Ian Belknap is a writer/performer living in Chicago. He is the Founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB, the world's greatest competitive reading series, now in five North American cities. WRITE CLUB is an all-volunteer enterprise that gives a portion of show proceeds to charity. Since launching in 2011, WRITE CLUB has donated over $10,000 to non-profits of every description. In the summer of 2014, the WRITE CLUB anthology, Bare-Knuckled Lit will be published by Hope and Nonthings. Ian also serves as the Dean of Mean at The Paper Machete. Ian is a former cast member of The Encyclopedia Show, and has performed at virtually every Live Lit show in Chicago. FUN FACT: Live Lit is a term COINED BY IAN BELKNAP.
His highly regarded live memoir show Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy With a Body Count debuted in the Rhino Theater Fest and was later produced at The Neo-Futurists. He is curator/host of the shows Something Wicked This Way Comes (seven deadly sins-themed monologues), which appeared at Rhino Fest and later at The Garage at Steppenwolf, and Ian's Dog & Pony Show (it's a big world of funny - let's all play nice) which gathered solo performers, improv, sketch, and stand-up in a comedy mashup. Ian is writer/peformer of the solo shows Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull, Terminal Ferocity, and Uncle Dad is Ripshit, You Guys.
He used to be an actor, but came to his senses. He used to be a stand-up comedian, but found that is tender, tender feelings could not withstand it.