Next Show: June 11 @ 7PM + Bring Your Daddy Stories

Is your dad a deadbeat? Emotionally distant? A drinker? Then June 11 is your lucky day, because I want to hear your “Fuck Father’s Day” stories at this month’s Talk Therapy open mic. You’ll have six minutes to share your tale of fatherly failings, PLUS you’ll receive my undying respect and a cookie.

Get your ticket now for this month’s must-see lineup:

Comic Emmy Rivera

Emmy Rivera

Emmy is a New York City-based stand-up comic and storyteller. She performs at comedy clubs around the city including Carolines and Broadway Comedy Club and is a popular performer at cabaret rooms such as Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex. In addition to the acclaim she received for her recent show “The Other Side of the Hudson” at the SoHo Playhouse, she was honored to emcee an ERA rally in D.C., where she was thrilled to hypocrite-shame slut-shamers. Emmy has been hailed as “One to Watch!” and featured in Time Out New York. Emmy is workshopping the(obligatory) solo show and working on her first book, a collection of personal essays that will inspire while traumatizing you. Follow Emmy on Twitter.

 

And our featured storytellers:

Sandi Marx
Sandi Marx

Sandi is a four-time Moth StorySLAM winner has been busy telling stories this past year. She has been featured on the RISK! holiday podcast, “I’m From Driftwood” at Videology, “Six Word Memoirs” at the 92nd Street Y, and most recently, the Montclair Film Festival for Audible’s new podcast, “Stories in Session.” Sandi has appeared all over town in wonderful shows including “The Liar Show” “Barbershop Stories” and many more. A mother of three grown children and a retired talent agent, she has a treasure trove of stories ready to be told.

 

Diana Spechler

Diana SpechlerDiana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny and of The New York Times column “Going Off.” Her work has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She is also a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner. Learn more at www.dianaspechler.com.

 

 

 

 

And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 6-minute story.

Next Show: May 14 @ 7pm: Horrible Mothers Edition

Come to Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic this Thursday, May 14 @ 7:00pm @ QEDAstoria for an evening of comedy and true stories about mental and emotional health. Doors at 7:00, stories @ 7:30. $5, get tickets here!

This month I’m pleased as punch to welcome opening comic:

Dick Satori

dickDick Satori has done stand-up in nearly 30 cities across America and has participated in such events as The Guinness World Record’s Longest Comedy Show (with multiple comedians), The New York International Fringe Theater Festival, The Future Legends of Comedy Show at The Funny Bone Comedy Club, and The Females in Comedy Convention in Los Angeles. He has appeared in the Richmond Virginia Comedy Festival, Greenville North Carolina Comedy Festival, and The Midwest Comedy Festival, and Comic’s Rock Festival in Los Angeles as well as entertained at The College of William and Mary, Washington College, and Old Dominion University.

And featured storytellers:

Denise Turrisi

TALK THERAPY SHOTDenise is a writer, storyteller, and performer. She is a daughter, sister, friend, graduate, employee, wife, and mom. Denise has four ridiculously supportive daughters. Also, she’s an ex-wife, ontological mentor, and a SWF. Denise bares her soul to bestow sacred truths about the human spirit. She divulges stories about an invalidating childhood (identity crisis begins) divorce (blame. period.) dating (I love you, g’bye) suicide attempts (Cuckoo’s Nest) debt (enabling) maternity (sacrifice or die.) Denise will perform her one-act play My Funny Suicide at the Gene Frankel Theater as part of the second annual Radio Active Festival from June 10–14.

Mike Gillerman

Mike lives in New York but is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, because everyone makes mistakes. He’s done a bunch of cool things like talk into a camera on The Wendy Williams Show, write articles for The Advocate and Elite Daily, and perform in the longest variety show ever (which put him in The Guinness Book of World Records). He was the only NYC comedian selected for the 2014 San Diego Comedy Festival and in 2015 Mike will be one of 72 featured comedians at the prestigious Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.

 

Gail Thomas

Thomas_Gail_1_retGail is a writer, actor, filmmaker and recovered lawyer. She is a recent Moth Slam winner. Her voiceover credits include David Letterman, Beavis and Butthead and Angelo Rules. She wrote, directed and starred in short comedy, My BFF, which won audience favorite at New Filmmakers. As a speechwriter for the Tribeca Film Festival and Big Brothers Big Sister of Los Angeles, her words have been uttered by Oscar winners and fancy people with great clothes. Gail is currently working on her fashion sense.

 

And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 6-minute story about mental health!

Next Show: April 9 @ 7pm

Join us on Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00pm @ QEDAstoria for an evening of comedy and true stories about mental and emotional health. Doors at 7:00, stories @ 7:30. $5, get tickets here!

Comic Wilson McDermut

WilsonWilson has a PhD in psychology and lives and works in New York City. Despite being a practicing psychotherapist and a tenured psychology professor, he found that no one ever took him seriously. So he went into comedy. His on-stage style is disarmingly self-effacing, but with an edge. Wilson has performed at the major clubs in New York City including Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Comic Strip Live. His television credits include BBC America’s Crash Course in Comedy and LaunchTV’s Living in Exile. Wilson is also is part of the cast of the Internet radio show 3 Dudes And A Broad.

And our featured storytellers:
 

Morgan Pielli

MorganMorgan hosts Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, a monthly reading series at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, and performs monthly at the Monday Night Fanfic show at Fontana’s bar. His comic book series “Indestructible Universe” is available at finer comic book shops and online at IndestructibleUniverse.com.
 
 
 

Dese’Rae Stage

dese'raeDese’Rae is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a survivor of nine years of self-injury and a suicide attempt catalyzed by an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. It was these personal experiences that spurred the creation of Live Through This (livethroughthis.org), a series of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors.

Dese’Rae has spoken at universities and professional/academic conferences nationwide, and she has also provided commentary for BBC radio, HuffPost Live, and Glenn Beck. Her writing has been published by Cosmopolitan, xoJane, and Huffington Post. Live Through This has been featured in the New York Times and Associated Press, among many others.

 

Mary Regan

maryreganMary Regan is an actress and artist. She’s appeared in plays at La Mama ETC., The Looking Glass Theatre, and in the NYC Fringe Festival. She’s also studied and performed at both UCB Theatres and Magnet Theatre, and has performed on various improv teams and in self-written solo shows. Mary writes and draws a mini-comic, “Sainted” (available at Carmine Street Comics), has contributed to the zine “I Love Bad Movies,” and also draws a weekly web comic “The Adventures of Mr. Schneider” for rebeatmag.com. She’s very excited to be doing Talk Therapy for the first time!

 

And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 6-minute story about mental health!

Next Show: March 12 + Daylight Saving Time Starts! Or Ends! Or Whatever!

The theme of the next Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic is THANK GOD FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. So bundle yourselves up and head over to QED Astoria on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm for an evening of comedy and stories with:

Comic Jackie Jax

Jackie Jax

Jackie is a native New Yorker who performs stand-up comedy and storytelling. She debuts her solo show — Hope Theory: A Faery Tale — on Sunday, March 8 at The PIT. The show explores the spiritual journey that brought Jackie to comedy after she became disabled. Jackie lives with fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and two cats and she uses comedy to cope with all of them. Jackie’s jokes have appeared in Time Out New York and she is former producer of The Natives Are Friendly! comedy show (which she hopes to bring back). She’s now working with the team of Comedy School Dropout, New York City’s longest-running chick-produced stand-up show. She’s looking to launch the podcast “What’s Your Damage” soon, in which she will interview comedians about their process for finding the funny in their difficult experiences. Jackie is damaged and proud.
 

And our featured storytellers:

Krista Komondor
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Krista found her funny bone in 2014 while searching for a new path in life. Her new blog, From Stethoscope to Stage, follows her journey from a mousy healthcare provider to a ballsy performer. As a playwright and performer, Krista’s work has been presented at Naked Angels’ Tuesdays @ 9 and Ensemble Studio Theater.

 

Heather Dockray

heatherHeather  is a Brooklyn-based storyteller, writer, and performer. She writes regularly for the comedy Web site FilmDrunk/Uproxx and has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, The Onion AV Club, Gawker, and Buzzfeed. You can check out more of Heather’s work at www.heatherdockray.com and follow her on Twitter @Wear_a_helmet.

 
 
 

And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 6-minute story about mental health!

Next show: February 12 @ 7:00 p.m.

First things first: Now you can get your Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic on a full hour earlierbecause beginning in February the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Second things second: Last month’s show was SOLD OUT. Get your ticket right here, right now so you don’t miss our fab-u-lous performers:

 

Comic Julie Threlkeld

Julie!Julie Threlkeld has written about anxiety for The New York Times and about the strange, obsessive world of professional running for Runner’s World and Running Times. She performs stories — and, occasionally, standup comedy — in and around New York City and has been in a bunch of shows including RISK!, Ask Me, and Narratively After Dark. She publishes her stuff at ModernStories.com and Ambien-Tweets at @juliethrelkeld.
And our featured storytellers:


Danny Artese

Danny ArteseDanny co-hosts A Very Special Episode, the monthly storytelling show inspired by your favorite 80s and 90s TV. He frequently attended Julia Wiedeman’s dearly departed Happy Hour Story Hour and Jiji Lee’s Split Personality. Danny can’t explain why, but he prefers his mint chocolate chip ice cream to be green. Follow Danny on Twitter.



David Lawson

David Lawson Onstage at TALEDavid is a writer/performer who lives and works in New York City. His one-man-show about porn, VCR Love, has been published by Original Works Publishing. He hosts The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show (second Tuesday of every month) and co-hosts the Stipend podcast. He has most recently performed on Tell the Bartender, VHS Presents, VideoTALE and Big City Stories. Follow David on Twitter.




Jeffrey Joseph

Jeffrey JosephJeffrey is an actor and an Emmy-nominated comedy writer. His work has appeared on most every television network. You may also have seen him do stand-up on The Tonight Show or Comedy Central or in a room full of belligerent drunks. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter.


And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 6-minute story about mental health!

Next Show: January 8

So long, 2014. We clubbed you to death, rolled you inside a ratty, inexpensive oriental carpet, stuffed you into the trunk of our car, drove you out to Jersey and buried you in a shallow grave. All that’s left of you are the memories.

Hello 2015! A brand-new year and another chance to GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME. No pressure!

Don’t panic. Just take a deep breath and join us on January 8 at 8:00p.m. at QEDAstoria for comedy, stories, and an open-mic featuring your 5-minute tale of mental health. It’s all just $5 and you can get your ticket now.

This month we’re featuring:

Comic Julie Threlkeld

Julie!Julie Threlkeld has written about anxiety for The New York Times and about the strange, obsessive world of professional running for Runner’s World and Running Times. She performs stories — and, occasionally, standup comedy — in and around New York City and has been in a bunch of shows including RISK!, Ask Me, and Narratively After Dark. She publishes her stuff at ModernStories.com and Ambien-Tweets at @juliethrelkeld.

 

And our featured storytellers:

Emily Krauser

emily copyEmily is a writer, storyteller, and photographer. Her pop culture pieces have been published in ETonlineLA Confidential Magazine, and AltPress. Her personal essays have been featured on XOJane and The Huffington Post. The Jersey girl currently resides in the very non-Jersey world of Los Angeles and has performed in storytelling shows around town, including Risk! and Tattle Tales. She also hosts her own monthly storytelling show about twenty- and thirty-somethings failing at growing up called Stupid Smart Kids (it may or may not be semi-autobiographical). Follow Emily on Twitter.
  

Julie Polk

Julie PolkJulie is delighted to be returning to Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic. She’s been seen and/or heard on RISK! (podcast and live show), Tell It: Brooklyn, A Very Special Episode, at Moth slams, at the PIT, and on as many Mondays as possible at the Happy Hour Story Hour open mic. She trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Delaware’s Professional Theater Training Program and holds an MFA in nonfiction from the New School. She writes for a branding agency by day, teaches acting and playwriting at Manhattan College (also by day), and is thrilled to be teaching both a voice class and a crash course in acting Shakespeare at QED in the near future (dates TBD).

 

Leslie Goshko

Leslie Goshko Web size 4Leslie is a comedy writer and performer living in New York. She is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which has been hailed as a Time Out New York “Critics’ Pick” and “a well-programmed night” by the New York Times. A Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion and Huffington Post contributor, her stories and comedy writing have been featured on Sirius XM, WNYC, New York Metro “Funny Page,” and thanks to the support of many Internet voters, she performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway.

 

And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 5-minute story about mental health!

Next Show: December 11 at QEDAstoria

After an extended hiatus, Talk Therapy Stories + Open Mic is back! We’re pleased and proud to be at QEDAstoria, New York City’s newest and best performance space. Thanks be to the amazing Kambri Crews! Get your ticket now!

Join us on December 11 at 8:00p.m. for comedy, stories, and an open-mic featuring your 5-minute tale of mental health. This month we’re pleased to present:

Comic Emmy Rivera

Emmy Rivera

Emmy is a New York City-based stand-up comedian, storyteller, and writer. She performs at comedy clubs around the City including Carolines and the Broadway Comedy Club and is a popular performer at cabaret rooms such as Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex. Emmy was honored recently to emcee an ERA rally in D.C., where she was thrilled to hypocrite-shame slut-shamers. She has been hailed as “One to Watch!” and featured on SiTV and in Time Out New York. Emmy is workshopping her (obligatory) NYC Solo Show and working on her first book. Follow Emmy on Twitter.

 

And our featured storytellers:
Nelson Lugo

Nelson Lugo

Nelson is a magician, sideshow artist, and Batman enthusiast. He was featured by Time Out New York as a “New York Entertainer to Watch.” He co-hosts “The EPIC PIEcast” podcast for NerdyShow.com. Nelson has appeared as a guest speaker for The Sunday Assembly NYC; guest singer for the BTK Band; and a storyteller at Adam Wade’s Whatever Happened to the Nerds show, and was featured twice on The Story Collider podcast. His solo show, “Gathering the Magic,” which combines slice-of-life storytelling with sophisticated stage magic, can be seen at The Tank Theater starting in January. Follow Nelson on Twitter.

 

Lynn Bixenspan

Lynn is nice. No, really, she is. Lynn 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.

 

And YOU?

Put Your Name in the Hat!Put your name in the basket for a chance to tell your own 5-minute story about mental health!  If you’re chosen, you’ll also receive a Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookie.