What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Just launched elect.chadriden.com.

I’m running for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. I’m the only candidate who isn’t a joke. I don’t want you to donate money, but you can if you want. Money in politics IS the problem. Donations will all go to buying my lunches throughout the campaign. I’m running as an Independent, as I believe our two-party system is the Good Ole Boy Network nonsense that has led to voters looking at the color of a candidate’s party affiliation instead of their character and ideals. I’m pro legalization of Marijuana. I want to use the revenue to build out state wide municipal fiber optic internet following the Chattanooga model and implement a state Firewall (open source software that protects from cyber attack, NOT a brick and mortar wall that would cost Billion$ and change Nothing). We need to harden the security of IT for all state servers, data, networks and utilities. I support the building of Earthship Biotecture housing out of recycled materials for our homeless in the places that already have tent cities and on other underused property. I’m against unconstitutional legislation on any level, but especially ridiculous bills at the state level which clearly violate the separation of Church and State and would never hold up in court, even though they were proposed by a career politician with a law degree and/or the Koch Brothers. I support LGBT+ anti-discrimination laws and I’d like to see all public bathroom signage changed to make them Unisex bathrooms. This would allow families to enter the same bathroom together without worry and eliminate a lot of nonsense debates rooted in homophobia. I support single payer universal healthcare. Please join my mailing list right now, register to vote, and show up at the polls 8/2/2018 to vote Chad Riden for Governor in the Tennessee state primary. The time to be a complacent slacker who doesn’t care or think politics matters is OVER. For me and for you. #RIDEN4TN

I need to say: Nashville StandUp, Walden’s Puddle and WXNA are all non-profit organizations I volunteer for but my views do not represent those organizations and they do not endorse me or my political campaign in any way.

Chad Riden for Tennessee Governor 2018 #RIDEN4TN

I’m living in East Nashville, producing and performing on stand-up comedy shows as often as possible. I have my 14 year old daughter every other week, so I plan things in or out of town based on that schedule. I live with her and a Southern Flying Squirrel named Hermione Wondertwirrel, a turtle named Jared and a neighborhood cat we call Squncle Dunkle Funkle Rump (and about 30 other names, although his formal name is Ollivander).

I have a stand-up comedy radio show called “Nashville StandUp Sits Down” on WXNA 101.5 FM every Sunday from 6-7pm, which is live streamed at wxnafm.org and then saved as a podcast at NashvilleStandUp.com & ComedyPodcast.com.

I’m volunteering at Walden’s Puddle wildlife rehabilitation & education center, working toward being a licensed squirrel rehabber.

I play Shroud of the Avatar (“Lord British” / Richard Garriott’s spiritual successor to Ultima / Ultima Online), Fallout 4, Skyrim, Pokemon Go and a few other games when I have time. I’ve live streamed some of that but want to do more.

I’ve been live streaming comedy shows in various forms since 7/25/2015. My first attempt was an “Online Only Open Mic” which evolved into “Sunday Night Stupid” (sketches, standup, stupid stuff) and I’ve recently started taking my setup to live stream public events in venues other than my house on NashvilleStandUp’s youtube channel.

I’m heading off to Bonnaroo for the rest of the week.

This update was June 8, 2017.