At LA's best live storytelling shows you can hear tales of humor, tragedy, sex and vice - or tell a few of your own.
Forget overly dramatic spoken word in crowded coffee shops. The writers and performers at these popular storytelling shows (where you'll hear coherent, concise tales rather than stream of consciousness spewing) are smart, funny and fearless. Many of these shows are adapted from improv shows to websites and podcasts, and some have spawned books. Hit up several of these shows to see everything from surprise celebrity appearances to surprising talent sitting right next to you in the audience.
LA Moth StorySLAM
Eat Your Words
Sit 'n Spin
Each Stripped Stories show has a strict no-recording policy. In fact, audience members must pledge to not even speak of what they just heard once the show has ended. Producers and hosts Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi enforce this in order to create an environment where guest performers can be candid, a necessary ingredient in any story about sex. The theme never changes, nor does it need to; Stripped Stories has been titillating audiences with memories of romps in the hay since 2007, when the show first started in New York. It's been bicoastal for the past three years, and happens once every other month at Upright Citizens Brigade, where it's hosted Nick Kroll, Reggie Watts and Tami Sagher, among others. Each show also features a musical guest singing sex-themed songs, as well as the most popular part of the evening: audience participation. The winner of an elaborate, full-crowd game of "Never Have I Ever" gets to share his or her own saucy tale onstage. A recent winner was a nebbishy guy who pretended to be a pilot in order to get a woman to have sex with him. It worked.
Radio Picture Show
The web portal for all things lady launched another outlet for expression in 2011: HelloGiggles Presents, held at UCB. The monthly show features a combination of guest hosts, local personalities, HelloGiggles staffers, and even a few dudes waxing thoughtfully on the theme of the night. Exciting past guests include June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Max Greenfield and Beth Behrs, as well as a slew of talented writers and standups. But no matter the caliber of performers, the atmosphere is casual. Each show usually features one newbie, who's encouraged to bring notes onstage or read a written piece if nervous and who's always cheered on to greatness by the audience.
Don't Tell My Mother!