What the f…?

Posted on March 24, 2012. Filed under: storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At the storytelling show I was in last weekend, a woman came up to me and pointed at me and laughed. Normally, that might be off putting, but followed by, “Your story is the reason we came,” well, that softens the blow a little.

Of course, the next thing she said was, “I loved the story about your dad. It was so funny! I sent that video of you to all my friends to get them to come.”

It took me a minute to recover. After she said that the story about my dad was funny, I got mentally stuck on that. I mean, the last story I told about my dad was a pretty depressing/uplifting tale about how our relationship changed after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. So I got stuck on thinking, “This lady’s messed up!”

Of course, then I remembered the first story I told about my dad. It was, in fact, very funny. Or, in honor of my dad’s memory, very f*@king funny!

Here’s the video she sent to all her friends, the funny one about my dad:


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Get Lucky on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 13, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Join Better Said Than Done for our next storytelling performance on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Luck of the Irish”
Stories of rotten luck, beginner’s luck and luck of the draw

Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, Virginia
Saturday, March 17, 2012
7:00 PM/Doors open 6:00PM

The performance will feature entertaining performances of true stories about smart people and dumb luck. Storytellers include: Stephanie Garibaldi, Katie Kelly, Mel Harkrader Pine, Jessica Piscitelli, Adam Ruben, John Tong, and Anna Marie Trester. Additionally, Better Said Than Done welcomes first time teller Carlos Escobar to the stage.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.jamminjava.com or 703-255-1566 ext. 8, or at Jammin’ Java.

A full dinner menu and full bar are available during the show. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show is all ages, but is intended for an adult audience.

Watch a promo for the show here:

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GalTime Blogs Upcoming Show

Posted on July 23, 2011. Filed under: Events, Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was excited to find out that “Summer Lovin’ – A Hot Night of Cool Stories,” my upcoming show at Jammin’ Java is featured in this week’s GalTime. Check out the fantastic blog by Trish Cole here.

After you are revved up from reading all about it, buy tickets to the show here!

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Storytelling for Professionals

Posted on June 19, 2011. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The seminar Freddi Donner and I ran at McLean Bible Church, for their career network, was a great success.  Freddi put together the program and hand outs and ran most of the show.  I was there mostly as a storyteller.  Freddi introduced me and I told the story of my career as a filmmaker, videographer, and, ultimately, business owner.  The idea was to illustrate challenges and successes, and hopefully to show people how challenges can turn into successes.

I really enjoyed working with Freddi, and I enjoyed presenting a story to a group of professionals, catered to a professional environment.  The great thing about storytelling is that it is unique to the individual, but everyone has stories that can be adapted to different environments.  I have told stories about marathon running, hiking, SCUBA diving, love, dating, being a woman and business.  Some of those stories were for performances that were for laughs or fun, and some of them were for professional seminars and were meant to educate or to motivate.

I look forward to creating more unique stories designed to fit a lot of different environments in the future.  Being flexible about storytelling is both a challenge and something I hope will be another success.


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SpeakeasyDC Valentine’s Show

Posted on February 20, 2011. Filed under: SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

“The Perils and Pleasures of Romance,” brought to you by SpeakeasyDC, was a challenging show for me.  Lots of things in my life were conspiring to keep me from doing the show, to the point where I was truly afraid it wouldn’t happen.

In my personal life, I am dealing with the illness of a loved one.  We have just had to start at home hospice care, and that home is about 350 miles from where I live, so all my non existent spare time this month has been spent either traveling to or helping out in NJ.  Of course, this is what one does when a family member needs you, but it has been both physically and emotionally draining.

A week before the show, I woke up with a sore throat.  Now, I memorize the good old fashioned way – through repetition.  I am sure there are better ways to do this, but it’s worked for me all these years so, gosh darn it, I am sticking with it.  The only problem is, if you get a sore throat the week you are supposed to be memorizing, it really puts a cramp in your style.  Then of course, four days before the show, my ear exploded, at least, that’s what it felt like.  More specifically, it was like someone shoved a hot poker into my ear, something I think I’ve seen done on “The Tudors” but hoped never to actually experience.  The sore throat, my doctor explained, led to an ear infection.  Thankfully, that led to antibiotics.

By the time our night before rehearsal came around, I was feeling mostly better – though the rehearsal ran past 8PM, my bedtime that week.  When we finally got around to story time, I started off strong and then, well, then I kind of forgot my train of thought.  I got it back after starting and stopping a few times but, considering the show was TOMORROW, I was not feeling too good about my memorization.

The other minor crinkle in things was that the show was in Northeast D.C.  This was fine, except that when SpeakeasyDC originally posted about the show, they listed it as NW – the information I had used on my blog and to send to all my friends and, for that matter, to get to rehearsal.  I ended up not being too late, thanks to having left myself plenty of time, but did have to do some scrambling that night to let everyone know about the change.

Saturday night arrived.  Dance Place had apparently sold over 100 tickets and was hopeful that they would sell out the other 100 by show time.  Show time arrived – 7PM – and the seats were looking um, well, empty.  It is always, in my opinion, harder to perform to a few people than a lot of people.  But even friends I knew were coming hadn’t arrived yet.  I think the location maybe threw some people for a loop.  We held the curtain and sure enough, by 7:15P, the place was sold out.

The show itself went great.  All of the performers were fantastic.  I will be posting more about them and videos of their stories soon, but it was a great show overall.  I felt like I hiccuped in the middle, but I had just a ton of people come up to me after the show – strangers! – who told me that they loved my story.  That felt really good and made the struggle to get to the performance so worth it.

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Fan-Freaking-Tastic Birthday

Posted on December 14, 2010. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

I will be performing this Saturday, December 18th, at Chief Ike’s.  The lovely Vijai Nathan is having a birthday, and bringing out the Fan-Freaking-Tastic troop of performers to celebrate.

Chief Ike’s Mambo Room

1725 Columbia Road, NW

Washington, DC

Doors open at 7 pm and you can chill to the delightful tunes of the band “Perfect Squares” (formerly known as Not My Sister)

Performers Include:

Slam Poets Gayle Danley, Gowri Koneswaran & Jonathan B. Tucker

Comedy and Stories from:

Stephanie Garibaldi, Ayana Dookie, Amy Couchoud, Derek Hills, Joe Price, Mike Kane, Meredith Maslich, Jason Pittman, Amy Saidman & Jessica Piscitelli.

BANJO: Lester Feder!

A “Glee”ful performance from Kevin Boggs & and his crew of Beefcake.

Tix: 15$ (or ten with Fringe Button!)



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