Miami Presents: "Punching Up" with Comedian Beth Stelling '07

Presented on: Tuesday, November 15th at 12:00 PM EST

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to write for a hit television series? Filming a show for Netflix? What about performing stand-up in Brad Pitt's old backyard? Miami alumna Beth Stelling '07 has experience in it all. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 15 at noon Julia Guichard, Miami University Professor of Theatre and interim Associate Dean of the College of Creative Arts will sit down with Beth and discuss her time at Miami and her career in comedy. Beth will cover writing for television, introduce us to "Punch-up" comedy, and share some of her most memorable career moments. Live viewers will also have the opportunity to ask Beth some of their own questions. 

For viewers that want to see Beth live, you can catch her on tour in a city near you! The Miami University Alumni Association will have a block of tickets along with a pre-show for her hometown show in Dayton, OH on Dec. 3. You can register for the pre-show by using this link!

Meet our presenters:

Beth Stelling '07: Beth was named “Best Stand-up Comedian in Chicago” by The Chicago Reader in 2010. Soon after she was a New Face of Comedy in Montreal’s renowned Just for Laughs Festival and re-located to Los Angeles in 2011. Within her first year in L.A., Beth made her late night TV debut on CONAN and released her debut album “Sweet Beth” on Rooftop Records. She also appeared on comedy programs such as Comedy Central’s @midnight, Chelsea Lately and The Pete Holmes Show.

Beth was asked to perform stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live after Jimmy saw her perform at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. That year Beth filmed her first half hour stand-up special with Comedy Central in Boston, and Vulture named it one of the “Best Stand-up Specials of 2015”. In conjunction with her Comedy Central special, Stelling released her second comedy album “Simply the Beth”. The Interrobang and Splitsider named it one of the top ten albums of 2015. Her second half hour stand-up special was filmed in L.A. and is now streaming on Netflix as part of The Standups series (season 1, episode 5). Beth’s first hour stand-up special “Girl Daddy” produced by Conan O’Brien and Team Coco is available now on HBO Max. The New York Times called it “The Best Debut Special of the year,” adding, “It’s a virtuosic performance, conversational while dense with jokes.”

As a writer, Beth has written on I Love You America with Sarah Silverman, The Last O.G. on TBS, HBO’s Crashing, Another Period on Comedy Central, Apple’s upcoming animated series Strange Planet and she is currently writing for season 8 of Rick and Morty for Adult Swim.  Beth is a go-to hire for punch-up on features, after getting her start as an on-set writer and Associate Producer for the hit summer film Good Boys written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Julia Guchiard: Julia has been teaching at Miami University since 1998. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, holding certificates from The Performance School and Alexander Technique International. As a guest artist, she has taught the Technique in the BFA acting programs at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and others.  She has worked as a movement and vocal coach for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and others.

At Miami, she teaches classes in acting, voice, speech, script analysis and Alexander Technique. She serves as vocal coach for the Miami University Theatre production season.

This online event is free to attend, but registration is required. For questions please reach out to Emily LeFevers at

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