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:
- 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.
- 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.