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Relationshit! Friday 9/12!

I’m thrilled to be performing at the next edition of Relationshit!, a monthly storytelling show about shitty relationships (get it???), on Friday September 12th a 10 p.m. at Treehouse Theater (formerly This Theater), located at 154 W. 29th St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY. More details below!

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Hey, we’re moving monthly for a bit so don’t miss your one chance to see the show ALL MONTH! Also, new time, 10PM.

Hosted by Lynn Bixenspan and Morgan Pielli, Relationshit features a mix of stories and good old-fashioned new-fangled advice from comics and actual qualified experts sitting on A Panel, like real grown-ups.
Be a voyeur into one person’s therapy session!

Featuring:
Nelson Lugo
Sharon Spell
Lance Weiss
Amber Drea
Carlota Zimmerman
Wilson McDermut

AND MORE?!

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TALE on Tues, 8/26!

I’m psyched to be performing at Harmon Leon’s storytelling series TALE on Tuesday, 8/26, at Three of Cups! The show starts at 8:30 and also features Kevin Avery, Morgan Pielli, Jeff Kornberg and David Lawson. Details below:

TALE
$5
8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26th
Three of Cups (83 1st Ave., New York, NY)

The legendary TALE returns with NYC’s finest storytelling, featuring performers with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, Vice, The Nation and HBO…

This month is one hell of a goddamn (note swearing) fine lineup of storytelling magnitude—all for a mere $5:

-Kevin Avery (writer for John Oliver, Totally Biased w/Kamau Bell)

-Morgan PIelli (The PIT)

-Harmon Leon (VICE)

-Jeff Kornberg (UCB)

-Amber Drea (Risk)

-David Lawson (VideoTALE)

Music by Charles Whalen

TALE will also be a part of NYC LIt Crawl on Sept 13th!

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Cinema Stories, Saturday 8/16!

imageI’ll be telling a story about love and heartbreak at Cinema Stories at Videology (308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16th! The theme is romance, and other storytellers include Megan McCoy, Steven Berkowitz, Frankie Dick and Camille Theobald. Here are the details:

Cinema Stories is a storytelling show inspired by film genres.

Hosted by Amy “Amaru” Dixon
This month’s film genre: Romance

The storytelling lineup includes the following dynamic performers, writers, comedians: 

Megan McCoy (co-producer and performer at Comic Sans)
Frankie Dick (NYC Producer, Comedian, Writer)
Amber Drea (McSweeney’s, Risk!)
Steven Berkowitz (MothSlam winner, StoryCollider Magazine, SciAm Science Talk Podcast) 
Camille Theobald (Funny Or Die, MTV Girl Code and College Humor)

FEATURING: Romantic theremin sounds by Sarah Chandler of The New Thereminstrels

with

Charley Hopkins and a very special guest, Helen Kim of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 &Death Proof for the “Guess That Film Script Staged Readings” for your chance to win bizarre, romantic prizes.

AND it’s your host’s birthday on August 17th - so come on to the show and share the celebratory love! Videology is a super cool venue with a gourmet food menu and eclectic drinks all served at your seat. 

All this and it’s FREE!
FREE STORIES!
FREE LOVE!
Cinema Stories in August.

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My Story on the Risk! Podcast

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This week’s episode of Risk! — the podcast hosted by Kevin Allison, a comedian, storyteller and member of one of my all-time favorite sketch groups The State — includes my account of a traumatic experience from my childhood. Many thanks to Kevin and Risk! audio editor Jeff Barr for working with me on this story and for creating the sound design. (Coincidentally, the song that closes out the piece is “Trouble” by Battleme, who is currently opening for Veruca Salt — one of my favorite bands growing up — during their reunion tour.) Titled “3 Women,” the episode also features inspiring tales of discovery and survival from stand-up comedian Cameron Esposito and feminist sex educator Betty Dodson, whose company I’m honored to share. You can stream or download the podcast here. My story starts at the 20:06 mark, but I highly recommend you listen to the entire episode for the full Risk! experience.

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Lamprophonic Reading Series, Friday July 18th!

I’ll be reading some new nonfiction at Lamprophic on Friday, July 18th, at 8:00 p.m. at Bar Thalia (2537 Broadway, NYC), along with Christopher Cappelluti, Diana Hamilton, Sarah Sala and Nancy Hightower.

Join the Facebook event!

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NoName @ WordUp Super Storytellers Edition on July 1st!

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Next Tuesday, July 1st, I’m performing at the NoName Super Storytellers Edition, hosted by Michele Carlo and Eric Vetter! The show takes place at Word Up Books way uptown in Washington Heights, and the theme of this month’s edition is NAKED. The lineup also includes Marlene Nichols, Caitlin Brodnick, Lynn Bixenspan, Alyssa Pinsker and Mark Pagán, with music by Miles Alexander Blue Spruce. Full info:

NoName @ WordUp Super Storytellers Edition: NAKED
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165th St.)
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Our theme this month, in case you haven’t already guessed…NAKED—Literally or figuratively, emotionally or physically, carnal or confessional, stripped down or stripped away.

Featuring stories from:
AMBER DREA
ALYSSA PINSKER
CAITLIN BRODNICK
LYNN BIXENSPAN
MARK PAGÁN…

PLUS superstar guest storyteller from L.A., the fantabulous MARLENE NICHOLS…

DOUBLE PLUS music from MILES ALEXANDER
BLUE SPRUCE

and…

YOU! Yes, you! Put your name in our “Magic Hat” and get our minutes to do anything your little NAKED heart desires…figuratively, of course ;)

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"Dream big and let your imagination guide you, even if you end up dressing as a flower or a sexually transmitted disease. They may think it’s a little strange. They may laugh at you. But just do it. Secondly, surround yourself with brilliance. The brilliance of those you love being around and the brilliance of their talent. … But in the end, the core of what you are and where you are is where your heart is, and that is those who you love and who love you. So I want to thank especially my dad for teaching me about the power of ideas, imagination and science; my mum who taught me about music and compassion; my amazing kids … they inspire me and make me very proud; and most of all the person who has to suffer the most for the life that I’ve chosen, my incredible wife, Maeve. … Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you and connected to what you are inside. And it can make you think that the world should and could be a much better place. And occasionally it can make you very happy."

Peter Gabriel, at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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"I once started a detective story to make money—but I couldn’t get the murder to take place!"

Mary McCarthy (via theparisreview)

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"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me."

— Jenny Joseph, "Warning: When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple"

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David Vs. Goliath: In Defense of My Friend’s Piece on Macaulay Culkin

It’s disappointing to me that well-known comedians I admire are going after a Boston-based freelance writer for trying to make the most out of being denied an actual interview, which would have allowed her to do her comparably low-paying job. The general consensus from these critics is that Macaulay Culkin and his joke band Pizza Underground are off limits from mockery because they’re “just having fun” and that taking the opportunity to comment on the pretentiousness of celebrity is “bitter” and “mean-spirited.” Ironically, these comedians utilize the same type of humor in their acts, but I guess it’s OK because they’re the little guys fighting against the big, bad media and faceless corporations. I see two problems with that logic: One of the comedians has 1.6 million Twitter followers, has appeared on network television programs and has starred in major motion pictures, and the other has 98,700 Twitter followers, has written for cable television and used to yell at and insult complete strangers on the phone weekly for his radio show, which was broadcast to (I’m guessing) hundreds of thousands of listeners via podcast.

Meanwhile, Boston Magazine has 63,300 Twitter followers, and my friend is a freelance writer with 675 Twitter followers who got laid off from a small weekly alternative newspaper two years ago and has trying to make a living writing about books and pop culture, which is all any of us are attempting to do—earn money for the thing that we enjoy. So maybe these comedians should step back and examine what they’re doing when they take someone to task on the Internet. Even if they have the most intelligent, respectful fan base in the world, they’re basically throwing fresh meat to the rabid wild animals that are online commenters who have attacked her for everything from her journalistic integrity to her first name (seriously??!!), all for what? Because she wrote something you think is stupid on a regional website about MACAULAY CULKIN, the millionaire child actor and star of the “Home Alone” franchise? Who’s really Goliath in this scenario?