Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Julia Cotton

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She loves that smell right before it rains (you know the one), Dory from Finding Nemo, and the television show Community. And we love that this comedy queen makes her Oral Fixation debut next month for our show themed “Outside the Box.” 

Julia E. Cotton was born in Houston but has lived most of her life in DFW.  She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in radio, television, and film. She currently performs improv and sketch comedy at Dallas Comedy House.  She hopes to inspire her two kids as much as they inspire her.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: April Swartz-Larson

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People tell her she reminds them of Ellen Degeneres. Is it because she has killer dance moves or because she has piercing blue eyes? Or maybe it’s just because she’s funny? You be the judge when April Swartz-Larson takes the Oral Fixation stage for “Outside the Box” next month. 

April Swartz-Larson is a conformist by day at McKinney High School (but just to get into a good college to radically change the world) and a punk rebel by night. She likes loud Bob Dylan, The Rachel Maddow Show, pleather jackets, and passionate political ranting with fellow teenage iconoclasts.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: John Mathews

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He is both bowlegged and pigeon-toed, but that won’t keep John Mathews from proudly walking onstage to share his story of coming up hard, spending lots of time in prison, and finding a love he never thought possible, when he makes his Oral Fixation debut in “Train Wreck.”

John Mathews is obsessed with speed. He sells fast cars, rides even faster motorcycles, and rapidly lost more than 70 pounds in the last year. Yet as fast as John moves, his ideal day would be spent sitting still and playing with his three children.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Glynn Wilcox

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His scrapbooking skills are beyond. Think we’re kidding? He just won a blue ribbon for a scrapbook he entered at the State Fair of Texas.

Glynn Wilcox was born on the Texas Gulf Coast. After living outside Texas for too long, he moved to Dallas ten years ago. The father of two incredible boys, he devotes as much time as possible to his family.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Linda Thomas

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She usually introduces herself as a 6-foot-tall Wonder Woman, and she recently wrote a reference book on color, motivated by the fact that she is colorblind. Next month, Linda Thomas makes her Oral Fixation debut in “Train Wreck.”

Linda Thomas lives in Lake Dallas, a little time warp just off I-35. She and her husband have a unique house that used to be a restaurant on a street that used to be a 15-cabin fishing resort, with their rescue dog, Victor, and cat, Coco Chanel.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Bri Crum

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She has a beagle named Nelly, after the rapper; played soccer from age 4 until college; and could live off coffee, Red Bull, and Skittles. And next month Bri Crum makes her Oral Fixation debut in the second show of Season 4, “Train Wreck.”

Bri Crum is a free spirit from California with a passion for family, friendship, romance, and wine. She lives for her 7-year-old daughter and is proud to be her soccer coach. Bri has fulfilled her entrepreneurial dream by founding lifestyle PR firm, Plan B PR, and creating/hosting TV show Inside Entertainment.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Paul Scott

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Recently identified as a “serious person of interest” by airport authorities in Romania, Paul Scott is not only a frequent traveler, he’s a regular on the Oral Fixation stage. Next month, he’ll recall a vacation nightmare that left us a little queasy.

Addicted to life, love, laughter, and yoga, Paul Scott is a Southern California transplant who is raising two Texans with his high-school sweetheart. Equally addicted to crossing the equator and the Greenwich Time Meridian, he recently got his passport stamped in country number 52.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nan Kirkpatrick

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She is obsessed with Golden Girls and knows more about Scientology than probably anyone you know who is not a member of the church (she even once went as L. Ron Hubbard for Halloween). For the second show of Oral Fixation Season 4, Nan Kirkpatrick shares how she first began to realize that she is an alcoholic.

Nan Kirkpatrick is in two Dallas bands (Frauen and Little Beards), on a podcast called Secretly Timid, and the executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund. When she isn’t working or jamming, she’s worrying about sinkholes.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Caroline North

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She finds a weird sort of wisdom in the HBO show The Life & Times of Tim, and next month she will share a story about the wisdom that took hold of her while she was on a train ride to visit her addict half-brother in Oral Fixation’s second show of Season 4.

Caroline North was born and raised in Dallas. In 2010, she graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English. Since then she has lived and drank in Washington, D.C.; New York City; and New Haven, Connecticut. She now resides in Oak Cliff, where she’s a barista at The Wild Detectives and a freelance writer for the Dallas Observer.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nayrok Udab

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Nayrok Udab’s initial influence in comedy was her mother’s record collection, and today she is known for her head-banging, crowd-moving stage performances that combine rock and hip-hop with a funk twist. This month, she headlines the Oral Fixation season four opener, “Go With the Flow.”

Born in Dallas, Koryan Wright is the middle child of Kolleen Queenie Wright. Koryan spelled backward is Nayrok. Udab is the flip side of her Grammy Award-winning sister’s, Erykah Badu’s, last name. Nayrok’s comedic style has been said to be “what comedy has been missing.”

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