Nina Rolle’s Heat Story

Nina learns to chill on a bus in Nepal. From “Heat”, August 2013.

Emily K. Harrison’s Naughty or Nice Story

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’ve got Eryc Eyl, also known as DJ Savior Breath; Dee Covington, founding member of Curious Theater Company in Denver; and Nancy Norton, standup comedian. We’re delighted to welcome them to the Truth Be Told stage. Read more about them here. Keep Reading

October 2014 slam

Sunday, October 19

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30

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

Tickets on sale HERE.


We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

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

Featured storytellers: Dee Covington, Nancy Norton & Eryc Eyl.

October’s Theme:


Dee Covington, a founding member of Denver’s Curious Theater Company and Henry Award winning actress will go up against acclaimed Boulder comedian Nancy Norton and Longmont’s Eryc Eyl, known to audiences as DJ SaviorBreath, in what has been called “the Olympiad of storytelling.”

In addition to the pre-selected storytellers, co-hosts Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker open up the competition to the audience, inviting all those who have prepared a five-minute, true life story to put their names in a hat with the hopes of being selected to tell it on stage.

The winner of each Truth Be Told story slam is invited back to tell another story at the 2nd annual All-Star Grand Slam, which, we are pleased to announce, will be held at eTown Hall on Feb 22, 2015.

Boulder performing artists Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker  co-produce and co-host this community arts series. Rolle is a voiceover actor and musician known locally for her original, award-winning show, ZEN CABARET: a contemplative burlesque. Walker, a teaching artist and public speaking coach, teaches the solo performance-making class, FEARLESS SOLOS: writing and performing your stories.

Between stories, Rolle and Walker perform song medleys and one-line stories based on the evening’s theme, creating a one-of-a-kind event that is equal parts story hour, competition, and cabaret. Musical guests this month are multi-instrumentalist Greg Laliberte of Ginga and Sharon Glassman, frequent Truth Be Told story contributor, and author of the comic novel Blame it on Hoboken.

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. Keep Reading

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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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. Keep Reading

Photos from April 2014–Lost and Found

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. Keep Reading

Grand Slam Photos!