If you are on this page of the website you probably already know my name is Jacoby Cochran. When asked to describe myself the first thing out of my mouth usually is that I'm born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Between moving a dozen times as a kid and performing hundreds more as an adult I have walked the streets of almost every neighborhood in this city. Events like Grown Folks Stories, Redefining Black at the MCA, & host of The Moth Live have allowed me to humbly share myself with this city and for that I am grateful.
This website exists because collaborating and working with amazingly talented individuals is my lifeblood and I love journeying with you all through often improvised stories blending humor, heartbreak, and the intersectional musings of a nihilist black dude from Chicago.
Inspired by my mentors and coaches that helped me to become the only four time top speaker in America, publish a thesis dedicated to my home, and travel the world performing, I am grateful to split my time between the stage and the classroom. Currently I teach at the City Colleges, DePaul, and Cook County Jail.