"Hey, my name is Jacoby Cochran and I'm Southside born and raised laying my head down in dozens of different Chicago neighborhoods coming up. I have been lucky to perform in dozens more over the last few years with events such as Grown Folks Stories, Risk Live, The Moth Grandslam, Story and Sketch Fest while collaborating and working with amazingly talented individuals from across the city. I perform because I love journeying with the audience through my often improvised stories of life’s innocent moments turned real blending humor, heartbreak, and the blunt authenticity of a nihilist black dude from Chicago.
With a Masters in Communication from Syracuse, where I published my extensive work on Chicago's criminal justice history, I have worked diligently both inside and outside the classroom with thousands of students hosting public speaking and storytelling workshops across the nation including inside Cook County Jail. With features by NPR, The Chicago SunTimes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and my Mother’s braggy texts, I am proud to be the only Four-Time Collegiate Top Speaker in the Country.”