Randy Fertel

Randy Fertel is the author of two award-winning books: A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation which novelist Tim O’Brien called, “a stunner of a book—smart, jarring, innovative, witty, provocative, wise, and beautifully written;” and The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir, now in its 4th printing. In 2018 Fertel founded the annual Improv Conference New Orleans: A Festival of Ideas and serves as Creative Director.  (https://www.improvconferencenola.com) He is president of the Fertel Foundation and the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, named for his mother, founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. In 2003 he founded the Ridenhour Prizes for Courageous Truth-telling in honor of the My Lai whistleblower Ron Ridenhour (ridenhour.org).