I want to share an experience that I had in front of the audience two weeks ago. I was thrilled when comedian Alise Morales asked me to be a part of her show The Roast of Your 15 Year-Old Self. This show usually takes place in NYC but Elise comes to Philly every so often run the show at Good Good Comedy Theater. I was ripe with roast material! 15 Year-Old Hillary had a wild ride, and this was something that didn't become apparent until very recently.
Yesterday afternoon while getting ready for the show, and seeing Instagram comments re: the 8th Anniversary like “Happy Birthday!” and “Congratulations!”, I thought is this something to be congratulated on? Is this a big milestone or a big embarrassment? I settled on the latter as the answer to my query.
From Hillary Rea, founder of Tell Me A Story:
When it came to the stories and storytellers that shared their experiences on the TMAS stage, this year was quite exceptional. It was very hard for me to choose just ten stories to highlight, but the list below (in alphabetical order) are the ones that have stuck with me since I heard them live. Here’s to 2019 and all of the stories to come!
From our Fall 2018 intern Mary Rayer:
It’s hard to believe my time at Tell Me A Story is ending. One of my favorite parts of this internship was helping at the live show (shout out to Shot Tower Coffee, you’re all wonderful!) Thank you to everyone I met in the community for being so kind and welcoming. In closing, here are my top 10 stories (in alphabetical order) from 2018, including some of my favorite quotes and random commentary.
When I first started telling stories on stage, I thought that what I was doing was doing stand-up comedy. I would perform on comedy nights, with other comedians, and people would laugh at what I said. But my material had a different rhythm to it. I wasn’t out there just to get a laugh every few seconds, I was sharing things from my life that I could now look back on and laugh at (and with). And the payoff for the audience — who would still laugh, repeatedly, along the way — was a complete story, that they could connect to, relate to, and feel joy from.
In honor of the various pop culture yearly round-ups that circle around the World Wide Web this time of year, we present to you our favorite stories from 2017. Here's to a fruitful year of stories in 2018. We're back at Shot Tower Coffee on Wednesday, January 17th for a live storytelling event on the theme Renewal.
In no particular order (but alphabetical) here are the storytellers and the tales that we'll remember for years to come.
If you're a binge watcher, you can access the full playlist of stories over on Vimeo. If you prefer to take the stories in one at a time, continue scrolling.
Wow, 2016 flew by. It's hard to believe that we produced six Tell Me A Story live shows at Shot Tower Coffee, three Fibber shows with Good Good Comedy and a special event Tell Me A Story at Arden Theatre Company. It was truly hard to choose our favorite stories from 2016. But we did it.
In no particular order, here is our Top Ten storytelling moments of 2016:
It’s been two weeks since the Presidential election and there’s still a lot to process. No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, there’s a ton to be angry about. Life is confusing right now. And stressful. There is a lot of social media uproar, and digital freaking out. There are protests and community gatherings. There’s also a lot of people that don’t know how to leave their house and face the day. It’s overwhelming.