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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.


Episode 16 – Wild Card

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 as part of our WILD CARD show.

Lucky at cards, unlucky in love. Can you be unlucky at both? And what if the cards are being dealt by a psychic? Her story “All in the Cards” was the first time writer Shelley Gazes’ work was performed live, but we are happy to say it wasn’t the last. Shelley’s come back to take part in No, YOU Tell It! alumni events, and perform her stories at The Moth’s StorySLAMs.  Give a listen to the story that started it all, performed here by Nelson Lugo.

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(Wild Card inspired artwork by Sarah Gentile.)

Now, switching it up, magician Nelson Lugo’s one-man shows feature slight-of-hand and are full of heart as he interweaves magic with storytelling. We were honored to have him come develop this deeply personal tale with us about magic, mental institutions, and the miracle of a well-made cookie.  Here is “Crazy Sad” written by Nelson Lugo and performed by Shelley Gazes.


These stories were performed on Wed, September 17th 2014. Here are the storytellers’ bios from that evening:

Shelley Gazes has studied fiction and nonfiction writing at Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute, Gotham Writers Workshop, and MediaBistro. Her work has appeared in The Journal News and The Huffington Post. She is also a regular volunteer for 826NYC’s storytelling field trips for children, helping students to foster their own creative voices. She’s excited for her work to be performed for the first time with No, YOU Tell It! and looks forward to taking part in more storytelling events in the future.

Nelson Lugo is a Magician, Sideshow Artist, and Batman enthusiast. He was featured by TimeOut NY as an Entertainer to Watch and co-hosts a podcast called “The EPIC PIEcast” for NerdyShow.com. He’s been a guest speaker for The Sunday Assembly NYC, a guest singer for the BTK Band, a storyteller at Adam Wade’s Whatever Happened to the Nerds, and was featured on the Story Collider podcast twice. He is currently performing a solo show called “Gathering The Magic” at The Tank Theater which you can see on Saturday September 20th that is slice-of-life storytelling and sophisticated stage magic. More info at NelsonLugo.com.

Episode 14 – Lock & Key

This episode we’re featuring a pair of stories from our LOCK & KEY show.

In our first story, author Stella Kaufman has devised a coping mechanism for dealing with the sleights, pain, and humiliation life can deal out. It’s a story of how we negotiate memory, especially in our current internet age – who we share with, and how, and what we keep private.

Here’s Stella Kaufman’s “The Vault” as performed by Richard Lovejoy.

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Switching it up, “The Locked Door Puzzle” confronts a childhood home dominated by a narcissistic mother, where refuge comes in the world of computer games.

It’s a story of how something viewed as childish might actually provided the tools to negotiate self-hood and the adult world – how to solve the riddle of our families, and perhaps free ourselves from the dungeons of the past. Here’s Stella Kaufman with Richard Lovejoy’s “The Locked Door Puzzle.”


These stories were performed live on February 17th, 2014 at Jimmy’s No. 43. Here are the storytellers bios from that evening:

Stella Kaufman is honored to be working with the inspiring creative team and the talented writers at NYTI! Stella’s first book, Lots of People We Need, was written circa 1964, on laundry shirt cardboards from her dad’s uniforms. Stella has wanted to be a writer ever since. In order to keep her bulldog in dog treats and argyle sweaters, Stella is presently employed as a proposal writer. Past occupations include elementary school teacher and a brief stint as a clown. After a nearly three decades of taking the scenic route, she is making a return to the creative written form. Stella does freelance blogging and editing, and is a regular contributor to markfisherfitness.com.

Stella is currently working on a non-fiction book and an accidental collection of poetry. Stella’s goal is to become living proof of the George Eliot quote: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

Story: The Vault

Richard Lovejoy is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor. He wrote and starred in the feature film The Widowers (www.the-widowers.com), a comedy about grief set to premiere in 2014. He has been featured in All My Children, We Cause Scenes, Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Right’s Movement, and numerous shorts. On stage, Richard has recently been seen in The Dark Heart of Meteorology by Stephen Aubrey, Eric Meyer’s The Scavengers, and Willy Nilly by Trav SD. He also wrote and appeared in A Brief History of Murder and Adventure Quest, which helped spark a movement of video game based theater.

He was the head writer for BrainExplode! Richard is a 2009 NYTheater.com Person of the Year.  He is the Creative Director of Charred Oak Films (www.charredoakfilms.com).

Story: The Locked Door Puzzle

Episode 12 – Fiction Edition

Our own Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons was interviewed about how our series might help a fiction writer. Read the interview on About.com here. Then give a listen to our special “Fiction Edition” show to hear firsthand how No, YOU Tell It! works across genres.

These stories were recorded live on June 17th at Jimmy’s No. 43 and feature two alums who came back to kick-off the summer by switching-up fun, frightening, and for the first-time ever FICTION stories.

We opened up our special show with an unsettling tale written by Jim Cairl that may keep you up at night wondering if, and more importantly, WHEN you will wake up. Read here by Raquel I. Penzo is “The Sleeping Season” written by Jim Cairl and directed by Erika Iverson.

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Switching it up, a young girl confronts spending what’s left of her youth behind bars due to a violent act. But, by focusing on the recipe for her Nana’s farina, she brings a bit of comfort to her prison sentence.

Jim Cairl performs “Breakfast with Nana in the Small Visitor’s Room” written by Raquel I. Penzo and directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.


Jim Cairl is an actor, writer, and does a mean karaoke of It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). Some of the more recent shows he’s appeared in are Richard III, Death of a Salesman, Flowers of Uptown and Himmelreich. Jim also penned a (very) short film that will be shot in July. Jim won on the television quiz show Jeopardy!, which is a story that he will tell to anyone who listens until the day he dies. Lastly, he’d like to thank Madeline, Ava, and Finn (his three lovely children) and Victoria (his very patient wife) for putting up with his odd schedules and needing to be alone in a quiet room for a while.

Raquel I. Penzo is a Brooklyn, NY, native of Dominican descent who has carved a career for herself as a writer, editor, and literary event curator. She hosts the New Voices Reading Series each quarter in NYC and works as a copywriter at Brooklyn Public Library. Raquel authored the self-published My Ego Likes the Compliments…And Other Musings on Writing, and the short stories, “Grey Matter” (Blue Lake Review), “Perspective on a Murder” (Mason’s Road), “On a Blue Day” (You Should Be Here), and “Enfermos” (Rose Red Review). An anthology of works from participants of her reading series was released on April 2014. Visit Raquel online at RaquelPenzo.com.

Episode 11 – In Transit

For this special episode, you can LISTEN to these switched-up stories from our live show and READ Molly’s story at The Literary Review via TLR SHARE.

In “Song Lines,” a singer/songwriter has an adventure in Ireland and finds all sorts of new doors opening for her. The remarkable Rebecca Hart will be appearing in The Civilians’ “Rimbaud in New York” at BAM in March, a development for which we can take absolutely no credit.

Read for us by Molly Touger, please enjoy “Song Lines” written by Rebecca Hart.

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(pictured left to right – Molly Touger and Rebecca Hart.)

Switching it up, a young person leaps to conclusions in what should be a carefree setting, but all is not as it seems… Molly has just returned to New York from a year living and working in Mexico, which you can read about in her blog at MuchasDonas.wordpress.com.

But before you do, give a listen as Rebecca Hart performs “SeeyouinthemorningIloveyougoodnight” by Molly Touger.

This episode was recorded live on a particularly rocking night at Jimmy’s No. 43 as part of our IN TRANSIT show on July 30th, 2013. The stories were directed by Erika Iverson.


Molly Touger is a Bostonian turned Brooklynite who has, over the course of her career, worked as a journalist, barista, publicist, instructional designer, and busboy. She recently returned from a year serving as communications manager and kayak guide for a nonprofit language school in Mexico’s Zona Maya. Among her favorite things about that job were apprising visitors of the fact that the Maya aren’t dead.

NY-based actress and songwriter Rebecca Hart once accidentally won a comedy contest in Dublin Ireland while appearing as musical guest. Born into a theatre family, she was onstage for the first time at nine months old and has been writing and performing music for only a slightly shorter time. Recent credits include ‘At the Vanishing Point’ & ‘Luna Gale’ at Actors Theatre of Louisville and ’10 Out Of 12′ at Soho Rep, all with director Les Waters. Hart is an Associate Artist with The Civilians and will be composing/performing with them in ‘Rimbaud in NY’ at BAM this March. She is currently at work on a new recording with acclaimed cellist & songwriter Ben Sollee. Everything else at www.rebeccahart.net

Episode 10 – Glory

At first Vicki Cabrera said to us, I’ll take the class, but I’ll never do the show. She was in our very first No, YOU Tell It! workshop and with a little coaching by director Erika Iverson, she gave one of the most moving performances we’ve seen. Here she is performing “Say Hi to Ellie,” written by Ellie Dunn.

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(Pictured left to right Vicki Cabrera and Ellie Dunn)

Switching it up – Ellie Dunn is one half of the hilarious comedy music duo Mel & El, whose latest creation, “The Mommy Show,” can be seen in venues all over NYC and beyond. Visit them at welcometothemommyshow.com, but before you do listen to her perform Vicki Cabrera’s story “Hitting the Wall” about the harsh consequences of what happens when procrastination is the only thing you exercise.

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our GLORY show, recorded live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on 2/18/2013.


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

Vicki Cabrera works in education for the College Board, a nonprofit organization, where she is responsible for online tools and resources that help over a million students prepare for the SAT college admissions exam each year. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of New Jersey and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. When she’s not working, Vicki likes to collect new hobbies and seek out creative pursuits, which is why she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to participate in No, YOU Tell It! She is also an avid eater, explorer, and photographer. Check out her photoblog and follow her at vickisee.com. Story: Hitting the Wall

Ellie Dvorkin is one half of the hilarious comedy music duo Mel & El. She is thrilled to exercise her storytelling muscles with the NYTI peeps. In recent years, her writing skills have mostly been used to pen lyrics for funny and often naughty songs as well as the occasional rap, but she has also written educational puppet shows and musicals for The New York Hall of Science museum. Watch clips of her funny stuff and listen to songs at MelAndEl.com. Story: Say Hi to Ellie

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.

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(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.

Meet Our ‘Temper, Temper’ Storytellers

Nov 17 2015 @ 7:00PM


Meet our switched-up storytellers for tonight’s ‘Temper, Temper’ show! Plus, special guest NYTI alum and fun friend Colby Black, story trivia giveaway, and more…

7 pm at Jimmy’s No. 43! FREE. RSVP via Facebook.

Gloria Beth Amodeo can eat a lot of food. She once put back 18 scoops of ice cream in 8 minutes. If you would like to challenge her to a pasta or donut eating contest, please tweet her @gloriousbeth. Her fiction, reviews and interviews have appeared in Helping Orphans Worldwide (H.O.W.) JournalCarrier PigeonPublisher’s WeeklyThe Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Jaeger is currently finishing up an MFA degree in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is in the process of writing a memoir about her experience trekking in Nepal with a young Nepalese boy. She is an assistant editor atThe Literary Review and she has been published in Eire Ireland and in the Literary Explorer. She lives in New Jersey with her spouse and her son, who loves it when she writes essays about him and his quirky comments and experiences. Read more at: http://elizabethmjaeger.blogspot.com/

Morgan Pielli is a cartoonist, writer, and storyteller. He’s the host of the storytelling open mic SIX MINUTE SAGA on the second Thursday of the month at The Experiment Gallery in Williamsburg. He’s also the co-host of the storytelling and live therapy show RELATIONSHiT on the second Friday of the month at QED in Astoria, and the co-host the storytelling podcast WHEN LAST WE LEFT OUR PODCAST. Morgan’s performed on RISK! LIVE, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?, TALES FROM THE COSMOS, and YUM’S THE WORD. For show dates and to buy his comic books, visit him online at MorganStory.com.


Event Information

Nov 17 2015 @ 7:00PM

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

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.

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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


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