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Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and digs into the lives of performers and artists who identify with the chronic illness, mental health, or disability communities. During this weekly 30-45 minute show, Liz and her guests discuss health and disability culture as well as how their health intersects with their art.
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We hope you enjoyed Season 1 of the Who Dis? Podcast! Since it may be awhile before we can get future guests together due to the pandemic, we're releasing some bonus episodes from the live show we recorded on November 13, 2019 at the iO Theater in Chicago. Today's episode features stand up comedy from Nikk Tetreault. Nikk was also featured on episode 4 of this podcast!You can follow Nikk on Instagram at @nikk_is_dead.This episode was hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
This week, we welcome Maria Konopken to the show. Maria is an improviser and burlesque dancer in Chicago with a general anxiety diagnosis. We discuss how family and other support systems with anxiety, healthy it is to fully "open up" to an audience, and her love of burlesque.You can follow Maria on on Instagram at @MariaKonopken.Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
This week, we welcome Cherise Joy to the show. Cherise is an improviser and singer in Chicago who lives with PCOS and general anxiety. She is also a former teacher, and we discuss mental health in the classroom, women's health issues, and issues relating to privilege in the treatment of chronic illness.You can follow Cherise on Facebook or on  Instagram at @CheriseJoy12.Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
This week, we welcome Laura Fillenwarth to the show. Laura is our first non-performer and is the executive director of Keen Chicago. Keen Chicago provides free recreational opportunities to children and young adults with disabilities. Laura talks about Keen's mission, her personal journey with keen, and raising a child with a disability (in addition to the 140 children she raises with Keen!). We also learn, many times, how to spell keenchicago.org.You can follow Laura on Instagram at @rossenwarth. You can follow Keen Chicago on Instagram at @KeenChicago or find them on the web at keenchicago.org.Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
This week, we welcome Simon Collier to the show. Simon is a legally blind, transgender, and albino comedic performer based in Chicago. This episode is a true journey - talking about growing up as an "inspiration," gender identity, staying relatable in your art, and even, somehow, Chicago-based genre television.You can follow Simon on Instagram or Twitter at @lolsimoncollier.Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
This week, we welcome Myriam Raymond to the show. Myriam is a musical comedian and improviser who currently lives in Chicago but originally hails from Cyprus. She lives with chronic migraines and has been diagnosed with Lupus. We discuss how to being a performer while dealing with chronic pain, especially when that pain is largely invisible to the outside world. Myriam also talks about her new film, Otherwise a Woman, which was inspired by her real-life workplace sexual harassment and assault..You can follow Myriam on Instagram at @MyriamRaymondFor more information on the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, you can find them on the web at https://www.sralab.org/Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. LINK TO EPISODE TRANSCRIPT
The Who Dis? Podcast is a show featuring performers from the disability, chronic illness, and mental health communities. This week, we welcome Ditto Jones to the show. Ditto is an actor and solo performer in Chicago. We discuss their personal journey with drag performance, singing, and finding oneself through performance. Ditto also speaks about depression and anxiety, as well as how the artistic lifestyle affects their health and vice-versa.You can follow Ditto on Instagram at @DittoJonesTV or on Facebook.For more information on depression, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at https://www.nami.org/Who Dis? is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
The Who Dis? Podcast is a show featuring performers from the disability, chronic illness, and mental health communities. This week, we welcome Nikk Tetreault to the show. Nikk hails from Boston but currently lives in Chicago doing stand-up, improv, and sketch shows. She has obsessive-compulsive disorder. We discuss her personal journey with OCD, how it affects her art, and her personal comedic journey in general.You can follow Nikk on Instagram at @nikk_is_dead.For more information on Obsession Compulsive Disorder, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at https://www.nami.org/This episode was hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
The Who Dis? Podcast is a show featuring performers from the disability, chronic illness, and mental health communities. This week, we welcome Terri Lynne Hudson to the show. Terri Lynne is an actor, performer, and disability activist in Chicago, IL. She was born with spina bifida, which among other things, greatly affects her mobility. We have a raw and frank discussion about access for disabled theater performers, stereotypes of disabled people and people of color in the media, and the barriers, both physical and mental, of finding work as a disabled actor. We also discover that she uses Twitter exclusively to stalk a country singer, but it’s ok because he knows it.You can follow Terri Lynne on Facebook or Twitter at @TerriLynneHudso This episode was hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the Chicago Public Library.
This week, we welcome Morgan Van Dyne to the show. Morgan is a comedian and musical theater actor, and was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis two years ago. We discuss how to be a performer in comedy while dealing with chronic pain, the path towards getting a diagnosis, and the dreaded “inspiration porn.”The Who Dis? Podcast is a show featuring performers from the chronic illness, disability, and mental health communities. You can follow Morgan on Instagram at @MorganVanDyneFor more information on the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, you can find them on the web at https://www.sralab.org/This episode was hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
For our inaugural episode, we welcome Josh Loevy to the show. Josh is a legally blind lawyer, improviser, and stand up comedian here in Chicago, IL. Over the course of the episode, we discuss his journey from improvisation to stand up, how his blindness affects his art, and the people who inspire him.The Who Dis? Podcast is a show featuring performers from the disability, chronic illness, and mental health communities. You can follow Josh on Twitter at @jloevyThis episode was hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.This episode was recorded at the iO Theatre. The iO Theatre is home to Chicago’s best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing, and more! Visit ioimprov.com for a full schedule. 
Well, Hello there! I'm Liz Komos, the creator of Who Dis? I am a comedian, performer and producer living in Chicago, Illinois trying to improve the landscape of performance opportunities for all bodies and brains. In 2019, I started the Who Dis? Live Show, a variety show featuring artists from the mental health, chronic illness, and disability communities. Each show opens with the performers showcasing themselves as s as artists first and their illnesses second. I close every show with a group interview, where together, we discuss the intersection of art and health. It was these conversations that inspired me to create this podcast. Why should you listen to me? Well hell, I have been disabled my whole life! I was born with a birth defect and have collected various health issues throughout my time spinning on this blue dot. I spent much of my earlier years thinking I was not abled enough to fit into the abled world, nor disabled enough to claim that space either.Today I don’t try to fit in, I carve out my own space and implore you to do the same. This podcast features voices from strong, talented, empowered humans and I cannot wait to share with you the stories from their lives. In listening to the Who Dis? Podcast I hope you will find that you relate to our guests in more ways that you are different from them, I hope you will find truth in yourself as well, because what we’re really talking about here is the human condition, and how creativity and health are interwoven into the fabric of these artists lives. New episodes are released every Friday.The podcast is hosted by Liz Komos and produced by Jack Mathews. You can find more information on the Who Dis? Podcast or the Who Dis? Live Show at www.whodisshow.com on the web, on Instagram or Facebook at @WhoDisShow, or on Twitter at @TheWhoDisShow. If you want to talk about the show, feel free to use the hashtag #WhoDis.
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