Archive for June, 2010

Fan-Freaking-Tastic Awesomeness

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This past Saturday I performed a story at Fan-Freaking-Tastic.  It was great.  I mean, my story was great – but the event was awesome.

Host Vijai Nathan was, as expected, pretty funny and just plain pretty.  Seriously, this lady knows how to make an audience love her.  Now, if only she could do that with a nice boy!

Vijai, who create Fan-Freaking-Tastic, also brought together a group of very talented performers, if I do say so myself.  I was laughing the whole time.  Thank God Chief Ike’s has a bathroom, or there would have been a lot of pee stains in that place.  I’m just sayin.

I did bring my handy dandy video camera, so you can see for yourself how great the performances were.

The Evans Brother’s Band opened the night with some great music.  Click here for a taste.

Nevin Martell had the unenviable task of being the night’s first storyteller, but then he brought up piranhas and Glenlivets and had the crowd eating out of the palm of his delicious looking hands.  Check it out here.

Meredith Maslich, who, let’s face it, gets around, proved why she is such a storytelling darling with her story about James Bond meeting Glenn Beck on the set of the Lucy show.  You can see Meredith live in July at Oh Mother and you can also see her story from this past weekend here.

Jonathan B. Tucker single handedly redeemed the name of slam poets everywhere with his poem, “Stop, Poet!” and definitely had all the girls in the audience vying for a chance to pick him after his poem, “Pick Me.”  Watch them both here.

Dustin Fisher, another one of the star performers you will see at Oh Mother, dusted off his ole guitar and, Arlo Guthrie style, sang us a song about food.  Though he avoided the group W bench, he did end up in the dog house and you can find out all about his heartbreak here.

Mark Jaster brought mime and saw picking back to light with a performance you really have to see to believe.  Check out his silent and musical act here.

I had a lot of fun with my story.  I updated the very first SpeakeasyDC story I ever told.  Back then, I was single and looking, and I didn’t think my man would like it if I started my story off that way this time.  So I changed the beginning and ending and added a bit more color throughout, to bring it up to Fan-Freaking-Tastic standards.  The high point had to be when some unknown audience member yelled “Love your boobs.”  You could tell, my story really moved them.  You can hear the catcalls and my tale of love on the high seas here.

The very funny and soon to be living happily ever after comic Seaton Smith brought the night to a close and the house down with his very thoughtful look at Martin Luther King Jrs. life and loves.  Click here with caution.  Don’t take a sip of anything before watching.

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Oh Mother!

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , |

Buy Tickets for 7PM Show: 7PM Oh Mother!

Buy Tickets for 9PM Show:  9PM Oh Mother!

A special THANK YOU to Doug Fuller for designing the poster and flier for this show.  Check out some more of Doug’s design work HERE.

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Airing Friday the 2nd

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries | Tags: , , , , , |

Is it July already?  Man, how time flies when it’s in the nineties!

I just recorded my latest commentary at the WAMU studio this past Monday.

Here is a photo of me and David Furst.  He’s trying to do the Colbert thing, but isn’t quite there yet.  Not to mention, the station didn’t have the budget for someone to take our photo.

My commentary – which I like to call “Damn This Traffic Jam” after one of James Taylor’s more poetic songs – will air this Friday, July 2nd, on Metro Connection.  Metro Connection runs from 1PM – 2PM on WAMU 88.5FM and online at

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Juggling Act

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I was just part of a panel discussion last night and one of the women there really summed up my life.  Jo Golden, of Chaos to Clarity, spoke about a fictional character named Jane.  Jane was a French teacher, landscaper and fine artist.  Jane wanted a website to grow her businesses but everyone kept telling her she needed to have three separate identities.  In the end, Chaos to Clarity helped Jane define her story so that all the seemingly disparate elements of her life came together into the story of a highly educated, artistic landscaper and hands on artist.

This week, I have definitely felt very disparate.  I have been finishing up editing a wedding for my company Jessica Pi Productions, as well as discussing with a bride’s family being the videographer for a wedding NEXT MONTH.  I had to prepare for, promote, and be part of a 2 hour panel discussion on Content Strategy for the Web, in which I, wearing my Capture Video, Inc. hat, explained video’s place in the world of online marketing and SEO.  That was last night.  Today I am preparing for and promoting my upcoming performance, Fan Freaking Tastic – THIS SATURDAY! at Chief Ike’s.  I am performing a story, but it is for a comedy crowd, so I had to punch up the humor.  I am also trying to bring all the promotional items and details together for the upcoming Nature House storytelling event in July – to raise money for the Nature House, as the chair of the marketing committee and a storyteller.  And, on top of all of that, I have had to schedule in my next studio time at WAMU to record my next commentary which, as fate would have it, is all about trying to make time – and failing.

I can’t say I don’t love most of what I do and all the different hats that I wear.  I just sometimes wish I had learned to juggle.

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Nature Storytelling Event

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

Oh Mother! Stories about Nature

99% Fun, 44% Clean, and 100% Natural

Come out for an evening of fun stories by some of this areas premiere storytellers.
(Please note, these are NOT kid stories!)

Listen to tales about camping gone wrong, gerbils gone crazy, man vs. wild, girl vs. puberty and other fun adventures in the wide world of nature.

We anticipate selling out, so buy your tickets for these shows early!

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Please Note – All Proceeds Go to Supporting Nature House!
I am hosting the show and will also be sharing a tale or two.

Storytellers include:

Amy Saidman, Director of Speakeasy DC

Dustin Fisher, Comedian, Storyteller and all around nice guy – kinda

Jennifer Moore, former chef, current performer, and future storytelling star

Meredith Maslich, writer, blogger, and drama junky

Kevin Boggs, the man who stood up to Jewel

Adam Ruben, comedian, author and molecular biologist

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Upcoming Performance at Chief Ike’s

Posted on June 8, 2010. Filed under: SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

I will be performing a story that is gonna be FAN-FREAKING-tastic!  That’s right, I am performing at the June 26th “Fan-Freaking-Tastic” night of comedy – “I Would Do Anything for Love, but I Won’t Do That.”

Come for a fun night out in DC, or just to laugh at me.

If you’ve ever:
Worn your Heart on your Sleeve
“Given Love a Bad Name”
Made-out with a Priest
Stalked your Shrink (some call it transference, I call it love)

Then this is the show for you!

Host Vijai Nathan invites you to a Sweeeet Evening Featuring

Stand-Up Seaton Smith
Slam Poet Jonathan B. Tucker
Uber-Mime Mark Jaster
DC Journalist Hanna Rosin (appeared on Daily Show, Colbert Report)
Author Nevin Martell
SpeakeasyDC Darling Meredith Maslich
WAMU Personality Jessica Piscitelli
Live Music from The Evans Brothers (featuring Monalisa Arias)

Where: Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd., NW DC
When: Sat. May 22 Doors open at 7pm, show is 8pm-9:45 pm
Cost:  $10 Cover Cash Only, Seating Limited
Phone: 212-330-7025 (Vijai’s VM); Chief Ike: 202-332-2211

If you want to eat– get there at 7 and order delish pizzas

Chief Ike’s Website

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Rejection opens doors

Posted on June 2, 2010. Filed under: Short Stories, writing | Tags: , , |

So, I keep forgetting to check my special “writing” email address.  I figure now that I am submitting to a ton of places (and yes, most of them make you fill out all sorts of info and/or subscribe before submitting), I didn’t want to use my normal email address.  So I got a fresh one and promptly fogot to check it.

I remember every week or so.  And I know, you are thinking, but what about all those offers that are pouring in while you are forgetting to check your email?  Well, that’s what I think, at least, every time I do remember.  Alas, I generally just find, like I did today, that I have a couple more rejections to post to my duotrope tracker.

The way I look at it though, is every time a piece I’ve submitted gets rejected, that piece of writing is mine again.  It’s like, when it is out there, in the hands of an editor, it’s been optioned, like a screenplay.  I can’t do anything else with it while that editor is thinking it over.  So, that rejection letter is like a green light for me.  That story is free at last!  It can move on to bigger, and I am quite certain, better places.

So, yeah, that’s the slant I am going with this week.

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