Stories

Check out our collection of stories from past Naked Truth: Live performances. The stories are amazing and their topics run the gamut of the human experience, including first hand accounts of being kidnapped in South America, robbing a bank, and learning how to diffuse any argument instantly. These are some of the most talented storytellers around and they have all graced the Naked Truth stage.



Road Trip: Matt Lieb

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.


Best of the Best: Julie Soller

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



Best of the Best: Matteson Perry

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/



Josh Healey

“How do you enjoy life when the world is burning?” asks Josh Healy. And honestly, it’s a good question, one we all have our own way of grappling with. For some, it’s by trying and make a difference, to put out those fires. For others, it’s by living honestly or to being kind. On the other hand, you could maybe just go to the water park.

This is a story about Josh and his cousin Miles. It’s about driving to a waterpark in the middle of a drought, about buying $7 bottles of California water in a place where you’re surrounded by California water, about how riding an 80 foot waterslide is like Ferguson Missouri. It’s smart, it’s touching, and it actually delivers on answering the question: exactly how do you enjoy life when the world is burning?

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with subversive humor and a fiery love for justice, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment.


Marcus Byruck

For most of us, the term “memory loss” brings to mind Alzheimer’s or Dementia, or even a tired twist in some daytime drama peopled by impossibly handsome actors. Marcus Byruck’s memory loss is not caused by any of those culprits and it’s a fact of his daily life. His doctors are not exactly sure what caused it—and neither is Marcus—but that’s not really the point. Finding the cause, as he says, is a booby prize. Learning to live with it, learning to cope: that’s what matters most.

Marcus’s story is a truly fascinating look at what it’s like to struggle with a very unusual type of memory loss.  He describes how long his memories linger and how difficult it is to for him to reminisce and tell stories, how he has to memorize things that happened to him, like his past is a collection of poems he wants to remember. This unique talk ultimately inspires us to look at what it’s like to have to live only in the present.

Marcus Byruck recently emigrated from fifteen years of hard labor in Cambridge, Mass, and he and his wife Sara are happily back in the Bay area, and Mill Valley in particular.  He has long retired from a career as a pioneer years ago in the development and translation of computer languages. He writes a great deal of biographical stories for personal pleasure. He recently took the Naked Truth workshop at the library, but this is his first time telling a story in public.


Eve Pell

Eve met Sam on a bus, like they were two sophomores with learner’s permits. She liked him. But when Eve couldn’t quite get up the nerve to do anything about it, she called up her friend on the telephone, begged her to throw a party and to invite them both. And if that sounds like it happened in highschool, Eve understands. She agrees with you, in fact. Only, it didn’t. It happened when Eve was 67.

Sam was a widower and they took things slow. They saw a lot of movies at first, and it didn’t totally feel like a relationship. More like friends, out for an evening. But what started as a just a date at the movies became dinner and then dinner became a motel room in Carmel and before she knew it, Eve and Sam were getting married and throwing a joint party 150th birthday party and going on a honeymoon Sam wouldn’t call a honeymoon because he didn’t want it to end.

Eve had made mistakes in love before, it was just that this wasn’t one of those. Eve realized that she could have a relationship, a real one, and that it took her until she had an AARP card to realize that doesn’t bother her in the slightest.

Eve is an investigative reporter, Dipsea winner and grandmother, and the author of the nationally acclaimed memoir “We Used to Own the Bronx.” Her next book, tentatively titled “Love, Again,” is about people who find new romance in old age–as she did. It is scheduled for publication early next year.