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Grand Slam: Meet the Contestants (Pt. 1)

The Grand Slam is just four days away! Twelve outstanding contestants are scheduled to slam their best true stories on the theme “Power” at Underground Arts this Friday night. But only one will walk away with the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia,” a certificate authenticating the win, a steller microphone trophy (pictured right), and free admission to FPA StorySlams FOR LIFE.

How’d the contestants get here?
Eleven of our twelve contestants slotted to bask in the Grand Slam spotlight this Friday have each won a StorySlam this past season. At each Grand Slam, one spot is reserved for the contestent with the highest “Audience Favorite” score. This time, that storyteller is Katie. Friday she will join the ranks with the other 11 winners to compete for the title.

Meet the Contestants:

Contestant 1: Sean
Slam won: “Family Ties”

Every family experiences turbulent times. Sean’s family met theirs on a family vacation spent white water rafting. In his winning story, Sean’s family is faced with the options of surviving their sink or swim moment or abandoning ship.

Contestant 2: Bill
Slam won: “Home for the Holidays”

Bill won with a Christmas tale about war, love, and family. He found himself, as a lowly Second Lieutenant, not allowed to visit his family or love of his life over the holidays. The hijinks that follow include a surprise visit and some poison oak.

Contestant 3: Megan
Slams won: “Gifts and Giving” and “The Ex-Files”

In Megan’s winning story on the theme “Gifts and Giving,” she tells about the Christmas of 1961, when she got a family promotion to big sister. But a long line of past baby doll mishaps left Megan unsure about whether she was ready for the real deal.

Later in the season Megan went on to win the early show of FPA’s wildly popular anti-Valentine’s Day Slam on the theme “The Ex-Files” with a story about her ex-husband, blue-eyed and fresh out of jail for armed robbery. The first three are no problem for Megan, but she begins to struggle with the last as her husband falls back into his old ways.

Contestant 4: Nimisha
Slam won: “Second Chances”

Nimisha’s winning story is an uproarious story about her traditional Indian wedding – to a “nice, Jewish boy from Chicago” instead of the Indian doctor her parents had hoped for. Nimisha’s mother makes Nimisha’s husband-to-be a gift with good intentions, but the outcome is both shocking and hilarious.

Contestant 5: Donald
Slam won: “Free”

Donald ditches Houston for a new life in Philly. But will a stranger’s affections be too much for Donald on his journey to the city of brotherly love?

Contestant 6: Steve
Slam won: “The Ex-Files” (late show)

Steve won Part 2 of the “Ex-Files” Slam with a deadpan recounting of a truly horrendous first date. There is funnel cake and soda. Later, there is a roller coaster.

Stay tuned for the rest of the Grand Slam line-up and the stories that earned them their place in Friday’s spotlight coming soon.

-Becca Jennings, Marketing Assistant and Abby Holtzman, Marketing Intern

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