Vote on Your Favorite

Posted on October 8, 2012. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , |

I don’t usually solicit feedback like this, but thought it might be fun to get your opinion. I have been asked to perform at a comedy explosion. Don’t know what that is? Well, one day there will be explosions of comedy all over the world and then we will all live in love and laughter and peace. But until then, it’s basically a variety show.

They said I could do any story I want so long as it’s funny so I was thinking of finding out from you which one of my stories is the funniest. I have up to 8 minutes and all of these fit within that time limit.

If you get through all three – great – tell me your favorite. If you only have time to watch one or two, just tell me funny or not. You can comment or email me directly. Thanks in advance for your hard work!

Funny story about my dad dying of cancer – no, really.


My first time getting drunk. Ah, how innocent I was!

First, and I think only, time a guy claimed blue balls on me.

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90% Motivation

Posted on July 6, 2012. Filed under: Books, writing | Tags: , , , , |

What’s that old saying about inspiration and perspiration? Well, being a lady, I don’t perspire, I sweat. Oh, wait, never mind.

My challenge with writing isn’t about inspiration.  Thankfully still got loads of ideas.  And it isn’t so much about perspiration. I work hard for no money! But it is completely about motivation.

For the past six months I have been working on a novel that I am just in love with. It is some of my best writing. I think I have a great idea – and one that could sell! My writing circle has given mostly positive feedback on all my submitted chapters, and I want to get this baby done.

So why haven’t I? Well, like many famous actors certainly say every day, “what’s my motivation?”

With storytelling, we have a show that must go on. I have a deadline – the show.  Plus, I have an audience and instant gratification (that’s the hope, anyway) when they applaud my story.

With writing a novel I have none of that. I set my own deadline, but it’s arbitrary. There’s nothing definite at the end date other than to try to get a publisher to buy it.  There might be an audience, if it gets published, but there is a lot of uncertainty around if that will ever happen.

I find it hard to choose to work on my novel when I could, say, write a story for my next show, or blog about my last show, or do work, the stuff I get paid to do. What’s a super talented, as yet undiscovered, amazing author with no motivation to do?

I am getting by with a little help from my friends. (Man, I am a walking pop culture billboard today!) I was telling a friend of mine about my issue – just like in a Yaz commercial – and she gave me the answer!

She has a small circle of friends who “meet” once a week to check in about goals. It’s essentially an accountability support group. Each week we are supposed to state our goals for the coming week and report in on how we did with last week’s goals. This is perfect for me. I won’t do it for myself, but I will do it if someone else is watching. Okay, that sounded wrong.

My point is, I now feel like I have to do what I have set out to do because if I don’t, well, other people will know what a loser I am.  It’s a great way to keep on track. Kind of like a Weight Watchers meeting for people with writing problems – or goals.  This is week one of this new experiment and I did make it all the way to Friday before I tried to work on my goals – but then I realized I only have a couple days left to make the magic happen so I sat down this morning and started typing, and then got up and made coffee, and then started typing again, and then fooled around on Facebook, and then started typing again. You get the idea.

Every time I wandered off, I kept thinking in the back of my head, “Think of the complete and utter humiliation you will suffer if you don’t finish that chapter!”  And even though they seem like a very nice group of people, it is more helpful for me to just assume that they will cast aspersions on me if I fail in week one! Cause that’s mo

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Independence Day Stories

Posted on June 22, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

My next storytelling show with Better Said Than Done – the best performance act in Virginia according to Virginia Living Magazine –  is just over a week away and we are going to bring the fireworks.  Join Better Said Than Done for an explosive night of storytelling!

Independence Day: stories of declarations, freedom, and fireworks
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Epicure Cafe
11213 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA
7:00PM Show
Doors Open at 6:00PM
$10 Tickets at Door (Cash Preferred)

The performance will feature entertaining performances of true, explosive stories. Storytellers include: Geraldine Buckley, Lisa Kays, Jessica Piscitelli, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Adam Ruben, Ellouise Schoettler, John Tong and Michael Zhuang.

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Summer Lovin’ at Jammin’ Java

Posted on July 9, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For more information about the kind of storytelling that is true, personal stories performed for entertainment, go to www.bettersaidthandone.com or come to our show at Jammin’ Java.  If you are looking for things to do in Northern Virginia, this is a great night out.

Better Said Than Done is where to go in Virginia for storytelling events .

I would like to thank Bart Robinson, of Dynavision/FX for the design of our logo and the design of this poster.  Dynavision/FX usually focuses their design skills on 2D motion graphic design, 3d animation and visual effects for film, television, and the web.  So a  special thanks for the great graphics work!

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding Humor in Cancer

Posted on April 12, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

At my most recent storytelling show, I performed a story about my dad dying of cancer.  The response surprised me.  I was truly worried that it would just make the audience uncomfortable – but they enjoyed it.  I got a lot of laughs and applause and, afterwards, a lot of people came up to me and said that my story really moved them – which also surprised me.  It was a pretty blue story, and definitely meant as humorous, so I was happy to hear people connected to my personal experience.

Watch the video to see what I mean.  BE CAREFUL!  I used the f word approximately 10 times.

After the shows, all of the performers were hanging out and talking about how it went.  One of the guys made a comment about my story being a big hit and then someone else remarked, “Well, it’s easy to be successful when you are talking about your DAD DYING OF CANCER.  I mean, who’s not gonna like that?”  He was teasing me, I know, but it bugged me a little, specifically because I can’t think of a harder topic to make entertaining than “death by cancer.” 

It’s sort of the white whale of comedy – laughs from death or humor in cancer, take your pick. My mom died of cancer in 2003, and I always avoided telling her story. There was a feeling of it being taboo, or plain depressing. But after my dad died, still quite recently, I just felt like it would not only be a tribute he would appreciate to tell about him, but also that it was a story other people who have survived the death or illness of a loved one would appreciate.

In loving memory of my dad, David Piscitelli April 1, 1942 – March 4, 2011

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Videos of Laws

Posted on April 12, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , |

The Laws of Nature performance on April 2nd was a big success.  Our first show was sold out even before the night arrived.  Our second show was full.  Both shows were fantastic, with great stories by all the performers.  I have included links to videos of all the performances below – in the order of the night.

Adam Ruben

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Laws of Nature – Meet the Performers

Posted on March 15, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is here – April 2nd!

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Here are videos of each of stories performed in the past by each of the wonderful storytellers you will see on April 2nd.  Like the night of the performance, many of these videos are NOT for children!

Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli

Storytellers include:

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Storytelling in VA – April 2nd

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is almost here. Make sure you buy your tickets before we sell out.

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

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

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Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , |

Click Here to Purchase Tickets to the 7PM Show!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets to the 9PM Show!

Special thanks to Doug Fuller for designing the poster.  Check out Doug’s graphic design work here!

 

 

 

 

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Romantic Showing at Dance Place

Posted on January 17, 2011. Filed under: SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , |

Join SpeakeasyDC at Dance Place’s annual Valentine’s Dance Party featuring music by DJ Glowstik.

SpeakeasyDC will open the night with a line-up of poignant, hilarious, and memorable true stories about the pleasures and perils of romance. Hear stories about break-ups, make-ups, longings, and infatuations. Featuring Adam Ruben, Christopher Love, Jessica Piscitelli, Joseph Price, Jeffrey Brady, Allison Kirsch, Jennifer Luu, and hosted by Ayanna Dookie.

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at Dance Place.

3225 8th St, NE (Near Brookland Metro and Catholic U)
Stories from 7-8pm followed by dance party
tickets $15

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