NO SHAME AT H.O.M.E. - (1989-199?)
In 1989, Todd Ristau was asked to establish the very first No Shame franchise by Randy Rollison, Artistic Director of the HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Arts at 44 Walker Street in New York City. Todd worked as an intern in HOME's literary department, reading scripts and setting up the structure for the new No Shame.
The early No Shames were monthly, charged $8 at the door and had only half the 15 piece line up open for walk-in performers. The idea was that as No Shame got better known, fewer of the slots would be pre-filled. No Shame became one of HOME's most popular events, and their Best Of No Shame was one of their most successful, bringing $25 a ticket in 1990 dollars.
When H.O.M.E. lost its space [in 199?], No Shame moved briefly to Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.
On September 13, 2002, No Shame returned to New York in a new incarnation at P.S.122, established by Dan Brooks, a veteran of Iowa City's No Shame.