Real Characters

A humor series featuring New York's best storytellers, humor writers, memoirists and comedians

FUN ANNOUNCEMENT!

There’s a super special REAL CHARACTERS show coming so save the date:
April 29 at 7pmBRIC House
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

We’re presenting a special Real Characters show as part of the Stoop Series at BRIC House with an all-star lineup, including:

Mike Doughty (musician, author of The Book of Drugs)
Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Central Presents)
Micaela Blei (The Moth Radio Hour)
Bob Powers (The New Yorker, Steamboat Reading Series)
and
Katie Rose McLaughlin (choreographer, Walker Arts Center, Redmoon Theater)

If you’ve never been, BRIC is the non-profit behind Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell and Brooklyn Independent Media (Brooklyn’s public access). They have an amazing gallery and performance space in downtown Brooklyn of Fulton. Past Stoop Series events there have been amazing, so we’re really excited to be there.

Here’s more information about the show.

See you April 29!

Hey, last Wednesday’s Real Characters show sure was fun. Terrific readings and stories by Teddy Wayne, Aaron Wolfe, Julia Wiedeman, and Sara Barron [not pictured but still great!] Thank you to everyone who came.

Hey, last Wednesday’s Real Characters show sure was fun. Terrific readings and stories by Teddy Wayne, Aaron Wolfe, Julia Wiedeman, and Sara Barron [not pictured but still great!] Thank you to everyone who came.

I’m gonna use this space to say that Sara Barron is a delight. She’s written a new book, which you can hear her read from at the next REAL CHARACTERS on April 9 at 7pm at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo.

(The sentence diagram for that last sentence is just a curlycue pointing towards an English teacher shaking her head.)

Upcoming REAL CHARACTERS guest Teddy Wayne writes regularly for McSweeneys and The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs. Here’s one of his most recent pieces titled The Heterosexual Agenda. Enjoy!
Oh, and also come see Teddy read at the next REAL CHARACTERS on April 9 at 7pm at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo.

Upcoming REAL CHARACTERS guest Teddy Wayne writes regularly for McSweeneys and The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs. Here’s one of his most recent pieces titled The Heterosexual Agenda. Enjoy!

Oh, and also come see Teddy read at the next REAL CHARACTERS on April 9 at 7pm at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo.

Upcoming REAL CHARACTERS guest Aaron Wolfe recently co-wrote the short film Record/Play which went on to Sundance, scores of festivals, The New York Times Indie Online Film Fest, and was short-listed for an Oscar nomination. Now, it’s being developed as a feature-length film for Focus Features. C’mon, that’s pretty super impressive.

See Aaron tell a story April 9 at 7pm at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo.

Here’s upcoming REAL CHARACTERS guest Julia Wiedeman telling a terrific story at RISK! We’re very excited to have her at our next show on April 9 at 7pm at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo.

You should come. I mean, c’mon, you know you should come to this show, right?

Save the Date - April 9 at 7pm

For the next REAL CHARACTERS show featuring humor readings and storytelling by:

Teddy Wayne (author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, McSweeney’s)
Sara Barron (author of The Harm in Asking, Vanity Fair, This American Life)
Julia Wiedeman (UCB, Naked People, host of Happy Hour Story Hour)
and
Aaron Wolfe (The Moth, screenwriter of Record/Play)

Hosted by Andy Ross.

April 9 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYC
Free

Show Recommendation: 
Listen, if you are a fan of REAL CHARACTERS (and of course you are; it’s the best), you should check out a terrific humor/debate series called Uptown Showdown at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. It has featured a ton of past REAL CHARACTERS performers, including in this next one on Tuesday debating the topic Are We Getting Dumber or Smarter? This isn’t like a sponsored post or anything. I just like the folks behind this show a lot.

Show Recommendation:

Listen, if you are a fan of REAL CHARACTERS (and of course you are; it’s the best), you should check out a terrific humor/debate series called Uptown Showdown at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. It has featured a ton of past REAL CHARACTERS performers, including in this next one on Tuesday debating the topic Are We Getting Dumber or Smarter? This isn’t like a sponsored post or anything. I just like the folks behind this show a lot.

Hey, I never posted this adorable photo of our March REAL CHARACTERS guests. Tim Manley, Christine Gentry, Alan Zweibel, and Tara Clancy were all simply terrific—smart, funny, charming, gracious, just the best. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Hey, I never posted this adorable photo of our March REAL CHARACTERS guests. Tim Manley, Christine Gentry, Alan Zweibel, and Tara Clancy were all simply terrific—smart, funny, charming, gracious, just the best. Thank you to everyone who attended.

SAVE THE DATE - MARCH 12 at 7PM

For the next Real Characters show featuring readings and storytelling by:
Alan Zweibel (Thurber-winning author of The Other Shulman, original writer for SNL),
Tim Manley (author of Alice in Tumblr-land, storyteller on the Unchained Tour),
Christine Gentry (storyteller at The Moth, This American Life),
and
Tara Clancy (memoirist for New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review)

Hosted and curated, as always, by Andy Ross.

March 12 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street in SoHo
Free

SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 19 at 7PM

The next Real Characters show is packed with comedy and storytelling talent. Featuring:

Gabriel Roth (author of The Unknowns)
Steve Zimmer (The Moth Radio Hour)
David Crabb (Bad Kid, Moth StorySLAM host)
and
Donna Bailey (City Stories, Hudson Valley Storytelling Festival)

Hosted by Andy Ross.

Real Characters
Wednesday, February 19
7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street in SoHo
Free!

If you missed Mike Albo’s excerpt from his stage show, The Junket, at our December Real Characters, you are in luck. It has been extended at Dixon Place. Honestly, multiple audience members came up after our show at Cornelia Street Cafe asking where they could see more of Mike. The New Yorker seems to be a fan, too.

If you missed Mike Albo’s excerpt from his stage show, The Junket, at our December Real Characters, you are in luck. It has been extended at Dixon Place. Honestly, multiple audience members came up after our show at Cornelia Street Cafe asking where they could see more of Mike. The New Yorker seems to be a fan, too.

SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 8 at 7pm

for the next Real Characters featuring storytelling and humor readings by:

Erin Barker (Story Collider, The Moth)
Andy Christie (The LIAR Show, The Moth)
Leigh Stein (author of The Fallback Plan and Dispatch from the Future)
and
Alex J. Mann (McSweeneys, Someecards, The Awl)

Hosted by Andy Ross.

January 8 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYC
Free