Storytellers NOW!


Coming Up Next!! 

 Get out of the kitchen,
and into 
the FREMONT!!
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
The September storytellers include:
Sy Rosen, Vicki Juditz, Horus Ra, 
Jill Remez, & Orlando Bishop!
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December 04, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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From getting robbed while working at Taco Bell

to trying to woo your Southern in laws with food

to taking your nine year old to her first protest

to meeting the perfect woman driving in a

lavender convertible on the streets of Hollywood at 2 am -

our POTLUCK table will be tasty!!
with: 



HORUS RA - Born in Los Angeles California, Horus Ra has spent the majority of his life serving as a firefighter and paramedic. Always having a natural gift and the ability to make people laugh at some of the hilarious and sometimes deadly situations that he has been confronted with in his life. He now serves the community by bringing joy & laughter through his comedic storytelling and entertaining style. Horus has been featured in several Busted Los Angeles Storytelling Shows and also performs in comedy clubs all around Los Angeles & Hollywood!



SUZANNE WEERTS - Native North Carolinian Suzanne Weerts is a former television marketing executive and current arts and education advocate. She is the co-director/producer for Listen To Your Mother Burbank and a speaker coach for TEDxPasadenaWomen. Suzanne has shared her stories at Story Salon, Expressing Motherhood and on her blog Stories to Tell. She lives in Burbank with her comedic muses:

her two teens and husband of 22 years. She is thrilled to be sharing a story with the WORD NOW! audience this evening.

 

ALEX STEIN is a writer, producer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Moth Story Slam winner, and performer who has appeared at dozens of storytelling and personal-essay shows all over Los Angeles. America's Comedy calls him "a masterful storyteller who peppers his tales with humor, soul, and a top-notch wit." He is the author of the essay collection No, Mr. Bond, I Expect Your Dreams to Die (available all over the world and here tonight) and his hobbies include fixing second-act problems in exchange for triple-creme cheeses and standing on stages in theaters, bars,and coffee shops telling stories of heartache, longing, and loss.


SARAH NICHOLS is convinced that all our stories are sacred. She is an Episcopal priest, who specializes in mindfulness training, spiritual care, and counseling. As Sarah has begun writing stories about her own life – love, loss, and laughter, she is finding truth as powerful as in any sermon she’s written. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Sarah is also convinced of her grandmother’s advice, “Never buy something on sale if you wouldn’t have paid full price for it.”


VICKI JUDITZ has performed her original stories at theaters and festivals across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Aspen LAFF Festival.  Her story "Swing Dancing" recently aired on THE MOTH RADIO HOUR, and she has won many MOTH StorySLAMs at local clubs.  No stranger to TV she has had comic roles on COACH, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, MY NAME IS EARL, YES, DEAR and sold everything from cat beverage to birth control pills in commercials.


JILL DEMBY GUEST is an Emmy and Key Art Award nominated, Promax Award winning, writer, producer, director, blogger, audiobook producer, mother, poet and storyteller. Though she cried her way out of a public speaking requirement in college, she enjoys exposing her crazy ass life as told in her personal stories on stages all over Los Angeles and New York.

HENRY PHILLIPS has been seen performing his twisted songs and stories on ‘Comedy Central Presents’, ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and more. His semi-biographical cult comedy film “Punching the Clown” received the Audience award at Slamdance film festival ’09, and has earned acclaim from such notable artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips’ songs as “disconcertingly funny”. The sequel is scheduled for release in February, 2017.

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JILL REMEZ – Producer/Host
Jill is an actress who has appeared in several TV shows and films. Jill has also performed on stage at South Coast Rep, Laguna Playhouse and The Mark Taper Forum. She has written two one act plays, one of which was performed in October by Theatre Neo in Los Angeles. She also teaches acting at Lesly Kahn’s Kahnsitute and Voice Over at Kalmenson & Kalmenson.
Jill loves the art of storytelling!


Sunday, September 18 @ 7:30pm - Our Theme: 
our storytellers will include: 
{left to right}
Jeffrey Giles
special musical guest:   Michael D Mortilla
 Lan Tran - Kim Pendergest
Michael Patrick Duggan
 
Erica Gerard - Wendy Hammers
 Matt Price 
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and Your Host - Jill Remez
Have you ever ...

 Had a Fall from Grace?

Fallen in Love?

Run through Falling leaves in Autumn?

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Went Live - Sunday, July 17th, 2016
7:30 pm

Our July Storytellers included: 
Sam Shaber - Marnie Ayers
Keri Dearborn - Bill Brochtrup
Will Link - Betty Goldstein
Lynn Ferguson - Parker Mills

Listen to their stories!


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Bios for Independence 

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We went live - Sunday! MAY 22nd 2016
 at 7:30 pm
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Our storytellers included...
Pablo Mars, Jill Remez 
Sam Feirstein, Annie Korzen 
Orlando Bishop, Fran DeLeon 
Christopher Brune-Horan & Sy Rosen!!

WAR_ May 2016 Bios here!
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OUR FOURTH SHOW
was - Sunday, March 20th, 2016 7:30 pm!
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Did you "Beware the Ides of March"
 or Choose your own Destiny?
The March 20th Podcast of OMENS  is now online! 
Our show was filled with great stories!  Listen in!

Our storytellers included... 
Sy Rosen, Jill Demby Guest
Sam Feirstein, Vicki Juditz
John Grady, Patricia Willson,
Bill Brochtrup & Nancy Murphy!!
It was a sign of things to come, and it wasn't easy. But then dying never is.
Moth StorySLAMs and GrandSLAM Los Angeles winners!

Sold everything from birth control pills to cat beverage in TV commercials.

"What happens when a dream leads to an illicit love affair."
Featured in the CBS Radio Storytellers campaign!
Currently appearing as savvy child psychologist "Dr. Joe" on TNT's Major Crimes during the day, and as a lovestruck Victorian in the Antaeus Theatre Company's Cloud 9 by night.
Written for The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, MASH, Maude, Rhoda, Northern Exposure, The Jeffersons, The Wonder Years, Sanford, and Frasier.
A member of Blue Man Group
Has performed around the country on The Moth MainStage
National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, at the Aspen LAFF Festival!  Has had a lot of experience with omens good and bad she’s anxious to share with you.

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OUR THIRD SHOW
was January 31st,  2016!
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OUR STORYTELLERS WERE:
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Betty Goldstein, Orlando Bishop, Alex Stein, 
Keri Dearborn, Joe Hernandez-Kolski,
Jill Remez, Cole Kazdin and Susan Leslie
 
Alex Stein - America's Comedy calls Alex Stein“a masterful storyteller who peppers his tales with humor, soul, and a top-notch wit.”He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of the essay collection “NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE”.  He curates and produces the weekly Muse Literary Salon show every Saturday night at “Muse on 8th” in Los Angeles. His hobbies include fixing second-act problems in exchange for triple-crème cheese and standing onstage in theaters, coffee shops, and bars telling stories of heartache, longing, and loss.
Cole Kazdin - Cole Kazdin is a writer, performer and four-time Emmy-winning television news producer living in Los Angeles. She has written for The New York Times, VICE, Salon, Cosmopolitan and Redbook and produced television for ABC News, HBO Documentaries and Discovery. Cole has been featured on NPR as part of The Moth Radio Hour. She tells stories across the country with The Moth’s Mainstage and performs all over Los Angeles where she is a proud three-time Moth GrandSLAM champion. She currently teaches personal essay writing and storytelling. Cole has survived amnesia, living in New York City, and a very awkward interview with Kirk Cameron during which he told her she was going to hell.
She has no regrets.

Orlando Bishop - Born and bred in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Orlando Bishop has called Los Angeles home since 1997 when he crossed the country in a “three-wheeled car” to get his MFA in Motion Picture Producing from USC Film School. As part of Black & Blue Entertainment, LLC Orlando developed, wrote and served as a producer on many projects for companies such as Fox Searchlight, MTV and Nickelodeon. He has also worked as a Staff Writer on shows like “7th Heaven” and “The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.” After striking out on his own in 2006, Orlando tried stand-up to develop his comedic voice for his scriptwriting. But it did not take long for him to realize that on stage, mic in hand, is where he belongs. He produces and hosts some of LA’s most buzzworthy new shows including “Jokes From The Underground,” a showcase of the hottest young comics on the comedy scene, and “Race Riot” (now available on DVD), LA’s newest comedy sensation, “Bringing the races together… one inappropriate joke at a time.” Orlando blends the vicious and the heartwarming, captivating crowds with his unique take on politics, pop culture and parenthood. In the end, though, he provides some perspective. “Sometimes I look at my wife… I look at my kids… and it hits me that my life with them has exceeded all my expectations. Then it hits me that I have ridiculously low expectations.”

Keri Dearborn - holds degrees in theater and screenwriting from UCLA. She's a published poet, non-fiction writer and her ghosts stories have been featured in live productions of Ghosts of the Internet for the past nine years. She blogs on the natural world at AnimalBytes.net and her book Animal Tales was published in 2015. She's been telling stories since the age of three when she learned to fish. 
From Alaska to Hawaii, fish tremble at the sound of her name.

Betty Goldstein is a Moth story slam winner. She is well known in the spoken word circuit throughout Los Angeles and New York. Betty has been commissioned to write stories for Jewish Women's Theatre and KCRW's annual Masquerade Ball.
Her essays can be read on the Huffington Post and she contributed to 
What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories (St. Martin's Press, 2009)

Joe Hernandez-Kolski - My name is Joe Hernandez-Kolski. It's lunch time right now so I'm about to get very hangry if I don't eat. I'm proud of the work that led me to being an Emmy award-winner and two-time HBO Def Poet.
I'm also a graduate of Princeton University and the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. 
I grew up at Diversey and Central in Chicago and I take my street cred way too seriously.

Susan Leslie - Born to a Sex Therapist and Secret Service agent, a career in comedy was inevitable. Susan has acted in over 100 film and TV projects. She has acted opposite Oscar winners: Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank, among others. In voice-over, Susan was worked on 4 of the top 10 grossing films of all time, including AvatarThe Avengers, and Iron Man 3.
 In theater, she has earned an Ovation Award (Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewive), Ovation Nomination (Yellow), LA Weekly Award (Yellow), and a Garland Award (Yellow) through her many roles with writer/director Del Shores. Her greatest role is as "Mom" to 10-year-old, Ava. Read more at www.susanleslie.com

Jill Remez - Producer - Host
Jill is an actress who has appeared in several TV shows and films. Jill has also performed on stage at South Coast Rep, Laguna Playhouse and The Mark Taper Forum. She has written two one act plays, one of which was performed in October by Theatre Neo in Los Angeles. She also teaches acting at Lesly Kahn’s Kahnsitute and Voice Over at Kalmenson & Kalmenson.
Jill loves the art of storytelling and is excited to share her story.
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OUR SECOND GREAT SHOW!
7:30 pm  Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
Personal stories told around a theme.
November’s theme:
Don't we all know a few?
From Thanksgiving dinners to dealing with some real turkeys!  Don't miss it!!
OUR STORYTELLERS!
Kate Roesgen     Sy Rosen
Beth Ruscio     Darrell Larson     Jill Remez
Leon Martell    Carl Weintraub


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September 27th, 2015
 WAS A SOLD OUT SUCCESS!!
video
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Pablo Marz
 Pablo Marz is an actor, teacher, storyteller,  director, and improviser. 
Aside from film and TV, Pablo has performed with ComedySportz L.A. in cities across the U.S., West Coast Ensemble Theatre, iOWest, We Tell Stories, Disney Concert Hall, and recently found himself onstage at the Tropicana Nightclub in Havana, Cuba! 
 Pablo is also the creator and producer of the popular storytelling show, Tell It! Personal true stories told live onstage.

Laurie O'Brien
Laurie O’Brien has been writing since childhood when she wrote a play that was produced by her fourth grade class to the delight of the entire school. She cast her best friend Kathy, who was more beautiful than she was, as the witch.
She has built a rather prolific career portraying scummy white trailer-trash, lunatics, divas, a 32 year-old virgin, judges, and oh so many sad women who cry at the drop of a hat.
She’s won numerous awards including an Ovation Award and two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards...Laurie has been acting since she can remember, and continues to do so because she must. This world of shape changing, of exploring and revealing the interior life of people, is vital to her survival. She is grateful that she has found this new outlet, a combination of writing and acting, because, in her estimation, life is all about living the stories we gratefully get to live to tell… Contribution to Word Now Labor theme: “Inert Labor”  

Betty Goldstein
Ten years ago, den mother Betty Goldstein accompanied Cub Scout Pack 613 on an archaeology dig at Skirball Cultural Center. While there, she discovered that Skirball offered an array of adult education classes. She was looking for something to do during the hours her 11-year old was in school, so she registered for the museum’s creative writing workshop. Since then, Goldstein has read her essays in spoken word shows throughout Los Angeles and New York City. Jewish Women’s Theatre performed one of her stories in their show Uncuffed, which received standing ovations. Goldstein is a victor of story slam competitions, including The Moth. She performs her original ghost stories at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. Her essays can be read on The Huffington Post. She is a contributing author to What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories (St. Martin’s Press, 2009). Betty lives in the San Fernando Valley with her son Jesse, plus their two Chihuahuas and eight parrots. 

Parker Mills
Parker Mills is an actor and writer, who has been performing his own material for nearly 20 years, including his acclaimed solo show, “Take My Life… Please”. His adaptation of Roald Dahl’s, “James and the Giant Peach”, has received productions in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Parker was also the co-creator of “That is SO Fake”, a Television concept optioned by Sony Television.
No stranger to the many “Storytelling Nights” in the Los Angeles area, his solo performance home is “Rant and Rave” at Rogue Machine Theatre, where he is a regular writer/performer and company member.

Susan Leslie
Susan Leslie - Born to a Sex Therapist and Secret Service agent, a career in comedy was inevitable. Susan has acted in over 100 film and TV projects. She has acted opposite Oscar winners:  Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank, among others. In voice-over, Susan was worked on 4 of the top 10 grossing films of all time, including AvatarThe Avengers, and Iron Man 3. In theater, she has earned an Ovation Award (Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewive), Ovation Nomination (Yellow), LA Weekly Award (Yellow), and a Garland Award (Yellow) through her many roles with writer/director Del Shores. Her greatest role is as "Mom" to 10-year-old, Ava. Read more at www.susanleslie.com

Jill Remez
Jill Remez - Host

Jill is an actress who has appeared in several TV shows and films.  Jill has also performed on stage at South Coast Rep, Laguna Playhouse and The Mark Taper Forum. She has written two one act plays, one of which will be performed in October by Theatre Neo in Los Angeles. She also teaches acting at Lesly Kahn’s Kahnsitute and Voice Over at Kalmenson & Kalmenson.  Jill loves the art of storytelling and is excited to share her story. 
 
Carl Weintraub
Carl Weintraub is the founder and artistic director of WE TELL STORIES, theatre for young audiences. He was the first recipient of the Los Angeles PASA Award for life achievement in professional artistry in schools, and is the only artist (as opposed to educator) to have received the prestigious BRAVO Award, presented by the Los Angeles Music Center Education Division honoring Outstanding Arts Education. He has performed on such stages as THE OLD GLOBE THEATRE in San Diego, the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the MARK TAPER FORUM, and has starred in a few television series (e.g. as Barry Bostwick's fellow father on "DADS," Cagney's blue–collar boyfriend on "CAGNEY & LACY” and mob boss, Vincent Maroni on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.)  Carl has four kids, ages 25 to 49 and four fascinating grandkids.  He’s been a mason,  a mushroom farmer, a social worker, and a lounge singer.  He’s broken his nose five times and his back three. You can bet he has some tales to tell. 


Listen to their stories....  Live!