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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moth GrandSLAM Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The big annual competition for local Moth storytellers, at the New Hazlett Theater, promises to be a lot of fun.

The event rounds up the winners from the monthly StorySLAMs, at the Rex Theater, for a Moth-off.

Each teller delivers a short story – ranging from funny to serious — on a given theme. With no notes allowed, there's an air of spontaneity (though rest assured that the performers, professionals or no, will be well-rehearsed.) Teams of judges pick a winner.

Here, for instance, was my take on the inaugural GrandSLAM, in 2013.

Though tickets still remain, expect a full house at tonight’s Pittsburgh Moth GrandSLAM III: When Worlds Collide. The PR material says: “Listen to ten tellers tell stories of dog people versus cat people. Fire versus ice. Politics versus Truth. Krispy Kreme versus Tofu. You say Potato, I say Potatoe.”

The host is the very funny Alan Olifson. The storytellers are include: Zak Bouc, Michael Buzzelli, Catherine Palmer, Brittany Story, Carol Schubert, David Montgomery, Torrey Shineman, Joe Prince, Denise Kendig Scheuermann and Jim Tasillo.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and are available here.

The New Hazlett is located at 6 Allegheny Square East, on the North Side. 

If you want to check out the monthly Rex events, they’re on the first Tuesday of each month. The next one, on March 3, is themed "Hair."

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