written and performed by Joshua Silverstein
directed by Diana Wyenn

With side-splitting humor and raw power, multiracial comedic actor and beat boxer Joshua Silverstein delivers an explosive mix of storytelling, spoken word, vocal percussion, and hip hop. Backed live by a three-piece band, Silverstein layers playful and riveting narratives grounded in personal experience, and nuanced by the complexities and contradictions surrounding race, gender and, poverty in America. Plus, he reveals what it would have been like if Buster Keaton could beatbox!


April 8 – May 7, 2016
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM


General Admission:
$20 in advance online; $25 day of online and at the box office

Student & Senior Admission:
$15 in advance online; $20 day of online and at the box office

Go to Bootleg's Full Ticketing Calendar or select a specific performance date below:
April 8, April 9, April 14, April 15, April 16, April 21, April 22, April 23, April 28, April 29, April 30, May 5, May 6, May 7

Interested in bringing a group? Email Jessica Hanna at for group rates and discounts.


Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057



“Silverstein set the bar high by opening the show with this high-octane one-man-show... He quickly builds upon the gimmick of entertainment by transfusing an emotionally charged narrative with captivating confessionals and spot-on cultural commentary.” 
— Culture Spot LA

“I saw this show and it was fantastic! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Joshua Silverstein blew us away.”
— John Hensley, Flypoet Showcase

“That show was one of the best shows I've seen in my life.”
— Kristina Wong, Actress/Comedian

“For anyone who has ever struggled with money, art, self-esteem, jealousy, race, anger, or basically just existing, I promise you it is not to be missed.”
— Lauren Flans, Lost Moon Radio


Writer / Performer: Joshua Silverstein
Director / Choreographer / Dramaturg: Diana Wyenn
Musicians: Damian Curry (guitar), Gerry Doot (drums), and Erik Hallsey (bass)
Scenic Design: Diana Wyenn
Projection Design: Matt Hill
Lighting Design: Joey Guthman
Sound Design: Mark Holden
Costume Design: Joshua Silverstein
Stage Management: Aaron Saldaña
Graphic Design: Jamais Vu
Publicity: Lynn Tejada, Green Galatic
Producers: Diana Wyenn (Beyond the Usual) & Joshua Silverstein
Associate Producer: Rosie Glen-Lambert

Email Lynn Tejada to request interviews, publicity images, and press accommodations.

Email Diana & Joshua to book the show at your venue. 


The world premiere of TELL ME I'M PRETTY is in part made possible by the generosity of our donors: 

Aleyne Larner
Alisha White Madison
Andrea Schell
Anonymous (6)
Antoinette Clinton
Barbara Rosario
Beth Altshuler
Cameron Smith
Carol Wyenn
Chrissy DePauw
Corinne Rice
Daniel Shoenman
David Schimmelman
Dean Petrakis
Dee A. Soder
Dollie Roberts
Dolores Aguanno
Eisha Mason
Estela Magana
Grandma Wyenn
Jennifer Villeda-Cortez
Jeremy  Steinkoler
Joe Hernandez-Kolski
Joelle Yzquierdo
John Arnau
John Fike
John Hensley
Josephine Mondrala
Justin Yoffe
Justine Linforth
Karla Mosley
Kaye Anderson
Kyle Blase
Laura Whitten
Laurie  Leiber
Mark Wood
Mary Ford
Mataji Booker
Meghan McCauley
Norman Lear
Rolland Lopez
Sarah Myers
Sekou Andrews
Sharon Blynn
Sharon Yablon
Shashanna Kratz
Shelley Thomas
Sierra Smith
Steve Mize
Tanya Gorlow
Tatiana Zamir
Terra  Englebardt
Tery Arnold
Trina Faundeen
Ty Donaldson

Want to join our village and support the show? Donate online today!