The first York Story Slam, a kind of open mic for storytelling, packed the Holy Hound. Kate Penn
Nine local storytellers have told prize-winning tales so far at this year’s York Story Slam series.
They’ve made us laugh, they’ve made us cry and they’ve told us more poop and bodily fluid-related stories than we probably ever wanted to hear.
And now, they’re preparing to compete against one another for the title of York’s Best Storyteller at a Grand Slam storytelling competition in November.
York’s first-ever Grand Slam event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit yorkstoryslam.com.
The event will be the culmination of York’s first monthly open-mic-style storytelling competition. Since January, participants have shared true, five-minute stories based on a different theme every month.
Each storyteller received a score for content and presentation, and the winners of each month’s event won a York Story Slam-branded journal set from Story Supply Co. and a spot in the Grand Slam competition.
One more winner will join the Grand Slam lineup after the final Story Slam of the year Oct. 18 at Holy Hound Taproom. At that time, the storytelling theme for the Grand Slam competition will also be announced.
While we wait, here’s a look at your 2016 Grand Slam storytellers (so far) and the stories that won them a spot in the competition.
January – New Beginnings
Brad Jennings won with a story about his first day working for a newspaper in Baltimore and why he only stayed six weeks before coming back to York.
February – Sick
Brad Jennings won for the second month in a row with a story about a few times when he was sick. But runner-up David Weissman will take the second Grand Slam slot for his story about a time he pretended to be sick so he could stay home from school and have some alone time.
March – Luck
Heather Klinefelter won with a story about celebrities she met while working at a local restaurant.
April – Hunger
Eileen Joyce won with a story about her cat waking her up to feed him.
May – Best Intentions
Matt Feeser won with his story about a time horsing around with his friends went wrong.
June – The Naked Truth
Meg Martin won with a story of telling the "naked truth" about her friend's boyfriend.
July – Brush With Fame
Sarah Doherty won with a story about running into Shane Victorino at Panera Bread.
August – Dog Days
Bryan R. Caine won with his story about how his feelings about dogs have evolved over the years.
September – Lessons Learned
Matthew Kabik won with a story about the lessons he learned at a school for children with Cerebral Palsy.