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We did it! Wed, Oct 30 – Tell It is back!

Once again, friends and loved ones, Tell It: Brooklyn has secured a venue for all of our wonderful storytellers and storylisteners.

This Wednesday, October 30, we present our debut event at The Fifth Estate … an adorable little bar on the south end of Park Slope that’s filled with zebra wallpaper and extremely nerdy pinball games. Seriously, we’ve been swooning all over Brooklyn since we found out.

We’d love for you to come on out, drop your name in our can and tell us a little something about you and your wild, fascinating, hilarious life. As always … no notes, no props; just you and your story.

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The Fifth Estate

Wed, October 30 at 7:30 PM

506 Fifth Avenue between 12th & 13th Streets

F/G/R to 4th & 9th or R to Prospect Avenue

The more adventurous folks can take the B63 to 5th Avenue & 13th Street.

Okay, okay. We’ll tell you.

I know you’ve all been out there wondering what the hell we Tell It: kids have been up to. Well, it’s a lot. Let’s start with news about the Brooklyn show.

Tell It: Brooklyn

First of all, you may already be aware that our brand new home for Tell It: Brooklyn sadly closed its doors for good this past August 15th. That’s right. South Slope’s beloved Bar 4 is gone and so is our TI:BK venue. So, we’re back on the borough streets looking for a new spot … which we will hopefully find in time for our September 12th show with the incredi-ballz Tim Manley, author and illustrator of “Fairy Tales for Twenty Somethings”.

“Rest In Peace, Bar 4” or, “Tell It: Brooklyn – On To The Next One”

We do have a lead on a great bar/event space on 4th Avenue and have reached out to the owners there. Keep your fingers crossed that it works out and that they have an opening on the 12th. Or any opening at all. Because – no disrespect intended to our prior venues – this place is the shit and is ideal for what we do.

Tell It: Manhattan

Until we work the BK stuff out, Tell It: Manhattan is still on and popping at the super chill Tammany Hall on the Lower East side. We’ve got Baby Maria from The Skinny fame behind the bar and this amazing dude Justin running sound who told the most obnoxious, disgusting, foul story about how to get revenge ever. We love his nasty ass.

Click here to join the Facebook event or be our pal on the actual page at www.Facebook.com/TellItBrooklyn to stay up to date on everything we’ve got going on.

xo/S

Storytelling Love: A Tale of Two Colons

It started back when David Crabb, co-host of Ask Me: Storytelling, appeared at Tell It’s Benchmark 1 Year Anniversary Extravaganza.

Then, Victoria of Tell It: shared a hilarious story about a hideous experience with white denim short shorts at Ask Me’s Summer Slam.

Ask Me: Podcast

Last month, Tell It presented Ask Me’s other co-host, Cammi Climaco as our featured performer.

This week, Victoria’s story from the slam hits the airwaves on Ask Me’s Podcast (available at iTunes!)

And on Tuesday, July 2, Susan, the other half of Tell It: appears on the lineup for Ask Me: ?!, Cammi & David’s Pride Week Special a BYOB spectacular (Yes! That means what you think it does!) with a surprise theme having to do with urinals and this photo:

Revenge

Now, I don’t know what they’d say in the Ask Me: camp, but over here at Tell It:, we’re pretty sure someone’s hitting on someone. Don’t say anything, but we’re feeling pretty optimistic about how this is all going to turn out.

Stay tuned to see how things unfold, check out the Ask Me: Podcast featuring our Scroggins & her feminine shame, then feel free to pose all of your inappropriately intimate questions to any of us at the live show … maybe even during the show so you can be part of the action, too.

Ask Me: ?!

Ask Me: ?! | Tuesday, July 2 at Axis Theater

David’s been watching a marathon of Drag Race (no different from any other week) and Cammi’s been meditating on the writing of Oscar Wilde and wearing a pink scarf for a week. Hopefully they won’t be overly-exhausticated from all their Pride shenanigans for their show with a surprise theme that is NOT to be revealed until the start of the show.

It’s that good, you guys. Or it’s that bad. Or probably, it’s that weird.

In any case just know that it’s going to be great. If you like gays. And who doesn’t?

Other guests besides Kent include:

Brantley Brice
Tim Manley
Julie Threlkeld

Join the fun for stories, jokes, a raffle and more! REMEMBER: Axis is BYOB so David & Cammi encourage you to bring your disgusting lime-flavored light beers or whatever you “drink.”

Axis Theater | 1 Sheridan Square | NYC | 1 train to Christopher, or any of the many lines that go to West 4th

Doors at 7:30, Show at 8 | $10 suggested | BYOB

We Do Not Stand On Ceremony

I am thrilled to announce that our 1st Tell It: at Bar Four was a huge success. We had a fantastic turnout, tons of names in the can & some of the funniest stories we’ve heard in a while.

Cammi Climaco shared a feel good(fellas) story about how her dad proves his love, and newcomer to the storytelling scene, Elizabeth Wine told us how strangers on a Brooklyn corner bullied her into rescuing a pit bull … but only after making sure her apartment was suitable.

We also had a special appearance from Angry Bob, known for his recurring role on HBO’s Bored to Death and his gig at the Seventh Avenue Armory where Victoria & I put on a show for the folks who had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Angry Bob

After the storm, over 300 people from Far Rockaway were relocated to cots lining the massive track of the now YMCA facility, so we thought it would be cool to get some storytellers together for a performance. Well, I sent out the word on Twitter and we ended up with 5 solid performers … which gave us a 1:1 ratio with the audience.

Turns out the shelter residents were from long-term care nursing homes and we’d been given a space near the far corner of the massive structure. Our audience consisted of two sleeping octogenarians, a crumpled, non-responsive man who had been put there by a volunteer who needed to run out to her car for something, and a couple of folks Victoria wrangled over, who ended up being our only coherent audience members.

Their names were Miss Ina and Herb and they first met at the shelter. Herb was a large, Brooklyn-Italian man with a thick accent and a raspy smoker’s laugh. Miss Ina was a short African American woman with a sweet smile whose family was from the South, but who had spent the majority of her life in New York.

They smoked the same Newport menthols, shared the same outgoing personality and had lived in the same neighborhood before the home. They enthusiastically took seats in the front row and shared stories with us about Brooklyn while the klezmer band that performed before us packed up their gear.

Okay, y’all. Looks like the stage is ours. Let’s start by bringing up our first storyteller, a comic who drove all the way here from Connecticut.

Victoria introduced our first performer, but Miss Ina and Herb do not stand on ceremony. They continued to chat with everyone who took the stage AKA spot of carpet directly in front of them. Here’s an example from the story I told:

Me: So, one day Grandma sent me out to shell peas on the back porch.

Miss Ina: Did you say peas or beans?

Me: Peas. They were black eyed peas.

Miss Ina: I don’t mind shelling peas. But butter beans are something awful.

Me: Yes ma’am, they are. I always hated shelling butter beans … but I had to shell them, just like those peas Grandma gave me that day.

It was actually pretty cute and we just ended up having group conversations led by a performer rather than actual performances. Before we got started, I felt bad that we’d called three other people out to Park Slope to do a “show,” but once we finished I think we all felt we’d made a difference … if only to help part of Miss Ina & Herb’s day go by a little faster.

That being said, I’ll definitely do a little more research before our next shelter show.

xo/S

Meeting of the Minds

Victoria’s got a new happy hour shift at One Last Shag, which makes for a hell of a convenient place for Tell It: Talk. So, last week I braved periodic downpours all the way to the Bedford side of Bed-Stuy to plan this week’s show and, well … we’re pretty brilliant and I can not wait for Thursday. (Trust me, neither can you.)

Cammi Climaco

That’s Cammi Climaco. Do you guys know her?

Well, she’s pretty much batshit crazy and we completely admire that kind of behavior. That’s why we’re featuring her at this month’s Tell It.

Cammi hosts Ask Me: Storytelling with David Crabb and can be seen performing at shows all over NYC. She even offered kind critiques for a story I did at Blaise Allysen Kearsley’s How I Learned Series, although she gave the prize bag of chocolate to somebody else.

(I know. I couldn’t believe it either. Rest assured, we’ll get to the bottom of it on Thursday night.)

June 20 – Tell It: Brooklyn

Bar Four | 444 7th Avenue at 15th Street

F to Prospect Park/15th Street or R to Prospect Avenue

Can goes down at 7:30, show starts at 8 sharp.