So on Friday, February 22, 2013, I had somehow found my way to being a featured storyteller at an event called “The MOuTH at the Mark Twain House.”
It was organized and spearheaded by NPR personality, voice, and all-around-rockstar Chion Wolf. Originally, it was supposed to be in conjunction with the MOTH Radio people, but they (as it turned out) proved to be dicks, so Chion and Jacques Lamarre, from the Twain House, stuck a “u” into MOTH and made their own event (You should totally like them on Facebook, btw.)
Being February and close to Valentine’s day, the organizing theme for this, the inaugural kick-off of “The MOuTH” in Hartford, Connecticut, at the amazing Twain House and Museum auditorium, was “stories about love.”
I told the best story about love I know. I hope you all enjoy it.
What you need to know going in: For the first 30 seconds, I make reference to a quotation that was carved into the wall behind me, as a kind of unspoken communication to the audience of “Hey, don’t worry– I’m quick on my feet; look, this observation could not have been pre-planned, so relax a little, secure in the knowledge that the guy with the mic is going to be funny and listen-able to.” The quotation is “There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.” But there’s an accidental line through an S in “Persuasive.”
Ok, without further ado, here’s me, telling the truth about love to an audience of strangers. And also, to the woman I love more than everything.
edit: If you are here from NPR/The MOuTH, and you enjoy my story-stylings (and have copious amounts of earbud-time to fritter away), there’s more where this comes from at the weekly storytelling podcast I do with my friend Keith Field. Keith is approximately 300 times funnier than I am, which you will soon come to know if you become a fan of the podcast/show. It is at http://www.thetimehascomepodcast.com/ and there are literal DAYS worth of content in there.
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