Next Show: March 3 + Lights at the End of the Tunnel

Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street) | 8pm | $5

Snow. Drear. Cabin fever. Hypothermia. Cast off your winter blahs at the next Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic show! You’re gonna like the way you feel. I guarantee it.™

Come see and hear our outstanding performers:

Lynn Bixenspan

Lynn Bixenspan is really nice! Also, she’s done a lot of stuff. Like, she’s been on MTV, Comedy Central, and the Biography Channel (Celebrity Ghost Stories). She’s also written for Fuse and Wizard Entertainment and a whole bunch of ad campaigns, including Viagra, which is the least funny thing she’s ever done. She was nominated for an Emerging Comics of New York Award, but isn’t sure if she’s emerged yet. You might have heard her on RISK! or seen her telling stories and doing stand-up around town. Most importantly, Joss Whedon follows her on Twitter, so you should, too.

 

Stephen Chupaska

Chupaska!Stephen Chupaska is a writer and storyteller. He has been telling stories on stage since he went to his first open mic at the dear, departed Oh, Hey Guys! in January, 2013. Since then he has appeared on What Ever Happened to the Nerds? at the Magnet Theater, at the Adam Wade From New Hampshire Show at the Under St. Marks Theatre, and at Mortified! in Boston and in New York. Steve is a regular contributor the arts section of The Day newspaper and Grace Magazine, both in Connecticut. Steve is also contributing writer for Treble, a California-based music Web site.

 

J Lalonde

J. LaLonde has been on the radio since he was 16 years old. He’s been heard in Southern Oregon, Eugene, Seattle, New Orleans, Miami, Palm Beach,The Keys and Knoxville. His show’s guests have included presidents, rock stars, Oscar-winning actors and hall-of-fame athletes. J. performs comedy in venues around the nation. He filmed his first stand-up DVD at The Historic Tennessee Theatre and plans to release his debut album in 2014. J. gas has voiced, produced, edited, written, and acted in countless TV & radio campaigns, including those for Toyota, BMW, Budweiser, Pepsi Co., Direct TV, HBO, Sprint and Coca Cola. He operates Man Speaks Noise, a voiceover studio in New York.

 

Stephanie Schroeder

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Photo by Maeghan Donohue

Stephanie Schroeder has lived in New York City for half of her 50 years. A freelance writer and activist based in Brooklyn, her writing has been widely anthologized. She has performed at and curated installments of the LBGT storytelling series, Queer Memoir, was a contributing editor at Curve Magazine for seven years, and was recently the featured creative non-fiction editor for Iris Brown Lit Magazine’s 2014 debut issue. A keen cultural observer, her appetite for odd juxtapositions and interesting contradictions informs all her work. Schroeder is the author of Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide.

And You?

Put your name in the white basket on the bar and find out. Tell a six-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

Put Your Name in the Hat!

 

February 3 Show Postponed on Account of Weather!

Sorry, all, but Talk Therapy is canceled tonight. Stay warm and don’t freeze your feet. And watch this space for news about the next show!

Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street) | 8pm | $5

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Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby: Hero or Goat? 

Join us for the Groundhog Day Boxing Day Edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic. Depending on the news he shares on Sunday, we’ll celebrate the toothy little fucker or burn him in effigy. But either way, you can count on comedy, heartfelt stories, an open mic and Jacques Torres cookies! Our featured performers include:

 

Alison Klemp

KlempComic Alison Klemp came to New York from Colorado with dreams in her heart and a spotty criminal record. She has a fondness for mustaches, Hello Kitty™, and the musical stylings of Phish. She can be seen regularly around the city performing stand up comedy. Find her on Twitter: @alisonklemp.

 

 

Caitlin Brodnick

Caitlin Brodnick is a comedian, writer, storyteller, and Syracuse University graduate living in New York City. She has been featured in The New York Times, on The Moth Podcast and Splitsider, and was quoted by the AV Club. Caitlin is BRCA1 positive and underwent a preventative double mastectomy to lower her risk of breast cancer. She currently stars in the docu-series Screw You Cancer on Glamour.com. Caitlin is also a guest writer for Glamour’s blog vitaminG. See her in real life at Shut UP! her monthly storytelling show the PIT Theater.

 

 

 

Morgan Pielli

Morgan Pielli is the host of the monthly “Pete’s Mini Zine Fest” reading series at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, and he performs each month in the “Monday Night Fanfic” show at Fontana’s bar. His comic book series Indestructible Universe can be found in finer comic book shops, or online at IndestructibleUniverse.

 

 

Julia Wiedeman

 Julia Wiedeman is a writer, performer, and storyteller who has lived all over the world and loves New York City the best. Her show Naked People ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC and LA as well as The Women in Comedy Festival. She reviews books for Splitsider and has performed at Ask Me, Risk, The Moth, Soundtrack Series, and Solocom. Julia hosts the weekly storytelling open mic Happy Hour Story Hour at UCB East every Monday at 6:30pm. Google her or follow her on Twitter to find out more … and you just might find a picture of her tits. More at www.juliawiedeman.com

 

 

And You?

Put your name in the white basket on the bar and find out. Tell a six-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

Put Your Name in the Hat!

 

 

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Groundhog designed by Matt Brooks from the Noun Project

 

Next Show: January 20 + Me! Me! Me!

Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street) | 8pm | $5

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Join us for the January 20th edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic — it’s going to be a doozie, a wingding, a humdinger, a dilly! I’m continuing my birthday festivities* by slipping myself between two slices of handsome gay man and then offering way more open mic spots than usual (my gift to you!). So come on! It’ll be fun. Also, I have cookies … and these GREAT guests:

 

Chris Doucette

Chris!If Oscar Wilde and Tina Fey had a baby who read only Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, you’d get Chris Doucette. He’s written jokes for Emmy Award-winning actor Jane Lynch and was named a Comedy360 “Comic To Watch.”  In June 2011, Chris won First Place at Chicago’s Snubfest Comedy Festival. Chris’s jokes have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Women’s Wear Daily, and The Huffington Post, among others. He made his television debut in 2013 as an extra on NBC’s SMASH, throwing shade at Angelica Huston and recaps the FOX television show Almost Human.

 

 

Me

Marathon TeeLori Baird produces and hosts Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic (and the soon-to-be-birthed Talk Therapy Stories Podcast). A two-time Moth StorySLAM winner, Lori has appeared on local shows including Watch Your Mouth, The Illustrated Lady, and Mortified! The very first story she ever told on stage, at The Moth, was featured on The Moth podcast. She wants you to listen to it, but never, ever to ask her about it. Lori has been in therapy for many, many years and she hates having her picture taken.

 

 

Kevin Allison

KevonIf you’re a comedy lover, you’ll know Kevin Allison from the legendary sketch comedy group, The State. If you liked “The Jew, The Italian and the Red-Head Gay” on the The State’s series on MTV, Kevin was the titular Redhead Gay. In 2009, Kevin created the popular live show and podcast RISK!, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share at Risk-Show.com. His other film and TV appearances include Reno 911!, The Ten, Stella and Flight of the Conchords. Behind the scenes, Kevin has written for Blue Man Group. JibJab and SomeEcards. In the print world, his writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Giant, Premiere and Film Journal. He has served as the Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater in New York, taught comedy writing at New York University and founded his own storytelling school and corporate training center at TheStoryStudio.org.

 

And You?

Put your name in the white basket on the bar and find out. Tell a six-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

Put Your Name in the Hat!

 

* My birthday is on January 19. I’m turning 51 and I know what you’re going to say: I don’t look a day over 35! Also, let’s just get this out of the way now: My father died on my 29th birthday. I know, right? Also, if you’ve read this far down, mention it to me and we can make out in the bathroom. 

Next Show: January 6 + A New Start

Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street)
8pm | $5

It’s a new year! An opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to move beyond any crappiness 2013 may have shoved in your face or stuffed into your lunchbox. So join us as we ring in the sixth day of 2014 at Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic! This edition features:

 

Mike Drucker

Mike!Mike Drucker has been lucky enough to write for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, The Onion, and Nintendo. He’s appeared in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bumbershoot, Bridgetown Festival, and often cries himself to sleep.

 

 

 

 

Robin Gelfenbein

Robin!Robin Gelfenbein has appeared on VH1’s Awesomely Badder Videos, AMC’s Liza Life Coach with Cheri O’Teri, and has starred in a commercial directed by Spike Lee. Her critically-acclaimed solo show, My Salvation Has a First Name (A Wienermobile Journey) premiered at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. As a storyteller, Robin has performed at The Moth and on RISK! and Mortified. She also created the monthly storytelling series Yum’s the Word, which features her homemade ice cream cakes. Robin created the Web series Auntie, Do Tell with her 72 year-old aunt. She has been featured in Marie Claire magazine and writes for Huffington Post Comedy. Get more Robin here and here.

 

Jake Hart

Jake Hart

Jake Hart yells about his wasted life wherever he’s allowed.  Besides performing on The Moth, Nights Of Our Lives, Sideshow Goshko, and Whatever Happened To The Nerds, he runs the open-mic storytelling show The Dump! every Tuesday at The Creek & The Cave in L.I.C.  He also co-hosts ASS: Antagonist Storytelling Series with Bodger Millerd every third Monday at Fontanna’s Bar in Chinatown. Buy him a beer and he’ll shut up.  No he won’t.

 

 

 

Eli Reiter

Eli!Two-time Moth StorySlam winner Eli Reiter produces and hosts Long Story Long, a long-form storytelling show. He is a student at Hunter College where his major depends on the day of the week. His writing has appeared in Gothamist and his professors’ inboxes.

 

 

 

 

And featuring comedy with…  

Julia Lundy

Julia!After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics, Julia Lundy knew a lot about particles, supernovae, CCD chips, vortex rings, etc., but none of it explained the bigger questions in life—like, why is everyone a crazy nutbag? She decided to put down the calculator and move to New York City, where there’s no escape from the daily assault of the human condition. To process these slings and arrows, she writes and performs stand-up comedy.

 

Put Your Name in the Hat!And You?

Put your name in theat and find out. We’ll choose a few people to tell a six-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

Next Show: December 16 + Guilt*

Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street)
8pm | $5

The inexorable march of time toward chaos, decay, and death means that’s it’s time for another edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic! Join us tonight and thrill to our featured storytellers, LOL at and with our genius comic, and toss your name into the white woven basket (on the bar in front of the draft beer taps) for a chance to tell your own 6-minute story …

This edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic is giddy to welcome:

 

Matt Baetz

Matt!Matt Baetz (bets) is an accomplished waiter, olive oil delivery man, retail clothing salesman, engraver, dog-walker, laser tag operator, landscaper, movie theater seat repairman, comedian, husband, and writer. His stories are the result, the sum, the accumulation, of these experiences. He is truly appreciative of your time even though he will most likely forget your name.

 

 

 

 

Julie Polk

Julie!

Julie Polk has been featured on the RISK! podcast and as a guest storyteller at CUNY’s School of Broadcast Journalism; she pops up at open mics whenever she can. (She’ll be guest-hosting Happy Hour Story Hour for the lovely and talented Julia Wiedeman at UCB East on February 10th, so come on by!) She trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Delaware, has an MFA in nonfiction from the New School, and teaches playwriting at Manhattan College.

 

Lucy Sun

Lucy!Lucy Sun is a New York City-based tech strategy consultant to the publishing industry. She has performed comic, autobiographical stories for The Moth, Peculiar Streams, and Narrative.ly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And featuring comedy with…  

Chrissie Mayr

Chrissie!

Chrissie Mayr performs at many New York City comedy clubs including The Stand, Broadway Comedy Club, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Underground Lounge, Governor’s and The Brokerage. TV Credits include What Not To Wear and The Travel Channel. She recently appeared at the 2013 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta as well as the Cape Fear and Women In Comedy Festival. Chrissie is featured in the new Eater.com Web series, “We Love Food”. She wrote and performed in her one-woman Show “Hope” which enjoyed a 5-week run at the Magnet Theater in 2009­–2010.

 

 

 And You?

mysteryPut your name in the hat and find out. We’ll choose a few folks to tell a six-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

 

 

 

* What was that about guilt? Oh yes; I usually procure the Jacques Torres cookies from the relatively calm Hudson Street shop. But today, due to scheduling issues, I need to pick up the cookies from the shop AT 30 ROCK. Do you understand what I’m telling you? Clearly you do not.

I am going to what may be the most tourist-infested area of the City during an already tourist-infested time of year to buy expensive chocolate-chip cookies for you. Of course, I do it with love. And because I want to. But a little “thank-you” now and then wouldn’t kill you, would it.

Jeez.

Next Show: December 2 + GAY APPAREL

Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street)
8pm | $5

Ho-lee cannoli! Our next show is just around the corner and it’s going to shock you out of your gravied Thanksgivukkah fugue state. Hear our featured storytellers and toss your name into the receptacle for a chance to tell your own six-minute story …

This edition of Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic features:

 

Colin Dempsey

Colin!Colin Dempsey is the singer and guitarist for original folk-rock band Supersmall, whose debut E.P. This Other World can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play and Spotify. It was released in June 2013 to positive reviews and they continue to perform in venues all throughout New York. They are currently writing their first full-length album and are set to begin recording at the end of November. Learn more about Colin on his Web site.

 

 

J Lalonde

J Lalonde

J. LaLonde has been on the radio since he was 16 years old. He’s been heard in Eugene and Southern Oregon; Knoxville; Miami, Palm Beach, and The Keys; New Orleans; and Seattle. His show’s guests have included presidents, rock stars, Oscar-winning actors, and hall of fame athletes. Beyond the studio you can see J. in comedy venues around the nation. He filmed his first stand-up DVD at The Historic Tennessee Theatre and plans to release his debut album in 2014. Learn more about J. on his site.

 

Emmy Rivera

EmmyEmmy Rivera is a New York City-based stand-up comedian and show producer. She has performed at clubs includingCaroline’s, Stand-Up NY, and Broadway Comedy Club. After a two-year hiatus due to being in therapy, Emmy is thrilled to be returning to the stage to share her experiences. She has been featured on SiTV and in Time Out New York. Hailed as, “One to watch,” Emmy’s most proud of the title Grandma.

And featuring comedy and carols with … 

Gay Apparel

Gay Apparel

Gay Apparel, featuring Jessica Delfino, is a dementedly delightful holiday choir that takes old-fashioned, tired carols and gives them a makeover, all while wearing their gayest and most festive apparel. Visit them online!

 

 

 

 

 

 And You?

mysteryPut your name in the hat and find out. We’ll choose a few folks to tell a six-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

 

 

 

 

Next Show: November 18 + We’re Going Bi-Monthly!

New Venue! Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street)
8pm | $5

Our venue (Three of Cups) has invited Talk Therapy to do the show bi-monthly, so now you can see us on the first and third Monday of each month. 

That means we’re back this coming Monday with a whole new passel of stories and open mic slots. Come see our talented storytellers, and then toss your name into the receptacle for a chance to tell your own 5-minute* story. If you’re chosen, I will hand you a FREE Jacques Torres cookie.

Thanksgivukkah and plain-old Thanksgiving are looming. Cleanse yourself of angst before that inevitably interminable car / plane / AmTrak / LIRR / bus (god help you) ride. Shudder.

Anyhoo! This month we welcome to the Three of Cups stage (in alphabetical order):

 

Kerri Doherty

KerriKerri Doherty is a New York City-based humor writer, storyteller, and the creator/host of the celebrity interview series on Official Comedy called Geeking Out. As a storyteller, she’s performed on shows all over NYC. She’s written for Adult Swim, HuffPo, and GLOC (The Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy) and hosts Geeking Out: The Live ShowLearn all about her on her Web Site.

 

 

 

Sharon Spell

SharonSharon Spell is a southern-born fashion plate with an art degree who hosts The Sharon Spell Show podcast and The Big Shrink at the UCB Theatre East. She has been seen in videos by UCBComedy, The Onion, and on The Bio Channel (portraying Vince Neil’s Aunt Nelly). Her art has been seen in Paper Mag and behind the scenes in Barney’s store windows.

 

 

 
 

Julie Threlkeld

Julie ThrelkeldJulie Threlkeld’s credits include Ask Me Stories, Speak Up, The RISK! Show and this show. Kevin Allison of RISK! has described Julie as providing “the meat in a sandwich of bleak.” She has written about anxiety in the New York Times’ Opinionator section and has been in therapy for nearly half of her adult life. She publishes at modernstories.com  and Tweets at @juliethrelkeld.

 

 

And featuring comic …

Anna Drezen

AnnaAnna Drezen is a comedian living in New York City. Her approachably bizarre stand-up has been seen on stages all across the country of America. She’s appeared on mtvU, College Humor, The Onion.com, Witstream, Thought Catalog, Joe’s Pub, Peoples Improv Theater, The Creek and the Cave, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, National College Comedy Festival, Del Close Marathon, and the Women In Comedy Festival. Anna is a writer for Reductress, a women’s media satire website. NYU-Tisch and RADA graduate. You can find her internet at www.annadrezen.com or twitter.com/annadrezen.

 

 

And you?

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Put your name in the receptacle and find out. We’ll choose a few folks to tell a five-minute* story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

 

* You actually get 6 minutes; at 5 you get a warning.

Next Show: Monday, November 4 + NEW VENUE!

New Venue! Three of Cups | 83 First Avenue (@ 5th Street)
8pm | $5

After a month’s hiatus, we are giddy beyond belief to announce our new venue (Three of Cups), our new night (first Monday of each month), and our new lineup (see below).

Come see our spectacular storytellers and toss your name into the receptacle for a chance to tell your own 5-minute story* and receive a FREE Jacques Torres cookie. (This is your last chance to vent before Thanksgiving and the onslaught of family time. Defuse the ticking time bomb of your psyche — tell a story at Talk Therapy!)

This month we’re happy to welcome to the Three of Cups stage:

Mike Bael

Mike!Mike Bael did theater in the 80s. Then he had kids and became a nurse. Now, he’s trying to tell some stories.

 

 

 

 

Michelle Onufrak

MICHELLE!Michelle Onufrak (pronounced OWNA frock) is a New York City-based actor, improviser, and storyteller. She has performed in The Nights of Our Lives at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater (UCB), various shows at the People’s Improve Theater (PIT), and many other venues throughout the City. She has also co-hosted The Dump, a storytelling show at The Creek and The Cave. Since 2007 Michelle has participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk whenever it has taken place in New York. Honored to have received the Jacques Torres cookie performing in the open mic slot of Talk Therapy thrice before, Michelle is ecstatic to be on the lineup tonight.

 

Selena Coppock

Selena_Coppock_-_Headshot_1Selena Coppock is a stand-up comedian, writer, and storyteller based in New York City. She recently published her debut book, THE NEW RULES FOR BLONDES (It Books/HarperCollins), a collection of essays celebrating and subverting the blonde stereotype, in May 2013. Her writing has also been featured on xoJane, the Huffington Post, TheFrisky, and McSweeney’s.  

Selena’s storytelling talents have been showcased on stages throughout New York and Boston, including at RISK! (live and show and podcast), Stripped Stories, and The Moth StorySlam (where she tied for first place with her “After Hours” story, in March 2011).

And featuring the comedy stylings of …

Julie Threlkeld

JULIE!Julie Threlkeld’s credits include Ask Me Stories, Speak Up, The RISK! Show and this show. Kevin Allison of RISK! has described Julie as providing “the meat in a sandwich of bleak.” She has written about anxiety in the New York Times’ Opinionator section and has been in therapy for nearly half of her adult life. She publishes at modernstories.com  and Tweets at @juliethrelkeld.

 

 

 And You?

mysteryPut your name in the hat and find out. We’ll choose a few folks to tell a five-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).

 

 

 

* You actually get 6 minutes; at 5 you get a warning.

Next Show: September 12

Happy Ending Lounge | 302 Broome Street
Doors 7:00, Stories 7:30 | $5

It’s September! The season of back-to-school shopping and anxiety dreams about showing up to class in your underwear or realizing on finals day that you NEVER showed up to class. Look, this is no time to be alone. So join us on September 12 at Happy Ending Lounge for our next show + open mic and hear our genius performers:

Heidi Galore

Heidi 72ppiHeidi Galore is a crime analyst and mapmaker for an organization focused on finding missing children. Prior to that she was a police officer and evidence collection agent in Virginia. Heidi has told hilarious and scary stories at several local shows including Bare!, Spill!, and AKA Variety Pants, and on the Risk! Podcast. She lives in Greenpoint with her burlesque performer wife Bambi Galore and far too many cats.

 

 

 

Cammi Climaco

Cammi 72ppiCammi Climaco is a visual artist and storyteller. She hosts the storytelling show Star Wipes and co-hosts the storytelling and variety show Ask Me Stories (get the podcast on iTunes). Cammi has performed on Risk!, How I Learned, and the Soundtrack Series.

 

 

 

 

Slash Coleman

Bohemian Love Diaries 72ppiSlash Coleman is a storyteller, author, advice columnist, and television producer. He is a Personal Perspectives blogger for Psychology Today and an advice columnist (Ask Uncle Slash) at howtodate.com. He wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS Special “The Neon Man and Me,” which won the United Solo Award for best drama and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. Slash’s memoir The Bohemian Love Diaries, was published in July. He lives in New York City.

 

 

 

And You?

mysteryPut your name in the hat and find out. We’ll choose a few folks to tell a five-minute story (and receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie).