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Meet Grand Slam Contestant, Dave!

We’re exactly 2 weeks out from the 14th Season Grand Slam! Earlier this week, at the sold out #onlinedating Slam, we announced the Grand Slam theme: “Going For It”. We’ve been introducing you to our talented Grand Slam contestants who have been fiercely prepping their best stories to wow our celebrity judges. Today, meet Dave Hillis! And if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, what could you possibly be waiting for?!

Name: Dave Hillis
Age: 31
Location: West Philadelphia
Slam won: Broke

FPA: How long have you been “Slamming”?

DH: I did my first Slam as part of a “turning 30 crisis” in September 2013. (Is this too early to be considered a midlife crisis? It’s certainly wordier.) It was either tell stories, or buy an expensive car.

FPA: How do you prepare for a StorySlam? Do you have any rituals or lucky pairs of socks?

DH: By trying to not anticipate how the audience will respond. My predictions are always completely wrong!

FPA: Share a storytelling tip with us!

DH: Break routines whenever possible. Comfort and complacency are the enemies of good stories.

FPA: What would Chapter 7 of your memoir be called?

DH: 上を向いて歩こう in the Japanese version. In English, Sukiyaki in the US Market.

FPA: Who’s the best storyteller you know and why?

DH: I really love the radio monologues of Joe Frank—compelling, bizarre, and completely screwed up. I also love Courtney Barnett, who writes funny, closely observed story-songs.

FPA: What do you do in real life when you’re not out winning StorySlams?

DH: I work in the tech department of a nonprofit service organization, and have about fifty side projects in various stages of development.

FPA: What do you love most about First Person Arts?

DH: I love the sense of community, and the fact that I’ve been able to forge friendships with people that I’d never otherwise encounter.

FPA: If you had a storyteller spirit animal, what would it be?

DH: I don’t know of any animals known for their stories. Eric Burden? That’s right, two early 60s pop references in this interview!

FPA: The winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 prize! What will you do with the money if you win?

DH: Maybe I’ll get that expensive car after all!


The 14th Season of First Person Arts StorySlams is presented by Harmelin Media.

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107