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Writing Residency at Fairleigh Dickinson Show

Last week, we were honored to do a No, YOU Tell It! show as part of the summer writing residency for Fairleigh Dickinson’s low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing.

No, YOU Tell It! “Stargazing” featured four alums of the program: Kahle Alford, Christopher Brown, Becky Fine-Firesheets, and Cory Johnston. They brought down the house with switched-up stories about an unexpected encounter at Comic Con, the limits of love, porcupines vs. wild turkeys, and an unfortunate ‘poop dance.’ Select audio from the evening will be available as part of our new NYTI podcast launching this fall!

Speaking of the Fall, SAVE THE DATE for NYTI “3 Strikes” on Sept 16th, 7 p.m. at Jimmy’s No. 43.

For this special edition, we are joining forces with The Literary Review, an international journal of contemporary writing published quarterly by FDU, to celebrate TLR’s new issue and the Brooklyn Book Festival. I am happy to announce that two of our switched-up storytellers are TLR greats:

Tim Waldron, the Online Fiction Editor of The Literary Review and author of the short-story collection WORLD TAKES published by Word Riot Press.

Kahle Alford, Associate Prose Editor of TLR who is back by popular demand after her amazing work both writing & performing in NYTI “Stargazing.”

They will swap nonfiction stories inspired by the theme “3 Strikes” with:

Jenn Wehrung, stand-up comedian and host of Laugh It Up, Astoria! 

Daniel Mahler, actor& co-founder of The Harborside Shakespeare Company

Want to keep up with all the No, YOU Tell It! happenings this fall?

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Three Year Anniversary Show

Jun 17 2015 @ 7:00PM


Next week, June 17th!, is our three-year anniversary show and very first FICTION EDITION. Click here for additional info and to RVSP.

Now let’s get to know the four fabulous NYTI alums who switched-up their true-life tales with us previously and are now busy taking on this new genre.

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.

Katie Johnston has a BA in Theatre Arts from
Jacksonville University, and has had the pleasure of working for several years
in regional theatre.  After a LONG
hiatus, Katie made her way back to the stage for the first time in February
with No, YOU Tell It!’s “Revelation” showcase.
She was so thrilled to be invited back for the very first NYTI “Fiction
Edition.”  Katie is currently studying
Integrative Nutrition and is so grateful for the NYTI family for welcoming her
in and giving her an opportunity to continue to create and perform.

Raquel I.
 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

Todd Faulkner is the co-creator of the upcoming podcast Uncanny County (paranormal
tales in the form of modern radio plays, learn more on Twitter @UncannyCounty).
He also recently directed and co-wrote (with his wife, Nicole Greevy) the
independent pilot EXTREME
, a comedy about hyper-competitive urban parents, and the
supernatural comedic webseries Exorcists
Local 667
Selection: LA Independent TV Festival, SharpCuts (Ontario)) He appeared in No, YOU Tell It’s second
production, which was ironically titled “Firsts.”  Todd is
deep in revisions on his first novel, The
Big Wake
, and is gearing up to tackle the next one. Love to Nicole and

Event Information

Jun 17 2015 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43, East 7th Street, New York, NY

NYTI: Fiction Edition Coming Soon!

Jun 17 2015 @ 7:00PM

In June, we like switching-up the switch-up to do something new! We had a blast last year with our LEGACY show at The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival.

On June 17th, we are thrilled to present our first ever Summer “Fiction Edition.”

We’ve assembled 4 fabulous NYTI alums who switched-up their true-life tales with us previously and are now busy taking on this new

genre. However, our motto still applies: What better way to inform your story than hearing someone else perform your story?

Raquel I. Penzo, author and producer of La Pluma y La Tinta. Upcoming event on 6/25: New Voices in the Boroughs: Queens at Q.E.D. Astoria

Jim Cairl, co-writer with our own Kelly Jean on the web series Intersection

Todd Faulkner, co-creator of the paranormal podcast Uncanny County – coming this fall to a dimension near you…

Katie Johnston, one of the amazing ladies from our “Revelation” workshop at Q.E.D. and who is joining us again this June for our next session. (starts 6/7, click here to grab a spot and switch-up your story!)

Come out for our Summer “Fiction Edition” and help us celebrate 3 years of switched-up storytelling!

Wednesday 6/17, 7 p.m. at Jimmy’s No. 43. RSVP here.

Event Information

Jun 17 2015 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43, East 7th Street, New York, NY, United States

Last of the Metamoras by Matthew Trumbull

Closing out the evening, here is Jessica Cannon performing Matthew Trumbull’s story “Last Of the Metamoras.”

Internets is Forever by Jessica Cannon

Starting the second half of Revival, here is Matthew Trumbull performing “Internets is Forever,” written by Jessica Cannon.

The Thing About Egypt by Mark Pagan

Now switching it up, here is Barbara Christina Witmer performing Mark Pagán’s “The Thing About Egypt.”

When There’s No Such Thing by Barbara Christina Witmer

Opening up our evening of stories based on the theme Revival, here is Mark Pagán performing Barbara Christina Witmer’s piece “When There’s No Such Thing.”

Meet Our REVIVAL storytellers

Apr 15 2015 @ 7:00PM

We hope you’ll join us on April 15th at 7pm for Revival and to celebrate and support Jimmy’s No. 43 reopening! Click here for additional info and to  RSVP. Now, let’s get to know the four storytellers who’ll be swapping their stories on Wednesday.

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).

Mark Pagán is an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and writer living in Brooklyn. His performances and films have been showcased at places such as PBS, Slamdance Film Festival, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, The Moth, People’s Improv Theater, Studio Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, and Kramer Gallery.

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.

Barbara Christina Witmer is co-editor of the 99 Pine Street online literary journal ( She received her  degree in English: Creative Writing from the University of Rochester. Since then her work hasbeen published in The Golden KeyEunoia ReviewFarther Stars Than TheseWhole Beast Rag, and Xenith. She is also working on finishing her first novel. Find her on Twitter via @bwchristina.

Event Information

Apr 15 2015 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43, East 7th Street, New York, NY, United States

Live Show: Revival

Apr 15 2015 @ 7:00PM

Our next switched-up storytelling show, REVIVAL, is just one week away!

We reached out to emerging artist, Rose Eddins, and asked her to draw an original image inspired by our show’s theme.

As you can see, the result is cherubic and delightful. NYTI’s own Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons asked her niece, Rose, what inspired her to create her masterpiece, here’s what she had to say:

I don’t know. I just thought of it.

Join us on April 15th at 7pm to celebrate and support Jimmy’s No. 43 reopening! Click here for details and to RSVP.

For those looking to help Jimmy’s No. 43 through the East Village fire/explosion, click here to buy gift certificates or become a patron.

Event Information

Apr 15 2015 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43, East 7th Street, New York, NY, United States

Listen to the “New Toys” Showcase from QED

Thank you to all who came out for our NEW TOYS workshop showcase this week at QED: A Place To Show & Tell.

Press play to listen in on the full evening, or cue up the individual stories:

Dear Tinder by Alessia Donati (2:12)
– performed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Always Believe, Love Santa by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons (14:50)
– performed by Alessia Donati

Guitar Therapy by Tamora Wilson (33:55)
– performed by Brooke White

Her Human by Brooke White (46:00)
– performed by Tamora Wilson

Switch your story with us on March 31st at our very first NYTI Open Mic Story Swap at QED. NYTI alumni Mark Woollett, Shelley Gazes, and Raquel Penzo – along with special guest David Lawson – are going to swap stories on the spot!

There are also open mic spots available so you can sign-up to flip scripts with someone! Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased here.

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