Next Show: “Escape” on Thurs Aug 11 @ 7:30 | $5

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Join us at Q.E.D Astoria this Thursday, when the theme is Escape. And if you’re a storyteller looking for an open mic, this show’s for you. This month we’re featuring only one performer — the amazing Jenn Wehrung. The rest of the show is devoted to open mic stories.

So get your ticket, and come ready with a 6-minute true story, preferably about mental health (but we take all comers). Sign up is by the stage. Oh, and if you get picked, you get a cookie. See you then!

Next Show: “Memories” on Thurs July 14 @ 7:30

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Happy summer—and many thanks to writer Andy Beaudoin and Brokelyn for calling out Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic as one of the 12 best storytelling shows in Brooklyn and Queens!

This month’s show theme is Memories… get your tickets right here—they’re only $5! Then come out to QED: A Place to Show and Tell for a memorable (sorry) show featuring:

Comic Jenny Rubin

Jenny is a comedian, writer and photographer from New York City. She hosts and produces her own comedy show and has been published in The New York Times and XOJane. She recently published New York Walk, a book of her photography, which is available at

And storytellers:

Lauren Brown

Lauren is a comedian and storyteller based in Los Angeles and New York. She is a Moth StorySlam winner, but she’s not a doctor, even though her family wanted her to be.

Kurt Sass

Kurt is a lifelong New Yorker. He worked in the banking and mortgage industry for almost 20 years until suffering a 2-year-long psychiatric episode. After recovery, he decided to help other mental health consumers and has for the last 12 years been doing so at Community Access Inc. In addition to helping his peers find resources and speaking to consumers, doctors, and other health professionals on mental health issues, he runs its Pet Access Program, which helps people with psychiatric disabilities adopt and care for pets from shelters.

Next Show: “Getting in My Own Way” on Thurs April 14

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Hey! Talk Therapy got a terrific write-up in a local paper, The Queens Chronicle. Many thanks to reporter Cristina Schreil!

Meanwhile, here’s everything you need to know about our next show!



Next Show: “Dad” on Thurs March 10

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The March edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic is all about Dad. Bring your daddy issue stories to the open mic because we want to hear them! As always, the show is at QED: A Place to Show and Tell. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 7:30. And get your tickets in advance—it’s just better that way.

This month I’m excited to feature our opening comic and two stupendous storytellers, who will dismay and/or delight you with tales of their daddy issues:

Comic Rob Shapiro

Rob Shapiro PhotoRob is a legend of the underground comedy scene and tours the country as The King of New York. He costarred in the film Somewhere in the City with Sandra Bernhard, and has appeared in various FX dramas and Discovery Channel shows. You can see Rob, an (almost) recovered bad boy at most major comedy clubs in the tri-state area.

Julie Threlkeld

julie photoJulie is a storyteller and the producer and host of Modern Stories Mix, a storytelling podcast. She also runs New York City’s most comprehensive calendar of storytelling and storytelling open mic events. Her own stories have been featured on the RISK! show and podcast and too many shows to count. In her spare time she plays lead guitar in a band called No Hitting.

Cammi Climaco

Cammi 72ppiCammi is an artist and storyteller. She’s been on podcasts and shows. She’s been in exhibitions across the country. She was the co-host of Ask Me Stories with David Crabb. She fundamentally dislikes the word “Boss.” And also “Tummy.” She thinks wearing glasses is the worst. Her solo show Ends and Beginnings and Ends and So Forth and So On premiered in December 2015. Follow her on Twitter.


And You?

You?Come put your name in the box for a chance to tell your own 6-minute, true story about mental health. And if it’s somehow related to Dad? Bonus! Either way, you’ll get a cookie.

Next Show: “Scared” on Thurs Feb 11

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Head over to Q.E.D.: A Place to Show and Tell in Astoria for the first themed edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic on Thursday, February 11. This month you’ll hear Scared stories and have a chance to tell your own true, 6-minute story at the patented Talk Therapy Stories Open Mic™.

We start at 7:30. Sign-ups for the open mic start at 7:15ish. And it’s all only $5. Get your tickets now.

Here’s our line-up:

Comic Lindsay Goldwert

Lindsay is a stand-up comedian and freelancer writer. She’s appeared at Read the rest of this entry »

Next Show: Thursday, January 14

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Join us at the new year’s very first Talk Therapy Stories — as always at QED: A Place to Show and Tell in Astoria (get your tickets right here). After having missed the last two shows (November: sinus infection; December: stomach flu, thanks for asking), I’m looking forward to being back on that stage. I’ll be telling a story, but first, you’ll hear from one of the funniest women I’ve ever heard: Read the rest of this entry »

Next Show: December 10 @ 7:30 | QED Astoria | $5

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Join us for the last Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic of the year! Open-micers: Bring your stories of holiday awfulness. I have a few, and I know you probably do, too. So get your tickets right now!

This is going to be a great show. Why? Funny you should ask: Read the rest of this entry »

Next Show: November 12 + the End of Daylight Saving

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At 2:00 a.m. on November 1st it’ll suddenly be 1:00 a.m. and Daylight Saving Time will be over. That’s great news if all you want out of life is an extra hour of sleep, but that time shift robs my dopamine- and serotonin-starved brain of sunlight for five long months.

I’m greatly conflicted about this. While I adore autumn weather, I abhor the earlier gloom. My impulse this time of year is to curl up, hunker down, and weep until spring. But today I’m fighting the impulse! My SAD lamp and the Hamilton cast recording are both cranked up and I’m heading out for a short run momentarily (the NYC Marathon is on November 1, too, but that’s another story), but not before I amaze and delight you with this month’s lineup. Get your tickets right now, because you do not want to miss this show. Read the rest of this entry »

Next Show: Oct 8 + Free-Floating Anxiety!

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As I type this, I’m having a bout of free-floating anxiety. That means I’m feeling anxious, but I’m not sure why. Please don’t tell me to breathe — I don’t have time for that nonsense.

Anyway, get your tickets for the next Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic right now, because you do not want to miss this show. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

Next Show: Sept 10 + Back to School

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Greensburg Salem Senior High School
My high school alma mater, class of ’80.

For me, fall, not spring, has always been the season of fresh starts. Summer’s wraparound heat and humidity smothers me. I’m sick of air-conditioning (too cold or not cool enough), sticky sweaty skin (don’t you fucking touch me), fruit flies in my kitchen, gaggy odors, and 100°F subway platforms. Fall is crisp breezes, open windows, a good night’s sleep, plaid skirts, tights … and back to school season, which is the theme of this month’s open mic. If you have a school-related mental health story, come share it with the class. I have a few. Dozen. Maybe I’ll talk about the traumatizing experience of getting my period in eighth grade while wearing white painter’s pants. Or the time my third-grade teacher called me “piggy.” Or when I won the “I can hold my breath longer than you” contest, woke up on the lunch line floor, and then got called into he principal’s office. It’s a horn of plenty chock-full of anxiety!

Get your tickets now for this month’s Talk Therapy + Open Mic to see: Read the rest of this entry »