Meet Stripped Stories’ Margot Leitman
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.
– Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern