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Grand Slam - Pressure

November 11th, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

On November 7th we held our 8th Annual Grand Slam and it was a remarkable night! We had such an interesting mix of stories on the theme of Pressure.

We heard from previous Grand Slam champions such as Patrick Carmody, Aaron Mills, and Cynthia Angst. We also heard great tales from a few storytellers who have graced the big stage before, such as Peter Cunniffe, Diane Yannick, Cindy Heffron, and David Smith. First-timers to the Grand Slam stage included Robin Renn, Kennan Flanagan, Jack Kennedy, and Paul Heck.

And it was Paul Heck who won the title of Best Storyteller in West Chester. Paul had the sold out crowd collectively holding our breath as he told of one pressure filled situation.

 

Paul’s name will be engraved on the Storyteller’s Cup and he will henceforth be known as 2017’s Best Storyteller in West Chester. Congratulations Paul!

Our next storyteller is Cynthia Angst. Cynthia’s story had the crowd cringing and laughing with this tale of a mishap at her workplace. Cynthia was the Grand Slam champion in 2015. She is scheduled to compete in this year’s Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam on November 28th. Good luck Cynthia!

Did you know you can watch all the stories on the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel? It’s true. Over 750 stories are now up on Youtube. Check them out.

Our final story comes from Peter Cunniffe. Peter tells about a pressure many young men have felt at least once in their lives. Peter Cunniffe was the Delco Story Slam Grand Slam champion in 2015. Thanks for sharing your story with us Pete.

Okay, we’re taking a month off but In early December, we’ll be posting the entire 2018 season dates and themes.

If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month starting in January. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. And if you want to tell a story, buy your ticket and then see me - Jim - when you arrive! All the info you need can be found at wcstoryslam.com.

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Close Calls

October 26th, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

Our theme for October was Close Calls, and this was one of the rowdiest nights we’ve had in a long time! 

David Smith won the night. David has told stories several times over the past two years, but he kind of disappeared for a few months. When I asked him what happened, he said, wait and hear my story!

The next Close Calls story comes from our friend Nick Kupsey. Nick gets pretty personal in this story, and I’m so glad he told it. .

I don’t do this often, but this next story was told by me, Jim Breslin. I think it’s a good story for Halloween season because it’s kind of creepy. 

Okay, just a reminder that our Grand Slam is November 7th. Check wcstoryslam.com to see if tickets remain. In early December, we’ll be posting the entire 2018 season dates and themes.

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.  Thanks so much!

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School Days

September 24th, 2017

elcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast! Our September Story Slam was themed School Days and we heard some awesome stories from all angles of taking part in our education system - from being a teacher, being a student, and being a parent of a student.

The judging was very tight, but in the end Kennan Flanagan won the Story Slam with this tale about making a once in a lifetime deal. Here’s Kennan.

Have you marked your calendar? The 2017 Grand Slam will be held on November 7th at the Chester County Historical Society. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 11th. It’s gonna be a blast!

Our next storyteller is a first-timer! Christi Parker tells about the dangers of getting involved with the administration of her kids’ school. This story was an audience favorite - and the video has been shared all over Facebook. 

After her story, Christi told us that the administrator has been known to share his version of the story at cocktail parties. So funny. Thanks Christi!

Our final story is from the prolific storyteller Patrick Carmody. Visiting your child’s class can be awkward, and Pat visiting his daughter was no exception. Here’s Pat!

If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. And if you want to tell a story, buy your ticket and then see me - Jim - when you arrive! All the info you need can be found at wcstoryslam.com.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

Thanks for listening!

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Identity Crisis

August 17th, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

Our August Story Slam was themed Identity Crisis, and we heard some fascinating stories about mistaken identities, faked identities, and more. We ended the night with a three way tie - so I had to reconvene our judges to decide who would walk away with the night’s prized pint glass. Lucky for you, today you’ll get to hear all three of the stories in our podcast and make your own decision.

When the judges reconvened and and cast their second votes, first-time storyteller Paul Heck stood tall. Here is Paul’s story.

As I mentioned, Paul was a first time storyteller, and he didn’t put his name in the hat until intermission. He will now be one of our storytellers competing in the Grand Slam. Have you marked your calendar? The Grand Slam will be held on November 7th at the Chester County Historical Society. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 11th.

Arianna Scavetti is our next storyteller. Arianna has told some fun stories, but this story about mistaken identity was a great way to kick off our story slam. 

Our final storyteller is Steve Clark from Philadelphia. Steve Clark has been called Philadelphia’s Best Storyteller by Philly Magazine. He has won multiple First Person Arts Grand Slams and hosts a few events, including a storytelling Open Mic at City Tap - Logan and Trump’s America - A Comedy Show in Kensington.

Tickets for our September 12th Story Slam, which is themed School Days, are going quick.

If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. And if you want to tell a story, buy your ticket and then see me - Jim - when you arrive! All the info you need can be found at our website.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Nature

July 29th, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

Our July Story Slam was themed Nature. We figured this would be a great theme for the height of summer, and we heard tales of people’s love/hate relationship with Mother Nature.

Peter Cunniffe has told stories at our Story Slams occasionally, and he returned to the mic for the first time in 2017, and won the night. Here is Pete’s Nature story.

The next story was a crowd favorite - you might say this nature story had the room abuzz. Here’s Patrick Carmody.

Our final storyteller was a first-timer, which we love. Julie Hazzard worked up the nerve to tell a story at intermission, throwing her name in the hat. She was the final storyteller on the night, and we’re thrilled she told this nature tale. Here’s Julie.

If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. And if you want to tell a story, buy your ticket and then see me - Jim - when you arrive! All the info you need can be found at our website.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Foreign Soil

June 21st, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

Our June Story Slam was themed Foreign Soil. We heard stories about traveling all over the world - China, Australia, Tokyo - even Tennessee! We also were thrilled to hear from several first-time storytellers, which was awesome! 

When the night was over, Jack Kennedy was declared the winner with this story about representing the USA!

Let’s travel to Italy now! We’ve all had travel days that don’t go as planned. Allie Sibole explains such a day.

Allie was also a first-time storyteller who lives in West Chester. And guess what -  the same can be said for our final Storyteller - Ryan Roe!

Our July 11th Story Slam is themed Nature! We want to hear stories about your love of the great outdoors - hiking, sailing, trail running, gardening, rock climbing, you get the idea.

If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. And if you want to tell a story, buy your ticket and then see me when you arrive! All the info you need can be found at our website.

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Luck - May

May 12th, 2017

Our May Story Slam was themed Luck! We heard stories about good luck, bad luck, and no luck. It was a fun night for those lucky enough to get tickets! Thanks to all who came out!

Our winner on the night was Cynthia Angst. Cynthia told us about the ebb and flow of luck in her life. If you love West Chester, you don’t want to miss her story.

When you reflect on your own luck, do you think about your work? Shari Donath did just that. We loved her touching story about how a new job gave her a fresh perspective in life.

Our final story is from Nick Kupsey. This story had us all holding our breath - and a word of warning - Nick recalls using some foul language to a friend in the middle of the story.

Our June 13th Story Slam is themed “Foreign Soil.” We want to hear stories about travling to foreign lands AND people who immigrated to the foreign land of the USA.

If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. All the info you need can be found at wcstoryslam.com.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Rebellion

April 23rd, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast! Our April Story Slam was themed “Rebellion,” and we heard stories about rebellious teens and rebellious parents! It was fascinating to hear the stories of rebellion.

Our winner on the night was Aaron Mills. Aaron told this story of teenage hijinks in the small town where he grew up, and how word travels fast in a tight knit community.

Our next storyteller is a first-timer at our microphone. Annmarie Kelly told the fascinating story of how her traditional views turned into a rebellious view of marriage.

Our final storyteller tonight is Nick Kupsey. Nick tells about his attempts at uncovering details about his parent’s romantic early years.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

 

 

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Working Hard

March 26th, 2017

Due to the snowstorm, our March West Chester Story Slam had to be postponed for two days, but it was worth the wait. Thanks to everyone who came out for the Thursday night event. Our theme was Working Hard and we ended the night with a tie.

First up, co-winner Cindy Heffron tells about how her work has been difficult at times, but also rewarding. 

Next up is our co-winner Robin Renn. Robin had told her first story last month, and then returned in March for “Working Hard.” 

Our final story is from frequent storyteller Arianna Scavetti.

Our April Story Slam is themed Rebellion. If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. All the info you need can be found at wcstoryslam.com. And don’t forget to check out our Storytelling Workshop at the end of April.  

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Love Hurts!

February 26th, 2017

Our February Story Slam happened to fall on Valentine’s Day. Our theme was appropriately titled “Love Hurts!”

Our winning story wasn’t about a romance, it was about a “bromance.” Patrick Carmody won with this story of his bond with a dear friend.

Our next story is from a first time storyteller named Robin Renn. We loved this story about how she fell for a man in college.

Our final storyteller is Ann Louise Ramirez! She tells a story about a romantic night out that took a wrong turn.

Do you know of a local company that would like be our podcast sponsor? We would love to have a local company help us meet our podcast expenses. If you want to learn more, email me at wcstoryslam@aol.com and I can forward info.

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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