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It’s My Job

April 29th, 2018

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

Evidently, people love their work stories. Our theme in April was “It’s My Job.” and we had a sold out crowd. Fourteen storytellers put their name in the hat, and believe it or not, we actually got to all of them! If you haven’t been to one of our live events, 2018 should be your year. Check out our website for upcoming events and plan your next date night!

Okay, so we were listening to work stories. Paul Heck won the night with his story of becoming a lawman for a night. Without further ado, here’s Paul.

Paul Heck has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam, where he will actually be defending his title of Best Storyteller in West Chester. Paul won the 2017 Grand Slam and we’re glad he’ll be back on the big stage in November.

Our second story is from David Smith. David is a prolific storyteller who often tells at events from Philly out to Lancaster. Here’s David.

David is producing a live storytelling event geared towards people who work in non-profits. Mission Story Slam is taking place on May 22nd at Yards Brewing in Philly. To learn more, check out Mission Story Slam on LinkedIn.

Let’s hear from another former Grand Slam Champion. For years, Cynthia Angst worked in children’s theater, and she shares some of her memories. Cynthia Angst was the 2015 Grand Slam champion.

Since we told fourteen stories at out Its My Job Story Slam, let’s sneak one more story into the podcast. Jane Butler tells about one of her first jobs, doing important research on a rather sensitive subject matter.  FYI - this story may not be appropriate if you have little kids in the room.

Jane Butler is currently working on her memoir, which details her life growing up in a rather secluded wooded estate where her father was a groundskeeper. It’s fascinating stuff, and we hope will be finding a publisher soon.

Our May 8th Story Slam is themed GOOD VIBRATIONS! Tickets are moving fast so don’t delay!  

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.

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. We are also looking for a podcast sponsor for the 2018 season, if interested, email us at wcstoryslam@aol.com for more info.

Thanks so much for listening!

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Chaos!

March 18th, 2018

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

We had so much fun in March when we listened to Chaos stories. When the night was over, our winning storyteller was none other than Steve Clark. Steve will be heading to our Grand Slam in November.

Steve Clark is Philadelphia’s most prolific storyteller. His story about running in the Philadelphia Marathon has been featured on the Moth podcast, and Steve has won the First Person Arts Grand Slam twice. Steve also runs a monthly comedy show called Trump’s America. Congratulations Steve!

Our second story is from India Henderson. As you’ll hear, India is a college freshman who is doing great things. She starts out thanking me for the college advice I’d dished out in my story that night. It’s a joke you’d only understand if you were there! Anyway, here’s India.

Our final story is from another prolific storyteller - Pat Carmody. Pat told this story about the importance of writing letters in the digital age. 

Our April Story Slam is themed IT’S MY JOB!! Tickets are moving fast so don’t delay!  

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.

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. We are also looking for a podcast sponsor for the 2018 season, if interested, email us at wcstoryslam@aol.com for more info.

Thanks for listening!

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Breathless

March 2nd, 2018

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast!

We are in the midst of our ninth season of West Chester Story Slam! Hard to believe! Have you been to one of our live events yet? You can check out the themes, the dates and more at our website!  

Our February event was themed “Breathless” and the stories did just that - left us breathless. We had a great mix of seasoned storytellers and first-timers take the stage - and our audience was amazing!

Our winner was David Smith, who told this breathless tale.

Our next story comes from the 2017 Grand Slam winner - Paul Heck. Paul told us this hilarious story of working on a farm. 

Our final story comes from Tommy Highland!

Our March Story Slam is themed CHAOS! Tickets are moving fast.  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.

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. We are also looking for a podcast sponsor for the 2018 season, if interested, email us at wcstoryslam@aol.com for more info.

Thanks for listening!

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Embarrassing Moments

January 17th, 2018

Welcom to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, and the start of our ninth season!  

Our 2018 season started with the theme “Embarrassing Moments!”

Diane Yannick won the night with her touching story of a few recent embarrassing moments she has had, and how they’ve left her to reflect on her life. Here’s Diane.

Diane has earned a slot in our Grand Slam, which will be in November. Congratulations Diane!

If you’ve been thinking of telling a story but wanted some guidance, you might want to check out our storytelling workshop on Wednesday, March 21st. This is a two-hour workshop that covers what makes a good story, story structure, and creative language. 

Our next story comes from Dara Zuckernick, who recalled an awkward night on the stage at a childhood concert. Here’s Dara.

 

Our final story is from Patrick Carmody, who discussed how the concept of parents who embarrass their children is a sort of family legacy. Here’s Patrick.

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. We are also looking for a podcast sponsor for the 2018 season, if interested, email us at wcstoryslam@aol.com for more info.

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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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