Introducing Allegedly: a Night of Comedy

Hello Skeptifronds!

Skepticon is delighted to introduce Allegedly: a Night of Comedy. One night of laughs to help put the FUN back into fundraising.

Featured comedians include:

Tina Dybal

Hailing from the Former Soviet Union but growing up in Kansas City, Tina Dybal is no stranger to the Midwest. She started her comedy career in Saint Louis and was recently crowned Helium Comedy Club’s “Funniest Person in Saint Louis 2018”. Tina’s unique background, caustic humor, and memorable stage presence have landed her opportunities to open for some of the industry’s best comics such as Michelle Wolf, Christina P., Joey “CoCo” Diaz and Cameron Esposito. Outside of stand-up comedy, Tina is an accomplished comedic improviser. She completed training at The Improv Shop in St. Louis. Tina is also the co-host of Slop City, a podcast created by Tina Dybal and Libbie Higgins.

JC Sibala

JC’s comedic style has been described as straight-forward, no filter, with a dash of sincerity as he shares his experiences growing up ethnically ambiguous in midwest suburbia. Coming from a diverse background, at an early age he developed the ability to fit in by standing out. As a single father, he also gives audiences a glimpse into the life of a bachelor in the world of parenthood. His funny, onstage charisma allows him to connect with a variety of audiences.

JC is also the co-creator of Wild Card Comedy, the longest running weekly independent open mic in St. Louis.

He is a genuine entertainer from his musical talents and his days as a former model/actor.

Sam Lyons

Sam Lyons spent his childhood watching Jeopardy! and Judge Judy- and it shows. The son of a blind jazz musician turned black republican, he understands the importance of finding humor in everyday life. Whether it’s reliving his first Brad Paisley concert, lamenting failed relationships and deaths in the family, or testifying to the complexity of growing up “technically black” in the South- every moment has a punchline. In addition to regular appearances on shows in the St. Louis region, Sam also co-produces a monthly showcase “Yours, Mine, and Ours”, has hosted for America’s Got Talent’s Taylor Williamson and YouTube’s JP Sears, and took second place at High Ridge, MO’s 2018 Toasted Coffee House Gilmore Girls Trivia Night. Listen to Impolite Company every Monday on ImpoliteCompany.com for his podcast, “The Lyons Den”

Chris Cyr

Chris Cyr  is the host of Impolite Company, a podcast out of St. Louis, Missouri.  The show is part “Old Man Yells At Sky” and part interviews with other comics from the St. Louis scene.  The show airs daily on 920 AM in St. Louis, or can be streamed from the show’s website, iTunes, Spotify, etc.

A writer and  stand up comic, he lives with his wife, two dogs, and a cat. He hosts and features regularly at comedy clubs in the St. Louis area, as well as many of the area’s independent shows. He’s been fortunate enough to open for a number of national headliners including Christopher Titus, Kyle Kinane, Dick Gregory, and others.

Chris has been a contestant on NPR’s “Ask Me Another” (he lost) and was an expert commentator in a History Channel documentary (about zombies).  He also maintains a website and social media accounts for information about the St. Louis Independent Comedy scene.

Sarah Pearl

Sarah Pearl is a comedian and storyteller from St. Louis. Her style keeps the laughs rolling. She’s shared a stage with Todd Barry, Ron Funches, the Sklar Brothers, Nikki Glaser and Greg Hahn. Sarah has performed at the Laugh Factory Chicago, helium St. Louis, and is an NPR featured storyteller. She performs all over the midwest!

Jonathan Venegoni

Jon Venegoni began performing standup comedy in 2010, and is currently based out of St. Louis. He performs in clubs and venues around the Midwest, and has opened for the likes of Brian Posehn, Sinbad, Rosanne and more. He writes for and is a cast member in local award-winning sketch comedy show Fatal Bus Accident. Give him a hug when you see him.

Doors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm.

Tickets are $10 – CLICK HERE to purchase today!

All proceeds from this event will go to pay Skepticon’s ongoing legal defense bills. Thank you for your support!

See you there!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s. You’ll notice this is a paid ticketed event (our first ever!). Skepticon is committed to keeping our conference as accessible as possible and will continue to keep the restof our entire three day event FREE and open to the public. Don’t forget to register today!

Are You There, Internet? It’s Me, Skepticon

Hello Skepticoners!

Wow, it’s been a minute or a week or a month or 5 million years (????) since we last chatted. What can we say? Pandemic time makes no sense.

We hope you are staying safe and healthy wherever you are. Times are wild and hard and we’re right there with you working in our communities and trying to keep ourselves and our families safe. Our dino hearts are with you, always.

We’re writing today because we have news: SKEPTICON 12 IS STILL HAPPENING.

That’s right. It’s. Still. Happening.

While we won’t be able to do Skepticon in person like we usually do, we are planning on doing some things here on the internet. Who’s excited to stare at more screens?! YAY! US, TOO!

We’ll be releasing details in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned and safe. Feel free to RSVP to our Facebook event to stay up to date, too!

All our love,

Skepticon HQ

P.s. – Donations can be made here to keep Skepticon running.

It’s #GivingTuesday!

Hello friends! It’s been a minute. We here at Skepticon HQ hope that you are coping as well as you can during this wild and weird time that we are in.

Today is #GivingTuesday and that means tons of nonprofits are asking for donations to help keep their worlds spinning. We’d love it if you’d consider donating to Skepticon so we can keep this event happening. You could also become a sustaining Dino Club Member and get perks, including specialized merch!

We realize that there are tons of worthy causes both globally and locally that could use your help, too. Whether or not you choose to donate to us, we hope that you will pick a cause important to you and show them some love today if you are able.

Also – we have the logo for this year’s event ready! Behold:

We think this logo looks SUPER and hope you do, too.

Talk again soon!

Love,

Skepticon

Skepticon Logo

Hello, is it SK12 You’re Looking For?

HELLO SKEPTIFANS!

It’s been a minute and wow, just so many things have happened *gesticulates vaguely at everything around them*

We’ve done some thinking, and due to the recent Covid-19 wildness, we’re taking Skepticon 12 remote!

What does this mean? We’re partying ONLINE! MATRIX STYLE! As we migrate our programming to the internets, we’ll be sure to post regular updates on what kinds of fun stuff we have in store for yall.

Talk to you soon, friends! And we sincerely hope you are safe and doing well, wherever you are.

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. Like Skepticon and want to see us live through a pandemic? Donate here to support the dinosaurs!

An Apology from Skepticon

Hello Skepticoners,

After Skepticon, 11 we put out the call for feedback on how we can improve the event for next year. By far the most significant point of criticism we received was the scheduling of Skepticon coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Mike Brown.

Unfortunately, when we scheduled Skepticon 11, the anniversary wasn’t on our radar. By the time we were aware of the conflict, we’d already signed a contract for the date with the venue. As a result, St. Louis was in a state of mourning when we were asking the community to come and talk about science excitedly with us.

While we didn’t set out to hurt anyone or this community, that certainly happened and for that we apologize. Next year, Skepticon 12 will happen August 14th-16th and we pledge to take steps to check for these sorts of conflicts going forward.

We want to thank those of you who offered your criticism and hope that we can move forward together.

Love,

Skepticon

Thank you for coming to Skepticon 11!

Dear Skepticoners,

Thank you so much for attending and supporting us this year! It was so so so great to see all of your faces. A brand new attendee mentioned that it was like walking into a giant family reunion and we couldn’t agree more.

We hope you’re traveling home safe and getting some much needed rest and self care.

We’ll see you next year at the same place for Skepticon 12 on August 14th, 15th, and 16th 2020!

The theme? SUPERHEROES!

Keep being awesome,

Team Skepticon

SK11 Important Stuff!

OMG, Skepticonites!

SKEPTICON 11 IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!

Here are some important things to know:

Parking is $5 per day for attendees not staying in the hotel. Get a ticket when you enter the parking garage, then make sure to get a sticker for your ticket. That sticker is what gets you the special rate, otherwise it’ll cost you a lot more. We encourage you to carpool or use mass transit options — the station is just across the street from our venue!

Childcare has moved to a different floor. Due to mechanical issues, childcare and the nursing & napping rooms have had to move, but they are still available! Please check at the registration desk for more information.

The Cardinals are playing home games all weekend. The stadium is only a half mile from our venue, so traffic will be bad, restaurants will be crowded, and there will be people all over the place, especially a couple of hours before and after the games. Game times are 7:15pm on Friday, 6:15pm on Saturday, and 1:15pm on Sunday. Go sportsball!

Check https://skepticon.org/schedule/ for the most up-to-date information. Workshop topics and locations, main stage topics, and activity locations are all updated here. Info also always available at the registration desk.

Need help? Look for the pink Organizer or green Volunteer ribbons on people’s badges. These people will know how to get you what you need! This includes high fives!

You are the most amazing attendees evar! We appreciate all your support for Skepticon, and can’t WAIT to spend this fantastic weekend with you!

Love,
Team Skepticon

SK11 Cram Session: Attending to our Attendees!

Hey there, Skepticondlers!

You know who we adore? You! Our attendees! So we do our best to make you all comfortable and as happy as possible. Here are some ways we’re doing that:

Quiet Room — There will be a quiet room available for when you need a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the con. It’s on the 13th floor, so it’s convenient to all the con rooms!

Fidgets — Check the registration table to borrow a fidget if you need one!

Gender Neutral Restrooms — The restrooms in the center of the convention hall will be gender neutral. There are gender segregated restrooms at the far end of the hall past the main stage/workshop rooms.

Child Care — Child care will be available for ages newborn and up! There is a suggested donation of $5 per hour per child. Child care is being provided by TLC Family Care. More information available here https://skepticon.org/childcare-will-be-available-at-sk11/ and at registration.

Nursing & Napping Room — A quiet room will be available for parents and their little ones to take a break for a nosh or a nap. There will be 2 playpens and 10 nap mats available for the little ones, and comfy couches and chairs for the parental ones. More information is available at registration.

Red Lanyard Policy — Not all of our attendees are out in their home communities as the people they are while at Skepticon. Those people will be wearing red lanyards, and pictures of them or use of their names should not be used in any way without their explicit permission.

Reserved for Mobility Devices — We will have several areas in the main stage/workshop spaces reserved for people with mobility devices. If you need help finding these spaces, or moving chairs to be in your preferred area, let us know!

Captioning — White Coat Captioning, and more specifically, our favorite captioner Mirabai, will be returning to provide captioning for all the main stage presentations!

Communication Stickers — We respect that some people are not comfortable conversing with strangers, or want to regulate their interaction with people. Everyone can opt to use the communication stickers or not, but please respect the wishes of those who do use them.

Food Pantry — We found out that some of our attendees were going hungry, or at least not eating very much or very healthy, while attending Skepticon. That was not acceptable, so we introduced our Food Pantry! We will have a microwave and hot water available, as well as plates, bowls, napkins, utensils, etc.

If you can, please bring items to donate to the food pantry! For every item you bring, you will get one raffle ticket (max. 5 tickets.) Suggested items are fresh or canned/packaged fruit; ready-to-eat soups (not condensed); chili; “instant” foods like Cup-a-Noodles, mac & cheese cups, etc; single serving peanut butter & crackers, cheese & crackers, tuna or chicken salad & crackers, etc; single serving packages of snack foods: dried fruit, raisins, cereal, nuts, trail mix, crackers, jerky, etc; granola bars; oatmeal or Cream of Wheat packets. Also needed are paper bowls (not styrofoam, they melt in the microwave), plastic spoons and forks, and napkins or paper towels. If you’re able to accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, etc, that would be super awesome. If you donate a special item, please notify us when you drop off so we can set it aside for someone who needs such an item.

Clothes Closet — Need clothes? Come visit the Clothes Closet! Have extra clothes? Bring them to the Clothes Closet, and get up to 5 raffle tickets! This started as just clothes for Prom, but this year we’re expanding it to include all clothes! More info is available here https://skepticon.org/skepticon-clothes-closet/

Community Message Board — Leave a message for a friend, request a ride, or just share a fun saying! The message board is available for anything you need, as long as it’s good.

We hope this helps you have an even better time at Skepticon! If you think of something we should be providing, please leave us a comment in the box at the registration table!

Looking forward to an amazing time with all of you this weekend!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Donations are what make these accommodations possible. Please help if you can! skepticon.org/donate