Rebecca O’Neal is a Chicago based writer/editor and stand up comedian whose work can be read on/in Vanity Fair Magazine, Gawker.tv, Splitsider.com, The Rumpus, and more. She is also a regular guest on Vocalo.org‘s morning amp and has appeared as a guest comedy commentator or WBEZ/NPR’s Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. Since she began stand up comedy in early 2012, Rebecca has performed at Portland’s 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Chicago Underground Comedy, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival 2012 and headlined 2013, Queer Comedy at Zanies, The Comedy Shrine, The Wasted Plains Rock and Roll Revival, The Ohio Lesbian Festival, Entertaining Julia, NPR’s Brian Babylon’s Bronzeville Comedy Show, Jokes and Notes, at Navy Pier’s Beer Garden, and many other showcases around the city.
She also performed in a video for Just For Laughs Chicago 2012 and currently produces a monthly free, BYOB comedy showcase in Chicago called Congrats on Your Success (for which she does the promotion and public relations) that has been featured in/on WBEZ/NPR, The Huffington Post, Vocalo.org, The Chicago Reader, The Red Eye’s Eat Drink Do column, Time Out Chicago, Chicagoist, AfterEllen.com and many local blogs and websites. Rebecca was listed as one of the Huffington Post’s 18 Funny Women To Follow on Twitter alongside Mindy Kaling (and in a second HuffPo feature HERE) and curated a vintage Black fashion blog that was featured on Jezebel.com and now lives on as a Tumblr.
Rebecca is one of the newest cast members at Chicago’s historic Lincoln Lodge and looks forward to their 14th season. Rebecca O’Neal is a hilariously cerebral and confessional young comic whose urban upbringing on Chicago’s southside coupled with her expansive vocabulary and tendency toward introspection endear her to audiences of all backgrounds. By humorously mining her experiences, she makes the esoteric universal… or as a friend so pithily put it “Rebecca makes ratchet sh!t sound dissertation-worthy.”