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Rebecca O'Neal

Rebecca O’Neal is a Chicago based stand-up comedian and writer/editor whose work can be read on/in Vanity Fair Magazine,,, New York Magazine’s,, The Frisky, The Rumpus, Death and Taxes Magazine, and more. She is also the host of WCIU’s Chicago’s One Night Stand Up premiering December 31, 2016.

Since she began stand-up comedy in early 2012, Rebecca has performed at Portland’s 2013, 2014, & 2016 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, RIOT LA Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition of 2014 & 2015, The Onion and The AV Club’s 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, NBCUniversal and Second City’s Break Out Comedy Festival, Oddball Comedy Festival 2016, Laugh Factory, UP Comedy Club, Chicago Underground Comedy, Comedians You Should Know, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Zanies, and many other showcases and clubs in and around Chicago. She has also opened for Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal and Michelle Wolf, Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata, Jon Reep, Pete Correale, Hannibal Buress, Ben Kronberg, Baron Vaughn, John Caparulo, W. Kamau Bell, Ron Funches, Joe DeRosa, Cameron Esposito, and Eddie Pepitone.

Rebecca is a former cast member of the 14th season of Chicago’s historic Lincoln Lodge and a regular at Laugh Factory Chicago and host of the club’s weekly show Top Ten Tuesdays - an co-host of the long running Wednesday open mic at Cole’s Bar. Rebecca has appeared as a recurring guest on’s Morning Amp and a guest comedy commentator or WBEZ’s Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. She 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 Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, The Huffington Post,, The Chicago Reader, The Red Eye’s Eat Drink Do column, Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Chicagoist, LoganSquarist, Chicago Now,, and many local blogs and websites. Rebecca has been featured in Paper Magazine (the Kim Kardasian butt mag lol), Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post, and Huffington Post Chicago, Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, Portland Monthly, and more. 

Rebecca O’Neal is a hilariously cerebral and confessional young comic whose upbringing on Chicago’s southside coupled with her love of language and tendency toward introspection endear her to audiences of all backgrounds. By humorously and shamelessly mining her experiences, she makes the esoteric universal.

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