History of Mortified vs Cringe
March 27, 2018 9:10 AM   Subscribe

Do you guys remember Cringe, founded by Sarah Brown? My friends are all talking about and performing for Mortified, which I had not previously heard of, but seems to be the same idea. Which came first?

I guess I'm curious about when they started and if they ever had anything to do with one another. Was there ever a beef between the founders? Were they friends? I see that Mortified mentions in their FAQs that "we’ve noticed a few like-minded concepts sprout up" but was Cringe inspired by Mortified or the other way around?
posted by LKWorking to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
From the @CringeNY twitter account, it looks like Cringe was founded in April of 2005. Mortified, according to their About page, was founded in 2002. I don't know of any connections between the two, but there's some chronology for you.
posted by lizifer at 10:22 AM on March 27, 2018

From Cringe's About page:

"The first inklings of Cringe came about back in 2001, when Sarah Brown found her old diaries at her parents’ house, and decided it would be a good idea to send the most painful excerpts to her friends in a weekly email. Two years later, she moved to Brooklyn and told roommate Liz Schroeter about this endeavor, prompting Liz to dig out some old teenage zines of her own. The first Cringe Reading Night was held April 6, 2005, at Freddy’s Bar & Backroom."
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 10:26 AM on March 27, 2018 [1 favorite]

As far as inspiration goes, the idea is such that I think it's a perfectly reasonable explanation that they each came up with the idea independently. Humans are a storytelling species, after all.
posted by Aleyn at 12:26 PM on March 27, 2018

Best answer: Sarah Brown doesn’t have a MeFi account, but I forwarded this question to her and she says: "I always say the difference is that Cringe is a straight reading, exactly how you write it then - no auditioning or workshopping - just you and your notebook."
posted by Zosia Blue at 2:38 PM on March 27, 2018 [2 favorites]

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