The Mortified Podcast


Hailed a “cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show (twice), and beyond, Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.

Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi.

Featuring readings by:

J.H. Palmer co-produces That’s All She Wrote, Chicago’s only live lit series that takes place in a tattoo shop. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and has performed in live lit and storytelling events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, NYC, and Michigan. Her writing has appeared in The Toast, Story Club Magazine, and Gapers Block.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the book Be Cool – a memoir (sort of), among others. He also produces and hosts This Podcast Will Change Your Life and can be found online at the center of his vast lifestyle empire.

Michael A. Van Kerckhove is a Chicago writer originally from Detroit. He is a 2013 graduate of DePaul’s Master of Arts in Writing & Publishing. His work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Belt Magazine, Entropy, and Consequence of Sound, and other publications. He’s shared stories in many Chicago live lit events including Is This a Thing?, Essay Fiesta, Guts & Glory, Flick Lit, Mortified, and You’re Being Ridiculous. The three fictional characters he chose to describe himself in that recent Facebook thing were Luke Skywalker, Edward Scissorhands, and Ally McBeal. More at


Venue: Vittum Theatre
Date: November 19th
Time: 9:00pm

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