who is she?
Michelle Aldridge is a Chicago-trained comedian, actor, & writer specializing in comedic dialogue… and awkward moments. This queer Michigander has been honing her improv, sketch, writing, & stand-up skills for nearly a decade at comedy theaters (and basements) in Chicago, Tokyo, and DC.
Michelle has performed stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in her one-woman show The 30-Year-Old Virgo, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest, and At What Cost. Pre-pandemic she also performed improv & sketch comedy as a part of the iO Harold Team Mothership & Second City’s Severn Darden house & musical house ensembles.
Michelle has written (too many) heartfelt Midwestern comedies, trained with Roadmap Writers Career Writer Program, and became a quarter-finalist for the 2021 ScreenCraft Fellowship with her comedy pilot EXPOSURE. As a queer person with OCD who has gone through mental health adventures with exposure therapy herself, EXPOSURE is a “combo-pack” of Michelle’s experiences with a grandma-murdering hotdog and the time it took her to realize that there is no quick-fix for OCD. Please tell her therapist she said this instead of “I’m cured now!”
Her ultimate goal is to write on a comedic, emotional, inclusive, & female-driven show like PEN15, Insecure, or WandaVision. Fun fact about Michelle: she was a Rotary Peace Fellow in Tokyo so she’s really good at handling conflict in her scripts and in her personal life.
Michelle is always writing, sometimes funny, and never awkward.