Best storytelling shows in New York City

Hear great storytelling as the city's raconteurs spin yarns



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Moth’s StorySlam

Moth’s StorySlam Photograph: Matt Bresler

If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these storytelling shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few. Whether their focus is sex, music or simply going beyond the bounds of the everyday, the writers and performers that populate these events are fun, funny and often fearless.

The Moth StorySLAM!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme. Get in line early, as spots for raconteurs and spectators alike go quickly.

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Mon Dec 29
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  • Critics choice

Kevin Allison (formerly of the State) invites noteworthy New Yorkers to share stories that are daring in either content or the way they're told.

The How I Learned Series

  • Critics choice

Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story that’s tied to a specific lesson.

Nights of Our Lives

  • Critics choice

Hosted with wry remove by David Martin, this relaxed evening of comedic storytelling features a rotating (but fairly regular) cast of stand-ups and improvisers telling true-life tales centered around a predetermined theme.

Tom Shillue's Funny Story

  • Critics choice

One of the local masters of comedic storytelling invites improvisers, stand-ups and Moth participants for a evening of narrative tales.

Stripped Stories

  • Critics choice

Screw Dr. Ruth—amateur sexologists Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman celebrate carnal candor in this popular monthly revue, which incorporates storytelling, games, live music and you-know-you-want-it audience participation.

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