“Disrupt the Interruptions!” Stuttering comedian announces new one person show!

Disrupt the Interruptions!”

Stuttering comedian announces new one person show!

Nina G, the San Francisco Bay Area’s only female stuttering stand up comedian, is happy to announce her new one person show Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian.  Nina G shares the story of her dream to become a comedian, how that dream went dormant and how she returned to it after a twenty-year journey towards finding acceptance, hope, and a community of people who shared a similar experience.”

In Nina’s words,“people who stutter encounter countless interruptions! But even worse than the interruptions by others are the interruptions I have put on myself because of the internalized stigmas about stuttering.  My dream of being a comedian stagnated because of this.  It’s important that we consciously disrupt the interruptions experienced by people who stutter.  These interruptions may happen when we are talking to others or when our internal voices interrupt us with negative beliefs about ourselves.”  For this stuttering comedian, she let her dream of stand up comedy die because she thought she had to be fluent.  Through challenging her own attitudes about what it means to stutter, she was able to reawaken this dream.   

Nina is touring the show this Spring and Summer with appearances across the country.  Special for Summer 2018 only, Nina is performing her one person show for nonprofits and colleges at a reduced rate. Contact NinaGbooking@gmail.com for more information. 

For more about Nina’s one woman show go to www.StuttererInterrupted.com


Speaking At Colleges — How to Get In

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SpeakerMatch Teleseminar series announces guest Nina G!

60 minute teleseminar on April 12, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time

Jerry Seinfeld said a lot of comedians won’t play colleges because the students are “too PC [politically correct].” Nina G says, “more gigs for the rest of us!” Nina G is a stuttering comedian and dyslexic writer. Nina has performed all over the U.S. and is a favorite among colleges as a comedian, trainer and keynote speaker. As a speaker she knows what colleges look for and how to help them make the most out of their events. As a counselor at a California Community College, she has planned and executed events and knows what barriers schools encounter at an institutional level.

What You Will Learn:

  • Is the college and university audience right for you?
  • What you and your meeting planner need to consider before booking
  • Connecting your topic to serve the college’s goals
  • How the right press kit can save colleges time and money
  • How to help colleges pull an audience in
  • Where’s the money at? How does budgeting a speaker work, how we are paid, and selling our swag

Register here!

Survey: Disability Events on College Campuses


If you have ever coordinated a college or community event you know your greatest fear: will they come?

For those of us who coordinate Disability events, this is all too real of a fear.  I know that I have planned or been the speaker at events where there was barely an audience.  Through years of failures and successes I know there are considerations that need to be made when planning events.

In April 2018 I will be appearing on Speaker Match Radio to help speakers and college event coordinators understand the perils and successes in hosting events.  As part of the interview, I am hoping to collect responses from college community members who have put on Disability-oriented events.  I will share the results on this blog to help others (and myself) navigate event planning and engage dialogue about having successful events.

The survey should only take a couple of minutes.  Please fill it out if this applies to you or share with others!

Survey link: https://goo.gl/forms/wI31FQcMjAbG49fx2



Stuttering Comedian Disrupts Interruptions in One Woman Show

On February 11th, 2018, comedian Nina G will be debuting her one-person show, ‘Stutterer Interrupted’ as part of the Solo Sundays performance series at Stage Werx theater.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On February 11th, 2018, comedian Nina G will be at the Stage Werx theater debuting her one-person show, Stutterer Interrupted. The show explores what it’s like to be a stuttering woman in non-stuttering world. How does it feel when people constantly try to finish your sentences? When they ask if you forgot your own name? How do you go from twenty years of hiding your voice to performing on stage every night? These are some of the questions that Nina will address.


Nina began performing comedy nearly eight years ago. In a profession where women are outnumbered and people with disabilities are rare, Nina made a point of billing herself as “San Francisco’s only Female Stuttering Comic.” Much of her comedy springs from the idea that the main “issue” with disability is society’s inability to deal with it.

Nina often performs as part of the Comedians with Disabilities Act, a comedy troupe consisting of (you guessed it) comedians with disabilities. The troupe’s debut album, Disabled Comedy Only, has the distinction of being the first comedy compilation to feature only disabled comedians.


Stutterer Interrupted will premiere as part of the ‘Solo Sundays’ series, a monthly showcase produced by Bruce Pachtman at the Stage Werx theater. In addition to Nina, the evening will feature additional performances from Chuck Nevius, Julia Jackson, and Pablo Ramirez. Nina will be donating all her proceeds to the American Institute for Stuttering.


After premiering the show in her native Bay Area, Nina plans to tour Stutterer Interrupted across the country and publish her stories in a book under the same title. She currently tours around the world as a comedian, storyteller, and keynote speaker,




For information on Solo Sundays and tickets go to: http://www.solosundays.com.
For more information on Nina G visit www.NinaGcomedian.com.


About the American Institute for Stuttering:

The American Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Professional Training is established as an independent non-profit corporation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3).  AIS offers a range of services including early intervention for children as young as two years old, individual therapy for children and adults, specialty group workshops, a weekly practice and support group, and week-long immersion programs that run throughout the year. AIS can be visited at www.stutteringtreatment.org.

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Stutterer Interrupted Meets Comedians Interrupted!

Oh the irony!  Stutterer Interrupted (the name of my upcoming book) meets Comedians, Interrupted this Friday, January 5, 2018.  Its the only show where they are allowed to interrupt me.  Find out the background of my jokes and see what Dalia and Joe think is worthy is ask.  Show is after Oakland’s First Friday!

#FirstFridays #Oakland #Stuttering #Comedy



Stuttering Comedy Comes to Laramie!

Comedy, art and Disability in Laramie, Wyoming!!

I will be in there on January 27 at The Cooper Center for Creative Arts (1174 N. 4th Street) to raise money for the Ark Regional Services that supports artists with disabilities.  If you are in the area, check it out and hope that I know how to dress for the weather!

Come for the heavy appetizers and stay for the comedy!



International Stammering Awareness Day-Dublin Ireland

Note to participants!  I will be checking my twitter throughout the presentation to field questions.  So please address them to @ninagcomedian.  Also, please post questions here that you would like me to address.  

Saturday, October 21 I will be the keynote for Dublin, Ireland’s National Stammering Awareness Day!  I am so excited, especially because this year’s theme is “A World that Understands Stuttering.”  Because I will also be in Huntington Beach performing for the keynote at the California Association of Postsecondary Education and Disability, I won’t be in Dublin in person (as much as I would love to go back to Ireland).  That is why I wanted to front load my presentation.  I will be delivering my Irish keynote on Skype so I don’t think I will be able to do a powerpoint, but wanted to supply some visuals.  So Irish Stammering community!  Here ya go!

Through a combination of storytelling, comedy, and hopefully taking advantage of saying “feck”, I will be talking about, you guessed it—STAMMERING!  I will be exploring Joe Sheehan’s concept of the”stammering iceberg” and how it is constructed by the stigmas we take on from the world.  I will question the idea of this iceberg as a constant.  If we shirt our perspective, might be be able to reframe the iceberg to be more empowering.  Can’t we change how we think about our own stammering?  I offer an alternative, but in the end will challenge the audience, stammers, or not, to reconsider their own icebergs.  These questions include:

What does your current iceberg look like?

  • What thoughts and feelings do you currently have about your stammering?
  • Where did these thoughts and feelings come from?

How would you like this iceberg to change?

  • Choose one feeling from Sheehan’s iceberg that you currently identify with or have identified with in the past.

What kind of iceberg do you want to strife for?

  • How do you want to change the ways that you think and feel about stammering?
  • What do you need from the stammering community to do that?

Of course, we should recognize that we just don’t snap our fingers and make these changes.  They are life long.  To reject the stigma that our society fosters and change the way we think about stammering is a work in progress.

Since I just gave away most of my speech, let me explain my two images that I will be using.


This picture is especially for the professionals in the room.  Speech and language therapists, helping professionals, and whoever else: this is an illustration of equality and equity.  It is commonly shown in presentation in education in the US.  It demonstrates that everyone has differences and that through universal design we are able to address these differences.  For people who stammer, we don’t want anything different from anyone else, we just want access to what everyone else gets.  This can include education, work, and relationships.



The next picture illustrates Sheehan’s iceberg on the left and my revised iceberg on the right.  Sheehan’s analogy of the iceberg was that stammering was like an iceberg, with stammering above the waterline and our negative feelings about stammering submerged below.  I challenge this theory by asking, can we think of our stammering differently.  I added some different words we might use to describe the experience of our speech.  It just isn’t the job of the person who stammers to change how they think about stuttering but it is the responsibility of parents, professionals, the media and everyone in the world to create a better understanding of stammering.

Graphic will be part of a chapter in Stammering Pride and Prejudice

, published by J&R Press, 2018If you want to create your own iceberg, go for it!  I would love to see them, so tag me at Facebook.com/ninagcomedian or Twitter/Instagram @Ninagcomedian.  Here is something you can use…

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Nina’s book Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a stuttering Stand Up Comedian is due out in 2018!  Sign up for news from Nina at www.NinaGcomedian.com.


The Disability Art and Culture Project Presents “An Evening of Comedy” Featuring Nina G

For Immediate Release | September 19, 2017 Media Contact:
Kathy Coleman, Disability Art and Culture Project 503-358-9085, kafia2008@yahoo.com

The Disability Art and Culture Project Presents “An Evening of Comedy” Featuring Nina G, the Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian
The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites you to attend our upcoming fundraiser!

Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 Wednesday October 18, 2017
Doors at 7:30 p.m.

Photo by Shannon Knight.
[Image description: Nina G speaks into a microphone.]

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites you to attend our upcoming fundraiser!

Advance Tickets: $30, available now through Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-of-comedy-featuring-nina-g-tickets-37469773100 Admission is $35 at the door, so make to sure to get your tickets early.

DACP will bring Nina G, the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one), to Portland for an evening of comedy, and a silent auction!

‘Nina G has been challenging attitudes about Disability since she did stand-up for the first time in 2010. “How many people with Disabilities does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Answer: “One to screw it in and 5 able bodied people to say ‘You are such an inspiration!”‘ (Branch). She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.

Our fundraiser will support the second biennial Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival. Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country. We are excited to bring these films back to Portland in the spring of 2018!

In addition to being a stand up comedian, Nina is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. Learn more about Nina G W WW.NinaGcomedian.com , her one person show: Going Beyond Inspirational , or purchase Nina’s book: Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities

Visit DACP online to sign up for our email list, and stay in the know about our events!
The Disability Art and Culture Project | disabilityartculture@gmail.com | http://www.dacphome.org |


Learn more about the 2016 Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival, and stay up to date with developments for 2018: http://portland.reelabilities.org/

Branch, Valerie. “Comedian Who Stutters Goes Beyond the Punch Lines.” 2014.

– – – – – About the Disability Art and Culture Project:

The mission of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) is to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities. We view disability as a natural and valuable variation of the human form. We believe affirmative disability identity is intertwined with racial, gender, social, and economic justice. DACP accomplishes this mission by supporting the creative expression of people with disabilities. DACP utilizes the performing arts as a method of examining disability in relation to society. DACP also supports established and emerging artists, as well as the community at large, in developing knowledge and expression of disability culture and pride.


“An Evening of Comedy” Featuring Nina G is made possible by the Northwest Health Foundation.


An Evening of Comedy Flyer 10.18.17

How Will You Celebrate Stuttering Awareness?

As a stand up comedian and Disability educator, I aim to make the world more aware of aspects of the disability experience.  As a person who stutters, who loves her community, I make a special point to share my experience and educate people about stuttering and stuttering etiquette.  In everything I do, I hope to go beyond stuttering awareness to place where we can celebrate our community and have a more inclusive world where we are able to be more integrated in our identities as people who stutter and however else we identify (culture, talents, hobbies, etc…).  We just aren’t our speech, but I personally don’t want people to overlook my experiences as a Stutterer because those experiences are an important part of what has created me.

Sometimes I get a little stuck on how I want to raise awareness.  I am just one individual, so how will I make an impact in raising awareness in my personal and professional lives, not to mention the world?  I have some ideas that I wanted to share with you.  And in no particular order….

Ain’t No Party Like A Stuttering Party

You know what?  People don’t equate stuttering or disability with fun!  I know, I don’t get it either.  Whenever I am around people who share my experiences I have hella fun.  I feel like I am at home.  People without disabilities or who don’t stutter can’t even imagine us getting together and partying.  Why not get together with your local stuttering community and go out to eat, picnic, sing karaoke, go out dancing, or whatever would be fun.  Make it an open invitation so people can meet up (you can even use meetup.com to do outreach), meet each other and find a community where they can not only share their gripes about stuttering in a fluent world, but also share their joys, successes and laughter.  Making space for us to have fun is so important and is a great bonding experience.  If you want to wear matching shirts or stuttering awareness sashes, that is great, but just getting together is a big deal for us.


As an Italian-American, I tend to overdo it with the food, so I think I have some expertise in this area.  My plan is to bring stuttering awareness cupcakes to my office to share this year.  They will eat sea-green colored cupcakes but also get information about how to talk to a person who stutters.  There is plenty of information online about stuttering (just make sure it is the good stuff—please don’t send them that BS of Tony Robbins curing a person who stutters in 7 minutes because he was traumatized by Rocky and Bulwrinkle–no joke!  There is a lot of information about stuttering.  There are many organizations that produce materials such as the National Stuttering Association (NSA), Friends who Stutter, and Say.  Both organizations stress self-acceptance, community, and treatment options for people who stutter.  Not everyone is looking to be fluent and it is important for people outside of our community to know that we don’t need to be fixed.  Why not provide this type of information with decorated cookies or cupcakes?!


Providing resources

Whatever you do, remember to provide resources to people you outreach too.  You might want to make a list of your top ten links, organizations, or videos.  Sometimes people are too shy to ask questions so providing resources can help them to find information on their own and digest it in their own time.  There are also some great podcasts like Women Who Stutter: Our Stories, Stutter Talk and Stuttering is Cool that you can promote as resources where real life experiences are explored.  Also, there are wonderful communities that can be found online.  One of my favorites is Stutter Social where you can communicate with people who stutter from all around the world in real time.  Because it is a Google Circle, you are able to see and hear people and is open to everyone.


There are large and small ways to fundraise or donate.  The most obvious is to just do it.  Send money to your favorite stuttering organization.  Many of us can’t afford to do this, but we might be able to organize an event to raise money.  There are some amazing organizations that help individuals who stutter to find their identity and advocate against discrimination.  Find out what stuttering organizations fit your own passions.  Besides raising money, your personal campaign funding is also raising awareness too because you are profiling an organization that you are passionate about.

Extra-Extra: Stutter all about it!

Did you know that radio stations NEED to do public service announcements (PSAs) as part of their community outreach?  Why not one about stuttering? I found the National Stuttering Association when I was a teenager because of a late night PSA and it changed my life.  Why not network to see how you can bring stuttering to a bigger audience?  Contacting your local news outlets is another great way to get the word out.  National Stuttering Awareness week is a great hook for a news outlet to cover.

Social Media

Social media is a blog entry in and of itself!  Lots of great activism goes on in social media.  Between tweeting, facebooking, blogging/vlogging, pinning and whatever else Silicon Valley has introduced this week, there is a ton of stuff that you can do to raise awareness and celebrate the Stuttering community.  Here are a few ideas.


For my purposes, I am talking about the little pictures that you can post to your social media.  Memes have a more broad definition, but let’s stick to the images for now.  Memes are a great way to give a visual image to a sound bite that you want to convey.  You can create your own to share or you can re-share others.  I have some of the ones that I have created at, please feel free to steal them: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.918396334847879.1073741833.123746114312909&type=1

Whether you create your own or share other’s, you might want to include a message about what the meme means to you and why you are sharing it.  We don’t always get to share our experience of stuttering, so saying a bit about it’s significance in your life will help to educate others.


One of my biggest pet peeves, whether we are talking about entertainment or the academic/research realms, is that we, as people who stutter, have often had our voices blunted by the dominant/fluent perspective.  Traditionally, we have not had control over our images in the media or elsewhere.  The Disability community has adopted the slogan, “nothing about us without us” meaning that we should have say over all aspects of our Disability experience.  For the first time in our history, we have a direct line for representing who we are.  Why not share your experiences to the world?  Of course you should consider what you are sharing and take precautions.  If you are a young person, check with your family and friends to see if what you are thinking is a good idea and if you are prepared for any backlash.  Just assume that someone will have a problem with what you are saying, but also know that if you speak from a place that is authentic and true to yourself, you will touch people.  Other videos, like skits or slide shows, can also contribute to the library of images and diversity of content about stuttering.

One of my favorite videos I have worked on was with Gina Davis.  

Sharing videos

Sometimes you just can’t get around to creating a video or a blog but you might want to share other videos/blogs that represent your views.  There is a lot of great stuff out there and losing yourself in a search can produce some great opportunities to educate people on your Twitter feed and Facebook.  When sharing, do take into consideration that over saturating your Facebook feed can water down your message.  People get overwhelmed.  It might be better for you to post twice a day over the week instead of all at once.  Marketing research says that the peak time for Facebook is 11AM.  Apparently you are all sneaking it at work!  Thinking strategically can make the most out of your own personal awareness campaign.  Also, instead of just posting videos, include comments or questions so that people interact with the video.  It might start some great conversations on your feed!

People you admire who also happen to stutter

If I see another meme or article about Tiger Woods overcoming his stuttering, I am going to hurl!  So many of the images of people who stutter are people who don’t stutter openly.  Look beyond the awareness posters and images of “people who overcame” and look toward the athletes, professors, reporters, podcast hosts, authors and people YOU identify with.  Post these pictures and bios to your social media outlets and let people know why they are important to you.

The following is a list of some of the stuttering awareness material I have produced over the years.  Please include additional links in the comments section.  I hope something touches you and motivates you to tell others about stuttering:


Don’t Be That Person Who Stutters

The Stuttering Iceberg Gets A Make Over

License to Stutter: What the Stuttering Community Has Meant to Me


Reflections on stuttering and stand up comedy

1-tB0dA_v-GdbrzgVsbYAY9gI recently celebrated my seventh year of doing stand up comedy. Guess what?  I have some stuff to say!  Please take a look and maybe even comment!  Thanks!

“Stories about disabilities usually end with a moral, an inspirational tale of overcoming, something warm and fuzzy for the non-disabled reader. That is not how I view my story. I didn’t overcome my stutter; I simply allowed it to exist. People can think what they want about me, my comedy and, yes, my stuttering. Good or bad, their views give me something to hang my jokes on — jokes that represent me”




#stuttering #stutter #disability #discrimination #standup #standupcomedy #comedian


Insights from a stuttering comedian with dyslexia. These are my unedited thoughts. Grammar and spelling doesn't count on blogging, especially since it did I would never post!