Stuttering Comedian Nina G to Launch National Talk Tour

By Valerie Branch

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August 1, 2018-Oakland, CA – What do you do when you are professionally funny for a living AND use your own experience as a person with disabilities to crush stigma and change attitudes?  Well, for stuttering comedian Nina G, you take it on the road in a series of presentations that are both funny and profound.  Much like Hannah Gadsby’s breakout Netflix special “Nannette”, Nina G blends her comedy “material” with her real life experiences for a unique tour you can see live!

Nina G connects with audiences from a variety of backgrounds across the nation, from comedy clubs to university conferences and within the pages of her books.  Fall 2018 Nina G is taking her show nation-wide.  Be sure to catch her live or book her for your event!

Dates:

Oct 6: Dyslexia Awareness and Education: Community Center at the Market Place, Tustin, CA 

Oct 11: Central Michigan University – Stutterer interrupted 

Oct 19:  Pre-conference workshop for the California Association of Postsecondary Education and Disability: Learning Ramps-Teaching with Universal Design.

Oct: 25: Disability Awareness Celebration:  Mt. San Jacinto College

 

October 22 is international stuttering awareness day.  To celebrate, Nina G is taking her message of acceptance and awareness on the road!  She will be appearing in colleges and comedy shows all around the country talking about the experience of stuttering, having a learning disability, and learning to accept and overcome attitudes to educate people about her Disability experience.

Additional facts on stuttering:

•Stuttering impacts 1% of the adult population.

•3 million Americans are Stutterers.

•1 in 4 people who stutter are female.

•There’s no known cure for stuttering.

•Many people who stutter still experience discrimination.

About Nina G

Comedian – Nina G was the only woman who stuttered in the stand-up comedy world when she started eight years ago.  Now there are a few other women who stutter venturing on stage to tell their stories and make people laugh.  She produced the Comedians with Disabilities Act, a national touring comedy show featuring exclusively comedians with disabilities.  She also went on to produce the first compilation album to feature, as the the album title suggests, Disabled Comedy Only.  Nina G’s brand of comedy reflects the experiences of many with disabilities: the problem is not the people with disabilities but a society that isn’t always accessible or inclusive.

Author – Nina G’s first book, Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities, helps both children and adults understand how to advocate for needed school-related accommodations. The book is inspired from her own childhood experience of having learning disabilities, stuttering, and being denied accommodations in her own education.

For more information about Once Upon an Accommodation: https://www.ninagcomedian.com/the-book

For more information on Stutterer Interrupted:The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian visit  www.Stuttererinterrupted.com

Professional Speaker – Nina G tours the country as a conference keynote speaker.  In addition to her Tedx Talk at San Jose State University she has presented at: the Montana Youth in Transition Conference, the Oregon Association on Higher Education and Disability, the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum, and various college campuses for Disability Acceptance Week/Disability Awareness Month including seminars on Universal Design in teaching and training.

For booking:  www.NinaGcomedian.com / Ninagbooking@gmail.com / 510-922-0179

 

 

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#MyNameIsNotAJoke: A Stuttering Response to Starbucks

According to Valerie Russ of philly.com:

“A University of Pennsylvania graduate student says a Starbucks barista in West Philadelphia mocked him for his stuttering disorder last week — just 29 days after the company closed its nearly 800 U.S. stores for anti-bias training following the wrongful arrests of two black men at a Center City store.

The 28-year-old student, who is pursuing a doctorate at the Wharton School, said he was shocked when he ordered an iced coffee at a Starbucks in University City, only to have the barista mimic his name by saying: “OK, S-S-Sam.

It was even more disturbing when he realized while walking back to his office that the barista had written his name on the cup as ‘SSSam.’”

Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/starbucks-customer-cup-complaint-stutter-philadelphia-pennsylvania-20180702.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

Why is this such a big issue for the Stuttering Community? 

Many of us dread ordering in a restaurant and even worse saying our names, because so many of us stutter on it.  Countless times we have had people say things like, “did you forget your own name?”  Being made fun of when ordering your coffee isn’t a great way to start the day and many of us brace ourselves to the reactions others have to our speech. 

Starbucks, and other restaurants need to do a better job educating their staff who interact with the public.  Making fun of your customer is unacceptable!  Let’s educate not only Starbucks but anyone who deals with the public about stuttering and how we want people to react to our speech. 

Tweet, Facebook and Instagram what you want @starbucks and others to know.  Use your voice and stand up! If you don’t stutter, you can support by helping us spread the word about how we want to be treated.  The Disability community has the saying “nothing about us without us.”  People need to know that people who stutter have a voice and that voice needs to be heard by everyone!

Hashtags: #MyNameIsNotAJoke #SSStarbucks

The National Stuttering Association’s reaction: https://westutter.org/national-stuttering-association-responds-to-reports-of-incident-at-west-philadelphia-starbucks/

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All Stuttering Comedy Show Comes to Chicago!

CHICAGO, Ill., Jun 12, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As part of the 35th annual National Stuttering Association conference, a group of talented comedians will stand up for stuttering in “NSA Laughs!” Headlining the show is Nina G, an 8-year, stand-up comedy veteran and professional speaker. This stand-up comedy show is open to the public and is scheduled for Thursday, July 5 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Nina G is also the author of “Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand-Up Comedian,” (https://www.stuttererinterrupted.com/), which is scheduled to be released the summer of 2019.

Other comedians who are taking to the stage include: Tague Zachary, a seasoned pro who was most recently seen rocking out at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival with his solo show, “A Nerd and A Guitar;” Kinner Shah, a Los Angeles-based actor and comic who was featured on “First Nation’s Comedy Experience” (FNX Network), “TOSH.0” (Comedy Central) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX); and George Laday, an amateur comic who entertains for fun. He’s a long-time conference goer and this year’s host.

“I’m so excited to be part of this show,” Nina says. “It’s ideal to make people laugh while providing awareness – sharing wit and wisdom.”

Admission to the show is $10 for conference goers and $15 for the general public.

About Nina G:

Nina G is an entertainer and educator. She first stepped onto the stage after she was inspired by her experience at NSA where she was challenged to change her relationship with stuttering.

When she isn’t performing at comedy clubs like San Francisco’s Punchline or the Laugh Factory, she’s playing colleges or keynoting at conferences and training professionals. Nina is part of the comedy troupe, The Comedians with Disabilities Act, which brings laughter and awareness to audiences of all ages across the country.

Nina is also the author of a children’s book, “Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book about Learning Disabilities,” that helps children and adults advocate for their rights as a person with a disability. Nina’s one person show, “Going beyond Inspirational,” which debuted in 2015, is a comical exploration about growing up with learning and speech disabilities.

Learn more at: https://www.ninagcomedian.com/.

For more information about the National Stuttering Association, visit: https://westutter.org/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NinaGComedian/

Watch a video clip here (YouTube):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYcNOXT9adc&feature=youtu.be

News Source: Nina G

Related link: https://www.ninagcomedian.com/

This press release was issued on behalf of the news source, who is solely responsible for its accuracy, by Send2Press Newswire. To view the original story, visit: https://www.send2press.com/wire/stutterers-showcase-stand-up-comedy-skills-at-national-stuttering-association-conference/

 

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Free buttons for Stuttering Awareness Week!

Just for National Stuttering Awareness Week 2018!

I have been asked so many times, “where can I get that button that says ‘I stutter. You are just doing to have to wait for all my brilliant ideas!” In honor of Stuttering Awareness Week, I am sending buttons to the first 50 people in the United States who sign up for notifications about my forthcoming book: Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian. Please check out the website and join for your free button!

https://www.stuttererinterrupted.com/

 

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SpeakerMatch Companion

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April 12 I am on SpeakerMatch Radio and I wanted to offer a companion for some of the things I am talking about as well as a place for people to have dialogue with one another about best practices for getting and promoting college gigs.

Below are some resources that I will reference.  Please check them out!

PULLING OFF A SUCCESSFUL EVENT ON YOUR COLLEGE CAMPUS:  https://ninagcomedian.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/pulling-off-a-successful-event-at-your-college-campus/

10 TIPS FOR MARKETING YOUR NEXT COLLEGE OR COMMUNITY EVENT:  https://ninagcomedian.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/10-tips-for-marketing-you-next-college-or-community-event/

FUNDING DISABILITY AWARENESS EVENTS ON YOUR COLLEGE CAMPUS:  https://ninagcomedian.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/funding-disability-awareness-events-on-your-college-campus/

Slides from a presentation:  Going Beyond Inspirations and Simulations-Disability Awareness Events At Your College

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“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

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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,

 

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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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interruption-show-comedians-interrupted-tickets-41368936603

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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!