Brett Paesel is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "Mommies Who Drink; Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom". She has been published in numerous national publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Salon.com. Brett has been a contributing editor to Wondertime and Parents Magazine. She has also developed shows for HBO, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite. In her spare time, she teaches English and Creative Writing to 6th Graders. You can read her blog at lastofthebohemians.blogspot.com.
Johanna Stein is a writer/director/comedian/forward/slash/abuser whose work has been seen in The NY Times, Parents Magazine, CBS, Comedy Central, Disney, PBS, Nickelodeon, The Oxygen Network, The Movie Network, VH-1, CBC and all over the Worldwide Internets. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and a dog who once ate a couch.
Marcia Wilkie has written for television talk shows, reality shows, game shows and nationally syndicated radio shows, and authored two New York Times best-selling books “Behind the Smile,” and “Might As Well Laugh About it Now” for Marie Osmond. Her own solo shows (“Are You Happy?,” “This Girl I Knew,” and “Duck, Duck, Goose”) toured the U.S. and played to critical acclaim in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Her two-act play, a dark comedy titled “Living Room” was a semi-finalist in the Eileen Heckart Drama Awards. Her articles have been published in Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal and Prevention magazine.
Kathryn Gallagher is from Chicago, but has been in Los Angeles since 2000. This year, on St. Patrick’s Day, she celebrated her 10th anniversary performing as Sister in Late Nite Catechism. While in Chicago, she had an 18 year career as both an actress and a singer. Notable highlights there include the world premiers of Lynda Barry’s The Good Times are Killing Me and Oliver Sack’s Awakenings. In Los Angeles, you can see her in five different versions of Late Nite Catechism. She has performed some form of this play at numerous locations, including (NYC) Off-Broadway at Sofia’s and (CA) at the Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, North Coast Repertory, Coronet Theatre, Welk Theatre in Escondido, Hermosa Beach Playhouse and Second City (LA). Kathryn is also a member of Vanguard Rep/La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival, and most recently co-authored music for their most recent production of “Twelfth Night”.
Becky Thyre is a character actress who's been on Mr. Show, Weeds, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Blood, Six Feet Under, and other shows. She tells stories about her checkered past sometimes at the Fanatic Salon with the funny ladies.
Erika Schickel is an essayist, humorist, book critic, playwright, solo performer, teacher, columnist and the author of, “You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom”. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly and LA City Beat and Bust Magazine has been collected into several literary anthologies. Her 1997 radio drama “Wild Amerika” was produced by LA Theatre Works for “The Play’s the Thing” and Erika continues to perform one-woman shows and readings around Los Angeles. She currently writes the “I On LA” column for LA Observed.com.