Episodes of the No You Tell It Podcast.

Episode 26 – Blanked (Part 2)

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head? What about a place? Or a moment in time? Kicking off the second half of our recent “Blanked” show, Tobias Carroll contemplates the quirks of the mind in “Ambient Spaces.”  Read for us here by Alex Rubin.

We’re excited to share that “Ambient Spaces” was accepted for publication by Funhouse in the UK. Go Tobias!


On the left: Our lovely audience at Jimmy’s No. 43. Top right: Alex Rubin & Bottom right: Tobias Carroll

Moving from a repeated memory to a lack of one, Alex Rubin explores a relatable “blanking” moment –  being trapped in a social situation with someone you can’t quite place. Switching it up, Tobias Carroll reads: “Symbolism at the Snack Table.”

Congratulations to Alex Rubin for recently being named the First Prize Winner of Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the category of Playwriting!


“Switched-up” Storyteller Bios:

Tobias Carroll is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. He is the author of two books: a short story collection, Transitory, and Reel, a novel.

Alex Rubin‘s plays and songs have been produced at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Dramatists Guild, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, NYU’s Steinhardt School, 54 Below, The Samuel French OOB Festival, and more. She is the recipient of the Francis Ford Coppola Award, a SPACE on Ryder Resident, a finalist for the 2015 Davenport Songwriting Competition, a semi-finalist for The O’Neill Summer Conference, a semi-finalist for Red Women’s Theatre Award, the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow, and the winner of The 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting. www.AlexRubinWrites.com


Episode 25 – Blanked (Part 1)

What exactly happens at No, YOU Tell It! show? Give a listen to the first half of our recent “Blanked” night at Jimmy’s No. 43 featuring a story swap from Ryan Donovan and Jennifer Harder and all will be revealed…


“Finally, a Vacation” written by Ryan Donovan and performed by Jennifer Harder & “Runaway” written by Jennifer Harder and performed by Ryan Donovan.


Ryan Donovan grew up rootless, born outside of San Francisco to parents from other time zones. They moved north to Washington state for his high school years, and has roved restless ever since, spending time in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, and now New York City. He pays his bills by writing instructional and marketing materials for technology companies. But he writes stories secretly, revealing them for select readers.

Jennifer Harder first started acting with the Flint Youth Theatre in Michigan. She received a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at Lee Strasberg Institute and with faculty of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has worked with companies including chashama, 29th St. Rep, Target Margin, Les Freres Corbusier, and on tour to the Capital, Dublin, and Montréal Fringe Festivals as well as the Ibero-American Theater Festival. Jennifer was a founding member of theater company The Management and received a NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role. When not acting, she can be found playing trumpet with Hungry March Band and Balthrop, Alabama. She has toured and performed with pirate band Skull Buggery, clown band The Maestrosities, gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, and in her vaudeville act Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen. Jenny is also the host of radio show Blonde Thunder Presents, available as a podcast on iTunes. www.jenniferharder.com

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Episode 24 – In Transit (Part 2)

We give our storytellers a new, evocative theme for each No, YOU Tell It! and ask them to come into our into our initial story meeting with a first draft inspired by that theme, allowing wide space for interpretation.

For our “In Transit” show, Colby Black and Brian Hutchinson brought in distinct, yet perfectly parallel, stories of their love affairs with cars.

Meet Erica, a souped-up temptress who lured Brian to spend his scholarship money on her. And, in the days before GPS, it wasn’t easy to find his way home. Read by Colby Black, here is Brian Hutchinson’s story, “One car: $2500.”

in-transit-photo(pictured left to right: Colby Black and Brian Hutchinson)

Switching up the stories, rare model Jolene led Colby Black all the way across the country.  Complete with a soundtrack by the Talking Heads, here’s Colby’s cross-country journey read by Brian Hutchinson, “My God, What Have I Done?”

Check out Colby’s latest creative endeavor, Renaissance Person, which he describes as “a happy hour for the insatiably curious” at RenaissancePerson.com.

Their next live event RP Presents: September Curiosity Quenchers is on 9/25 and you can click here for all the information.

Episode 23 – Firsts

Does the internet bring us together or keep us isolated? When you learn about the death of a loved one via Facebook, the answer isn’t simple.

Flashing back to our second show, ironically themed “Firsts,” Todd Faulkner reads “Confirmation: Or Mourning Becomes Electronic” written by our own Mike Dressel.

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(pictured left to right: Todd Faulkner and Mike Dressel)

Switching up the stories, Todd Faulkner writes about a life-changing experience – leaving his extended childhood behind when his wife announces that she is pregnant.

If you hear a small child in the background of this recording… well, you can guess how the story ends. Read by Mike Dressel, here is “Pregnancy Panic and the New Voice.”

While you’re on the internet, check out Todd Faulkner’s award-winning paranormal podcast, Uncanny County. This quirky, darkly comic, Southwestern-flavored anthology brings you a new paranormal audio play every month.

Episode 22 – Q-Boro Lit Crawl (Leg 2)

Was she my first diva? What else fell out of my vagina along with my kid?  These kinds of questions are best tackled at a literary bar crawl. We were thrilled to be part of the Queens Book Festival’s Q-boro Lit Crawl in Long Island City this past April as 10 of our alumni storytellers came back to trade true-life tales with a new partner in one long, loud, fun night.

Give a listen to Leg 2 with switched up stories from Mike Dressel and Ellie Dunn hosted by Erika Iverson. And come visit us this Sunday, Aug 7th, at the Queens Book Festival at Kaufman Astoria Studios! www.queensbookfestival.com

Lit crawl


“A German Word for That” written by Mike Dressel and performed by Ellie Dunn.

“Mom Friends” written by Ellie Dunn and performed by Mike Dressel.


Mike Dressel is a writer and educator. His work has appeared in Litbreak, OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Metazen, and Chelsea Station, among other places.

Ellie Dunn is one half of the hilarious comedy music duo Mel & El. Her latest co-creation, “The Mommy Show,” features slightly inappropriate stories and songs, and can be seen in venues all over NYC and beyond. For more info, go to welcometothemommyshow.com. To see photos of her toddler, you’ll have to stalk her on facebook.

Episode 21 – Uproar (Part 2)

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our “Uproar” show at Jimmy’s No. 43 on November 18th, 2014.

Minna Zallman Proctor is an editor, essayist, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is the Editor of The Literary Review. Here, Minna contemplates the stories we tell about ourselves and to ourselves. Noah Diamond reads “Folie à Deux.”

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Noah Diamond spent years researching and adapting I’ll Say She Is, the lost Marx Brothers musical 1924 and we can’t wait to see him play Groucho Marx in the show’s first revival at the Connelly Theatre. Playing May 28th-July 2nd, 2016. Visit illsaysheis.com for more info and tickets!

Noah shares a story about an earlier, equally impressive theatrical undertaking with his partner in life and art Amanda Sisk. Switching it up, here’s Minna Zallman Proctor reading “Gabriel Santorum meets the NYPD.”

Episode 20 – No Vacancy (Part 2)

Starting out the second half of our recent “No Vacancy” show at Jimmy’s No. 43, Sydney Beveridge learned that the space between two college roommates is often more than the physical 12 feet separating their single beds.

Here’s Liz Simons reading Sydney’s story “Brochure Worthy.”

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(pictured left to right Liz Simons and Sydney Beveridge)

Finally, the occasion of a 10 year college reunion creates some possibly unmeetable sex-pectations in Liz Simons’ story “Not Great Expectations,” read here by Sydney Beveridge.

Episode 19 – No Vacancy (Part 1)

Beginning our recent “No Vacancy” evening at Jimmy’s No. 43, a semester abroad is nearly ruined by one aggressive, sloppy, dim-witted, and perpetually horny housemate in Laura Forer’s story of her time in Spain.

Give a listen to Bard Hovenga reading “No Comprendo.”

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Switching it up, Bard Hovenga’s inaction results in an less-than-ideal roommate set-up, one made even more complicated by a he said/she said encounter that leaves the narrator trapped between the past and his future.

Here is Laura Forer reading Bard’s story “Rachel and Seth.”

Episode 18 – Dark Woods

Today’s Two on Tuesday stories were performed live as part of our “Dark Woods” show.

Were you ever told you had an over-active imagination?  When you have an older sibling who loves to tease, it can be a tricky business. Chris Gebauer writes about the joys and terrors of childhood in “The Wolfman Cometh” read for us here by Amanda Sisk.


(artwork by: Nikka Valken)

What do we owe to our family? To the land we come from? Amanda Sisk ponders what stays with us when we move away, and what calls us back.  Switching it up, here’s Amanda’s story “Unloaded” performed by Chris Gebauer.


These stories were originally performed at Jimmy’s no 43 on February 18th, 2015. Here are the switched-up storytellers bios from that evening:

Chris Gebauer is thrilled to be a part of No, You Tell It! He is a usually working actor and a recent graduate of NYU-TISCH. He has just gotten into storytelling (and really loves it). Chris most recently worked in Drunk Shakespeare and before that Puppet Titus Andronicus. You can also find his narration work on Audible.com. What really matters though is that he’s really excited to be here.

Amanda Sisk likes to consider herself the President of the United States. With her partner Noah Diamond, she has co-written and directed several political musicals for their theatre company Nero Fiddled. When she is not writing or yelling at political pundits on television, she can be found yelling at football players on television. Sisk enjoys running, yoga, karaoke, and seeing her name written on things. Mugs, tanks, and tees with “SISK” on them are available for a nominal fee. She thanks the gang at No, YOU Tell It! for their patience, guidance, humor, and this wonderful opportunity.

Episode 17 – Lock & Key (Part 2)

Today’s pair of “Two on Tuesday” stories comes from our show LOCK & KEY.

In “What Am I Doing Here?”, Ryan Holmes risks jeopardizing a new-found sense of security by being true to himself. It’s a story of negotiating friendship, and Los Angeles traffic, with bonus relationship advice from none other than the singer Tony Orlando. Here’s Valerie David performing Ryan’s story.

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After battling cancer, sometimes it’s the psychic scars that linger longest. In “Re-Releasing the Confetti,” Valerie David writes about giving herself permission to live again after struggling to just survive. Here’s Ryan Holmes with Valerie’s story of celebration.


LOCK & KEY stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on February 17th, 2014.

Here are the switched-up storytellers bios from that evening:

Valerie David is honored to be a part of No, You Tell It and thanks this wonderful group for all of their support. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her credits include A Stoop on Orchard Street, Melissa inNational Treasure, Cookie in Rumors and Claudia Shear’s one-woman show Blown Sideways Through Life. Films: How I Became that Jewish Guy and Bridges and Tunnels. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Dramatists Guild, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA.

She performs with Red Tie Mafia and Cherub Improv troupes. She also wrote NY Fringe Festival reviews for Time Out New York and co-wrote the play, Two-mur Humor: He’s Malignant; She’s Benign. Visit vadactor.blogspot.com for more info and Time Out New York (here and here) for her theater reviews.


Ryan Holmes is an actor who was most recently seen in Peace Warriors by Doron Ben-Atar at Fordham— Lincoln Center. Other NYC credits include Blocked: A Play About One Man at Manhattan Repertory Theatre; What You Will, a workshop with the Bristol Riverside Theatre; and the award-winning cabarets Hot Mess in Manhattan and The Rescignos,both at The Duplex.

Ryan hosts the popular Internet radio show BlazinRy Radio and co-hosts BlazinRy: Backstage. BlazinRy guests have included Betty Buckley, Biz Markie, Lea Delaria, Sweet Brown, Kellie Pickler, Crystal Waters, Sticky Fingaz, Tommy James, and Freeway Ricky Ross. Visit www.blazinryradio.com.


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