Storytelling – “The World’s Second Oldest Profession”

Posted on July 13, 2011. Filed under: Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

DC Modern Luxury Magazine recently wrote an excellent article on storytelling’s popularity in the DC market.
Quoted in the article are my fellow storytellers, Amy Saidman and Vijai Nathan, and, of course, me.

It was great exposure for the art of storytelling as well as for Better Said Than Done!

See what they had to say about “DC’s favorite nighttime pursuit” in this article by Danny Harris.

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Final Performance 2010

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

Lest 2010 end with me bombing, I had one final performance, and it was Fan-Freaking-Tastic!

That’s right, I performed for Vijai Nathan’s birthday extravaganza at her Fan-Freaking-Tastic event “Dirty Girls and Bad, Bad Boys.”  As I have never really been much of a girl, see my TEDx story about that, I decided to tell my bad boy story – only I was the badass in this situation.

I call this story “A Mugging in Fort Green.”  You can call it whatever you want, so long as you enjoy watching it.


I love the Fan-Freaking-Tastic shows. See all the performances from the last one I did here. They are always super fun and Vijai Nathan is always the hostess with the mostest!


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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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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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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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