Heather Grimes tells her story “Doubles”

This was one of our favorites from June 2013. The theme for the night was “Busted.”

Featured Storytellers for October

We are beyond excited about our Featured Storytellers for the upcoming October slam. We’ll be announcing them over the next week. The first one to introduce you to is Eryc Eyl. We’re delighted to have him on the Truth Be Told stage.

 

eric_eylEryc Eyl

Eryc Eyl has been a fry cook, pet store cashier, sander of plastics, bread delivery man, landscape detailer, party store builder, greeting card signer, library shelver, editorial assistant, barista, vitamin salesman, complaint department clerk, advertising failure, buyer of servers, music journalist, help desk supervisor — and that just gets us through the ’90s. Officially, he’s currently a professional writer, speaker, coach, and consultant who helps people keep their heads and their hearts while keeping their jobs. Unofficially, he is also DJ Savior Breath, a party starter who dresses like the Pope and plays mashup and remix music that compels people to dance, smile and lose their inhibitions.

 

Dee Covington

Dee Covington is a founding member of Curious Theatre Company and occupies her Curious time as a director, award-winning actor, and program director for Curious New Voices, a playwriting program for high school and college aged writers that mentors young playwrights from spark through development and on to production.  When not immersed in scripted material she can be found moonlighting as a very very longtime improvisor with Playback Theatre West.

 

nancycoming at yaNancy Norton

Being born the 4th of 3 children, Nancy Norton is a natural to be a standup comedian and began touring in 1991 and has toured nationally and internationally entertaining in clubs, colleges, cruises and conventions.  Nancy is known for performing shows that connect with universal truths through her in the moment, intuitive, high energy, fast paced, engaging style. You may have seen her on various comedy showcases over the years, from doing standup on “Evening at the Improv” on A & E, to her one-woman show, “The Yellowish-Green Girl” on PBS and most recently last fall she was featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon.  Nancy will be doing a showcase for Last Comic Standing on September 30th… so watch for her on NBC this fall.

 

October 2014 slam

Sunday, October 19

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th St, Boulder,
$12 advance / $15 door

We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart.

Featured storytellers: Dee Covington and more

October’s Theme:
TEACHER! TEACHER!

tickets go on sale September 22

Photos from August 2014–Borderline

The theme BORDERLINE brought us stories of toilets in China, bagpipes in Scotland, a life threatening health scare while traveling in Kenya, cigarettes and gasoline in Mexico, a family member’s mental health challenges, an immigration love story, Tex Ritter, Arlo Guthrie, and a one-minute ski instructor.

The FUNNIEST DAMN STORY award went to TED WEAVER, who told a story of how Arlo Guthrie saved the day one summer night at a music festival.

In the MOST POIGNANT category, we had a tie between ELLEN NORDBERG, who recounted her grandfather’s descent into the grips of Alzheimer’s, and REINHOLD GRAS, who told the story about his heart-wrenching decision to overstay his visa.

And the OVERALL STORYTELLING AWESOMENESS award went to JIM WALKER with his story of life and death and true love prevailing while pursuing his dreams of exploring the world.

Check out the photos here!

August Featured Storytellers

We have 3 featured storytellers for the upcoming slam on August 17: Chris Barnett and Reinhold Gras are coming in from San Francisco to go up against the Long Tall Longmontian Jim Walker and whichever other brave souls put their names in the hat!

PLUS: Our musical guests this month are Kevin Crouse (of Grupo Chegando Lá fame!) and Sharon Glassman, known for her work with Jojo and The Terrier Squad, as well as the trio Full Fat Vanilla. So much fun playing music with these two!

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August 2014 Slam

Sunday, August 17

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th St, Boulder,
$12 advance / $15 door

We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart.

Featured storytellers: Jim Walker and others and more

August’s Theme: BORDERLINE

 CLICK HERE for tickets

June 2014 photos

The theme “committed” brought us a story of someone getting in touch with his Irish roots with his head hanging over a toilet, the aftermath of a mountain biking accident and the love that survived, an unfortunate Spanish mis-translation, a young woman’s journey with her father’s mental illness, an impulsive international courier’s trip to the Adriatic coast, a wilderness trip with juvenile delinquents, and a big payoff in hiring a baby-buggy saleswoman to sell cars.

This month we had winners in 3 categories, all 3 of whom will be invited to tell a story at the Grand Slam in February 2015.

MOST HUMOROUS went to GLENNA MURDOCK, who told a hilarious story of a protracted runaround with the DMV. Perhaps even more hilarious was her exit from the stage–she was the first ever in Truth Be Told history to keep talking after the 6-minute foghorn. Even after she was escorted off the stage by our friendly front row bouncer, she STILL kept telling her story.  Now THAT’s commitment!

MOST POIGNANT went to MICHAEL MATHIEU who told the story of a mountain biking accident one gorgeous summer evening two August’s ago, and his commitment to staying alive in the face of quadriplegia.

BEST OVERALL STORY went to our Featured Storyteller from Chicago, BILL HILLMAN, who was traveling through Colorado on a book tour for his new book The Old Neighborhood. He hosts the Windy City Story Slam and we were absolutely delighted to have him on our stage telling his story of a David & Goliath boxing match. Needless to say, he was the David.

We’re incredibly grateful to you, our audience, for coming out to live performance on a Sunday night, to the fine people at Shine for our cozy home stage, and to the marvelous storytellers who put it on the line at every slam. We look forward to seeing you all at the next slam on August 17 when the theme will be BORDERLINE.

 

Photos from April 2014 slam

Check out these photos from April’s slam.

And what a great slam it was! We heard about a lost ipod, a lost car, a 72-hour kiss, finding love in a karaoke bar, fortuitously losing the world’s ugliest sweater, losing a rock legend’s leahter jacket, and a church camp prank gone awry.

Often at the slams, a sub-theme emerges. This time it was dogs. We heard tales of finding the world’s best dog, being chased by a lost dog, smuggling a dog over the Mexican border, and being trapped in a gondola with a stoned hippie and his curious wolf-dog.

June 2014 Slam

Sunday, June 22

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30

 Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th St, Boulder,
$12 advance / $15 door

We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart.

Featured storytellers: Bill Hillman, Mary-Laurence Bevington and more

June’s Theme: COMMITTED

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Grand Slam Photos!