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True stories recorded live at The Narrators, the award-winning storytelling show from Denver, Colorado. Comedians, actors, musicians, writers, and other fascinating folks share first-person narratives from their lives, centered on a monthly theme.

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    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

True stories recorded live at The Narrators, the award-winning storytelling show from Denver, Colorado. Comedians, actors, musicians, writers, and other fascinating folks share first-person narratives from their lives, centered on a monthly theme.

    Stephen Brackett, "Incredible Opportunities for Humiliation"

    Stephen Brackett, "Incredible Opportunities for Humiliation"

    Our next story comes from a self-described blerd—"black nerd"—our dear friend Stephen Brackett. As a lyricist, poet, activist, member of The Flobots, founder of Youth on Record, and Colorado's Music Ambassador, Stephen has long used his intelligence and powerful writing to draw attention to the causes he believes in. In this story, however, he recounts a few times when his physicality and athleticism were put in the spotlight instead. Stephen told this story live to a virtual audience on 17 March 2021; the theme of the show was "Rebound."
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    • 18 min
    Adrian Mesa, "Sigue Lo Tuyo"

    Adrian Mesa, "Sigue Lo Tuyo"

    Your next storyteller is Adrian Mesa. Adrian is a comedian, chef, and actor originally from Hollywood, Florida. He shared this story about his family and their beloved mango tree way back in February 2016, but his experience feels especially relevant these days, as we peek our heads out of the pandemic’s shadow and ponder how we’re going to recover from this year of tragedy—and where we’re going next. Adrian told this story live in front of a packed crowd at Buntport Theater in Denver, Colorado; the theme of the show was “DIY or Die.” 
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    • 18 min
    Bethany Hernandez, "I'm The One With The Deals"

    Bethany Hernandez, "I'm The One With The Deals"

    Our next story comes from Bethany Hernandez. Bethany is a `Colorado Springs-based performer and artist who we are lucky enough to sometimes coax back up to Denver, a former home of hers. She's a favorite of the show and just a treat of a person. For this story, Bethany presents a triptych of "no"—three small stories where she spoke up for herself and felt more powerful for doing so. Bethany told this story live at the Buntport Theater on November 20, 2019. The theme of the evening was "Reply to All."
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    • 15 min
    Laura Bond, "The Voice Is The Impostor"

    Laura Bond, "The Voice Is The Impostor"

    Your next storyteller is Laura Bond. Laura has been telling stories at The Narrators since its inception in 2010 and it’s always a treat when she joins us. In this story, Laura talks about her move to Denver, her years as the music editor of Westword, Denver’s alt weekly newspaper, and her brief foray into waiting tables at the Satire Lounge on Colfax Avenue. Laura shared this story in front of a live audience at Buntport Theater in August 2019; the theme of the show was “Transplant.” 
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    • 18 min
    Corey Rhoads, "On Not Belonging"

    Corey Rhoads, "On Not Belonging"

    Our next story comes to us courtesy of a long-time favorite of The Narrators, Corey Rhoads. He’s a once—and hopefully future—mainstay of the Denver comedy scene, and most folks around town know Corey as a sweet man with a big heart and open arms. In this story, though, he talks about the seemingly cruel world that we live in and how he struggled to feel a sense of belonging—until a kind stranger gave him a big gift that changed his outlook. This story was recorded live on August 21, 2019 at Buntport Theater in Denver, Colorado; the theme of the evening was "Transplant."
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    Greg Salvesen, "This Is Not a Library"

    Greg Salvesen, "This Is Not a Library"

    Your next storyteller is Greg Salvesen. With an anniversary coming up soon, we’re feeling a little nostalgic—so today we’re sharing this story from all the way back in 2013. Greg is an astronomer, ultra-marathon runner, and long-time favorite of the show who now lives and works in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He shared this story in front of a live audience at the Deer Pile in Denver, Colorado; the theme of the show was “The Fall.” 
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

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Been listening for a long time and really love the show - the most recent episode was so good I had to come back and write a review. First time listeners should tune into ep 189 to see how it’s done!

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The real deal

Been a listener for years and a fan of the live show. One of the best storytelling podcasts out there. The stories aren't as polished as The Moth, Snap Judgement, RISK!, or Mortified—but after a while, those shows all start to sound the same. The Narrators sounds more... well, true.

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Possibilities

I love the range of stories and storytellers! There’s something so authentic about the Narrators community and it comes through with every episode.

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