River Butcher

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River Butcher
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Date of birth August 12, 1982
Place of birth Akron, Ohio, USA
Nationality American
Pronouns they/them and he/him[1]
Occupation comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcast host

River Butcher is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and podcast host. Butcher is best known for personal, observational comedy focused on their vegetarianism, feminism, love of baseball, and experiences as a butch lesbian.[2] Originally from Akron, Ohio, he now resides in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Butcher was raised in the Kenmore neighborhood of Akron, Ohio,[3] an only child whose parents divorced when Butcher was one month old.[4] They attended Our Lady of the Elms High School[5] and graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School in 2001.[6]

While attending the University of Akron, Butcher worked at a skateboard shop named Summer Squall[7] and an indoor skating facility called Joe's Skate Park,[8] and helped design a skatepark that opened in Akron in 2001.[8] They graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in printmaking in 2005.[6][4] Butcher attended graduate school at University of Notre Dame.[6]

In 2006, he had an art exhibit at a printmaker's show called "Prints at an Exposition".[9] This exhibit, which was a series of prints on muslin showing the body's organs, was inspired by Butcher's own appendectomy.[9]

Career[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Butcher began their comedy career performing improv in Chicago at The Second City and has since performed stand-up at clubs including Zanies, the Jukebox, and Flappers, as well as Chicago Underground Comedy, The Hideout, The Lincoln Lodge, UCB, Cole's, and Meltdown.[10][11] They made a late night debut on Conan in June 2016.[12][13]

2014–present[edit | edit source]

In the fall of 2014, they appeared alongside Cameron Esposito in a series of videos for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures titled "Ask a Lesbian".[14][15] Butcher and Esposito also co-hosted the web series "She Said" for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Network.[16] The two wrote and starred together again in Take My Wife, on the comedy streaming service Seeso.[17][18] Butcher also co-hosted the stand-up comedy podcast Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito, which was recorded weekly in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles until it ended in July 2019.[19][20][21]

His first comedy album Butcher was released in August 2016 by the independent record label Kill Rock Stars.[22][23] The set was performed at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon.[24] It debuted at number one on iTunes.[4]

In 2016, they appeared in 8 episodes of the first season of Adam Ruins Everything.[25] They returned in 2017 for one additional appearance.

In 2018, they started hosting a baseball-focused podcast called Three Swings.[26]

As stated in an interview, Butcher said their strongest comedy influences are Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, Brett Butler, Elayne Boosler, Maria Bamford, and Paul F. Tompkins.[27]

Voice Acting[edit | edit source]

River Butcher provided the voice for Asher, a nonbinary character in Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts in three episodes of season two released in 2020[28] as well as voice acting the nonbinary character Sweet in the animated show Danger & Eggs.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

« Thank you for your support of my haircut. I know it’s a good haircut, not only because you appreciate it, but because when I went through the airport the other day, I got an equal number of ‘ma’ams’ and ‘sirs.’ Right down the middle. Perfect. It’s working.[29] »

Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Twitter bio". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  2. Flaherty, Bridget (August 17, 2006). "Rhea Butcher lays down all that she is and more on "Butcher"". The Laugh Button. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rabinowitz, Amanda (August 26, 2016). "Comedian Rhea Butcher Keeps Akron at the Heart of Her Success". WKSU. Retrieved October 15, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bigley II, James (November 16, 2016). "Comedian Rhea Butcher is the Real Deal". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  5. O'Connor, Bill (May 3, 1995). "Youths Horrified by Nazi Camps: Study of Holocaust Fills Students with Wonder at Evil of WWII Slaughter". Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). p. D1.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Heldenfels, Rich (October 12, 2014). "Akron Native to Perform at Musica: Rhea Butcher Returning Home with Stand-up Act". Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). p. B1.
  7. Wallace, Julie (September 11, 2000). "Falls to Be Popular with Skateboarders". Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). p. B1.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wallace, Julie (September 14, 2001). "Park for Skaters Ready to Roll Out Mayor, Councilman to Unveil Akron Site Tomorrow". Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). p. D1.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Shinn, Dorothy (February 5, 2006). "Stellar Printmakers Put Stamp on Exhibit: Summit Artspace Has Local Artists Showcasing Fresh Approaches to Art". Akron Beacon Journal":(Akron, Ohio). p. E4.
  10. "Profile: Rhea Butcher". KCRW. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  11. Jung, E. Alex (August 16, 2016). "Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher on Take My Wife, 'The Show Where Lesbians Don’t Die'". Vulture. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  12. "Rhea Butcher Stand-Up". Conan. June 30, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  13. "Late Night". The Times Herald-Record (Middletown, New York). June 30, 2016. p. 22.
  14. Habersburger, Keith (October 31, 2014). "Questions You Wish You Could Ask a Lesbian". BuzzFeed.
  15. Star, Erika (February 20, 2013). "Lez Stand Out: Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito". AfterEllen.
  16. "Amy Poehler's Made A New Web Series For Women". BuzzFeed. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  17. Poniewozik, James (May 24, 2017). "Have You Heard the One About the Angsty Comic? Yes, Too Often". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  18. Yohannes, Alamin (August 29, 2016). "Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher Talk Comedy, Diversity and 'Take My Wife'". NBC News. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  19. "Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher". UCB Theatre.
  20. Rapa, Patrick (December 6, 2016). "L.A. standup comic Cameron Esposito diversifies her portfolio". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  21. Esposito, Cameron (2019-06-26). "After 6.5 great yrs, @pyhtshow will end July 30. It's been my baseline in LA — thank u to everyone who ran it, performed on it & came to laugh.pic.twitter.com/15encdzcWe". @cameronesposito. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  22. "Rhea Butcher 'Butcher' Out Now on CD & MP3". Kill Rock Stars. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  23. Heldenfels, Rich (August 21, 2016). "New Album, Show for Comedian Rhea Butcher: Akron Native Returns to Area for Local Appearance, CD Signing". Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). p. E1.
  24. Watts, Rebecca (January 13, 2016). "Rhea Butcher Is Killing It". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  25. "Adam Ruins Everything (TV Series 2015– ) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  26. Lee, Rachel (April 25, 2018). "Interview with comedian Rhea Butcher". Got a Girl Crush.
  27. Shapiro, Gregg (2016). "Rhea Butcher: Butcher than all of you: An interview with lesbian comedian Rhea Butcher". Chicago Pride.
  28. Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-06-23
  29. Long, Sarah (February 24, 2017). "Get to Know Nonbinary Comedian Rhea Butcher & Her Other Political Beliefs". SheKnows. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
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