Join comics, musicians and others for the stories behind their most treasured possessions.
Each show is organized around a central museological theme, such as souvenirs, heirlooms, relics and finds, that puts the stories—which may range from the poignant to the humorous—into context.
This debut show features an eclectic mix of personal stories about objects that are either unique, historic, ephemeral or, to other eyes, essentially junk.
Hosted by Jefferson (Bare! Spill!)
Cammi Climaco (Ask Me Stories)
Kambri Crews (Burn Down the Ground)
Nisse Greenberg (Drawn Out Storytelling)
John Heneghan (Eden and John’s East River String Band)
Cammi Climaco is a visual artist, storyteller and performance artist. She is the co-host of the storytelling show Ask Me Stories. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She has performed on a bunch of storytelling and stand up shows. Cammi teaches at Pratt Institute of Art. If you apply to Pratt’s four year undergraduate program in Fine Arts, get in, go through the Freshmen Foundations year, spend $80,000 in your sophomore year, you can take her class. She is good at parties.
Kambri Crews once lived with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now runs her own PR and production company in New York City and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Burn Down the Ground. A renowned storyteller and public speaker, Kambri has performed on The Moth’s Mainstage, 92YTribeca, SXSW Comedy, Risk!, UCB Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club and given speeches at SXSW, DeafHope and many other schools, colleges, venues and events.
Nisse Greenberg is the founder/producer/host of Drawn Out Storytelling and the more attractive half of Rachel and the Elf. His apartment is a mess right now, but it’s getting there.
Drawing from the vast spectrum of traditional American country blues music, Eden and John’s East River String Band creates some of the most authentic renditions of country blues and popular songs from the 1920s and early 30s. Founded in 2006, the New York City based duo has released four albums and toured the US, Canada and Europe. The group’s two leaders, Eden Brower (vocals, ukulele, guitar and kazoo) and John Heneghan (vocals, guitar, mandolin and kazoo) are often joined by musicians such as underground comic/old-time music legend Robert Crumb (Cheap Suit Serenaders), stride pianist Terry Waldo (Leon Redbone/Woody Allen) and multi-intrumentalist Dom Flemons (The Carolina Chocolate Drops). Their 2011 release, “Be Kind To A Man When He’s Down,” features Robert Crumb on mandolin, Pat Conte on fiddle and banjo and Dom Flemons on guitar. David Fricke of Rolling Stone says, “Eden and John cover country blues from the 78-rpm era with crisp fervor and a natural flair that suggests loving study and a respect for the original records.”
Jefferson is the curator and host of My Favorite Thing. He is a storyteller frequently seen on stages around the city and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of the monthly series Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance and Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance.