Last month, my friend and local comedian Hilary Rea invited me to come to a storytelling event at Shot Tower Coffee, a super cute cafe here in Philadelphia. I said yes immediately. Ever since I was part of her Fringe Festival show last year, I've really wanted to get into these sort of things.
I mean, I love local storytelling parties. I support them like crazy on Geekadelphia, try to go to as many events as I can, but man, they sure can pack a house! Have you ever been to a First Person Arts slam? My goodness. Despite having a theater geek background, I didn't think my nerves would be up for that.
The first one I did during the Fringe Fest was a blast, and this one? No different.
As a handful of my friends know, I led a not-so-secret 'scene kid' life. I toured with bands, took lots of photos, appeared in music videos. It's how I met my partner-in-geek, Tim Quirino. I have tons of friends around the country who I met because of my love of pop punk and emo.
So, I told a story about music, touring, taking photos... and why I slowed down and eventually stopped all of that when I moved to Philly.
When I noticed everyone else didn't have a tiny notebook with their story in it (I did), I put it down and tried to remember everything. I was nervous, jumped around a bit, and skipped some of my bigger points at the end... but, there are some laughs and I think people enjoyed it.
This coffee? Delicious.
Before the show. This place filled up fast.
Hilary tells a story and introduces the show.
R. Eric Thomas, one of my fav local storytellers. Follow him on Twitter at @oureric.