02/19/15 9:55am

FunnyStoryLive

Welcome back to Funny Story Live, our sort-of-monthly podcast produced from our monthly storytelling series at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue. The stories on this podcast were all taken from the first performance of 2015, back in January, and I have tell you, it was such a good show that there are a couple we couldn’t fit into this episode. They’ll pop up on another episode sometime. This one features a story by Tom about the great Blizzard of ’78, which seemed too appropriate for our current weather situation to not include (you can also read a version of it here, on HuffPo). Cartoonist and performer Charlie Hankin gives us a cheat sheet for what it’s like to be on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? And writer Peter Pavia spells out all the ways in which used car salesmen make terrible role models.

Funny Story is on for tonight, Brooklyn Brewery, 8:30pm, and it’s well worth braving the chill. Eliza Hecht, whose Modern Love column you may have seen in The New York Times recently;  Stewie Stone, Catskills comedy legend; and Mark Giordano of The PIT Theater and solo show Mad Man will all be sharing tales. Tickets are $10, including a beer. 

01/15/15 1:31pm

Every month we co-produce a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with comic and storyteller, Tom Shillue. If you’re into the storytelling scene, then you know that most shows have some sort of rules–no notes, strict time limits and themes. Our only rule is that the stories have to be funny in some way. As Tom said at last month’s show, “We’re like the sloppy Moth.” (more…)

11/13/14 12:06pm

Last month we introduced our first-ever podcast, a live version of Funny Story, the storytelling show we co-produce with comedian Tom Shillue and Brooklyn Brewery each month. We’re back with a new one, and while we never set a theme for Funny Story–all our guests are free to tell any story they like–sometimes one organically emerges. This time around most of our storytellers looked back a few decades and told stories starring their younger, more naive selves, with a particular focus on the horrifying experience of middle school. (more…)

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11/07/14 11:00am
Serial, a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, follows one true story over the course of a whole season.

Serial, a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, follows one true story over the course of 12 episodes.

A few days ago, an up-and-coming comedian I like named Josh Gondelman tweeted: “Downloading the first episode of Serial because I may move to Brooklyn soon, and I hear it’s part of the background check.” Until then, I hadn’t fully realized how many other people shared my obsession with this new podcast, a spinoff from my beloved This American Life, named Serial because each episode is a continuation of the last and, together, they make up one complete story arc. In the first, 12-episode-long installment, the focus is on whether justice was served in a 15-year-old Baltimore murder case where the victim, a bright, popular high school senior named Hae Min Lee, went missing after school one day and was found strangled and buried in a shallow grave about a month later. Her ex-boyfriend and classmate, 17-year-old Adnan Syed, was convicted of killing her in 1999 based on the testimony of a mutual acquaintance and has been serving out a life sentence in maximum security prison, and maintaining his innocence, ever since. (more…)

10/25/13 4:00pm
Comedienne Jen Kirkman is one funny lady who'll be making a return trip to Brooklyn on Nov. 7 for the first live taping of her popular podcast, "I Seem Fun," at The Bell House on Nov. 7. Photo: Jen Kirkman

Comedienne Jen Kirkman is one funny lady who’ll be making a return trip to Brooklyn on Nov. 7 for the first live taping of her popular podcast, “I Seem Fun,” at The Bell House on Nov. 7. Photo: Jen Kirkman

If you don’t love Jen Kirkman, you have nothing in common with Paul F. Tompkins, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron or any of the Comedians of Comedy, basically. You know why? Because Jen Kirkman is a comic’s comic, and she’s been on everyone’s podcast since before comedy podcasts were a thing, including most of those guys. In fact she’s been on so many different podcasts, she finally started her own. I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman has been scorchin’ up the bandwith since May, and the time is auspicious for its first live taping. If you didn’t think Jen was cool enough already, the fact that she chose to have her taping here, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Bell House should set you straight. Tickets are $15 and bound to go fast, so pat your bed and plan ahead to get in on the comedy gold. –VR