Virgie Tovar’s story of a friend giving her encouragement when she needed it most has it all..it’s funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, inspiring, edgy and romantic. Feb. 17, 2017
Kari Kiernan tells her story of finding an unlikely best friend in an unlikely way: role playing prisoners/ guards in a post-apocalyptic prison camp. It was kismet. October 14th 2016
Josh Healey shares his story of kismet and the person he calls “the most important storyteller in his life”. October 14th 2016.
Steve Budd tells his story of getting a little help from his friends when he needed it most. His ability to become the characters in his stories is uncanny. Feb. 17 2017
#1 New York Times bestselling author, award-winning novelist, screenwriter and cultural critic, Adam Mansbach had the crowd entranced with his hilarious story of serendipity.
Zahra Noorbakhsh shares her story of a very bumpy road to her Ted Talk in Iran.
Zahra is a comedian, writer/performer of the one-woman show “All Atheists are Muslim,” contributor to the anthology “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women” and co-podcaster of “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim.”
Matt Lieb tells his story of being stopped and questioned by Israeli airport security and it’s surprisingly hilarious.
Matt is a comedian, writer, actor and street musician/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony cover band. He was named “one of my all-time favorite Bay Area performers” by the award-winning SF blog Courting Comedy and described as “extremely talented, charmingly dark and genuinely pleasant.” Matt has taken the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene by storm, performing with the likes of Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher, and W. Kamau Bell. This year will mark Matt Lieb’s 5th year performing at SF Sketchfest.
Julie Soller tells her conversion story, but it’s not quite what you may think. It involves her mother, and a smuggled pot plant from Amsterdam.
Julie is a storyteller and show producer. She emcees StorySlam Oakland, Spontaneous Storytelling at the Layover, and Tales from the Tasting Room at Rosenblum Cellars. She’s currently working on a podcast of collected stories from talented Bay Area storytellers. www.storyslamoakland.com
Neshama Franklin shared a tale of translucent Caftans, g-strings and the hippie dance of love.
Neshama tells frequently at The Moth and at Tell It On Tuesday in Berkeley. She is a Moth Grand Slam Champion. She works at the Fairfax Library, blogs about books on the MCFL website, has a TV and web show– Marin Poets Live! and biweekly radio show on KWMR.
Matteson Perry tells his story of dating the hottest girl from his high school 10+ years post-graduation.
Matteson is a screenwriter, performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and the host of the monthly Moth StorySlam in LA. His writing has appeared in The NY Times and McSweeney’s. Matteson’s first book,Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch, was recently published by Scribner. http://www.mattesonperry.com/