Ep. 45: Broke, Part 2

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five-of-pentaclesPart two of our “Broke” show, recorded at Buntport Theater, features stories from our producer, Ron Doyle, and comedian Haley Driscoll. These stories were recorded at Buntport Theater on June 18, 2014.

Our new theme music was provided by our friend Whalehawk (aka grammy nominated musician Jake Sanders). He has a huge catalog of music available on his SoundCloud page, so make sure to check out more of his work.

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Our Story Thus Far…

In 2009, I created a comedy storytelling show in Los Angeles called Storytime, born mainly from my frustration at the average standup comedy audience’s impatience with stories. The show was a ton of fun, and when I moved back to Denver in November of that year, I was eager to move the show with me.

Once I finally found a home at the Paris on the Platte wine bar, the first order of business was to change the name to The Narrators, since I discovered there was already a Colorado-based jam band called Storytime. (Much later I would discover that there is also a pretty terrible hip hop group called The Narrators.) I had created the show somewhat self-indulgently as a means to tell funny stories, and for others to do the same, but it took on a life of its own, with its own fan base. I was finding new and amazing storytellers every month who were not comedians, but playwrights, songwriters, novelists, etc. The show grew immediately, and soon outgrew the intimate little wine bar.

I decided to move the show to a new venue, but knew it also needed more attention than I could give, so I asked my good friend Robert Rutherford to hop aboard, as he had already demonstrated both a passion for storytelling and a passion for this show, both crucial ingredients. We moved The Narrators to the Deer Pile art space, which was a terrific upgrade. The space was still intimate, but very intentional. Everyone present was there to hear the stories, which significantly improved the show’s quality.

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As fortune would have it, the show continued to steadily grow until it was normal to see audience overflow spilling out into the hallway. We stayed at the Deer Pile as long as we could, but eventually resigned ourselves to look for a larger space.

We ended up linking with one of our very favorite Denver cultural institutions, the Buntport Theater  and again the fit was perfect, and is to date our current home. The space is larger, but still ideal for storytelling.

Robert’s life decided to take him to San Diego, but his love for the show is undiminished, and in fact he will soon be launching his own chapter of The Narrators from southern California. I’ve never had anything I created bear the sort of fruit that can be taken away to a new place to grow, which is super cool. (Yes, I know it’s just a storytelling show which is neither unique or amazing, but it still feels neat.)

We’ve also partnered up with Rooftop media out of San Francisco, who will distribute some of our stories across their various platforms. Hopefully this partnership will lead to other big ideas- like perhaps a StoryFest here in Denver?

I had to find a new co-host for the Denver Narrators show, and after some real thinking, I found the perfect candidate. I will introduce him to the show on August 20th, hope to see you there!

To everyone who has told a story, or just listened over all these years, thank you so much!

-Andrew Orvedahl

Ep 44: Broke, Part 1

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imagePart one of our “Broke” show, recorded in our new home at Buntport Theater, features stories from comedian/Denver Post pot critic/host of Whiskey and Cigarettes podcast Jake Browne and comedian Timmi Lasley. These stories were recorded at Buntport Theater on June 18, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE BIG NEWS REGARDING OUR SHOW, READ ON!

We are not hosting our show on the usual third Weds in July.  INSTEAD, we are putting on a very special show on FRIDAY, JULY 18 at 8pm at Buntport Theater.  We are partnering with Pivot TV and Rooftop Media to tackle the theme of “Taking a Stand”, which will be filmed by Pivot TV, and we have put together an incredible lineup of performers to help us out, including:

Dessa (DOOMTREE Collective), Jonny 5 (Flobots), Nancy Norton (comedian), Evan Weissman (Warm Cookies of the Revolution), Andrew Orvedahl, and Robert Rutherford.

AND, You might notice that our podcast sounds a little bit different! We got some new tunes, provided by our friend Whalehawk (aka grammy nominated musician Jake Sanders). He has a huge catalog of music available on his SoundCloud page, so make sure to check out more of his work.

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Fundraising COMPLETE, The Narrators on Public Radio, and more

HOST JOWLSWell, you did it, you lovely beasts.  You helped us raise $1200 in just 7 short days to help us grow and expand The Narrators’ live show and our podcast.  Thank you so much to those who helped spread the word and especially our supporters who dug deep and made short work of our campaign.  We are so excited about what lies ahead for our show and we know that we couldn’t do it without our storytellers or our audience. Thank you.

Speaking of exciting things in our future, we are hosting a special Narrators show on Friday July 18th at Buntport Theater.  We are forgoing our regular third Wednesday show so that we can focus on making this show one of the best we’ve done.  It’s also Robert’s last show before packing up his new podcasting gear and heading west to spread The Narrators’ all over SoCal like so much avocado on gluten-free breads.

We have teamed up with Pivot TV and Rooftop Media to put together a show about “Taking a Stand”, which will be filmed by Pivot TV.  We are pleased to announce the lineup for the show, which includes the following badasses:

Dessa (from DOOMTREE Collective)

Jonny 5 (from Flobots)

Evan Weissman (from Denver’s own Warm Cookies of the Revolution)

Nancy Norton (comedian, former member of Vox Feminista)

Andrew Orvedahl (comedian, creator of The Narrators)

Robert Rutherford (co-host of The Narrators, poet, musician)

The show is at 8pm and whereas we are not charging admission, there is a suggested donation of $3 so that we can give our storytellers some scratch.

And if that ain’t enough excitement for you, the second episode of our storytelling series on Colorado Public Radio, The Narrators’ Second Listen, is available for your perusal and guaranteed enjoyment.  In this episode we explore the resume as a narrative device.

Mark yer calendars and we’ll see you on July 18th!

 

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The Narrators Fundraiser is happening NOW!

If you haven’t heard the news, The Narrators is expanding!  Robert is moving to California, and is planning on setting up a Narrators outpost as soon as he gets there.  To help him get what he needs to record live shows and add to our growing podcast, we have launched “The Narrators Westward Expansion” fundraiser.  Please head over to our GoFundMe campaign site for more details.

Ep. 43: The Move, Part 2

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imagePart one of our “Moving” show, the first show recorded in our new home at Buntport Theater, features stories from Buntport Theater’s Brian Collona and Open Air 1340 DJ Jessi Whitten. These stories were recorded at Buntport Theater on May 20, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE BIG NEWS REGARDING OUR SHOW, READ ON! Our monthly shows will now take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Buntport, which is large enough to accommodate our growing audience. The show will still be free and we’ll still have beer and wine available for a suggested donation.

AND, You might notice that our podcast sounds a little bit different! We got some new tunes, provided by our friend Whalehawk (aka grammy nominated musician Jake Sanders). He has a huge catalog of music available on his SoundCloud page, so make sure to check out more of his work.

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Ep. 42: The Move, Part 1

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moving-truck-in-hyundai-sonata-adPart one of our “Moving” show, the first show recorded in our new home at Buntport Theater, features stories from comedian Jared Ewy and playwright Ellen K Graham. These stories were recorded at Buntport Theater on April 21, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE BIG NEWS REGARDING OUR SHOW, READ ON!  Our monthly shows will now take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Buntport, which is large enough to accommodate our growing audience. The show will still be free and we’ll still have beer and wine available for a suggested donation.

AND, You might notice that our podcast sounds a little bit different! We got some new tunes, provided by our friend WhaleHawk (aka grammy nominated musician Jake Sanders). He has a huge catalog of music available on his SoundCloud page, so make sure to check out more of his work.

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EP. 41: GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! PART 2

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Narrators-logo-300x89Part two of our “Girls! Girls! Girls!” show features stories from musician/educator/storyteller Julia Wilson and Taylor Gonda, co-host of the award-winning pop culture podcast These Things Matter. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on April 17, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE BIG NEWS REGARDING OUR SHOW, READ ON! Our May show at our new home at Buntport Theater (717 Lipan St.) will take place on Wednesday the 21st and our theme will be “Moving.” Our monthly shows will now take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Buntport, which is large enough to accommodate our growing audience. The show will still be free and we’ll still have beer and wine available for a suggested donation.

You might notice that our podcast sounds a little bit different! We got some new tunes, provided by our friend WhaleHawk (aka grammy nominated musician Jake Sanders). He has a huge catalog of music available on his SoundCloud page, so make sure to check out more of his work.

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Ep. 40: Girls! Girls! Girls! Part 1

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You might notice that our podcast sounds a little bit different!  We got some new tunes, provided by our friend WhaleHawk (aka grammy nominated musician Jake Sanders).  He has a huge catalog of music available on his SoundCloud page, so make sure to check out more of his work.

Part one of our “Girls! Girls! Girls!” show features stories from writer/Geeks Who Drink host Francie Swidler and Ed Ward, host of storytelling show Stories Stories Bring Us Your Stories. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on April17, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE BIG NEWS REGARDING OUR SHOW, READ ON! Our May show at our new home at Buntport Theater (717 Lipan St.) will take place on Wednesday the 21st and our theme will be “Moving.” Our monthly shows will now take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Buntport, which is large enough to accommodate our growing audience. The show will still be free and we’ll still have beer and wine available for a suggested donation.

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Ep. 39: Slapstick, Part 2

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artnews3Part one of our “Slapstick” show features stories from veterinarian/comedian/former bouncer Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald and comedian Shayne Ferm. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on March 20, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE BIG NEWS REGARDING OUR SHOW, READ ON! Our May show at our new home at Buntport Theater (717 Lipan St.) will take place on Wednesday the 21st and our theme will be “Moving.”  Our monthly shows will now take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Buntport, which is large enough to accommodate our growing audience.  The show will still be free and we’ll still have beer and wine available for a suggested donation.

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

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