Hailed a “cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show (twice), and beyond, Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.

Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi.


“These readings capture just how wrong-headed we can be
back when we were teenagers.”
– Ira Glass on This American Life


The largest & longest-running project of its kind, there are lots of ways to enjoy Mortified:


STAGE. Mortified Live is the heart of what we do– a grassroots storytelling event where adults share their childhood writings/art/media in front of total strangers.

FILM. Mortified Nation is an independent documentary that captures Mortified events across the country. Available on Netflix, iTunes & beyond.

PODCAST & RADIO . Produced in partnership with PRX and Radiotopia, The Mortified Podcast offers an all-access pass to hearing Mortified performances worldwide plus interviews that take listeners beyond the stage. In 2016, we also produced an hourlong radio special for PRX, Mortified’s Totally Juvenille Election Special, which aired nationwide.

BOOKS. There are two Mortified anthologies published with Simon & Schuster.

TV. The Mortified Sessions is an offbeat interview series that ran for 2 seasons on Sundance TV, where artists and innovators shared the childhood mementos that shaped who they became.

WEB. Getmortified.com is where fans can find out upcoming events, join our mailing list, or watch our videos.

Origin & Mission

Mortified began curating material in 2002 when the discovery of an unsent teenage love letter led to an email asking people if they knew anyone who wanted to share their childhood writings on stage. That email went viral and soon, responses poured in from strangers near and far. Over a decade later, what started with a single letter transformed into a movement that included a range of participants (ad execs, architects, stand-ups, salesmen, writers, receptionists, actors, and attorneys) excited to “share the shame” from LA to DC to Amsterdam. We encourage people everywhere– even those with no interest in appearing on stage– to unearth the strange stuff they created as kids and share them with at least one person. You’d be surprised what you discover in the process.

There are a million stories buried in the pages of people’s lives.
Our mission is to help people find them.

FUN FACT! Kids who were born when Mortified began are now old enough to be keeping their own adolescent diaries.


 “It will make you blush with secondhand embarrassment” – The NY Times 

Mortified Team


Student Body Government:

Neil Katcher (artistic director), David Nadelberg (founder)


Team ‘Murica

Mortified Austin: Katie Moore, Jessica Stookey Leath, Michelle Dahlenburg, Mike Graupmann, Erica Lies, Pierce Purselley. Houseband: The Mortified After School Delight.

Mortified Boston: Sara Faith Alterman, Carmen Nobel

Mortified DC & Baltimore: Adam Ruben, Alex Hewett, Caryn Sykes, John Tong

Mortified Chicago: Shay DeGrandis, Annette Ferrara, Victoria Rodriguez

Mortified Dallas: Anne Jensen-Smith, Stephanie Mojonnet

Mortified Detroit: Kayla Dewitt, Lesa Ferencz, Rebecca Kavanagh, Jim Pagonas, Nicole Ploshehanski

Mortified LA: Leonard Hyman, Ria Sardana, Anne Jensen-Smith, Dave Nadelberg, Neil Katcher. Houseband: The Mortified After School Orchestra led by Gordon Bash and Alex Burke

Mortified NYC: Christina Galante, Stephen Chupaska, John Dorcic, Siobahn O’Malley

Mortified Portland: Egan Danehy, Frank Matthews, Megan Zabel Holmes, Susan Danehy

Mortified SF, Oakland & North Bay: Scott Lifton, Heather Van Atta, Kevin Wofsy, Laurent Martini, Dave Roe, Amanda Janik. Houseband: The Freeze.

Mortified Twin Cities: Danielle Eisenbacher, Laura Nelli, Theresa Purcell, Katie Sisneros, Amanda Zweerink


Places Where People Have Delightful Accents

Mortified Amsterdam (Lief Dagboek): Jessica Villerius, Remco Garcia

Mortified Dublin: Ruth McCormack, Jake Bourke, Cian Traynor, Aoife Cooper

Mortified Helsinki: Annika Grahn, Kiti Kokonnen, Tommi Kotkamaa, Matleena “Matu” Saarensalmi-Hintikka

Mortified London: Reuben Williams, Jennifer O’Reilly, Dipak Patel, Hannah Rogers,  Kat Wojcik

Mortified Oslo: Pernille Østli, Ane Marie Anderson, Rikke Grønvold, Emmy Henriette Netka

Mortified Paris: Annabelle Roberts, Cedric Ingrand, Pia Jacqmart, Cari Craden, Alexandra Sarlieve

Mortified Sweden (Skambryan): Linda Backlund, Lotta Lewandowska

Mortified Trondheim: Karete Jacobsen Meland, Katrine Øverlie Svela

Press & Praise

(for Mortified stage shows, books, TV, podcast or film)

“A cultural phenomenon!” – Newsweek

“Hilarious” – The Atlantic

“Enlightening!” – Esquire

“Unbearably intimate… completely funny!– The AV Club

“Captivating!” – Entertainment Weekly

“Excruciatingly funny!” – Marie Claire

“Funny… a cathartic experience.” – TimeOut London

“Some of the juiciest real life tragedies” – TimeOut NY

“Bold” – TimeOut NY

“Excellent” – Wired

“Comic genius” – LAist.com

“Funny and horrifying” – USA Today’s Pop Candy

“Embarrassing, hilarious and just plain wrong” – Bust Magazine

“Riveting!” – Jane Magazine

“Wildly entertaining!” – Instinct Magazine

“A litany of mortifying moments” – LA Times Magazine

“Lovely” – Boston Globe

“Spreading the new gospel of awkward all over the land.” – Daily Candy

“Self-deprecation taken to a whole new level” – New York Press

“Go laugh at how marginally better your life is than theirs.” – Gawker

“Heartbreakingly hilarious tales of personal woe & social catastrophe!” – Flavorpill NY

“Never laughed so hard!” – Los Angeles Confidential

“Genuinely entertaining, but also subversively profound and surprisingly moving.” – Washington Post

“Comedy gold… funny, touching, and intensely relatable… (a) celebration of the maelstrom of emotions, careful posturing, and naked vulnerability that make up adolescence.” – Wired

“Funny… inspiring” – LA Weekly

“Cringeworthy” – Pitchfork

“Fun” – Thrillist

“Everyone who had a childhood needs to see Mortified Nation.” – Huffington Post

“Why would anyone ever volunteer to do something so humiliating? As it turns out, there are lots of answers.” – TIME

“I love this” – USA Today’s Pop Candy

“Spills your deepest darkest teenage secrets” – The Guardian

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wince!” – GOOD Magazine

“Remarkable” – Los Angeles Magazine

“Hilarious… like giving your teen self a big old hug.” – Rookie Magazine

“Wonderfully cringeworthy” – The Guradian

“A welcome reminder that we all spent our gawkish teen years more alike than we were different.” – The AV Club

Named 1 of “10 podcasts that will change your life in a single commute” – Food & Wine

“Inspiring… the perfect escape from the everyday.” – Mother Mag


Named “Best of Podcasts” 2015 – iTunes

Named “Best of Podcasts” 2016 – The Guardian & The Atlantic

Press Kit

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