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Who Like-Likes It?


  • "A cultural phenomenon!" (Newsweek)
  • "Unbearably intimate... completely funny!" (The Onion AV Club)
  • "Enlightening!" (Esquire)
  • "Captivating!" (Entertainment Weekly)
  • "Spreading the new gospel of awkward all over the land." (Daily Candy)
  • "Hilarious and humiliating." (Glamour)
  • "Excruciatingly funny!" (Marie Claire)
  • "These readings capture just how wrong-headed we can be back when we were teenagers." (This American Life)
  • "Some of the juiciest real life tragedies!" (TimeOut NY)
  • "Comic genius! (
  • "Funny and horrifying" (USA Today Pop Candy)
  • "Embarrassing, hilarious and just plain wrong!" (Bust Magazine)
  • "Riveting!" (Jane Magazine)
  • "Wildly entertaining!" (Instinct Magazine)
  • "A litany of mortifying moments!" (LA Times Magazine)
  • "Self-deprecation taken to a whole new level!" (New York Press)
  • "Go laugh at how marginally better your life is than theirs." (Gawker)
  • "Heartbreakingly hilarious tales of personal woe & social catastrophe!" (Flavorpill NY)
  • "Never laughed so hard!" (Los Angeles Confidential)
  • ACCOLADES: Official Selection Entertainment Weekly "Must List"; Official Selection This American Life 2006 Greatest Hits CD; Official Nominee TimeOut NY 2005 Best New Comedy Show ; Official Selection 2006 SF Theater Festival ; Official Selection Boston Globe Magazine 2006 Best of the New Awards

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Entertainment Weekly
December 2011

Boston Globe
December 2011

FishBowl LA
May 2010

The Washington Post
"Drama Tween"
November 2009

Brand X
November 2009

Heeb Magazine
Fall, 2009

NY Post
October 2009

USA Today Pop Candy
"Celebrities Get Mortified Too"
May 9, 2008

Radar Magazine
"On the Radar"
March 2008

"Getting Mortified: Because It Always Hurts The First Time"
January 2008

Boston Herald
"Mortified Showcases Angst in Their Pasts"
December 3, 2007

Willamette Week
"Talentless Show: Portlanders Share Their Most Embarrassing Writings--& Love It"
November 14, 2007

Washington Times
"Older Wiser Feeling Mortified"
November 2, 2007

Washington Post
"Oh, the Shame" & "Public Humiliation: See It, Do It"
Oct 28, 2007

Swindle Magazine
Fall 2007
"Getting Mortified"
July 2007

Warning Magazine
Spring 2007

Venus Magazine
Spring 2007

Marie Claire
March 2007

BUST Magazine
March 2007

Daily Local (Philly)
"Tales Of Mortified Teens And Modern Love"
February 19, 2007

SF Chronicle
February 16, 2007

SF Examiner
"True Tales of Teen Angst Light the Stage in Mortified"
February 14, 2007

Associated Press
February 2007

TimeOut NY
"Why You're SIngle"
February 8, 2005

Christian Science Monitor
"Confessional Culture Draws Crowd"
Jan 31, 2007

TimeOut NY
"Beautiful Losers"
January 18, 2007

The Real Chicago
January 2007

Vol. 4 - Q1 2007

IC Quarterly
Winter 2006

Instinct Magazine
December 2006

Entertainment Today
December 2006

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review
December 12, 2006

Onion AV Club
"Book Picks"
December 12, 2006

OK Weekly
December 11, 2006

LA Weekly
December 8, 2006
"LAist Loves Mortified the Book"
December 8, 2006
December 7, 2006

Folha de S. Paulo
December 6, 2006

Yahoo! Picks
December 2, 2006 PopWatch Blog
"Weekend To-Dos"
December 1, 2006

Entertainment Weekly
"The Must List"
December 1, 2006

Detroit Free Press
December 2006

Detroit Jewish News
December 2006

Jane Magazine
December 2006

Esquire Magazine
December 2006

December 2006

Glamour Magazine
December 2006

USA Today
Pop Candy
November 30, 2006

The Onion AV Club
November 30, 2006

Daily Candy
November 29, 2006

Boston Phoenix
November 29, 2006

Wichita City Paper
November 29, 2006

Washington Examiner
November 29, 2006

NY Post
November 28, 2006

Boston Herald
November 24, 2006
November 23, 2006
November 22, 2006

The Daily Breeze
November 10, 2006

American Way Magazine
(American Airlines Inflight)
October 2006

Red Eye Chicago
October 2006

July 2006

Boheme Verite Magazine
July 2006

San Francisco Magazine
June 2006

Helio On Top: Mobile Mag
June 2006

Chicago Tribune
May 2006

Boston Globe
March 2006

Metro Boston
March 2006

San Francisco Examiner
February 2006

Chicago Tribune
March 2006

Metro NYC
February 2006

Svenska Dagbladet
February 2006
note: enjoy translating it

Christian Science Monitor
January 2006

Glasgow Guardian
December 2005

LA Times Magazine
November 2005

San Francisco Bay Guardian
Critic's Choice
December 2005

Y Pulse
December 2005

New York Press
June 2005

Los Angeles Confidential
Summer 2005

Jane Magazine
November 2005

TimeOut NY
April 2005

The Blunt Review
July 2005

December 2004

Oct 2003

OPB Speakeasy
Oregon Public Radio
Dec 2010

On Point
November 2010

Callie Crossley Show
August 2010

Tell Me More
December 2009

The Guest DJ Project
October 2008

The Nick Digilio Show
Sept 2008

Live Wire!
Oregon Public Radio (NPR)
March 2008
new: video

The Bryant Park Project
NPR News
February 14 2008

The Kojo Nnamdi Show
November 7, 2007

Mary Jones Midday Magazine
February 16, 2007

Lisa Birnbach Show
Syndicated (GreenStone)
February 13, 2007

Ray Chalifoux Show
February 2007

Fair Game with Faith Salie
January 2007

Hear & Now
January 2007

Kat Corbett Show
Los Angeles
December, 2006

WFMP 107
December 27, 2006

Lisa Birnbach Show
Syndicated (GreenStone)
December 8, 2006

Talk of the Nation
December 5, 2006

Writer's Block
NPR/KQED Podcast
November 28, 2006

Eight Forty-Eight
NPR/WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
October, 2006

Culture Shock
BBC Radio
September, 2006

This American Life
Episode: Parental Guidance, Will Seymour
May 19, 2006
note: we're at 36 minutes in

March 2006

All Things Considered
December 2005

FM4: Reality Check
Vienna, Austria
January 2006

This American Life
Episode: My Experimental Phase, Sascha Rothchild
June 24, 2004
note: we're in the last 10 minutes

B Side Radio
KALX San Francisco
note: we're in the last 5 minutes

NBC's Last Call
May 2010

Austin Live
December 2009

NBC's Last Call
September 2008

Epic Fu
July 2008

Mahalo Daily
April 2008

News to Me
CNN/Headline News
March 2008

Internet Superstar
Revision 3
March 2008

Yahoo News: People of the Web
Episode: Caught In the Act

Current TV
January 2008

This American Life TV
Episode: Growth Spurt
April 2007

Life & Times
April 2007

March 2007

Shout Factory TV
March 2007

New Morning
Hallmark TV
February 2007

MyFox 5 Evening News
Washington DC
December 29, 2006

E! Daily 10
E! Entertainment Television
December 19, 2006

NBC 9 Morning News
December 13, 2006

Fox Morning News
December 8, 2006

Current TV
December 2006

Geraldo at Large
November 28, 2006

The Today Show
November 27, 2006

Fox 25 Morning News
April 2006

NBC 11 Nightly News
San Francisco
June 2006


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Here’s a sampling of some of the insanely kind and unsolicited praise that fans have posted online.
  • "You should see it, because it is a long list of positive adjectives." (Portiblelog – Malibu)
  • "This is beautiful... in a dead bird kinda way." (MySpace Blog – Austin)
  • "I just heard about Mortified. It's hilarious and makes you confront the horrible realization that you can't believe how lame you were... and then the eventual thought hits you: how lame am I now?" (ChickLit Forums - London)
  • "I laughed so hard I nearly drove off the road when I heard this on NPR. Regretfully, I didn't keep a high school diary." (Bored Athenians - Athens)
  • "This is just a gift from me to you." (Naked House - Philadelphia)
  • "Ever since hearing the segment on it on This American Life this weekend, I've been fascinated by this website." (BlueAcademia – Somewhere Down South)
  • "Amazingly fun." (BB Boys & BB Girls - LA)
  • "This is cool! It's a show where people go on stage and read their high school diaries, and you can post your own on the site!” (Mystic Wicks Pagans - Tulsa)
  • "I wrote a poem about hearts on sleeves, once. It wasn't quite bad enough to get into Mortified. For that I think I'd use the poem I wrote about comparing dead roses hung upside down on a wall to cow-parts hanging in a butcher shop." (Bliss Through Biology - Chicago)
  • "I'm locking all my diaries and poems away for four years so when I'm 21, I can audition for Mortified." (DeviantArt - Chicago)