Mara Wilson Says Stuff

Storytelling is becoming something of a movement here in New York, and it seems to be moving to other cities, as well. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: telling stories onstage, though there’s some overlap with stand-up comedy and spoken word performance art as well. If you’ve ever listened to The Moth or even This American Life, you’ll have an idea of what it’s like. (If you haven’t, try listening to some of Elna Baker‘s stories. They’re very funny and honest and a good place to start.)

My life has been full of strange and interesting moments, some sad and many hilarious, so storytelling shows have been a good fit for me. These days, when I’m not writing for this blog, working on the novel, or working with Publicolor, I’m usually preparing for a storytelling show. Many of them are one-time performances, but some have been recorded.

For example, here I am on The Jukebox Show, talking about my experiences in show choir and busting out some old choreography. The Jukebox Show is a storytelling/comedy/karaoke show that happens every month at Union Hall in Brooklyn, and it’s always a lot of fun!

I also had the change to tell one of my all-time favorite stories about one of my most embarrassing moments, on The Storytime Hour. It’s a great podcast and Erica and Jolenta are wonderful hosts.

If you want to hear about the weirdest thing I’ve ever done, you should listen to this episode of RISK! (I was also on a holiday episode.) This was very exciting for me, as I loved Kevin Allison in The State (If you have not seen The State, you are missing out — they are one of the best sketch comedy troupes ever) and I’m a huge fan of RISK! If you’re in New York City, you can often catch it at The PIT, there’s a branch at the Nerdmelt Theater in Los Angeles, and the show tours different cities, too. Think of it as an NC-17 version of The Moth. Mind you, my stories are not particularly risque (the holiday one’s actually quite sad), but most RISK! stories are. This is definitely a show and podcast for mature audiences.

I’ve also done or will be doing ShowgasmStory Collider, My High School Boyfriend Was Gay, Comedy at the GroceryTell It! BrooklynThe Next Chapter, Queer Not Cool, and appeared on Political Subversities‘ Election Night 2012 Special. Check my Facebook and Twitter for information on future shows, and keep checking here for links to recordings of my stories!