Event title: Big MouthOff Story Slam
Date/Location: 4/20/10 — Boston, MA
Type: Spoken-word contest
Over 400 people (standing-room only) attended our Big MouthOff Story Slam in Boston’s Rabb Hall to hear stories that highlighted the human experience in all its darkness and light. Seasoned professionals and fledgling storytellers strutted their stuff, shared their experiences and revealed their insights in this epic competition of 21 finalists—along with some audiences members—for the grand prize: a week in a Tuscan Villa. Our distinguished panel of judges were Jay O’Callahan (master storyteller), Charlie Pierce (Boston Globe, panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”), Brian O’Donovan ( host of “A Celtic Sojourn” on WGBH), Josna Rege (English professor, blogger at Tell Me Another ), Jay Allison (NPR’s “This I Believe”), and Dr. Ruth Henderson, who taught a forgiveness course on the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Panel.
Teller highlights: Paul Hlebowitsh won the first-ever massmouth slam with his first performance of a story, “Scared to Death.” He delighted us with a well-crafted story of childhood terror. Laura Packer brought embarrassment to new heights with her bad date story that started out bad—and then only got worse. Jess Sutich was our first-ever Audience Choice winner at the “It’s Relative” slam. She told a coming-out story that spanned quite a bit of family relationships in under 4 minutes.
What attendees said:
“It was an amazing evening … filled with talented people sharing their stories. I’m so glad I was able to come. The man sitting next to me (a clown!) said, ‘This is historic! This is going to put Boston on the storytelling map!'”
“Every seat was full and we all had a wonderful time! What a wonderful evening of storytelling… massmouth has accomplished an amazing feat!”
“You get a A+ for a great night of storytelling. It is so wonderful see new folks drawn into the world of story. And you did better than I have ever seen.”
[Check out the other published finalists here.]
Contest voting is now CLOSED. Thanks for your vote, and look out for the announcement of the winner soon!