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Maximilian Stolte

Maximilian, better known as the grown man who still eats Lunchables, is owner and operator here at Word Brothel. With his ragtag team of miscreants, his goal is to spread truth so profound that it shatters the very fabric of reality. When he is not fanning the flames of justice and all that is good, he is acting like a buffoon on a stage or the CTA. You can see him at “Deux a Trois” the second Tuesday of every month at 10PM at the Playground Theater in Chicago. Most importantly he wanted us to mention that the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich he ever ate was on June 5, 2009.

Mike Maxwell
Mike Maxwell is a Chicago area comedian and regular guest on WGN-720 AM. Mike performs across the country and has played all the major clubs in Chicago. He can regularly be seen at the Improv Comedy Club and Zanies. Mike is also back-to-back finalist for the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson’s hometown, Norfolk NE. In 2015, Mike performed his one man show ‘The Anti-Boss” at The Chicago Fringe Festival and it runs in Chicago area quite often! Follow him on Twitter @themikemaxwell Thanks, Mike
Jennifer Allman
Jennifer Allman is a human woman who has set her two feet in almost 50 out of 50 states. When she’s not face first in a cup of coffee and a plate of hashbrowns, she’s writing and performing in Chicago. Fun fact: Jennifer believes in The Circular Theory but doesn’t believe in absolute truth. www.jenniferallman.com @Jen_Allman
Jacob Dierksheide
Jake is a performer originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When not writing for Word Brothel, you can catch him playing in his iO Harold team Pangea, or as part of the independent group Mind Cookies. His likes include but are not limited to: guessing games, regular games, and The Parent Trap.
Jason Elewski
Creative Director
Waking up from a 20-year food coma with nearly every body part replaced by a cybernetic prosthesis, Jason has dedicated his gifts to write, perform, and write satirical content for for the good of nobody.
Josie Benedetti
Josie Benedetti once lived on top of spaghetti, all covered in cheese, but felt a change coming on suddenly when a nearby virus monger blessed himself all over. Now she roams the city of Chicago as That’s-A-Spicy-Meatball Man, curing heartburn and dumping spaghetti sauce whenever she goes. You might be confused as to whether she is a poor meatball, an Italian man, or a full grown woman covered in ragu practicing comedy and you would be right on all three accounts.
Allie Rubin
Allie Rubin is NOT the Gorton’s fisherman! But she DOES think it is weird that we rip lobsters apart and suck out their insides. She performs throughout Chicago as one half of Papa, a sketch duo that likes yelling- and sauce-based comedy. Again, please stop asking her for fish sticks! She is NOT the Gorton’s fisherman!!!
Nick Scutti
Nick is a writer, performer and [insert third thing here] who moved to Chicago from San Diego two years ago because he didn't know snow was actually a thing. He has completed the writing programs at Second City and UCB, as well as the improv programs at iO and UCB. Written works include hundreds of sketches and articles and a play he self-produced entitled Ozombie bin Laden: in 3D! Follow Nick on Twitter @nickscutti to read how much he loves comedy and hates Republicans.
Megan Schmidt
Graphic Designer
Megan has been using her art to con people into friendship since she learned how to draw Neopets in second grade. She has created graphics for top-secret government reports, signed design NDAs for crazy fancy tech companies, and even helped rebrand her friend's uncle's New England lobster cart. However, she considers this unpaid graphic design gig with Word Brothel to be her greatest artistic achievement yet.
Judy Weinstein

Originally from the Texas Hill Country, Judy Weinstein has made Chicago her home since 2016. A photographer, improviser, yoga teacher & all around fabulous goddess ready to capture whatever insane shit Max & Jason put in front of her. You can find Judy performing with Mr. Dr. every Saturday night at midnight at iO. You can find her photo work & get in contact via the info below.


instagram @weinsteinjudy

Jack Ritchey
Jack is an improvisor and writer from St. Louis, Missouri. When he's not writing for Word Brothel, you can see him performing with house team Cheeky Rafiki at the Comedy Clubhouse every Friday night at 8pm. He also has contributed to shows at the CIC Theater, iO, and streaming on Amazon Prime, and you can find more of his work at waxinghumorous.com.
Graham Reinbold

Graham Reinbold is a writer, and performer living in Chicago since Fall of 2017. With the exception of bananas, and a single strawberry in 2001, Graham has never eaten fruit before. While he enjoys a positive relationship with most vegetables, and even fruit flavored items, the sight and smell of the real thing repulses him. When he’s not writing, acting, or improvising around the city, he’s avoiding sunlight at all costs.

Simon Tessmer

Simon Tessmer is a Chicago improviser and writer who performs regularly with the independent team Stepmother Goose. Other than writing for Word Brothel, Simon's favorite activities include eating turkey sandwiches, passionately raving about the Mission Impossible franchise, and struggling to be a functional social human.