Telling True Tales

Comedian Andrew Orvedahl can’t recall exactly when he lived in Los Angeles (it was somewhere between one and three years ago, he’s pretty sure), but he can recall a lot of other things — facts that contributed to The Narrators, a series he’s been doing for the last year or so.

During the indeterminate time he lived on the coast, he would sometimes tell personal stories that people would say he should work into his standup comedy routine. “But they’d never work for standup, because it’s too long or it doesn’t have enough funny parts,” he explains. “So I had this idea to just do a storytelling night, where the emphasis wouldn’t be on comedy. I mean, there’s a lot of funny stuff people say, but not every story has to be funny.”

For The Narrators, Orvedahl gathers a group of writers, comedians, musicians, generally creative people or anyone who is “enthusiastic about doing it” to tell stories about their lives. The evening is loosely tied to a theme, “to give it cohesion,” Orvedahl says.

It happens tonight, and on the first Wednesday of every month, at Paris Wine Bar, 1553 Platte Street, at 8 p.m., and it’s free. All you have to do is show up.
First Wednesday of every month, 8 p.m., 2010

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