Next Show: “Scared” on Thurs Feb 11

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 Stand Up New York and Greenwich Village Comedy Club and has commented on the week’s News for Huffington Post Live. She’s also the co-producer of Sunnyside Comedy, a series of stand-up comedy shows in her Queens neighborhood.

And storytellers:

David Hu

During the day David is an IT engineer at an investment bank in the City. He picked up the storytelling bug after taking a class at The People’s Improv Theater in 2013. Over the past two years he has been performing at open-mic shows throughout the city. David is actively involved in the The Moth and has told stories on the main stage over 14 times in five different cities. He’s also been featured on Fast-Track, Surprise Stories, and Tale. Storytelling helps him feel comfortable in his own skin; it’s something he loves.

Me

I’m the producer and host of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic. I’ve been in therapy since the dawn of man and have been telling stories on stage since 2010, when I told my first story at The Moth, and won.

You

Put your name in the plaid box for a chance to tell your own true 6-minute story. (If you get picked, you’ll get a cookie.)

 

 

Not really patented.

Next Show: Thursday, January 14

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:

Comic Allison Castillo

TT 151210Allison is a writer and comic whose humor dating book The Score: The Ultimate Quiz to Test Who He Is (Penguin, 2006), was called “a hilarious send up of the self-help quiz” by Publisher’s Weekly. She was a regular on VH1’s Best Week Ever (the original) and has performed stand-up on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, the BBC’s The World Stands Up, and Raymann is Laat, a popular weekly Dutch show. Allison’s one-woman show, Who Do You Think You Are?, was selected for the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Her performance at the festival was profiled on the MTV documentary series True Life: I’m A Comic. The show also played in New York as part of the Toyota Comedy Festival at PS 122. Unsolved Miseries, another of her one-woman shows, played at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Joe’s Pub in New York. Allison lives in Brooklyn with her five and a half pound long-haired chihuahua, Tsarina Natasha Fetchlana PoochkinGet more Allison here.

And our two featured storytellers:

Mia Raye Smith

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Creative. Artistic. Visionary. Mia is a performer, and actress as well as a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio. Mia’s most recent work includes the role of Lisa in the Web Series “ Black Actress”. While enrolled in Matt Hovermen’s “Go-Solo” workshop, Mia wrote, developed, and performed her One Woman Show, “ I am Hope”, which was featured in the New Works Series Festival and the United Solo Festival. Mia’s next performance is at the Secret Theatre Flying Solo Festival. Check out Mia’s Web site and follow her on Twitter.

 

Kraig Beaudoin

kraig photoKraig is a typical New Yorker, he’s not from New York. He grew up on the tough street of Maine, where he sharpened his comedy skills mostly on plants and animals. Since moving to NYC he has performed in comedy troupes, on stage, and in the subway. He’s been known to be quick, dark, and edgy … which is weird because when you look at him he appears to be slow, white, and round. Follow Kraig on Twitter here.

 

And you?

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Put your name in the plaid box for a chance to tell your own true 6-minute story. Bonus: You’ll get a cookie if you get picked.

 

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

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:

Comic Allison Castillo

TT 151210Allison is a writer and comic whose humor dating book The Score: The Ultimate Quiz to Test Who He Is (Penguin, 2006), was called “a hilarious send up of the self-help quiz” by Publisher’s Weekly. She was a regular on VH1’s Best Week Ever (the original) and has performed stand-up on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, the BBC’s The World Stands Up, and Raymann is Laat, a popular weekly Dutch show. Allison’s one-woman show, Who Do You Think You Are?, was selected for the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Her performance at the festival was profiled on the MTV documentary series True Life: I’m A Comic. The show also played in New York as part of the Toyota Comedy Festival at PS 122. Unsolved Miseries, another of her one-woman shows, played at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Joe’s Pub in New York. Allison lives in Brooklyn with her five and a half pound long-haired chihuahua, Tsarina Natasha Fetchlana PoochkinGet more Allison here.

And storytellers:

Mark Pagán

Mark Pagan DinerMark is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, multimedia artist, and writer best known for his humorous autobiographical and documentary vignettes for stage, television, online, screenings, print, and installation. Mark’s work and performances have been shown at festivals worldwide including Slamdance Film Festival, PBS, Arizona International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Rooftop Film Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, Philadelphia Improv Festival, and the Charleston Comedy Festival. Mark performs frequently at The Moth, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, Peoples Improv Theater, Magnet Theater, Tell it: Brooklyn, No Name, and Split Personality. Follow Mark on Twitter, and then beat it over to his Web site and sign up for his newsletter.

 

Tim Manley

tiny happy bday timTim is the writer and illustrator of Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation, and the co-writer of The 10 Letters Project. His one-person show, Feelings, debuted this year at the New York International Fringe Festival. He is online at timmanleytimmanley.com.

 

And you?

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Put your name in the plaid box for a chance to tell your own true 6-minute story. Bonus: You’ll get a cookie if you get picked.

 

Next Show: November 12 + the End of Daylight Saving

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.

Comic Chris Doucette

chris_doucetteChris has written jokes for Emmy Award-winning actor Jane Lynch and performed on the world’s largest cruise ship. He’s been a featured comic at comedy festivals in Asheville, Charleston, Baltimore, Ventura, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and at the Women In Comedy Festival. He has performed on FOX and NPR. He made his television debut in 2013 as an extra on NBC’s SMASH, throwing shade at Angelica Huston. His jokes have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Women’s Wear Daily, The Huffington Post, and more. And The Advocate called his Twitter feed “The Best of LGBT Comedy.”

And storytellers:

Stephen Leslie

Stephen LeslieStephen Leslie is a retired psychotherapist and bereavement and suicide prevention counselor with masters degrees from John’s Hopkins University and Loyola College. Stephen’s poetry, articles, and other writings have appeared in numerous publications in Britain, Australia, Japan and the United States. Stephen also performs regularly at The Moth in New York City. He currently works as a hospice chaplain in the New York area.

Margot Leitman

Margot LeitmanFounder of the storytelling program at Upright Citizens Brigade, Margot is a five-time Moth StorySLAM winner and Moth GrandSLAM champion, achieving the series’ first-ever perfect score. She has performed on Best Week Ever and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and her stories have been featured on The Moth podcast, RISK!, NPR’s Good Food, and the Unfictional podcast. Her storytelling workshops at corporations, theaters, and comedy groups are popular on both coasts. Her new book, Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need, is available at the QED bookstore!

And you?

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Put your name in the plaid box for a chance to tell your own true 6-minute story. Bonus: You’ll get a cookie if you get picked.

 

 

 

Next Show: Oct 8 + Free-Floating Anxiety!

 

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:

Comic Angela Cobb

AngelaCobbHeadshotOne of New York’s fastest rising comedians, Angela’s self-deprecating charm and nonchalant intellect make her a favorite among audiences in the Big Apple and beyond. She is currently co-starring in A Hot Mess — a new Web series from Silver Tree Entertainment, LLC, set to premiere on November 1st. Angela has also been a semi-finalist in the 2013 She-Devil Comedy Festival, and has been a featured act in the first annual Stand-Up 360 Comedy Festival and the Westchester Comedy Festival and has appeared in the acclaimed Web series Clench & Release.” A regular at Broadway Comedy Club, Cobb has also been seen on ComedyTime TV — her @midnight tweets are frequently selected among Comedy Central’s “Top Ten.” Follow her on Twitter!

And storytellers:
Peter Aguero

PeterPeter was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey and lives in Queens, with his amazing wife. He’s a Moth StorySLAM host, GrandSLAM champion, and instructor for the MothSHOP Community Education Program. He’s currently touring his one-man show Daddy Issues. Follow him on Facebook to stay up to date with that show and his other projects.

Selena Coppock

Creek and the CaveSelena is a New York City-based standup comedian, writer, and storyteller.  She has been called a “dark horse audiences never see coming” by The Village Voice and an “impressive young talent” by the New York Times. Bustle magazine called her one of the 8 Funniest Feminists on Twitter and TheFrisky ranked her one of the 25 Funniest Feminists on Twitter.  Follow her!

And you?

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Put your name in the plaid box for a chance to tell your own true 6-minute story. Bonus: You’ll get a cookie if you get picked.

 

 

 

Next Show: Sept 10 + Back to School Stories

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:

 

Comic Billy Procida

Photo of Billy ProcidaBilly is one of New York’s most adorable rising comedians — then he starts talking. His act ranges from Weight Watchers woes to sex party stories. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast, where he talks to women he’s hooked up with about sex, dating, and love. Follow him on Twitter.

And our featured storytellers:

 

Winter Laike

winterWinter is a queer musician, storyteller, son, brother, and Original Plumbing magazine’s 2013 Mr. Trans Man NYC. His most recent work includes a collection of songs based on Craigslist missed connections, a rock opera inspired by a series of dreams, and writing reality TV recaps for Vulture.com. When he’s not writing music, Winter enjoys riding his bike, making not-your-mother’s Rice Krispie treats, playing with puppies, and eating as much pizza, donuts, and ice cream as possible.

 

Cammi Climaco

Storyteller Cammi ClimacoCammi 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 premiers at Standard Toycraft on December 7th. Follow her on Twitter.

And you?

mystery

Put your name in the plaid box for a chance to tell your own true 6-minute story. Bonus: You’ll get a cookie if you get picked.