I'm Whitney. I'm a standup comedian and artist in Chicago, by way of Arkansas.


I've performed at comedy clubs, rowdy bars and comedy festivals across the country and produced sold-out, independent shows, too.

Outside of conventional comedy environments, I've been featured and emceed at charity events, recovery conferences and university events. If you're looking for a seasoned emcee, pick me!

If you came here to see my comics, that's here!


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  • Forever brag: I got to tweet on Tig Notaro's account. My tweet about sober comics got 15k retweets and Monica Lewinsky liked my tweet.



Whitney Wasson (she/they) is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian and writer, originally from Arkansas. Chicago credits include the Laugh Factory, Zanies, iO, Second City, Steppenwolf, The Annoyance, and the Cards Against Humanity Theater. She's been featured at a dozen festivals across the country and was chosen as a headliner for the 2017 Chicago Women's Funny Festival. She regularly performs throughout the Chicagoland area, and draws the weekly webcomic, SOBER RABBIT.

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I perform weekly in Chicago, and travel frequently for festivals.

2020 booking note: I am taking January off to recover from an injury and will resume shows in February.

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SERENITY NOW is a comedy/variety show featuring performers who are in recovery from substance abuse and other forms of addiction.


Storytellers, improvisors, solo sketch performers, standup comedians, musicians and other talented sober folks explore what recovery means to them. While there is no age restriction, this show features adult content.

SERENITY NOW is on certain Saturdays at The Crowd Theater at Irving Park and Broadway, just off the Irving Park exit from Lakeshore Drive. For more about The Crowd, go here.

Out of respect for performers, please no drugs/alcohol (including vaping) in the theater.


Serenity Now! creates a sober space for performers in a booze-filled industry | Brianna Wellen


"Stand-up Whitney Wasson wanted to create a healthier environment for people in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction."


  • ILLUSTRATION. I have illustrated a range of projects, from logo design, to show posters, even to tattoos! Check out my work here.
  • WEB DESIGN. I've created websites for individuals, theater companies and small businesses. I can make complex, dynamic, multi-page sites or simple, starter websites that you can customize yourself. Affordable options! Plenty of references available.
  • PET SITTING. I've done short and long-term, on-site pet sitting. If you have furry friend and will be away for a few days or even a month, let me take great care of them. If you live in the Chicago area, send me your travel dates, location and a description of duties. Arkansas and Illinois references available.
  • TRANSCRIPTION. I worked for one of the country's top verbatim transcription services, serving clients in in political, finance and business sectors. I'm capable of overnight turnaround for audio scripts, with enough notice. Competitive rates, local (and remote) references available.


Radio One Chicago presents Live From The Lair | Podcast


NEW: I was a recent guest on this new podcast on Radio One Chicago, WLUW. Pat and Jeannine interviewed me about SERENITY NOW sober comedy, and creating the webcomic, SOBER RABBIT.

Serenity Now! creates a sober space for performers in a booze-filled industry | Brianna Wellen


"Stand-up Whitney Wasson wanted to create a healthier environment for people in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction."

Strip Joker encourages body positivity through comedy and nudity | Brianna Wellen

Comedians talk about their bodies while showing as much (or as little) as they like during the stand-up showcase.

Meet Whitney Wasson in Uptown | Staff


A profile in which I talk about the genesis of YOU WON and getting started in comedy.

Photo by ANF Chicago

Recovering Space: Five Ways to be Inclusive of Sober Theater Artists | Em Haverty


"Comic Whitney Wasson has taken to creating a sober performance space by producing the variety show SERENITY NOW! at The Crowd Theater. 

Recovering Space: Five Things Sober Theater Artists Wish They Knew Earlier On | Em Haverty


"Wasson’s completely-sober variety show SERENITY NOW gives space for performers in recovery in a non-bar setting."

Comedians Weigh In: Is Our Culture Becoming Hyper Sensitive? | Staff

I'm one of several comedians talking about whether or not comedy audiences are becoming hypersensitive. (Spoiler: They aren't.)

Comedy Competition Roars with Laughter | Theresa Niemczyk

After winning the competition the year before, I hosted the competition at the University of Arkansas.

Comedienne Finds Comedy Amidst Stereotypes and Taboos | Nick Brothers

A profile about my start in comedy that really riled up some scene dudes!