12 episodes

Hosted by Chion Wolf, hear true, personal stories told from the stage at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut!

The Mouth-Off with Chion Wolf Chion Wolf

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    • 5.0, 6 Ratings

Hosted by Chion Wolf, hear true, personal stories told from the stage at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut!

    WILD CARDS: Azua Echevarria · Lena DiGenti · Mark Zipadelli

    WILD CARDS: Azua Echevarria · Lena DiGenti · Mark Zipadelli

    Episode Notes

    This is a very special Wild Card Edition of The Mouth-Off podcast! The penultimate speaker at every taping of the show is an audience volunteer chosen at random. They get a 5-minute limit on the theme of the night, and so often, we get some pretty surprising, powerful stories.


    Brace yourself for three stories. We’ll get started with a bang thanks to Azua Echevarria.
    Check out her great work at www.etsy.com/shop/ReworkCreative, and on Instagram at @azuaintuition, @rework_creative, @ageintobeauty, @2doperags, and @wildwomantwinflame. She is a BUSY human being!


    The next story is from Lena DiGenti. Lena is a foster and adoption advocate whose unconventional upbringing fueled her passion for helping people and organizations develop into their best unique selves. Her story was from February of 2018, and the theme was “It’s an Emergency”.


    Our final wild card of this episode is from Mark Zipadelli. Mark is a Business Analytics Lead Analyst at Cigna, AND a kickass ballroom dancer. His story was from April of 2016, and the theme was “April Fools! Stories about getting duped”


    You should know that you’ll hear some adult themes and DEFINITELY some profanity, which, at the mouth-off, is allowed and encouraged.


    Wanna see the show? Visit www.marktwainhouse.org/mouthoff and email your story pitches to MouthOffHartford@gmail.com up to two weeks before the event.


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    • 13 min
    Rand Richards Cooper ("The Fame & The Fame-Ish") & Becky Beth Benedict ("Luck & Serendipity")

    Rand Richards Cooper ("The Fame & The Fame-Ish") & Becky Beth Benedict ("Luck & Serendipity")

    Episode Notes

    Our first story in this episode is from Rand Richards Cooper. He’s the author of The Last to Go and Big As Life. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, GQ, Esquire, The Altantic, Bon Appétit and the New York Times, and Hartford Magazine. He lives in Hartford with his wife, Molly, and daughter, Larkin.


    His story is from our June, 2014 show, and the theme was “The Fame and the Fame-ish: Brushes with Celebrity”.


    Next up is Becky Beth Benedict. Becky Beth is a farmer’s daughter and theater teacher, originally from North Dakota.


    Her story is from the September 2013 show, and the theme was “Luck & Serendipity”.


    Want to tell a story? Check out our show's dates and themes at www.marktwainhouse.org/mouthoff. Email your story summary to MouthOffHartford@gmail.com.


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    • 18 min
    Jen Montgomery ("April Fools") & Katie Kelly ("Caught In The Act")

    Jen Montgomery ("April Fools") & Katie Kelly ("Caught In The Act")

    Episode Notes

    Our first story is from Jen Montgomery. She’s an ethics attorney, poet, writer, part-time adventurer, and mama who hates cake and loves pie. She says she’s teaching herself how to bake bread, practice kindness, and fight the patriarchy. Jen’s story was from the April 2016 show, with the aptly-themed “April Fools!”


    Then, we’ve got Katie Kelly! She writes screenplays and works in Development at Trinity College in Hartford, and her story - with some profanity, you should know - was from our September, 2015 show. The theme was “Caught In The Act: Stories About NOT Getting Away With It”


    For tickets to the show and info on how you can tell a story, visit www.marktwainhouse.org/mouthoff.


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    • 19 min
    Michael Shelby ("It Happened So Fast") & Chion Wolf ("The ONE Time...")

    Michael Shelby ("It Happened So Fast") & Chion Wolf ("The ONE Time...")

    Episode Notes

    First up, we’ve got a story from Michael Shelby. Michael is the President and CEO of Shall BE Llc, and an addiction counselor at Rushford and The Center for Internet and Technology addiction.
    In his spare time he loves performing Improv, travelling, comedy and reading.


    Michael’s story was from September of 2018, and the theme was “It Happened So Fast”.


    This next one is from me! I do love the challenge of coming up with a story for each and every one of these shows, but I didn’t know I would be telling this one until just a couple of days beforehand. This is from the September 2019 installment of The Mouth-Off, and the theme was “The ONE Time…”


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    • 15 min
    Adam Prizio ("Love") & Lucy Ferriss ("Punching The Clock")

    Adam Prizio ("Love") & Lucy Ferriss ("Punching The Clock")

    Episode Notes

    Let’s get started with a story from Adam Prizio. He’s an attorney, writer, and disability rights advocate who lives in Hartford, CT. This is from the first ever Mouth-Off, back in February of 2013, and the theme was “Love”.


    Next, we’ve got Lucy Ferris. She is a writer-in-residence at Trinity College, and author of many books, including her latest, “A Sister to Honor”. She’s a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog, and you can find all of her work at http://lucyferriss.com
    She told her story in April of 2014, and the theme was “Punching the Clock: Stories about Work”.


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    • 21 min
    Larry Elsner ("Take My Advice" / "Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time") & John "Fast Jack" Farrell ("Caught In The Act")

    Larry Elsner ("Take My Advice" / "Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time") & John "Fast Jack" Farrell ("Caught In The Act")

    Episode Notes

    First up? The one and only Larry Elsner. Along with making the best beef jerky in the world, he owns and operates a driving service. As you’ll hear, that kind of work brings him a LOT of stories! In fact, you’re about to hear TWO stories of his from two different recordings of The Mouth-Off. The first was from the June 9, 2017, and the theme was “Take My Advice”. The second was from April 2018, and the theme was “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time”


    Oh and know that throughout this whole episode, you’ll hear some heartfelt profanity.


    Next up, we remember John Farrell, also known as “Fast Jack”. He died on August first at his home in Manchester.


    I first met Fast Jack when he was on The Colin McEnroe Show on Connecticut Public Radio, where I work. While he was there, he set up a table to show us how he’d use sleight of hand and distraction to fool his card game opponents. We were easy targets in that newsroom, but as you’ll hear in his story, conning people is not for the faint of heart.


    He was our featured speaker at the September 2015 show, and the theme was “Caught in the Act: Stories About NOT Getting Away With It”.


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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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Lovely little nuggets

The 10-minute story format with 2 stories in each episode makes this podcast a delightful little snack. Plus, the energy from the live audience setting is great!

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