For my RSSing readers, who may not check the sidebar, I have a couple of events this week to celebrate being back in NYC. Tonight I'll be appearing at Speakeasy Stories at the legendary Cornelia Street Cafe:
And tomorrow night I'll appear at The Moth's season opening show:
Guess What?! Stories of the Unexpected
Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks."
Join us for stories of the unpredictable. Hear tales of the unforeseeable: the knock on the door, the gunshot in the night, the chatty monk. The search for A or B that miraculously leads to the discovery of X. The unanticipated circumstance that alters plans so drastically, life is forever changed.
The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Stories start on stage at 8:00 PM
$20 tickets available now at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444
Tables are $135 for members and $150 for non-members. Please call The Moth office at (212) 742-0551 to reserve a table.
Featuring stories by:
Andy Borowitz (host) is a comedian, actor and writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and at Newsweek.com. He is the first winner of the National Press Club's humor award and has won five Dot-Comedy Awards for his website, borowitzreport.com. 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 five humor books, including Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison, The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, a 2005 Finalist for the Thurber prize for American Humor, and the recently published Republican Playbook.
Amy Cohen was a writer/producer on the sitcoms Caroline in the City and Spin City, a dating columnist for the New York Observer, and the dating correspondent for cable TV's New York Central. She is the author of The Late Bloomerâ€™s Revolution, published in July by Hyperion Books. She lives in New York City.
Mike Daisey has been called "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by the New York Times for his monologues, including 21 Dog Years, Invincible Summer, TRUTH, Great Men of Genius, Monopoly!, The Ugly American, Wasting Your Breath, and I Miss the Cold War which he's performed Off-Broadway, across the country and around the world. He's been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, his work has been heard on the BBC, NPR and the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and his groundbreaking series All Stories Are Fiction is available through Audible.com. Currently he's a commentator for NPR's Day To Day, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Slate and Salon, and his writing appears in the anthology The Best Tech Writing 2006. His first book, 21 Dog Years: A Cubedweller's Tale, was published by the Free Press and his monologue series Great Men of Genius, about ge nius and megalomania in the lives of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, and L. Ron Hubbard, will play in Joe's Pub at the Public Theater this November.
Dion Flynn holds an MFA in acting from NYU's Grad acting program. He's performed improv with the Second City Revue in NYC and lent writing and on-camera commentary to VH1's Best Week Ever, Cheesetastic Video Tricks and Super Secret TV Formulas. He voices radio, television and Internet content. He co-starred in Fox sketch-comedy pilot Loose Camera with Jimmy Fallon, Logo's The Big Gay Sketch Show and appeared in the film Under Heat. You may have seen him in national commercials for Sprint and Virgin Mobile. He's half the improv team of Farahnakian and Flynn with former SNL writer and People's Improv Theater founder, Ali Farahnakian. Dion has acted at The Public, The Guthrie and in Shakespeare in the Park. He's performed stand-up all-around NYC and Korea. He's served as an improv teacher, an art therapist, a corporate improv trainer, a soldier and as singer/songwriter for the rock bands Empire and Sonhouse. Currently filming a leading role in t he independent comedy feature, Motherhead, he's completing his memoir: Other. Dion leads meditation at the senior residence near his home in beautiful South Orange, New Jersey with his gifted and loving partner Kristina. Dion helps to unblock and focus multi-talented artists at careermaps.net.
Gary Gorman was born in Brooklyn 57 years ago and has lived there his whole life. He is married to a school social worker and has three married adult children, and six grandchildren. Mr. Gorman served in the US Army as 1st Lieutenant. He joined the NYPD after service and worked the 23 Precinct, then the Tactical Patrol Force (TPF), then after seven years was accepted into the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit. He retired and worked a few years for the NYS Workers Compensation Board then took various security assignments in private industry. In 2000 he became a NYC Licensed Tour Guide, which other then being a Police Officer, is the best job he has ever had. He is included in several books written by his former NYPD partners.
Jack Hitt was recently proclaimed by Bill O'Reilly on his national television program as one of the nation's greatest liars, denounced by Michelle Malkin as a threat to all that is sacred to America, and was awarded the Peabody Award for his hour-long program about Guantanamo on This American Life--the trifecta of modern journalistic achievement. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and Harper's. His last story for the Moth was about his Upper West Side superintendent, Bob, a man upon whom Hitt heaped unending scorn and ridicule only to discover that Bob's prior (long-term) employment was in Brazil as the leader of one of that country's notorious death squads.
Mazz Swift (violin) made her solo public performance debut at Alice Tully Hall performing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and later attended the Julliard School of Music. Since leaving in her third year to pursue a more organic approach to music making, she has performed and recorded with artists including Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, Moby, Yhe Yohimbe Brothers, Kanye West, Common, and Jay-Z. She devotes her time to three personal projects: Brazz Tree, Trigger and The Spondoolix. For more information, visit www.mazzmuzik.com.