Episodes of the No You Tell It Podcast.

Episode 9 – Temper, Temper

It’s our first Tri-flip! And our first “Three on Tuesday” episode featuring switched-up stories from Gloria Beth Amadeo, Morgan Pielli, and Elizabeth Jaeger. Click here to meet our storytellers.

Plus, special guest Colby Black started our show off strong with some stand-up.

Here is our full ‘Temper, Temper’ show recorded live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on November 17th, 2015.

Temper Temper

(Pictured left to right Colby Black, Elizabeth Jaeger, Gloria Beth Amadeo, and Morgan Pielli)

First up – What was the biggest lie you ever told? Did it get you in trouble? Gloria Beth Amadeo shares a particularly vivid childhood memory in her story “The Biggest Lie I Ever Told” performed by Elizabeth Jaeger.

Next, Morgan tells us of a tolerance workshop gone wrong and its unfortunate aftermath. Switching it up, here’s Gloria Beth Amadeo performing “Midget” written by Morgan Pielli.

Finally, a mother tries to fight against anything that might hamper or harm her son. In the process, she realizes her own anger might be part of the problem.  Rounding out our ‘Temper, Temper’ show, Morgan Pielli performs “Genuine Demon” written by Elizabeth Jaeger.

Episode 8 – Uproar

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our show UPROAR.

Peter Tinaglia is a graduate of the master’s program in voice at Manhattan School of Music. In this story, he reflects on a horrifying undergraduate experience where a mere slip of the tongue led to unintended consequences.

Merritt Minnemeyer performs “Ms. Lorimer… If You’re Nasty.” Written by Peter Tinaglia and directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.



Switching it up! Merritt Minnemeyer writes about losing a loved one and how to care for the ones left behind. Peter Tinaglia performs “Mourning Becomes Elijah” written by Merritt Minnemeyer and directed by Erika Iverson.

These stories were part of our Uproar show on November 18th, 2014.

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

Merritt Minnemeyer is an educator, writer, performer and advocate. She holds a BFA in Acting from NYU and has nearly 20 years experience teaching and producing theater in and outside of New York. She is most passionate about employing those skills in the social justice arena, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Humanistic/Multicultural Education at SUNY New Paltz. Most recently she founded Tipsy Gazelle, LLC with a focus on developing a community arts space in a 200 year old home in Beacon, NY where she resides with her three children. Merritt is deeply grateful for and honored to work with NYTI.

Lyric tenor Peter W. Tinaglia is a recent graduate of the master’s program in voice at Manhattan School of Music. He was seen as Fatty in MSM’s Spring 2013 opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and was featured in MSM’s Spring 2013 musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim. Also while at MSM, Peter participated in the Opera Scenes program, Mr. Ken Merrill’s seminar on the music of Kurt Weill from 1927-1933, and the American Musical Theatre Ensemble’s production of Ragtime. Favorite opera scene work includes Alfredo (La Traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). Favorite regional opera and operetta credits include The Rape of Lucretia, Così fan tutte, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Kismet, and The Great Waltz. Peter is a proud graduate of Northwestern University (B.A.) and Boston University (M.S.). In addition to performing, Peter maintains a private voice studio in New York City. He also works as a non-profit project manager and teaches introductory project management courses online at Boston University.

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Episode 7 – Fear Itself

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” story swap is from our ‘Fear Itself’ show – Edward Campbell finds himself across the globe on the search for the perfect symbol to ink on his body, only to return home with something more meaningful.

First up is “Tattoo” written by Ed Campbell and performed by Dana Klinek.

Fear Itself photo

Meanwhile, Dana Klinek’s “Eddie the Nut Job” is a tale of harassment and attempted home invasion by an unlikely culprit. Switching it up, Edward Campbell performs her story.

Fun Fact: Dana Klinek married the man who so gallantly offered to come over and rescue her from Eddie and is now Dana Pinter.


These stories were directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on April 17th, 2014. Here are the storytellers’ bios from that evening:

Edward Campbell loves stories. He loves to tell them, to act them, and loves to be taken in by them. He ran his first theatre company in college. They built the set in his backyard and rehearsed in his utility shed. He has worked on stage, back stage, in front of the camera, and behind it throughout his entertainment career. He is currently producing a documentary with his amazing wife, Ilana, about blind New Yorkers. Check it out at nyafterdarkmovie.com. He is thankful to No, YOU Tell It! for allowing him to play the writer this time around.

Story: Tattoo

Dana Klinek (now Pinter) is very excited to be a part of NYTI. She is a director for the AP Program at the College Board and previously worked as aneditor at the educational publisher Pearson Longman. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Publishing from New York University. Dana is passionate about travel, a good bottle of Malbec, Flywheel spin classes, great literature, and ice cream on Sundays. She looks forward to marrying her fiancé, Jason, later this year, and she hopes to vanquish her nemesis, Eddie (you’ll learn about him at the show), for good.

Story: Eddie the Nut Job


Episode 6 – Revival

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our ‘Revival’ show recorded live at Jimmy’s No. 43.

How much should we reveal about ourselves? And what exactly do we leave behind?  Jessica Cannon contemplates these questions for the digital era in her story “Internets is Forever,” performed here by Matthew Trumbull.

Revival photo

How often have you found yourself in the midst of a terrible situation from which you couldn’t escape? What if you were literally center stage? Switching it up, Jessica Cannon performs Matthew Trumbull’s harrowing tale, “Last of the Metamoras.”

These stories from our ‘Revival’ show on April 15th, 2015, at Jimmy’s No. 43 were directed by Erika Iverson. Here are the storytellers bios from that evening:

Jessica Cannon is a New York City based actress and voiceover artist whose voice can be heard in national television commercials and radio spots for major brands such as Twizzlers, ALL, Citibank, AT&T, Hershey’s Kisses, Coffee Mate, Nexxus, Smirnoff Ice, Nesquik, and many others. Her work also includes voicing promos, cartoons and video games. She is an avid reader and a classically trained musician. If you’re young enough, you may remember her from your potty training days as the host of Potty Power, the number two best-selling potty-training DVD on Amazon (no pun intended, Elmo beat us to the number one spot).

Matthew Trumbull is an actor and writer, and was featured as a storyteller earlier this month in Soundtrack Series at QED in Astoria.  He will next be appearing in the play The Butter and Egg Man produced by Retro Productions at the Gene Frankel Theater, opening May 15th, and the feature film ‘The Spike’, written by Mac Rogers.  Previously this year, he starred in the opera/theater piece The Velvet Oratorio by Edward Einhorn and Henry Akona, and the play The Temple by Nat Cassidy, at the Brick Theater.


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Episode 5 – Alumni Show

This episode features a pair of stories from our first No, YOU Tell It! alumni reading at The Astoria Bookshop, written and performed by returning participants Marcos Stafne and Jeff Wills (pictured left to right).

Marcos Stafne and Jeff Wills

We’ve all had to deal with erratic, uncooperative co-workers. But when that co-worker is Fantasia, a 20-foot, 300-pound albino Burmese python, things get a bit tricky. When Fantasia escapes her enclosure at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Marcos Stafne has to act, despite his lifelong antipathy toward snakes.

Snake Dreams – written by Marcos Stafne & performed by Jeff Wills.

Switching it up, in Jeff Wills’ second-person narrative a wintry morning commute becomes the stuff of myth. Our narrator embarks on an odyssey through the frozen boroughs of New York, navigating icy avenues, crowded buses, and stifling subway trains in order to drop his daughter off at daycare and get his wife, and himself, to work on time.

Errant – written by Jeff Wills & performed by Marcos Stafne.

These stories from our alumni show on July 17th, 2014 were directed by Mike Dressel. Thank you to The Astoria Bookshop for hosting our alumni reading! Visit them online at www.astoriabookshop.com.


Marcos Stafne, is a proud alumni and supporter of the No, YOU Tell It! family. His first NYTI story, “The Anxiety of Emptiness,” was featured in November 2012’s Urban Dwellers series. Marcos has been working in museums for the past 20 years, and writes for various blogs and scholarly journals. Marcos splits time between White River Junction, Vermont (town slogan: it’s not so bad) and Brooklyn, NY.

Jeff Wills earned his BFA from VCU, and was a working actor for fifteen years before taking a chance on the fast-paced glamour of a career in museum administration. He has worked at the Rubin Museum of Art for four years, which requires virtually none of his oratory, circus, dialect, or Commedia del’Arte training. Jeff teaches workshops and private lessons in acting in general, and physical theatre in specific. In addition to acting, teaching and directing, Jeff has written three full-length plays of his own, collaborated on writing a half a dozen more, and takes full responsibility for innumerable short stories. He is dad to a three-year-old daughter and has a son due in December 2015. For more on Jeff’s creations and preoccupations, please visit www.JeffWills.net.

Episode 4 – Legacy

Citizens of Earth! Episode 4 features a pair of sweetly geeky swapped stories from E. James Ford and Nicole Greevy. Part of The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival, for this special edition our ‘Legacy’ storytellers based their true-life tales around this stunning piece of comic art created by Sha-Nee Williams.

Legacy collection

In turn, the fantastic Sha-Nee attended the collaborative workshop sessions we hold to develop the stories on the page and generated an individual image for each story that appeared on stage at the festival. WAIT, the parade of talent we have been fortunate enough to work with continues…

Impressed by No, YOU Tell It!’s slick new website? ‘Legacy’ storyteller E. James Ford made it! That’s right, he’s a kick-ass writer, performer, AND web designer. Check out more of his work here.


Stories from our ‘Legacy’ show at The Brick Theater on June 8, 2014:

League of Absence written by E. James Ford & performed by Nicole Greevy was directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Nerd: The Next Generation written by Nicole Greevy & performed by E. James Ford was directed by Erika Iverson.

Episode 3 – Three Strikes (part 2)

In the second half of our ‘3 Strikes’ show, Daniel Mahler and Jenn Wehrung  swap stories about a first love and many, many lives not content to stay in the past. Did you know that part of the fun at our lives shows is to ask the author a personal question before their partner performs their story? You will once you listen!

Jenn Wehrung and Dan Mahler

Photo credit: Gavin Starr Kendall 


Stories from our ‘3 Strikes’ show at Jimmy’s No. 43 on September 16th, 2015:

What to do with a Rusty Nail – written by Daniel Mahler & performed by Jenn Wehrung was directed by Erika Iverson.

Regressioning – written by Jenn Wehrung & performed by Daniel Mahler was directed by Mike Dressel.


Daniel Mahler is a Boston-area transplant living in Astoria, Queens. He is an actor, theater educator, playwright, and human ecologist, who is thrilled to be presenting in his first ever “No You Tell It” Workshop Performance! Daniel co-runs a nonprofit summer theater company in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Harborside Shakespeare Company. He is a proud alumnus of College of the Atlantic (also in Bar Harbor,) and Emerson, in Boston. He is also very excited to be writing and producing an original webseries titled “Façades,” which chronicles the stories of gender conforming and gender nonconforming artists in the city.

Jenn Wehrung is a stand-up comic, actor, singer, writer, teacher, dog lover and dancer. OK, that last one is a stretch but… She produces and hosts Laugh It Up, Astoria! a monthly comedy show at QED: A Place To Show & Tell and won the countywide storytelling competition in 6th Grade.

Episode 2 – Three Strikes (part 1)

Episode 2 of our new weekly No, YOU Tell It! podcast features the opening half of our team-up with TLR show. Listen to switched-up stories inspired by the theme ‘3 Strikes’ from The Literary Review’s  Kahle Alford and Tim Waldron.

The second half of our ‘3 Strikes’ show will be available soon. Don’t miss a dynamic flip of true-life tales from Jenn Wehrung and Daniel Mahler about facing the ghosts of ourselves – SUBSCRIBE today!

Episode 2

Photo credit: Gavin Starr Kendall 

Stories from our ‘3 Strikes’ show at Jimmy’s No. 43 on September 16th, 2015:

Worry’s for the Well-Rested – written by Tim Waldron & performed by Kahle Alford was directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Making Taxidermy Fun Again – written by Kahle Alford & performed by Tim Waldon was directed by Erika Iverson.


Kahle Alford has an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson. She studied at Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing while earning her BFA in Acting from NYU. Favorite things include: working with TLR, playing Sarah Connor in Terminator the Second, and being married to David. She can be found writing poetry somewhere between Brooklyn and Nashville with her basset hound writing partner.

Tim Waldron is the author of the short-story collection WORLD TAKES published by Word Riot Press. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and is the Online Fiction Editor of The Literary Review.

Episode 1 – Urban Dwellers

From our Urban Dwellers show, here is a pair of switched-up stories about love, loss, and leaving your punk rock youth behind.

Monograph Series

written by Alexandra Gray & performed by Fred Backus

Urban Dwellers

written by Fred Backus & performed by Alexandra Gray

GG Allin Says Goodbye


Stories were directed by Erika Iverson as part of our live show at Jimmy’s No. 43 on November 12th, 2012.

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