Ian Belknap is a Chicago writer/performer who is the host/curator/Overlord of WRITE CLUB, the nation's premiere competitive philanthropic readings series, monthly at the Hideout. He also serves as the Fact Checker in The Encyclopedia Show, monthly at the Vittum Theater, and irregularly as the Dean of Mean at The Paper Machete, the weekly salon in a saloon at Ricochet's in Lincoln Square.
He is author of the live memoir show Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy With a Body Count, which has appeared at Rhino Theater Fest, The Neo-Futurists, and Push Push Theater in Atlanta. He has been host curator of the show Something Wicked This Way Comes (Seven Deadly Sins-themed monologues) at Rhino Fest and the Steppenwolf Garage, and Ian's Dog & Pony Show (it's a big world of funny, so let's all play nice), which gathered solo performers, comedians, improv and sketch performers in one show.
In a previous life he was a comedian who opened for Steven Wright at the Vic, and Dennis Miller at Skyline Stage on Navy Pier. In a life previous to that, he was an actor who appeared on stages around Chicago, and in various sneeze-and-you'll-miss-him roles in film and TV.
Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Ian and our company of talented readers on April 5th, 7:30 p.m.