Category Archives: Storytelling Event

February 4 | Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard to Do

Join us Wednesday, February 4

Tell It: Brooklyn | Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard to Do

Before you go blow your paycheck on roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day, come hear some stories about relationships that didn’t go so well, and the people who are better off as a result.

Maybe you don’t need those fancy pants reservations after all.

Featuring Storytellers: Ginny Liese (The Shame Game), Nelson Lugo (The EPIC PIEcast), Anita Flores (Questionable Drawings), Reuben Hayslett (Storytellers at Rustik), Kelli Dunham (Queer Memoir), and Gail Thomas (The Moth, Beavis & Butthead)

And as always, we want to hear from YOU!

Do you have a true story about dumping someone (or being dumped)? Drop your name in our can for the chance at 5 minutes to tell us about why Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard to Do.

Can drops at 7:30, stories at 8. No cover, no drink minimum; lots of magic.

Jan 7 | Tell It Presents: Broken Promises

Though we haven’t made our New Year’s resolutions yet, we know by the time the 1st Tell It: Brooklyn of 2015 rolls around, they’ll be broken. So, we’ve decided we’re gonna talk about it.

Tell It: Brooklyn | Broken Promises

Join us January 7 at 8 PM for a night of stories and laughs and shame-free confessions about times we didn’t stick to our word.

The Fifth Estate, Park Slope | 506 Fifth Ave btw. 12 & 13 | F/G/D/N/R to 4th Ave & 9th St

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We’ve invited an amazing lineup of storytellers to come out & tell true tales about their own broken promises so we don’t feel so bad about ourselves, including:

And of course, we also want to hear from YOU!

Drop your name in our can for the chance to tell us a true 5-minute story about one of your own broken promises.

We swear we won’t judge.

Can drops at 7:30, stories at 8. No cover, no drink minimum; lots of magic.

Wednesday, November 5 | Stories of Home

This November is Tell It: Brooklyn’s 3rd anniversary, so we’re having a very special show to celebrate.

It’s National Runaway Prevention Month and we’re teaming up with the National Runaway Safeline on their campaign to spread awareness of the homeless youth crisis through themed storytelling events across the country.

Piecing It all TogetherWednesday, November 5, Tell It: Brooklyn is thrilled to present a line up of 5 stellar storytellers sharing their tales about running away or not feeling so welcome at home when they were kids.

Meet us at The Fifth Estate in Park Slope (506 5th Ave between 12th & 13th) to hear Amber Drea, Lori Baird, Julie Polk, Lisa Kirchner, Mike Guild and Mark Pagan all tell their Stories of Home.

And of course, there’s also YOU.

If you have a story about your own experience of being a runaway or just dreaming of the day you could break the hell out, come on down & drop your name in the can for a chance to tell it.

The can will drop at 7:30 & stories will drop at 8. As always, Tell It: Brooklyn is 100% FREE.

Can’t wait to see you there!


Amber Drea in Harlem - May 2014

Amber Drea is a writer and storyteller who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has been published by, and, among others, and she’s appeared on various storytelling shows and podcasts, including Risk!, TALE, Sideshow Goshko and Local Stories.

Lori Baird

Lori Baird is a writer and host of Talk Therapy Stories and Open Mic, a monthly storytelling show about mental health at QED in Astoria. Her stories have been heard on The Moth and RISK! podcasts and she has performed live at RISK!, Sunday Night Sex Talks, and Bad Feelings, among others.


Mark Pagán is an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and writer living in Brooklyn. His performances and films have been showcased at places such as PBS, Slamdance Film Festival, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, The Moth, People’s Improv Theater, Studio Theatre, and Kramer Gallery. Find him on Twitter @TheMarkPagan.

Mike Guild

Mike Guild is a storyteller regularly seen at The Dump!, Nights of our Lives and he hosts Movie Night with Mike at the Creek and the Cave. Mike also is a writer/director and producer all over NYC. Follow him on Twitter @MikeGuildNYC.

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LISA L. KIRCHNER is the author of Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar At one time she was simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. None of that was helpful in Qatar. More at

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Julie Polk trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at the University of Delaware’s Professional Theater Training Program, and holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School. She’s been seen and/or heard on the RISK! podcast, Talk Therapy, at the Moth, and on as many Mondays as possible at the beloved Happy Hour Story Hour open mic. She writes for a branding agency by day and teaches playwriting at Manhattan College (also by day). You can find more of her stories and general blatherings about writing at, and a collection of (other peoples’) writing snippets that she loves on her Tumblr, Read Delicious. She is delighted to be part of this very special show.

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Robin Gelfenbien, MasterChef & More!

It’s Tell It time once again and Wednesday, July 2 we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the charmingly sweet and talented Robin Gelfenbien. Best known in the storytelling community for her brilliant Yum’s The Word Storytelling Series (The Show Where Everyone Gets a Piece!) where, along with storytelling and Mad Libs, you get a slice of Robin’s very own handmade ice cream cakes.

Robin Gelfenbien

Tell It: Brooklyn | Robin Gelfenbien

Wednesday, July 2, 7:30 PM

The Fifth Estate | Fifth Avenue btw 12th & 13th Streets

If you missed Monday’s episode of MasterChef, I don’t think it spoils too much to say that Ms. Scroggins has officially stepped into her own thanks to a life-long familiarity with canned goods.

We’re having a blast at One Last Shag for her Get A Grip Viewing parties and would love to see you there … especially for the next episode. We’re hearing it’s going to be a really good one!

Come on out for food, fun, cocktails and some good old TV watching with friends at a bar.


Get A Grip – MasterChef Viewing Party

Mondays all season long, 6:30 PM

One Last Shag | Franklin Avenue between Lexington and Greene Avenues

Susan’s storytelling summer continues with an appearance at the adorably funny Reuben Hayslett’s Storytellers at Rustik. Come out this Thursday and hear her along with Nick Padilla, Marie Faustin, Jake Hart, and J LaLonde, tell stories on July’s theme: Criminal. Then, stick around for the impromptu open mic, right after the show.

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Storytellers at Rustik | Criminal

Thursday, July 3, 9 PM

Rustik Tavern | Dekalb Avenue between Kent and Franklin Avenues

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Same Place, Same Time: New Day!

Tell It: Brooklyn is thrilled to announce that the borough’s favorite storytelling mic will now be held the FIRST Wednesday of every month, starting this very June!

Not long ago, someone in the storytelling community expressed a need for more open mics that occurred during the earlier part of the month and your gracious Tell It: hosts made like The Dude and abided.

Check us out THIS WEDNESDAY, June 4 for our first show during the first week. Will it feel different? Well, unless you show, you’ll never know.

Remember: True stories. No paper, no props. And as always, Tell It: Brooklyn is 100% free.

Click the pic below to get the full deets on Facebook.

See you there!