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Episode 41 – Outdated

After switching up stories at Jimmy’s No. 43 for the past five years, we were saddened to hear that influential East Village beer and cider bar has quietly closed its doors. Read the full story here.

In celebration of Jimmy’s No. 43, here is one of nights that has really stuck with us – even though it was only our 6th show!

Crowded into the back room, you could feel the audience leaning forward to catch every word. Nicholas Maistros writes of unexpected revelations during a visit with his mother in “Collecting” read for us here by Jeff Wills.

pictured left to right Jeff Wills and Nicholas Maistros

In a meditation on meaning and memory, performance and parenthood, Jeff Wills shared a moving history of his career as a physical comedian and his current use of deep knee bends.  Switching it up, here’s Nicholas Maistros reading “Lost Track.”

You can still help Jimmy’s No. 43 by purchasing gift certificates, which can be used toward Jimmy’s events if he ends up not re-opening at all. Click here to buy.

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 in April, 2013 as part of our “Outdated” show.

Podcast narrated by Erika Iverson.

 

Episode 40 – On the Spot Story Swap!

When we asked No, YOU Tell It! alums to bring in stories for an impromptu switch-em-up as part of our four-year-anniversary celebration, Mike Dressel and Alexandra Gray – who also happen to be birthday twins – came through in a big way.

Photo credit: Ryan Holmes

Mike Dressel is an integral part of the No, YOU Tell It! creative team. After participating in our second live show, we simply never let him leave. He is the literary voice of reason at each of our story workshop sessions and often directs pieces for our live shows.

You can hear Alex’s work featured in our very first podcast episode, Urban Dwellers, and she’s also participated in numerous alumni workshops and events over the past five years.

Give a listen as these two trade their true-life tales on the spot!!

 

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on May 11th, 2016. Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Episode 38 – Blowback (Part 2)

A simple neighborly gesture plus an ill-advised night of drinking leads to stalking, harassment, and an ever-escalating sense of danger. Kicking off the second half of our “Blowback” show, here is Courtney Frances Fallon’s story “Wine Wednesday” read for us by Gabriel Berezin.

After another failed coupling spawned in the dumpster fire commonly known as Tinder, Gabriel  Berezin recalls his first sexual experience in all its fumbling teenage glory.

Switching it up, here is “Sexaholism” written by Gabe and read by Courtney Frances Fallon.

Stories performed live as part of our “Blowback” show on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. Click here to learn more about our “Blowback” storytellers. Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Episode 37 – Blowback (Part 1)

A superfan desperately wants to connect with the Wonderful Wizard of YouTube, Todrick Hall, in Ariel Mahler’s story “Under the Rainbow, Over the Sea” read for us here by Molly Touger.

Left: Molly Touger reads “Under the Rainbow, Over the Sea.” Upper Right: Erika Iverson rehearses with Molly Touger. Bottom right: Ariel Mahler reads “And in Local News…”

Switching it up, when Molly Touger spends the summer as an intern at a local newspaper, she has to figure out which words to use and when to use them. Here’s Molly’s story “And In Local News…” read by Ariel Mahler.

Stories performed live as part of our “Blowback” show on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. Click here to learn more about our “Blowback” storytellers. Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Scenes from a spectacular “Blowback” evening!

We were thrilled to celebrate 5 years of No, YOU Tell It! at our “Blowback” show this week! Molly Touger, Ariel Mahler, Gabriel Berezin, and Courtney Frances Fallon delighted a packed back room at Jimmy’s No. 43 with their stunning story swaps.

Thank you to everyone who came out! Audio from the evening available soon on the No, YOU Tell It! podcast.

SUBSCRIBE (available on iTunes and GooglePlay) to make sure you don’t miss out. Click here to catch up on past episodes featuring true-life tales recorded live at our shows.

Next Up: Our “Blowback” Show!

May 17 2017 @ 7:00PM

May 17th! Save the date! We had our first story meeting last week and you don’t want to miss this intense set of swapped stories inspired by the theme “Blowback” from:

Gabriel Berezin

Courtney Frances Fallon

Ariel Mahler

Molly Touger

Our last live show at Jimmy’s No. 43 until September!!

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May 17 2017 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th between 2nd and 3rd Aves)

Episode 36 – Migration (Part 2)

After years of staying on the fringes, Erika Iverson finds community and comfort through the intricate act of folding paper cranes in Union Square. Kicking off the second half of our “Migration” show, Ken Crossland reads, “September 18, 2001 or How I Became a New Yorker.”

They say breaking up is hard to do. But breaking up and then living together for another six months is even harder. Switching it up, Erika Iverson presents “The Six Month Brooklyn/Queens Reclamation Project” written by Ken Crossland.

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on Wed, March 22nd, 2017. Click here learn more about our “Migration” storytellers.

Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Episode 35 – Migration (Part 1)

After a devastating loss, an heiress comes to terms with the one thing that money can’t buy. First up from our “Migration” show, Leslie Malaika Lewis asks the big questions in “A Broader View” read for us by Elisa DeCarlo.

pictured left to right Elisa DeCarlo and Leslie Malaika Lewis

What are the things we truly need in life? The things that we aren’t willing to leave behind? For Elisa DeCarlo, it is “A Basket Full of Cats.” Switching it up, here’s Elisa’s true-life tale performed by Leslie Malaika Lewis.

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on Wed, March 22nd, 2017. Click here learn more about our “Migration” storytellers.

Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

 

“Migration” Great! Save the Date!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Jimmy’s No. 43 on Wed night for our “Migration” show! Here are some fun pics from the evening.

New podcast episodes featuring the storytellers trading their true-life tales coming soon. SUBSCRIBE on iTunes and GooglePlay.

Our next installment of No, YOU Tell It! is Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm at Jimmy’s No. 43. Save the date! 

Group photo left to right: Ken Crossland, Erika Iverson, Leslie Malaika Lewis, and Elisa DeCarlo

Click here to learn more about our switched-up storytellers.

Meet Our “Migration” Storytellers

Mar 22 2017 @ 7:00PM

Who are our “Migration” storytellers for Wednesday’s show? I’m so glad you asked!

Ken Crossland is a writer, children’s book designer, podcaster, and comedian from New York City. He’s the founder of the Curious Civilian, a website dedicated to politics and policy, and is a contributing editor to the Huffington Post, writing about government. You can follow him on Twitter (@kencrossland), curiouscivilian.com, or by typing his name into Google, and seeing what comes up.

Elisa DeCarlo is a writer/performer who has performed solo shows around the country, including the critically acclaimed “Toasted,” based on a real-life murder case, and “I Love Drugs”. Her work has been collected in “Cervix With A Smile: Comic Sketches and Plays by Elisa DeCarlo” (Exit Press). She has written comedy for National Public Radio, TV Land and Nickelodeon.  Elisa is also a novelist, writer of “The Abortionist’s Daughter,” “The Devil You Say,” and “Strong Spirits”, the latter two published by Avon.  As a journalist she has been published in The New York Times, New York magazine, Sarah Lawrence magazine, and others.

Erika Iverson is a director and dramaturg for No, YOU Tell It! and has participated in almost every one of their shows as a director, performer, or both. She is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique and an enthusiastic director of one-woman shows. She was last seen on stage at La Mama ETC as a clown of ambiguous gender and the embodiment of Air in Magis Theatre Company’s production of Calderon’s Two Dreams. She is super grateful to Kelly Jean, who provides Erika with deadlines and shames her into showing up for things on time. Thanks KJ!

Leslie Malaika Lewis is an actress, writer and producer best known for creating the solo show Miracle in Rwanda. She is the leading lady and lead producer of the film With Child, available for streaming on iTunes and Amazon. Leslie starred as Dorothy Dandridge at the National Black Theater. A Harvard graduate, she has a MFA in Acting from UCLA. Awards: The Streisand Sony Award at UCLA and an AUDELCO and Jessie Award nominee. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, The Magis Theater Company and The Actors Center. She thanks God, her family and friends for their support.

See you at 7 pm at Jimmy’s No. 43. We will open the back room right at 7 for the show, but feel free to come early for drinks/food in the bar area. (no min or max on either!)

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Mar 22 2017 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No 43 (43 East 7th btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves)

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