CRINGE!

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As featured in Seven Days, December 2016.

CRINGE! is a show about humiliation. After I hosted the show at the Monkey House in September of 2015, I quickly realized this has to be an ongoing thing. See the feature story in Seven Days, Burlington’s alt-weekly.

Do you have a cringe-worthy story or embarrassing piece of student artwork to share? Diary entries, letters, mixtapes, songs: it’s all fair game.

We want comedians to submit, but also musicians, artists, and anyone who ever wrote/performed/created anything embarrassing. So everyone.

Please submit a concrete pitch of what you’d like to do, and how much time you need. Five minutes is a great mark to shoot for.

Tips for a successful submission:

  1. Hard evidence. A photo, piece of artwork, writing, sound recording, video or any other piece of evidence makes for a really strong submission. We want to be pulled into a moment, and a specific example helps to ground us there.
  2. Don’t try too hard to be funny. People come to cringe because it’s fun to watch other people get embarrassed. It’s okay if you laugh or blush or even pee a little. Don’t think of it as a stand-up comedy set.

How to not get your pitch accepted:

Submitting an established stand-up comedy bit. Ideally share something you haven’t presented publicly before.

If your pitch is accepted:

Do: send up to two images! We have a projector and it’s super fun to have a few photos of you or your work. If you have a video, we can project that also.

Don’t: Send me pornographic images. I can’t believe I had to note this, but we live and learn.

Do: have fun. If you’re not embarrassed, you’re not doing it right.