHT BREAKFAST, THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, two anthologies, and some other places which are perhaps not worth mentioning by name. One time, she was awarded a month-long writing fellowship in Vermont where she got electrocuted and maybe almost killed a horse. To find out how to say all her names, visit her www.bazima.com website at your own risk.

 

Rachel Scherer (Panelist) has improvised with house teams and long-running shows at The UCB, The Magnet Theater, and The PIT. She's toured the country with Chicago City Limits improv, led corporate training for Goldman Sachs, National Grid, and AstraZeneca, and starred in some commercials you've probably never seen. She currently produces and performs with X Plus One improv at The PIT, and is excited to appear in the upcoming web series Good Sense of Tumor.

 

Rory Scholl (Panelist) is a comic and member of the musical improv troupes Royals, (The Peoples Improv Theater) and Happy Karaoke Fun Time (The Annoyance Theater) and second banana in the improvised storytelling group THE BTK Band. He hosts In a Jam, an improv mashup, the third Sunday of every month at QED in Astoria, and tours with The Big Quiz Thing, a live game show. He eats almonds to lower his cholesterol.

 

Jeff Scherer (Panelist) studied Writing for TV, Film & Radio at Syracuse University, and has written four screenplays, of which Skeletons was a semi-finalist both at the Austin Film Festival and on Project Greenlight. He and his friends formed the theatrical group Toolbox Productions and produced three plays, two of them at the NY International Fringe Festival. Since getting involved with improv comedy in 2002, Jeff has performed improv and sketch comedy at NYC venues such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, the Magnet and the Peoples Improv Theater, as well as to packed houses all over the country with the touring company of Chicago City Limits. He currently is a member of the P.I.T. house team Someday the Cake and plays bass and mandolin for the improv/storytelling/rock group The BTK Band. He has appeared in several commercials, and is trying to force himself to write a children’s book, a novel and an original series for television.  

 

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