Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Moth invites you to its Ninth Season Premiere

The Show Must Go On: Stories about the Biz

From big break to heartbreak, from top billing to B-list, showbiz ain’t for the queasy. The Moth returns to its home at The Players Club for an evening of true tales about fortune and fame, schtick and ick. Come hear it from those who have fallen down seven times, but gotten up eight.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Stories told by:

Jonathan Ames
Mike Daisey
Rick McKay
And others

Andy Borowitz

Katy Cox

Nicole Kenealy

7pm Doors Open
8pm Stories Start on Stage

at The Players
16 Gramercy Park South

$20 Tickets available now at
or by calling 212-868-4444.

Artistic Director: Catherine Burns
Producer: Sarah Austin Jenness
Executive and Creative Director: Lea Thau

About the Storytellers:

Jonathan Ames, a writer and performer, is the author of I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, and Wake Up, Sir! He is the editor of the recently published Sexual Metamorphosis: Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and he is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a recurring guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, and his comedic memoir What's Not to Love? was filmed as a TV pilot for the Showtime network. Mr. Ames wrote the script and played himself, which was a stretch but he pulled it off. His novels The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir! are in development as films with screenplays by Mr. Ames. Visit his website at

Mike Daisey's
monologues, including 21 Dog Years, The Ugly American, Monopoly!, Wasting Your Breath and I Miss the Cold War have been performed Off Broadway and around the world. His latest, The Ugly American, was seen at the Spoleto Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre and will be on the BBC this fall. More conventional jobs he has held include stints as a security officer, web porn-sniffer, high school teacher, blood plasma seller, archivist, telemarketer, roofer, cow innard remover, law firm receptionist, cold-caller, rape counselor, DJ, freelance writer, accountant, night janitor in a home for the violently mentally ill and dot-com wage slave. Currently he’s a commentator for National Public Radio’s Day To Day, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and writing his second book, Happiness Is Overrated, which is dedicated to the proposition its title asserts. He lives with his wife, director, and collaborator Jean-Michele Gregory in Brooklyn.

Rick McKay is an award-winning filmmaker who lives in New York City, and who made the documentary feature film Broadway: The Golden Age which is on over 17 Best Films of 2004 critics’ lists and was honored at over 15 film festivals. In addition to being an award winning print journalist, Rick was a segment producer on the PBS series City Arts, which won over 30 Emmy awards, and has produced for the PBS series Egg: The Arts Show, A&E’s Biography, HBO specials, and the annual network opening of the Tony Awards. Rick has also been honored at Sundance and much of his footage was used to create the HBO documentary Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which won the 2004 Emmy award.

Moby is a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated musician. His 1995 album Everything is Wrong was named Spin’s “Album of the Year,” his albums Play and 18 have sold 14 million copies and he is currently on tour with his 2005 album Hotel. Moby also owns Teany, a teahouse on the Lower East Side, and is an outspoken environmental and animal rights activist.

Andy Borowitz is a comedian, actor and writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and at He is the first winner of the National Press Club’s humor award and has won five Dot-Comedy Awards for his website, He appears on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday, CNN’s American Morning, VH1’s Best Week Ever and has acted in the films: Marie and Bruce starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick and Melinda and Melinda starring Will Ferrell and directed by Woody Allen. He is the author of four humor books, including Who Moved My Soap: The CEO’s Guide to Surviving in Prison, and The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers. He was a 2001 Finalist for the Thurber prize for American Humor for this book The Trillionaire Next Door.

12:15 PM