writer / editor / mother of the year

Adrienne Gunn is a writer, editor, and humorist based in Chicago. Her one-woman show Mother of the Year! premiered in April 2016 to sold-out audiences at Chicago's Stage 773 and returned for sold-out performances in September 2016. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney'sTriQuarterly PANKFive [Quarterly], Story Club Magazine, Role Reboot, and Otis Nebula, and she is the author of the Ask A Single Mom advice column. Adrienne served as the managing editor of the literary journal TriQuarterly for Issues 146, 147, and 148 and as fiction editor for Issue 149. She is currently co-editor of the web magazine HEAUXS.

Adrienne studied comedy at the world-famous Second City and performs stand up and storytelling throughout Chicago, including appearances at Steppenwolf Theater and City Winery. She is an official cast member of the kates, an all-female comedy group dedicated to showcasing funny women in positive and inclusive environments. She received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, where she also taught creative writing, argumentative writing, and humanities courses.

latest news / events


Performing with the kates at Fillet of Solo at Lifeline Theater!


Performing with You're Being Ridiculous at Steppenwolf!


Performing with the kates at The Book Cellar! 

meet the mother of the year 

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she's not a regular mom / she's a cool mom 

I wrote, produced, and starred in a raunchy and heartfelt comedy about the world's second oldest profession: motherhood. MOTHER OF THE YEAR! premiered (and returned to) sold-out audiences at Chicago's Stage 773 and was directed by the hilarious and lanky Jeremy Owens.

This is what a lot of drunk moms and other nice people said about the show: "HILARIOUS!"  "LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY!"  "THE BEST MOMS' NIGHT OUT EVER!"  and  "100% WORTH GETTING A BABYSITTER FOR!" 

  Why's that guy breastfeeding a baby?  Who cares? He's loving it!

Why's that guy breastfeeding a baby?  Who cares? He's loving it!

MOTHER OF THE YEAR! is full of stand-up, storytelling, a musical number, and a hilarious digital short that I made my kid star in because if Angie did it in Maleficent, it must be right. And nobody goes home empty handed because I also dispense indispensable parenting advice about things like the true-life horrors of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Like how about all the women who still believe their bodies will go back to normal?


Sister, your body will never ever ever ever be the same. Ever. Heidi Klum is lying to you. My child is almost eight years old. Last week I coughed loudly and peed my pants. It’s always a possibility. 

I'll also tell you about bleeding nipples! Enemas! Shit in a bag! That time I tried to be a cheerleader! The wild party that was my divorce! That's right - my push present was a divorce!

Look, being a parent is absurd. But, dude, having parents? That's fucking crazy. My dad used to needlepoint religious art. 

  4 real.

4 real.

I love this show so much and we had so much fun making it. SO WE'RE NEVER GOING TO LET IT GO. ::: STAY TUNED ::: for more MOTY news and event announcements!

holla at ya girl

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 Out of this world since 1987.

Out of this world since 1987.