02/19/15 9:55am


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…)

12/17/14 2:22pm

Here’s your best holiday gift so far–Funny Story is Thursday night at Brooklyn Brewery. This month we have a writer for Letterman, a badly behaved girl and an editor of Out Magazine telling hilarious true stories, and as always, our beloved host, Tom Shillue. We never set a theme, but a holiday menagerie of stories may well occur this time around. If you want more Shillue steeze, check him out in Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet in the video above (Tom’s the one to the left of Steve Carell, no, not Jimmy Fallon, your other left). While we can’t promise he’ll break into song on Thursday, he did perform a barbershop snippet back in October, which you can listen to on Funny Story Live, episode two. Tickets are $10, and that includes a beer. Good times guaranteed.

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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10/09/14 9:55am

As you may know, each month we co-curate a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue, a comedian, barbershop quartet enthusiast, and frequent performer on The Tonight Show. Some of our storytellers are comedians or regulars on the storytelling circuit, but others are just interesting people–chefs, journalists, filmmakers and all-purpose weirdos.

The show is such a good time that we decided to record it and produce a podcast, and this is the first one.


09/17/14 10:51am

After a brief summer hiatus, Funny Story is back at Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday, Sept. 18. If you’ve never been before–or haven’t been in awhile, it’s time to join us at Brooklyn Brewery for a night of hilarity. Usually we here at Brooklyn Based help fill the roster with journalists, food folks and Brooklyn personalities, but this time our intrepid host Tom Shillue has packed the evening with a bunch of funny weirdos he met over the summer.

To start, we’ve Turney Duff, a former professional Wall Street douchebag, who wrote a memoir called The Buy Side, outlining just how fucked up and entitled Wall Street culture is. Add to that Joe Randazzo, a former Onion editor, and generally hilarious dude who lived in Greenpoint forever, before decamping for the countryside with his brood.  (more…)

06/17/14 11:34am
Thu June 19, 2014


When we help Tom Shillue book Funny Story each month the goal is always to get an eclectic mix of performers–some who tell stories for a living, like writers and comedians, and some who just happen to be great storytellers. This month we have one of our best mixes in a looooong time. Mikey Kay is a journalist and documentarian with a sexy British accent. He also used to fly assault helicopters in Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force. Tom Mylan is Brooklyn’s original rockstar butcher (a term he really hates), and just published his first book, The Meat Hook Meat Book (bring your copy for him to sign, if you like). Lawson Clarke is copywriter who has worked on campaigns for everything from Ocean Spray to Jack Daniels and has one of the best personal websites we’ve ever seen. Brooke Van Poppelen not only has a fun-to-say name, she’s also a comedian who has performed at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and been on pretty much every comedy podcast and in every festival that’s funny and smart.  Enter here for a chance to win tickets, and even if you don’t all this personality, plus a beer, is just a $10 ticket.

12/18/13 9:00am
Thu December 19, 2013

Funny-Story-default-1024x676Over the past year at Funny Story, the monthly storytelling series we co-host with Tom Shillue at Brooklyn Brewery, we’ve heard stories about bathroom disasters, a missed chance to watch Louis C.K. masturbate, barber shop quartet studs and lots and lots of drug mishaps. The final show of 2013, this Thursday, Dec. 19 promises to end the year with a bang. We have Gavin McInnes (who once got naked during a show), James Smith, Marla Schultz and Joy Behar (yes, that Joy Behar, who grew up Williamsburg) lined up. All that entertainment, plus a beer, is just $10. Consider it the holiday party you throw yourself.

10/09/13 9:10am
Thu October 17, 2013

Funny-Story-default-1024x676Once a month we put out heads together with comedian Tom Shillue and invite a few storytellers, writers, comedians and all around weirdos to come to Brooklyn Brewery for a night of hilarity and beer. We call it Funny Story–you can call it the most entertainment you’ll find anywhere for $10. We’ve heard stories about 10-year-olds turned unwitting jailhouse smugglers, bathroom mishaps, run-ins with the Mexican police and lots and lots tales of hilarity that ensued while the storyteller was high. This month, for our show at 8:30 on Thursday, Oct. 17,  we’ve asked a few of our previous guests to suggest new storytellers, and so we have Desiree Burch, actress, writer and performance artist, and storyteller and Robin Gelfenbien, host of Yum’s the Word, with Josh Gondelman, and Stew Leonard, Jr. (no, not the son of the supermarketeur, but he’s got funny stories to tell!) Your ticket gets you a night full of laughs, plus a beer.