Being duped by the risks and limits of caffeine. In April.

2 Apr

April is Super-Duper Storytelling Events Month.

No lack of opportunities to be heard!

Spring marks re-emergent perennials… and our selves.  No, really. Countless men have shed their facial hibernation in the past few days. Ah, flesh.
Come share your true stories at one or all of THREE Front Parlor events this month. Also, DO NOT MISS the Risk! Live Show coming to Albany.  Details below.


Tuesday, April 10 @ The Ale House (Troy)
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Limits”

Monday, April 16 @ The Olde English Pub (Albany)
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Duped”

Friday, April 27 @ Troy Night Out at the Daily Grind!
9:00 – 11:00 pm
46 3rd Street
Theme: “Caffeinated”


The amazing “Risk! Live Show” is coming to The Linda (Albany) on April 28th!

Theme for the Albany live show: “Power.”

Risk! is a live show and podcast where people tell true tales they never thought they’d dare share.

Hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State, the award-winning Risk! live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles and now right here in Albany!

The show has featured national celebrities like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and many more along with awesome local storytelling talent.

Please submit your story for a chance to read it live and be recorded for the podcast distributed to hundreds of thousands of story lovers around the globe!

To be considered, please follow the directions on the submittal page: and then EMAIL your story directly to In the subject line please type “Your Name – Albany, NY”

Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2012

Please share with other storytellers. Thank you.

To learn more about the Risk! show, give a listen at:

Guidance from creator and host, Kevin Allison:

RISK! stories sound conversational, not polished and composed. Unlike anything you would hear on NPR, they are completely uncensored and no-holds-barred in terms of taboo subject matter. They have the raw, candid feel of people sharing stories with their very closest friends over beers around the kitchen table late at night.

RISK! stories are NOT essays about general concepts like “a grandfather’s love” or “the simple pleasures of summertime.” RISK! stories zero in on one incident or one series of closely connected incidents, like “the dinner date where I shat my pants” or “my trip to the hospital when I overdosed on LSD.”

Please listen to the “Best of” to get a better idea of the type of stories The Risk! Show seeks.

2 Responses to “Being duped by the risks and limits of caffeine. In April.”

  1. Stephen W. Leslie April 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    How long does each storyteller have to give their talk?

    • abblub May 8, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Hi, Stephen.
      Sorry for delayed response. The comment, for some reason, did not forward to my direct email.
      Tellers have 5 minutes to tell a true story based (loosely) on the theme. No notes. No props. There is also a 30 second grace period, so really, 5 & 1/2 minutes. There is also “flash non-fiction” where audience members write and submit 1-2 sentence stories responding to a prompt based on the theme. I read these stories in between tellers, and they are terrific! (and anonymous.)
      Hope to see you tonight at the Ale House or in Albany (Olde English Pub) on the 21st.

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