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Forget overly dramatic spoken word in crowded coffee shops. The writers and performers at these popular storytelling shows (where you'll hear coherent, concise tales rather than stream of consciousness spewing) are smart, funny and fearless. Many of these shows are adapted from improv shows to websites and podcasts, and some have spawned books. Hit up several of these shows to see everything from surprise celebrity appearances to surprising talent sitting right next to you in the audience.
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