Are you an NPR StoryCorps junkie? Do you enjoy hearing other people's tales of woe, heartache, sexual proclivities or ridiculously funny situations? Los Angeles has a vibrant storytelling/reading scene if you know where to go. So, here are my top picks for catching some awesome LA stories.
This is my favorite comic book and collectibles store in LA. There's also a small theater and showroom in the back for nights of film, comedy, podcasting and storytelling—including the Risk! storytelling show and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction.
Great art, exhibitions and cultural programming dedicated to Jewish culture and American democratic ideals in a beautiful setting off the 405. Recent exhibits/programs focused on Houdini, Mah Jongg, and a recurring Say the Word storytelling/comedy program, presented by Beth Lapides.
Yes, this place is known for its indie music scene, but look at the listings closely to discover other fun acts. I caught a sock puppet theater troupe recreating an episode of Three's Company onstage recently. That was hilarious. The Echoplex downstairs hosts The Moth storytelling finals each month, too.
King King has been home to the Mortified storytelling evening for a long time. Each month, people tell her most embarrassing childhood tales in front of total strangers using pages from diaries, letters, lyrics, poems and even home movies.
While known for being a sports bar, Busby's East holds multiple trivia and karaoke nights. In addition, they play host to various storytelling events like Literary Death Match or a monthly Moth event.
Eclectic programming in the heart of WeHo, including a recent night of Taboo Tales--sometimes hilarious storytelling of unspeakable things.
Cafe Fais Do-Do is a fun club for music, dancing, comedy and theater, including a monthly evening of storytelling called "Don't Tell My Mother: True Stories You'd NEVER want Your Mom to Know."