WBEZ | Katie Rich http://www.wbez.org/tags/katie-rich Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Founding Pets: How animals shaped America's history http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/founding-pets-how-animals-shaped-americas-history-100632 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/457272_464195043605500_1748577632_o.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="Steve Waltien and Katie Rich performing at 'The Paper Machete.' (Photo by Joe Mazza/Brave Lux Photography)" />Most Americans know the major stories that have shaped our history. But few realize that many of these moments involved underappreciated animals.</p><p>&quot;Behind most historical figures at key points in American history are the animals that planted the ideas that changed our society forever,&quot; explains comedian Steve Waltien. At <em>The Paper Machete</em>&#39;s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/432094046811581/">special All-American show</a>, Waltien and associate Katie Rich embodied, among others,&nbsp;Declaration of Independence scribe Thomas Jefferson and his little-known pet cat Brown Sugar. Read an excerpt below or listen below:</p><p><em>Steve: Good afternoon. Katie and I are actors in Chicago and we&#39;ve come here to do what we do best.</em></p><p><em>Katie: Pay tribute to American history. Look at my earrings!</em></p><p><em>Steve: We like to think of ourselves as actors slash educators, or act-ORs.</em></p><p><em>Katie: And it&#39;s our duty to look into American history and shine a light into areas that the white male patriarchical society tends to overlook.</em></p><p><em>Steve: Yes, act-ORs are able to overlook what historical texts cannot. We are able to bring to life on the stage historical figures at important turning points. What really happened and who were the major players in history.</em></p><p><em>Katie: The history books are only written by those who can write! And time and time again, those who cannot write are left out of the conventional narrative.</em></p><p><em>Steve: Animals.</em></p><p><em>Katie: Just because animals cannot write does not mean they do not have rights.</em></p><p><em>Steve: Good one.</em></p><p><em>Katie: Thank you. I&#39;m an act-OR.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/founding-pets-how-animals-shaped-americas-history-100632 The NATO summit: A runner-up prize for the Olympics http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/nato-summit-runner-prize-olympics-98969 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6506830879_eb61ec5a82_z.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 427px; " title="A Chicago 2016 supporter reacts during the announcement from the 121st International Olympic Committee on the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in 2009. (AP/Morry Gash)">There's been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/museums-closed-longer-expected-during-nato-summit-weekend-98989">much worry in Chicago</a> over the NATO summit's impending start next week, but comedian Katie Rich points out that the event bears a striking resemblance to another large-scale event the city was actually looking forward to: the Olympics.</p><p>Read an excerpt below or listen above.</p><p><em>You guys the Olympics are coming! We got 'em!</em></p><p><em>What? Oh. Oh sorry. It's NATO. Okay. Sorry.</em></p><p><em>NATO is coming to Chicago! OHMYGOD. And as we all know, NATO stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The NATO summit is coming and please let us never stop calling it the NATO summit. Because that is so titillating to me. Because when I hear NATO summit I see the Justice League and I see mountains and then I see a blue whale just breaching over all of it.</em></p><p><em>But what it really is, is like, dudes in a conference room in McCormick Place with like, pitchers of water that are sweating on wet table clothes. That's all it is.</em></p><p><em>So does anyone know why NATO is coming? Exactly. Well I will give you the answer: because Rahm could get it.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 11:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/nato-summit-runner-prize-olympics-98969 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Biggest News Week Ever http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/paper-machete-radio-magazine-biggest-news-week-ever-93088 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/jessicajoy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/jessicajoy.jpg" title="Jessica Joy (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)" width="500"></p><p>This was just a big, big news week, so Chad the Bird recaps it for you. Matt Klingler plays Terrence McCarthy, who talks about the cancellation of <em>The Playboy Club</em>. James Porter weighs in on the Hank Williams Jr. Hitler controversy. Katie Rich gives election advice to single ladies. There's music from Jessica Joy and Chance Bone. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483744-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-10-08-thepapermachete-radiomag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/10/11/1015-line-up/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a>, we'll talk about the cult status of Mormonism, catch-up with neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light, and see if Joe the Plumber is really serious about this politics business. With <a href="http://impresstheseapes.com/author/thea">Thea Lux</a> of Impress These Apes; Whit Nelson of <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/">The New Colony</a>; <a href="http://babywantscandy.com/index.php">comedian </a>Hans Holsen, and Samantha Irby of <a href="http://bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com/">Bitches Gotta Eat</a>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dastardly/189638794663?sk=info">Dastardly</a>'s Gabe Liebowitz comes in with music.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="332" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/jamesporter.jpg" title="James Porter (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)" width="500"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/chancebone.jpg" title="Chance Bone (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)" width="500"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/katierich2.jpg" title="Katie Rich, back for a second week in a row (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)" width="500"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/mattklingler.jpg" title="Matt Klingler as Terrence McCarthy (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)" width="500"></p><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(86, 86, 86); ">&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/paper-machete-radio-magazine-biggest-news-week-ever-93088 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Half-Music Hour http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-28/paper-machete-radio-magazine-half-music-hour-92537 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/The Paper Machete 2011 09 24_Bobby Conn and Monica Boubou2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/The Paper Machete 2011 09 24_Bobby Conn and Monica Boubou2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="Bobby Conn and Monica Boubou add some flair (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>This week you'll get way more music than you ever dreamed of, with Justin Hayford doing cabaret hits, and Bobby Conn rocking and rolling. In spoken words, Brett Neveu delivers news from the art world, and Katie Rich rails on Whitney Cumming's new show, appropriately titled&nbsp;<em>Whitney</em>. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483733-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-24-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/09/28/101-line-up/">Saturday's show</a> at the Horseshoe features Katie Watson of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sirensimprov.com/">Sirens Improv</a>; actress/writer/comedian&nbsp;<a href="http://www.alisarosenthal.com/">Alisa Rosenthal</a>; comedians&nbsp;<a href="http://sethdodson.com/">Seth Dodson</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/364">Kellen Alexander</a>; and Machete regular and Neo-Futurist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.neofuturists.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=64&amp;Itemid=119">Bilal Dardai</a>. They'll also be music from&nbsp;<a href="http://wrenandwhistler.wordpress.com/">The Wren and the Whistler</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/The Paper Machete 2011 09 24_ Justin Heyford.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="Justin Heyford croons (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/The Paper Machete 2011 09 24_Brett Neveu.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="Brett Neveu becomes very arty (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/The%20Paper%20Machete%202011%2009%2024_Katie%20Rich_0.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="Katie Rich calmly discusses 'Whitney' (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-28/paper-machete-radio-magazine-half-music-hour-92537 5 Machete Questions with Katie Rich, Birth Control Ninja http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-22/5-machete-questions-katie-rich-birth-control-ninja-92327 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/rich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Katie Rich&nbsp;is a repeat<em>&nbsp;Machete </em>performer. When she's not at the Horseshoe, she's performing with <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/about/people/castbio/1363/">The Second City</a>. We've asked her to play 5 Machete questions before her appearance this Saturday.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-22/rich.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 229px; height: 350px; " title=""><strong>1. What's stuck in your craw this week, and how will you be approaching it in the Machete?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The oppressive, Big Brother-esque nature of NBC's promotion of the new sit-com, <em>Whitney</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>2. If you could do anything else on this Saturday afternoon besides perform against your will in the Paper Machete, it would be...</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sleep. And hug a big, fluffy dog.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>3. In your entire schooling, what was the subject you in which you performed most poorly? Have you been required to demonstrate knowledge of that subject since?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gym. I actually failed it. And I have never once been asked to do a flexed arm hang since then.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>4. a) Name your favorite Palin or Smurf, and give at least one sentence of explanation. b) Name your least favorite Palin or Smurf, and give at least one sentence of explanation.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>My favorite Palin is 1987 Sarah because she reminds me of me when I was 24 - She sleeps with black dudes and does coke. My least favorite Palin is Willow. Which one is Willow? Exactly.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>5. As a member of the Chicago performance-art community, what lucrative career do you now wish you'd chosen to pursue instead? </strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Guerilla Therapist.</div><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kjMxzxP8ibU" width="560"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 pm, it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Listen to the most recent&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); ">here</a>, or download it from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-22/5-machete-questions-katie-rich-birth-control-ninja-92327 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Etiquette Show http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-21/paper-machete-radio-magazine-etiquette-show-92234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/dan sinker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/dan sinker.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title="Dan Sinker performs at 'The Paper Machete' (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>This week, we're going to to get schooled. Schooled on how to <em>behave</em>. Dan Sinker teaches you how to handle your sportsfan child who exists in art nerd family.&nbsp;Mel Evans talks about how to announce that you're pregnant, Beyonce-style. And Brian Babylon discusses the let-down that is the mass text from President Barack Obama. And Blane Fonda gives us something to dance to with "Bear Lee Lee Gull."&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483725-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-17-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a>, we'll be talking about Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Domu apartment ads Chicagoans love so much, and art as terrorism. Rob Anderson of <a href="http://impresstheseapes.com/">Impress These Apes</a> will be there; author <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Half-Baked-History-ebook/dp/B005IBNSAK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1316179381&amp;sr=8-1">Chip Bagnall</a>; performer and writer&nbsp;<a href="http://justforlaughschicago.com/justforlaughschicago/stories/story/0,,251678,00.html">Jet Eveleth</a>; playwright <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/ensemble/brett.html">Brett Neveu</a>; Second City performer <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjMxzxP8ibU">Katie Rich</a>; Matt Ulrich, a real, live Texan and member of the WBEZ family, and <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/07/19/about/">Ali Weiss&nbsp;Klingler</a>, who you may know from <em>this very podcast</em>. Music from Justin Hayford and rock and roller <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bobbyconn">Bobby Conn</a>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/mel evans.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Mel Evans shares the wisdom of Beyonce (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/brian babylon.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Brian Babylon discusses texting, while not texting (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-21/paper-machete-radio-magazine-etiquette-show-92234