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.

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.


Kari Kiernan

Kari Kiernan found her crush in the oddest of ways. It didn’t happen at a speed dating night, telling secrets to strangers over flat pilsner. She didn’t bump into him on the street like one of those happy accidents that seem to populate the first act of every rom com. They weren’t hooked up on a blind date or by a friend of a friend or lock eyes across a bar five minutes before closing time. It wasn’t like that at all.

Kari Kiernan found her crush on a job application.

And so begins what isn’t quite the greatest love story ever told. Kari gives us a tour of the things that happen when you fall in love with a man because he has really nice stationary: you make phone calls, you flirt, and you hear a word you probably don’t want to hear when you actually work up the nerve to ask him out.

Kari grew up in Mill Valley and used to spend a great deal of time in the Mill Valley Public Library. She is a writer storyteller whose work has appeared in Skirt! Magazine and The Morning News as well as onstage at Porchlight and Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match.: Kari’s work appears both in print and onstage. She now lives in San Francisco where, possibly illegally, she has neither a bicycle nor a dog. You can check out her work at the delightfully named Cereal for Dinner Again.

 


Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan knows what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land. Nothing alien or galactic, of course. This isn’t a Robert Heinlin novel. But you’d likely agree that it’s hard to be more thoroughly out-of-place than being a Hindu Vegetarian in Alabama.

If you’ve traveled through the South, you might know that they’re not exactly famous for their meat-free cuisine. You’re not getting an arugula salad garnished with hazelnuts as much as you’re getting some potatoes blasted with mayonnaise. So when Dhaya’s family found themselves in Atlanta’s Chinatown and heard rumors of a free vegetarian buffet, they decided to check it out. What starts at a Waffle House and ends at “some dude’s house,” Dhaya’s story will show you how far people are willing to go for a proper home cooked meal.

Dhaya is a frequent storyteller on NPR’s “Snap Judgment”, a favorite performer at Sketchfest and has appeared on PBS’s KQED. You can keep up with her comings and goings at http://dhayacomedy.com/


Josh Healey

“This is a story about the first time I ever helped an 86-year old with her medication.”

That’s how Josh Healey’s story for our Missed Connections show begins. The 86-year old in question is his grandmother-in-law, Grandma Phillis, a woman who will take you to a Southern Baptist service in the morning, then argue liberal politics with you at lunch. And yes, she really is that lovely.

That said, this is hard story to tease without spoiling too much of it, but it’s funny, heartwarming, and truly one of our favorites thus far.

Josh Healy, Occupy activist, writer, community organizer, arts educator, and comedic powerhouse. A cultural activist, Josh has shared stages and picket lines with Amiri Baraka, Naomi Klein, and Flavor Flav — before the reality show.


Andrea Carla Michaels

Like most everyone you know, Andrea Michaels has people in her family she doesn’t really get along with all that well. While her grandfather instilled in her a love for storytelling, her mother instilled, well, different feelings altogether.

Hers is a story about dealing with a mother who you can’t quite deal with. It’s about how we navigate grief. It’s about how one simple phrase can change everything.

Andrea Michaels is a cruciverbalist who once wrote for “Designing Women,” a show famous for its unique brand of feminist comedy and as a showcase for preposterous shoulder-pads. She names things for a living as the owner and sole employee of the ACME naming company. She won a motorhome on Wheel of Fortune but does not live in a Walmart parking lot.

 


Kat Evasco

There are two types of Filipino mothers, says Kat Evasco: the kind with no emotions and the kind with too many. Kat’s mother belongs squarely in that latter group.

So when she finally came out to her mom, well, Kat knew what to expect: a series of dramatic pronouncements, enthusiastic outbursts, and what-did-I-do-wrong handwringing. She got all of the above. But the big question remains. Why did Kat’s mother go through that impassioned rigmarole if she herself were gay? Or, to be fair, “questioning.” “Questioning” even while buying a home and sharing a bed with another woman.

Kat Evasco is a stand up comedienne, performing artist, writer, producer, and arts administrator.  She is a comedic storyteller, delivering her jokes in a theatricalized manner and using humor to alleviate any tension a topic may bring. Kat has always felt that theater is her main love, and stand up comedy is her mistress.  Now, she is experiencing a menage a trois, aiming to perfect the art of stand-up theater.  Visit her at katevasco.com/


Matteson Perry

Alaska is a part of America but it’s apart from America. It’s a place where people go to hide from the whatever haunted them in the greater 48, where everyone has a rugged job, chopping trees or wrestling elk, where everyone, yes everyone, has a beard.

That’s barely hyperbole.

The thing is, there aren’t many women in Alaska. Matteson Perry found that out during his summer there. During his talk at during our Breaking the Rules night, he shares what it’s like to find the one attractive woman left in Alaska and what it’s like to be her non-sexual boyfriend.

Matteson Perry is a writer, performer, five-time Moth StorySlam winner and two-time Moth GrandSlam champion. His work has been featured on McSweeney’s, College Humor, and the Risk! storytelling podcast. For more information visit www.mattesonperry.com and follow him on twitter @mattesonperry.


Mosa Maxwell-Smith

Mosa Maxwell-Smith is a self-professed geek. So is her husband. They’ve geeked out self defense, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on branded pizza cutters. Then, one day, they decided to geek out on sex.

First, it was books, albeit ones she didn’t feel that comfortable checking out from the library. Then, it was paraphernalia. And finally, Mosa found her own kinky subgenre she could surprise her husband with.

This is a story about learning to strip-tease and how, as always, the devil’s in the details.

Maxwell-Smith is writer, improviser and seasoned storyteller. She can be found spinning yarns onstage at Vent, Bawdy Storytelling, or, if you’re invited, in her living room. She also performs with the sketch comedy troupe “Group Hug.” Her writing can be found at http://www.boobjuice.wordpress.com


Glynn Washington

We all give serious thought to what we look like when we leave the house. If we’re going to a job interview, we’re going to be especially pressed and clean. If we’re going to a sports bar, maybe a 9ers jacket and some tennis shoes. We’re the same person. It’s just that we’re off to do different things, so we’re wearing a different costume.

Even though the setting is mundane, Glynn Washington’s griping story hinges on that idea. And for anyone who’s ever ridden a bus in San Francisco, it’s going to ring true.

Glynn Washington is the host and executive producer of NPR’s Snap Judgment, which Ira Glass called, “Amazing . . . a cousin of This American Life that grew up in a wildly different neighborhood . . . “Glynn has worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot stomper.


Nathaniel Eaton

When you’re a cub reporter writing travel stories for a tabloid, there’s nothing better than finding yourself paired with a journalist from National Geographic. Nathaniel Eaton ended up in just that situation when he was working at the New York Post. So why was he so frustrated.

Well, that was mainly because his trip to Argentina was a manicured, defanged tour through ‘70s Argentina. He and Julian (the National Geographic writer) were shuffled through Patagonia by handlers and government officials, hoping for a fluff piece about the wonders of Argentina vacations, with their 4-star resorts and magnificent golf courses.

But Julian and Nathaniel got bored. Then, they had a few drinks. So they ditched their handlers and set out to find their own fun. And what started as a friendly, harmless trek through Argentina suddenly becomes something much, much more frightening.

Nathaniel is a Moth main stager and senior editor of En Fuego Magazine. He is also a contributing columnist for SF Weekly, and a travel writer for the New York Post. His play, Dream at the End of the World, is published worldwide by Samuel French. Currently he is teaching storytelling with Dave Eggers at 826 Valencia and working on his first book, Packing for the Apocalypse.