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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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,
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.
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!
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!
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.
, 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…
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.
For Immediate Release | September 19, 2017 Media Contact:
Kathy Coleman, Disability Art and Culture Project 503-358-9085, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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
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.
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!