Robin Gelfenbien (Creator, Host, Ice Cream Cake Maker)
Robin Gelfenbien is a comedian, writer and storyteller who has written jokes for Rosie O’Donnell who emceed The Matrix Awards where featured presenters included Martha Stewart, Rupert Murdoch and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her original comedy songs have played on Sirius Satellite Radio, she’s been on VH1 and AMC, and she starred in a commercial directed by Spike Lee.
Her critically-acclaimed solo show, “My Salvation Has a First Name (A Wienermobile Journey),” premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. Robin has performed at The Moth, RISK!, Mortified, and she also created the series “Auntie, Do Tell” with her 74-year-old aunt. Off stage, Robin has been featured in Marie Claire, and she writes for Huffington Post Comedy. Her favorite ice cream flavor is Caramel Cone from Haagen-Dazs (aka “Hoggin’-Dazs.”)
Michael Ian Cedar (Front Door Dude)
Michael got his start in the crazy world of entertainment as a Bar Mitzvah Emcee in New Jerseyl He moved on to see if road life was crazier. (Which it is!). Tour Management of bus and truck shows “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast,” “Arthur Live,” and “She Loves You.”
He currently co-produces dance competitions across the country, hosting over 25,00 young performers a year. His passion for entertainment, business and leadership have brought him on the journey of a lifetime, and his favorite ice cream flavor is Salted Caramel.
Danny Artese (Mad Libs Man, Ice Cream Cake Cutter)
Danny grew up in Southern California not far from where Sweet Valley High would be, but has lived in New York City long enough to be a New Yorker according to Carrie Bradshaw. In addition to doing pretty well with the Entertainment category in Trivial Pursuit, he co-hosts the storytelling show “A Very Special Episode.” His favorite ice cream flavor is one that’s fruity without nuts or caramel or Cherry Garcia.
Carly Petrone (Social Media Machine - Live Events)
Carly should really check herself into a social media addiction center. She eats, drinks, and sleeps with her phone in order to capture the perfect Instagram photo (and witty caption). As the lucky winner of inheriting the last name Petrone (pronounced like Patron tequila), she finds herself confusing bartenders when it’s time to close out her tab.
It was her love for comedy and SNL that brought her to New York City from California - she fully admits to stalking the cast outside of 30 Rock at two in the morning. As a lifestyle & culture writer for CBS Local, she gets paid to eat and drink her way through NYC. This has led to a somewhat unhealthy diet, but that’s what filters are for right? #bringontheicecreamcakes? Her favorite ice cream flavor is Peanut Butter & Chocolate.
Meghan Dineen (Video Producer and Editor)
Meghan is a native Long Islander whose current habitat is that of Brooklyn. When she’s not riding the F train or catching rays in Prospect Park, she can be found, camera in hand, trying to make magic happen. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in storytelling, (yes for real, storytelling!), Meghan has always strived to construct narratives out of the world around her. When she’s not snapping pics or cutting vids, she can be found, cold beer in hand, telling tons of stories about her clumsy, messy life. One day she strives to have the courage to tell her stories on stage like those at Yum’s. But for now, she’ll stick to the videos. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chocolate chip.
Alex Fulton (Podcast Editor)
Born to a nomadic tribe, Alex spent his formative years learning to adapt to various North American climates. On his 18th birthday, as is customary in such cultures, he set out on his own to learn all that he could in a field of his choosing. But bear wrestling didn't pan out the way he had envisioned. After one too many mishaps, he opted for a (slightly) tamer career path in audio engineering. Now as a Music Producer for NYC's beloved Storefront Music, he spends his days collaborating with other wild men and women in the creation of sweet tasty jams. His favorite ice cream flavor is black raspberry.
Vince Fairchild (Recording Engineer)
Vince is an audio engineer who has worked in public radio for 15 years. He grew up in Kansas, lived in Massachusetts for several years and now lives in Brooklyn. His favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.
Matt Fidler (Recording Engineer)
Matt Fidler is a sound designer, musician and podcaster living in Brooklyn. He is a performing member of Harvestworks Art Collective, a non-certified Chewbacca impersonator and a connoisseur of all things related to swearing. Listen to his podcast Very Bad Words. His sign is: Gemini, and his favorite ice cream flavor is any really high quality vanilla - or pistachio. Follow him on Twitter.
Katie Riley (Guest Experience Go-To)
By day, Katie manages a global network of young activists at She's the First, a nonprofit organization that promotes gender equality through education. She's an active member of New York's nonprofit community and was recognized as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network's 2014 Nonprofiteer of the Year. By night, Katie is a casual calligrapher, politics junkie, and lover of a great story.
She brings her event production (and cake-slicing) talents to Yum's the Word as a member of the live show team. Katie is a forever-southern-gal and a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee. Her favorite ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie or any kind of vanilla over a warm slice of her Grandma's blueberry cobbler. You can chase her across the internet at @heykatieriley.