Meet Grand Slam Contestant, Andrew!
Name: Andrew Panebianco
Location: Chinatown, Philadelphia
Slam won: Busted
Q: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
A: I won a bar trivia contest whose grand prize was an audiobook of Richard Bachman’s “Thinner” as read by Paul Sorvino. He read it in one shot… and I swear to god I you could hear him eating lunch in the middle of it.
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: I’ll have to get back to you.
Q: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
A: Fluids. I’ve been urging FPA to use this theme for years. Think about it – you want personal narrative? There’s nothing more personal than what churns and sloshes around inside. Tears, blood, sweat… those other ones I’m not going to mention… they’re our great common denominator. They’re something we all understand. Fluids are honest and uncomfortable and funny and disgusting. What more could you want from a story? Fluids, people… fluids.
Q: Who do you know that tells the worst (or best) stories?
A: Best storyteller I know is probably my dad. He’s got a natural sense of how to pace a story, and the most blisteringly acidic delivery. I could listen to my dad describe a bad day for hours.
Q: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
A: I’m a pretty uncomfortable person… which means I’m both compulsively observant, and neurotically fixated on understand why people do the things they’re doing. I don’t know if that makes me a good storyteller or not, but I think it’s one of the things that makes me interesting. And a good storyteller is really just an interesting person out loud.
See Andrew 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.