if you haven’t been introduced to The Moth yet, you are missing out. not only do they have a great podcast, they also have live storytelling that take place predominantly in LA and New York City. I had the opportunity last week to attend a live show at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Before the show, the Moth releases a theme for the upcoming show and all the people who sign up to tell stories have to tell a true story based on the theme. The theme for last week was Ditched, stories of being ditched or ditching someone else.
Before the show starts, everyone was handed a little strip of paper two write a quick story of how they were ditched, these are used by the host, Dan Kennedy, to help bridge the gap between storytellers. The storytellers sign a release form and throw it into a bag for a chance to tell their story. Throughout the night, only 10 people get to go up and tell their story, and they are judged by three random audience members to give the overall score to determine the “winner”.
After listening to the podcast, I instantly recognized the voice of the host, Dan Kennedy, who does a great job of warming up the audience for the show. He pulled some of those paper strips people wrote stories on and reads them and makes funny comments.
My short story was almost read, he had it in his hand, but didn’t end up reading it to the crowd, mine’s the one standing straight up out of his left hand:
Anyway, they night went on awesomely, with people telling their stories – mostly drugs or sex related. I have never believed it more than after this show that storytelling is truly an art. I do not have this ability. These are some talented people:
So if you decide to go to the Moth, stand in line EARLY. VERY EARLY. I mean like 1.5 hours BEFORE the doors open. No joke. If you don’t wait early you may not find a seat much less a place to stand. it is totally worth it to go and get a front row seat! in short: