Episodes of the No You Tell It Podcast.

Episode 29 – Elected

Our recent show fell the day after the presidential election and was a special evening of swapped stories, welcome laughter, and free hugs.


pictured left to right Christopher Green, Nick Martorelli, and Susan Ferrara

Kicking off the night, which featured a tri-flip of three true-life tales inspired by the theme – Yep, you guessed it – ELECTED, Nick Martorelli takes his role as snack food judge quite seriously in “Mr. Adventure.” Read for us here by Christopher Green.

Switching it up, our next story travels back to a time when the Cubs winning the World Series was still a far-off fantasy. At 4 am, however, the lines between imagination and reality blur. Nick Martorelli reads “The Wizard” written by Susan Ferrara.

Finally, closing out our tri-flip, Susan Ferrara reads “Flex” written by Christopher Green, co-host of The Prose Bowl, about  his days working in the cryogenically frozen world of a K-Mart in Kentucky.

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on November 9th, 2016. Click here to check out the storytellers’ bios.

Episode 28 – Firsts (Part 2)

Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

Iracel Rivero contemplates her life in America and her first trip back to Cuba after leaving as a small child, and along the way tries to answer the question –Where are you from? Miriam Lipner reads “I Came Over on a Boat.”


pictured left to right Miriam Lipner and Iracel Rivero

Switching up the stories, Miriam Lipner explains what happens when an Israeli-born mom takes her American children back to visit the mother country. Entering the country is great, but when you want to leave, Mama Israel makes demands. Here is “First Performance,” read for us by Iracel Rivero.

These swapped stories are from our second show, ironically themed “Firsts,” and were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on Monday, July 30th, 2012.

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

MIRIAM LIPNER  is very excited to be a part of this project!  Some favorite roles include Joan La Pucelle in Henry VI (Judith Shakespeare Company), Lady Percy in Henry IV Parts 1 and  2 (ShakespeareNYC), Hermia in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Queens Players), Ellen/Marian Spitzer in Vaudeville or Bust (Stage Door Acting Ensemble), and  Little Simone in Quantum Poetics (Stolen Chair). She can also been seen as the Great Pirate Lackbeard in the web series Pirates vs Hobos. Love to Salvatore.

IRACEL RIVERO: in the spirit of the evening’s theme, this is Iracel’s first foray into writing.  Thanks for your patience. She recently purchased a record player.  If you have comedy LPs, please let her know.  She may invite you over for tea and sandwiches.

Episode 27 – Just Desserts

Listen up for a story of online dating and childbirth, the contrast between big moments and small gestures, and lives moving at different paces — where a near stranger knows the right words and sometimes you get blood on your shoe. From our “Just Desserts” evening, here is Nicole Greevy performing Julia Granacki’s “Dessertbeforedinner78.”


pictured left to right Nicole Greevy and Julia Granacki – photos by Gili Getz

Switching up the stories, the mortification of missing a question on a television game show calls the author’s sense of self, and worth, into question. Here is Julia Granacki performing Nicole Greevy’s lesson in humility entitled “Smart.”

Want to hear more from the one-of-a-kind mind of Nicole Greevy? Click here to give a listen to Episode 7 of the paranormal podcast Uncanny County: Rainbow Magic Kittens (come on! how could you not?) written and produced by Nicole.

Stories performed lived at Jimmy’s No. 43 on 9/24/2012. Here are the storytellers’ bios from that evening:

Julia Granacki is the author of “Dessertbeforedinner78” and has had an indecisive and confusing career. Some highlights include: Head Makeup Artist for Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba, performer/collaborator in Alternate Plan Production’s experimental dance theatre piece The Beauty Project and dancer/collaborator in their short dance film Bella, Costume Designer for several shows at The Vineyard Playhouse, Wig Designer for several shows at The Wilma Theatre, Performer in Tuesday at the Prince Theatre, and Director of Tod Kimbro’s My Illustrious Wasteland at the 2009 NY Musical Theatre Festival. Currently, as her alter-ego Haikulia, she writes haikus about zombies and other subjects at www.haikulia.com. She also directs, produces and performs in the webseries Hot Mess at www.shesamess.com.

Nicole Greevy is the author of “Smart” and is thrilled to be working with No, YOU Tell It! She recently finished shooting the comedic pilot, “Extreme Parenting” (co-written with her husband, Todd Faulkner). Other work includes the webseries Exorcists Local 667, and educational short plays  for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Milwaukee Zoo.  Love to Todd and Griffin, who are both awesome.

October 11, 2016 Post Comment 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

September 20, 2016 Post Comment Podcast

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.”

noah minna 2

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.”

no vacancy photo

(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.

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