Last month, we gave you the low-down on one half of Stripped Stories, Margot Leitman. And today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Giulia Rozzi. These funny females co-host the entertaining, sex-themed storytelling show Stripped Stories monthly at the UCB Theatre in New York City. Great news is that if you’re local to Philly, the show is coming to YOU live on Saturday, November 8 at Underground Arts as a part of the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival. Tix on sale here!
Giulia is talented in stand-up, improv, and writing – what we call a real triple threat! With appearances on MTV, VH1, CNN, and Jimmy Kimmel, Giulia has cracked people up all over the country. She has performed her own solo shows: Stupid Foreigners, and Bad Bride, which is currently running at the UCB Theatre. Not to mention, she put her hilarious writing into MTV’s Girl Code and Silent Library (rumor has it one of her ideas had Snooki vomiting). But no matter what outlet she seems to use, Giulia’s humor is always up-close & personal, hysterical, and right on time.
AG: What excites you most about performing at the FPA Festival this November?
GR: I love performing in other cities and have always had a blast performing with FPA in Philly, great crowds!
AG: What is your favorite part of working on such an up-close and personal show like Stripped Stories?
GR: I love the honesty and openness of the show, I think it really inspires others to be more open and honest and gives us all the chance to laugh at ourselves. It’s very cathartic for the performers and the audience.
AG: What is the most awkward thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
GR: I performed for a group of nudists, the audience was naked, I opted to keep my clothes on. I was told to not be obvious and look at people’d private parts but it was really hard (pun intended) to do so. I was so distracted I ended up tripping and falling as I exited the stage, hit a table, ripped open my tights and then had 5 naked people run up to me and ask “are you ok?”
AG: Have you ever gotten nervous about sharing one of your own sex stories?
GR: Yes, if it’s a new story and as I’m telling it I’m like “oh wow, I don’t think I want to share THIS much info.” But we attract such open minded awesome fans that I always feel supported and never judged.
AG: What’s one word that describes your experience losing your virginity?
AG: What’s your opinion about online dating?
GR: I don’t have much experience except for joining and quitting Tinder a bunch of times this year. I have nothing against it, just for me it felt like another another time suck app on my phone so whenever I found myself distracted by swiping I removed the app.
AG: I know you have experience teaching storytelling. What advice can you give those looking to improve their techniques?
GR: Practice and be fearless.
AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share a sexy story with us in 13 words?
GR: I had a guy go down on me so good I almost fainted.
13 words is all you need.
Be sure to grab your tix now to see Giulia in Stripped Stories this November! FPA members receive a 20% dicsount on tickets. For more information about becoming an FPA supporter, click here.
Lucky for me (and for you), I was able to interview the girls of Stripped Stories and get the inside scoop on all things performing, storytelling, and well… sex. Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman co-host the outrageously funny, sex-themed storytelling show Stripped Stories monthly at the UCB Theatre in New York City. AND they’ll be coming to the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival this fall!
FPA has decided to give each of the Stripped Stories girls a marvelous introduction, and today you’ll meet Margot! Margot has been recognized for her relatable stand-up comedy that will have you saying “so true” joke after joke. You may also know her from her reoccurring role as Gynoblast on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Margot’s first book, Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase, was published in 2013 and recollects her experiences growing up taller than almost everyone else. She has also walked away from The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal with winnings including cash and a new car. In short, Margot is literally a pro at acknowledging the humorous, silly, and let’s not forget – awkward – side of everyone’s sex lives.
AG:What excites you most about performing at the FPA Festival this November?
ML: I have had such wonderful experiences in the past with the FPA Festival. There is nothing better than an FPA crowd. They laugh louder, listen harder, and in general know how to have a good time.
AG:What is your favorite part of working on such an up-close and personal show like Stripped Stories?
ML: I love the community of storytellers and musicians I have gotten to know through the show. People I would now call close friends were often met first by them being in our show.
AG:What is the most awkward thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
ML: I have two dental implants because of missing adult teeth that never came in. A few years back in NYC, I had to get an implant replaced and had a temporary tooth in at the time (kind of like a denture). I was performing in a show filled with drunk and rowdy audience members who weren’t listening. My fake tooth flew out of my mouth mid story and landed on the ground. I was already bombing, so I just picked the tooth up off the floor, placed it back in, said nothing and went on with my set. One audience member shouted, “was that her tooth?” the rest were too drunk to care. I went out with the other performers after the show, including FPA alum Dave Hill, and we all had a good laugh.
AG:Have you ever gotten nervous about sharing one of your own sex stories?
ML: Strangely no. I get nervous when I debut a new story, sex themed or not, as I always wonder if a new piece is going to work. But sharing sex stories does not make me nervous.
AG:What’s one word that describes your experience losing your virginity?
AG:What’s your opinion on online dating?
ML: I am strangely sad I never have done it. I think it’s fuel for great stories. I am sort of jealous of those who have had the opportunity to do it (I am married). I often wonder who I would attract online. Not curious enough to set up a dummy profile though!
AG:I know you have experience teaching storytelling. What advice can you give those looking to improve their techniques?
ML: I would say pre-order my new book, “Long Story Short…The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need,” coming out Fall 2015 from Sasquatch Books! ***And keep your story universal, not self-indulgent.
AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share a sexy story with us in 13 words?
ML: I once got slapped in the face during sex and I loved it.
Well, there you have it.
Stay tuned until next week to meet the other half of Stripped Stories, the hilarious Giulia Rozzi!
You can see Margot perform live in Stripped Stories as a part of the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival at Underground Arts on Saturday, November 8. Tickets on sale at festival.firstpersonarts.org in September! FPA members receive a 20% discount on tickets. For more information about FPA membership, click here.
It’s that time of year again! We want to know what stories you want to hear! Past year’s winners included themes like “The Ex-Files,” “Do the Right Thing,” and “Almost Famous”. Do you have anything better? Enter your StorySlam dream themes in the form below. If your theme is picked for the next Season of Slams, you’ll win 2 free tix to the Slam on your theme! Hurry! Contest ends August 31.
Submissions must be in the form of a .mp3 file (However, the winner will be asked to submit the final file for use in the FPA Podcast as a .wav file)
Submissions must be 2-5 mins. in length (looping is okay)
Submissions should be instrumental (no words)
Contestants are encouraged to submit up to three variations of their work per submission. (Multiple files are not required, but will be considered for interludes.)
Music track should be able to be looped
Submissions must be comprised of the participant’s original material (i.e. the participant cannot use or incorporate third-party copyright protected content/material(s), or any other content/material that infringes on the rights of any third-party, in whole or in part, in their submission.)
Entries can be pre-existing material created by the contestant
Inappropriate or offensive submissions will not be considered
By submitting work for consideration you agree to: Let FPA use the submitted music for any/all FPA Podcasts, agree to allow FPA to make minor edits to the track as needed
All contestants, including the winner, will still hold copyrights to their music
Launched in April 2013 thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the First Person Arts Podcast features 1-2 personal stories each episode from our live events plus stories submitted by our listeners. Click here to listen.
Winners of First Person Arts’ monthly StorySlams gathered together on May 16 at Underground Arts to compete for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”. The 7th season of FPA StorySlams was brought to a close with a sold out, standing room only show.
This season’s Grand Slam theme was “Out There”. Popular FPA storyteller, Steve Clark, took his second Grand Slam victory, winning over celebrity judges from WHYY, Red Tettemer O’Connell + Parters, and Painted Bride Quarterly with a personal story about boy bands, awkwardness, and love. The press was out in full force to cover the Grand Slam:
“We all have stories, but these people have really, really good stories, and they’re really good at telling them,” writes Julie Zeglen of Philadelphia City Paper. Read More >>
Bryan Butler at Philadelphia Magazine sat down with Steve to discuss what it feels like to be a two-time Grand Slam winner: “To be named ‘Best Storyteller in Philadelphia’ is not an easy task. Yet, Steve Clark has won the title, not once, but twice: the Philadelphian has taken home the crown from First Person Arts two consecutive years in a row (2013 and 2014).” Read the Full Interview with Steve Clark >>
Peter Crimmins of WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight interviewed Steve on his storytelling technique, “Clark took the crown at Underground Arts in North Chinatown for his story about romantic awkwardness informed by the lyrics of 1990s boy bands such as Five and the Backstreet Boys. Clark, as tall as he is nervous, approached the theme of the evening — ‘Out There’ — by tracing the distance between the romantic scenarios playing out in his head and those that actually happened.” Listen to the Full Interview with Steve Clark >>
Mikala Jamison at Philadelphia City Paper summed up the night concisely, ”As always, the Slam proved to be among the best events in Philly in terms of making an audience feel like a community. These people, and their stories, are so very real, so very relatable, even in their most painful moments. Especially then. It takes a lot of guts to get up on stage and talk your way through the human experience, but to the storytellers, I say: we’re so glad you do it.” Read More >>
Read more about FPA’s 2014 May Grand Slam via:
Geekadelphia >> uwishunu >> Newsworks>> Philadelphia Magazine>>
We’ll be wiping the slate clean and kicking off a brand new StorySlam season starting next month. Click here for a full schedule of next season’s Slam dates and themes.
Name: Kat Duggan Age: 23 Location: Fishtown, Philadelphia Slam won: Wild Things
Q: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
A: Last year, I put in a couple raffle tickets for a huge wine gift basket at my friend’s charity event called “Diva’s against Breast Cancer” in Bryn Mawr. With $10 you got an extra 4 tickets, but I only had $9. The person selling tickets let me slide and gave me the extra tickets anyway. One of which won me the beautiful basket! And they let me keep it even though I fessed up about the extra $1!
Q: FPA has been doing Slams in Philly for 7 years now. (Woot!) In honor of that, tell us a story in 7 words.
A: Wow! That’s a really long time! Definitely something to celebrate. I’m not known for being concise…
My thesis contained “MY F***ING RESULTS” placeholder.
Q: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
A: Theoretically, I’d tell the deer story (see video story below) a million times. It’s one of my favorite stories to tell, and my friends joke that it captures my personality better than any description.
“Am I dreaming?” would be a great theme. I have a couple instances where I thought a dream was real-life and acted accordingly.
Q: Who do you know that tells the worst (or best) stories?
A: My dad definitely tells the best stories. He grew up impoverished in the Bronx and moved out of that neighborhood in the late 80s along with a father suffering from crippling OCD, tons of off the boat Irish relatives, and a knack for smooth talking.
Q: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
A: I tend to say “Yes!” to every activity, makes for some different experiences.
See Kat compete at the Grand Slam on Friday, May 16 at Underground Arts for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and $250! DON’T WAIT! This event sells out every season.