Living in New York, we’re bombarded with people telling stories about themselves. Typically, they’re pretty awful, but occasionally they’re hilarious, heartwarming or simply unbelievable. A new podcast (and monthly event, for those of you who live in New York) handpicks the best of the best, offering a curated selection of personal anecdotes that are actually worth being shared. What’s more is many of these tall tales come from beloved actors and musicians. Welcome to THE TELL.
“I’ve always wanted people to tell me stories, even as a child,” says Michael Leviton, who founded THE TELL a year ago. “If two kids got in a fight on the playground or if someone got suspended, I’d beg them to tell me what happened. It drove me crazy when someone wouldn’t tell me.” A writer/musician/photographer (he’s infuriatingly good at all of those things) Leviton knows a thing or two about storytelling; he’s told his own on This American Life. Before he formalized his obsession with hearing people’s stories, he’d cram a bunch of people into his modest Brooklyn apartment for impromptu salons, featuring live music and the craziest of conversations.
BULLETT is proud to present the second episode of THE TELL, particularly as it features the great Adam Green telling a story that begs to be heard. “When Adam Green first told me the epic saga of his unexpectedly chaotic experience scoring a German play, we were walking down a Brooklyn street on a blustery day,” says Leviton. “Adam had to yell the story to be heard over the wind. It was the perfect way to first hear that story.” This episode also features Rolling Stone’s Jenny Eliscu and a performance by Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic. It’s delightful. Please enjoy.
See THE TELL live at National Sawdust on Sunday October 23rd.