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Ch-ch-ch-changes! Big ones.

You guys! We don’t know about you, but for us, 2016 is off to a super exciting start!

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Our January storytellers Deepa Ambekar, Tami Gatta and Andre Medrano brought all the magic for a packed house, and the new tech board gave your hosts the opportunity to show how we handle sound problems on the fly. #WeDontNeedNoStinkinMicrophones

We also shared our GREATBIGHUGEEXCITING news that—starting in February—Tell It: Brooklyn will be happening twice a month!

First Wednesdays at The Fifth Estate

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We’re maintaining our same old schedule at same old venue and will still be hosting TiB on the first Wednesday of every month at The Fifth Estate (506 5th Ave btw 11 & 12, Park Slope) where pinball machines ring true and Pacman roams free in the ambient noise of the ancient heating system. Meanwhile, we’re also adding on a brand new night…

Third Tuesdays at Threes Brewing

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Y’all. We are so freaking stoked about this new venue! Threes Brewing (333 Douglass St at 4th Ave, Gowanus) is an awesome brewpub that produces its own beer AND provides us with a private room. The Tiny Montgomery, it’s called. How freaking cute is that?

We’ve got plenty of room for seating, sweet cocktail tables for your drinks, plus the bar serves pitchers of beer and carafes of wine so you can set yourself up before the show!

Threes Brewing also hosts a new pop up restaurant every  month, so should you want to get your grub on, that’s totally something you can do, too. Seriously, we love this place.

Come Tell It at Tell It!

Since we’ve got twice as many shows, we get to feature twice as many storytellers! Watch out for our calls for pitches on our Facebook page ( or check the Upcoming Shows page for a list of future themes and pitch deadlines.

Of course, if you’ve got a super kickass story that’s just dying to be told on the Tell It stage, send it along! Even if it doesn’t fit one of our themes, we want to see it!

To submit a pitch: write up a quick synopsis of your story including the beginning, middle, AND end—no cliffhangers, please—and send it to us at

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Tell It: All-Stars | July 1 at 8PM

Can you believe a month has passed so quickly? Already, it’s time for another Tell It: Brooklyn and boy, oh boy, have we amassed a phenomenal lineup!

We hand-selected four of the very best storytellers in NYC today just for you!

Meet us July 1 at 8PM at The Fifth Estate for stories from:

  • Tim Manley (Alice in Tumblr-land, The Moth)
  • Marc Abbott (Barbershop Stories, The Griot Show)
  • Blaise Allysen Kearsley (How I Learned Series)
  • Nisse Greenberg (Bad Feelings, Drawn Out Storytelling)
  • And of course … YOU!

Drop your name in our can for a chance at 5 minutes onstage sharing your very own true tale. It’s guaranteed to be a magical night.

tim manley

Tim Manley is the writer and illustrator of Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation, out now from Penguin and optioned for TV by Twentieth Century Fox. His first one-person show will debut at the New York International Fringe Festival this August. It’s titled Feelings, because why pretend it’s about anything else?

marc abbott

Marc L. Abbott is a Brooklyn-based fiction writer, playwright and storyteller. He’s an old-school Tell It’er who’s shared stories on a ton of other stages across NYC including Barbershop Stories, Word the Storytelling Show, The Griot Show, The Lost and Found Show, and others. Marc is currently hard at work on his first solo show. Check him out at


Blaise Allysen Kearsley is the creator, producer, and host of the How I Learned series, and has performed stories for The Moth, The Soundtrack Series, RISK!, and Literary Death Match, among many others. Her writing has appeared in VICE, The Nervous Breakdown, Midnight Breakfast, The Weeklings, two anthologies, and some other places a long time ago that are perhaps not worth mentioning by name. Visit her at

nisse greenberg

Nisse Greenberg is the creator and storyteller behind Bad Feelings, Drawn Out Storytelling, and VHS Presents. He hosts VHS Presents monthly with Angel Yau and the other ones he does when he has the energy. He’s probably working on a new project right now. His solo-show “Eighth Grade” was pretty good. He’s been on shows like Story Collider, The Liar Show, Soundtrack Series, Geeking Out, TOLD, Ask Me etc… He likes talking about basketball, but probably has a lot of insecurities around you if you also like talking about basketball.

Time to Blossom!

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April 1st is near and it’s time for another Tell It: Brooklyn!  Last month, we had some great stories about lambs fighting the lions and this month, we have a chance to see how some of our favorite storytellers have blossomed.

From a blossom in reverse to a wily kid turned calm adult, we’ve got the stories.  But we also want you!  As always, the can is open to receive your name and determine your fate!  Drop in your name for a chance to get on stage and tell your own story. 

Join us this Wednesday, April 1st at The Fifth Estate in Park Slope to check out some sweet storytellers and drop your name in the can for a chance to get on stage and tell it!

8pm and FREE!

Non-Fictional Vortex of Storytelling Magic

February 19 marks Tell It: Brooklyn’s 26th show! Can you believe it?

We can’t. It actually feels like we’ve done way more than that. Over the years we’ve had the honor of hearing the most heartfelt, hysterical, awe inspiring stories from people from all over the city, as well as this one dude from Germany once. At the rate of about 10 tellers per show, we’ve heard nearly 2500 stories since November of 2011 and honestly can’t wait to hear 2500 more.

So, let’s get the hell on with it.

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Join us THIS WEDNESDAY. February 19 at The Fifth Estate on 5th Avenue at 13th Street in South Slope, Brooklyn.

The can goes down at 7:30 & the show starts at 8. Remember: No props, no paper and no lies (hyperbole notwithstanding).

And of course … NO COVER.

See you soon!


A Più Tardi, Victoria! Exciting Things Afoot at Tell It: Brooklyn

Tell It: Brooklyn’s next storytelling open mic is coming up this Wednesday, January 15 and for the first time in over two years, Victoria won’t be in attendance.

She’s got a good reason … but we can’t tell you.

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Let it suffice to say that she’s cooking up something big, so she’ll be sequestered away for a bit. 

Meet us out at Andrew Linderman’s Local Stories on Tuesday, January 14 to wish Victoria a bon voyage and enjoy her last NYC performance before hitting the road. Then, come to Tell It: Brooklyn on Wednesday to console Susan as she tries to hold it down solo-style while Victoria serves up magic on the fly.