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It’s a Given: Gifts Make Great Stories

A pancake griddle, a girl’s phone number, a ceramic plate, a party trick sword, and don’t forget the $250 in cash. These were just some of the gifts that inspired a night of stories at last night’s Slam. The theme was “Gifts and Giving.”

The story of Christmas celebrates the birth of a child. So does our winning and Audience Favorite story from last night’s Slam by Megan. Her tale tells of how in 1961 she was replaced as baby of the family when her parents adopted her younger sister. But, Megan had gotten babies for Christmas before and she’d seen that after some time in her care the baby dolls would be better off retiring to the Island of Misfit Toys from the famous holiday tale, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Will this new baby follow suite or break the cycle? Watch the video of her winning performance and find out. Click here to see what Philebrity had to say about Megan’s story.

Our host R. Eric Thomas kicked the night off with a tale of his own. For R. Eric, growing up in a family with strictly imposed gift giving rules and regulations meant the holidays were kind of a buzz kill. But, over time he adopted the system too. It wasn’t until this past year when the system failed and left him in the storm of a holiday party gone awry that R. Eric was finally able to witness the true spirit of the holidays.

Winning and Audience Favorite Storyteller, Megan

Watch R. Eric’s story and stories from all of our “gifted” storytellers on our YouTube channel.

Special thanks to all of our storytellers and to everyone who came out last night! The next Slam is Monday, January 14th at World Cafe Live. The theme is “Second Chances.”

-Becca Jennings

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