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The Narrators

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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Ellen K. Graham & Chris Charpentier, "ADULTS ONLY!" Part 2

Stories from playwright Ellen K. Graham and comedian Chris Charpentier. The stories were recorded on January 17, 2013 at our beloved Deer Pile in Denver, Colorado. The theme for the night was "Adults Only," but it was thankfully not as raunchy as you might expect. It's still a good idea to shield your nana's ears if you play this while having an afternoon tea. The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23mins

13 Feb 2013

Rank #1

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61: Janae Burris, “My Shams of Tabriz”

Today's story comes from Janae Burris and was recorded live at our fifth anniversary show on March 18, 2015. The theme of the evening was "Symbiotes" and her story was entitled "My Shams of Tabriz."Janae is a Los Angeles native turned Denver transplant who has been performing standup, sketch and improv comedy for over a decade. Janae earned a bachelor of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts and worked for several years as an actor in Southern Californa. She has taught acting and improv comedy at Performing Arts Workshops, Oak View Middle School and Columbia College Hollywood. You can follow her @negativenegro on Instagram and Twitter.Special thanks to Josh Johnson with engineering help on this episode. Our theme music is by our friend Whalehawk (aka the Grammy-nominated musician Jake Sanders). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15mins

15 May 2015

Rank #2

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BONUS: DJ Brother Darkness, “Bootie 35 Remastered”

Hey everyone, we've got a special treat for you—here's that magical DJ set from Butch Rosser's story. Be sure to find him on Twitter to share props and digital high-fives!1) Party Ben • Queen x Cypress Hill • We Will Jump You2) DJ BC • Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell x Nu Shooz • Snoop's Nu Shooz3) DJ Benny C • Gym Class Heroes x Timbaland  • the Way I Get Your Clothes Off4) pomDeter • nine inch nails x carly rae jespen • Call Me A Hole5) DJ Johnny Gunz • Miley Cyrus x Young Gunz • We Can't Stop, Won't Stop6) Marc Johnce • Miley x Ace of Base • the Sign in the U.S.A7) Hathbanger • Notorious B.I.G. x Miley • Party & Bullshit (In the U.S.A.)8) DJ Lobsterdust • Miley x Calvin Harris • Wrecking So Close9) Mad Mix Mustang • the Outfield x Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding • Your Love I Need10) DJ Payroll • Bon Jovi x Daft Punk •Daft Prayer11) DJ Schmolli • Robyn x AC/DC • Dancing On My Own All Night Long12) D.veloped • Empire of the Sun x Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc • Waking From A Dream13) Voicedude • Ylvis x Michael Jackson • Fox Thriller14) Mad Max Mustang • Gotye x Aaliyah • Are You That Somebody That I Used To Know?15) DJ Fox • Vanilla Ice x Ke$ha • Ice Ice Tik Tok16) DJ Topcat • Indeep x Run-DMC • It's Like Indeep17) Disfunctional DJ • John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John x Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg • You're the One That I Want In the Next Episode18) DJ Tripp • Wreckx-N-Effect x M.I.A. • Paper Rump19) Dan Mei & Marc Johnce • Backstreet Boys x Snow Patrol • Chasing Cars That Way20) Richard X • Jarvis Cocker x Mazzy Star • Into U Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

30 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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24: Ru Johnson & Andrew Orvedahl, "Heat" Part 1

Episode 24: The theme for our August show was "Heat", a celebration and a damnation of the fact that our beloved venue The Deer Pile is hotter than a freshly frenched fox in a forest fire during our shows. Part 1 of this show features true stories from writer/arts advocate/nail polish enthusiast Ru Johnson and The Narrators co-host Andrew Orvedahl. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on August 15th, 2013 by our good friends at The Denver Diatribe. The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18mins

26 Aug 2013

Rank #4

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162: Courtney LeDuc, “Community Dog”

Today's story comes from teacher and Colorado native, Courtney LeDuc. Courtney's story was recorded live on 21 February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the evening was "Warning Signs." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

4 May 2018

Rank #5

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179: Nathan Hall, “The Best Kind of Therapy”

Episode 179: Today's story comes composer, Nathan Hall. He told this story live on 24 June 2018 at Denver Zine Fest. The theme of the evening was "Rejected."Super-double special thanks to Nathan Hall, who also provided the outro music for his own story!As always, you can subscribe, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts. For the latest information about our live shows or special events, please check our Facebook page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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52: Ron S. Doyle & Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, "Schooled" Part 2

This episode, the second of a two-part series on the theme “Schooled,” features stories from co-host Ron Doyle and Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. These stories were recorded live at Buntport Theater on September 17, 2014. Our theme music is by our friend Whalehawk (aka the Grammy-nominated musician Jake Sanders). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

5 Dec 2014

Rank #7

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Colleen Leggett & Kelly Shortandqueer, "ADULTS ONLY!" Part 1

Stories from political writer Colleen Leggett and zine magnate Kelly Shortandqueer. These stories were recorded on January 17, 2013 at The Deer Pile in Denver, Colorado. The theme for the night was "Adults Only", so it's probably best if you don't play this in front of a group of pre-school children, if you know what's best for 'em.The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22mins

4 Feb 2013

Rank #8

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76: “Crushed”

Today's podcast is dedicated to all of you out there in podcast land who have never attended a live show before. Our August event was so fantastic that we're playing it here for you in its entirety, raw and mostly uncut—this is as close to the real thing as you can get. You're going to hear stories from Erin Rollman, Dan St. Germain, Christie Buchele, Bob Meddles, Haley Driscoll, Timmi Lasley, Sam Tallent, Janae Burris, Kristin Rand, and Josh Blue. These stories were recorded live on August 19 2015 at Buntport Theater as part of an all-comedian special in honor of High Plains Comedy Festival. The theme of the evening was "Crushed."Our theme music is by our friend Whalehawk (aka the Grammy-nominated musician Jake Sanders). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 41mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #9

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26: "The Low Point" Live at High Plains Comedy Festival

Episode 26: Man, oh man. We are STILL reeling from the High Plains Comedy Festival. The inaugural ride of Denver's largest comedy festival was a huge success, and The Narrators had the good fortune of kicking off the fest with a special episode at the Hi-Dive, featuring comedians who had come to town to carpet bomb South Broadway with chucklegas.Although this episode is a little longer than our regular episodes, we guarantee that it's worth the listen. Featured storytellers include: The Narrators co-host Robert Rutherford, David Gborie, Matt Braunger, and Cameron Esposito.The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

18 Sep 2013

Rank #10

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32: Brian Colonna & Greg Salvesen, "The Fall" Part 2

Episode 32: Part two of our hard-hitting expose on "The Fall" features stories by Buntport Theater's Brian Colonna and ultra-runner Greg Salvesen. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on November 21st, 2013 by our good friends at The Denver Diatribe. The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25mins

11 Dec 2013

Rank #11

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68: Ellen K. Graham, “Pilgrims of the Interstate”

Back in April of 2015, The Narrators collaborated with Musica Sacra, a 35-piece chamber orchestra here in Denver. They gave us three pieces of music and asked our storytellers to write something inspired by the music. In exchange, we gave them three stories and they chose three pieces of music to accompany them. We wrote and edited and memorized and rehearsed and revised and then rehearsed some more…paragraphs were shifted out of their natural order to work with the music, and the orchestral arrangements were shuffled and modified to jive with the beats of the story. It was a dramatic departure from our usual low-key routine. The end result was beautiful, watching our storytellers transform their personal experiences into these sweeping, powerful performances.This week's story comes from that show. Ellen K. Graham is a playwright and long-time favorite of The Narrators. Her story was paired Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” which for copyright reasons we do not play in its entirety. This story was originally recorded at Augustana Arts on 24 April 2015. The theme of the evening was “Two-Way Street.”Our theme music is by our friend Whalehawk (aka the Grammy-nominated musician Jake Sanders). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

25 Jul 2015

Rank #12

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204: Danny de Zayas, "The Hearth Gate"

Episode 204: Today’s story comes from long-time supporter of The Narrators, the founder of From the Hip Photo, our friend, Danny de Zayas. Danny shared this story on 17 July 2019; the theme of the evening was "Burn."Special thanks to Kyle James Hauser for the outro music in this episode.You can subscribe and listen to The Narrators for free wherever you get your podcasts. Browse our archives for past episodes or attend one of our live shows, which take place every third Wednesday at Buntport Theater in Denver, Colorado. For more details and the latest information, check our Facebook page.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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160: Adrian Holguin, “Isaac”

Today's story comes from Adrian Holguin, an actor and educator who is currently in his 25th year of teaching high school mathematics—a truly superhuman feat. This story was recorded live on 21 February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the evening was "Warning Signs." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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196: Rae Moore, “Yours Truly”

Episode 196: This story comes from seamstress and disruptor extraordinaire, Rae Moore. She told this story live on 15 May 2019 at Buntport Theater. The theme of the evening was "Alter Egos."For the latest information about that special show or any of our events, please check our Facebook page.A very special thanks to Tanx, who provided the outro music for this episode.As always, you can subscribe, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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25: Thorin Klosowski & Johanna Walker, "Heat" Part 2

Episode 25: The theme for our August show was "Heat", a celebration and a damnation of the fact that our beloved venue The Deer Pile is hotter than a freshly frenched fox in a forest fire during our shows. Part 2 of this sweltering show features true stories from writer Thorin Klosowski and host of Boulder's competitive storytelling show Truth Be Told Johanna Walker. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on August 15th, 2013 by our good friends at The Denver Diatribe. The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18mins

4 Sep 2013

Rank #16

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50: Adam Cayton-Holland & The Walsh Brothers, "Lost" Part 2

Episode 50: This episode, the second of a two-part series on the theme "Lost," features stories from Adam Cayton-Holland and the Walsh Brothers. These stories were recorded live at Buntport Theater on August 20, 2014. Our theme music is by our friend Whalehawk (aka the Grammy-nominated musician Jake Sanders). Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29mins

7 Nov 2014

Rank #17

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193: Yvie Oddly, “Dancing in the Supermarket”

Episode 193: To celebrate her victory last month on the 11th season of RuPaul's Drag Race, we're bringing you a previously unpublished story from Denver's drag darling, Yvie Oddly. Yvie shared this story with The Narrators back in November 2017, as part of a special show we hosted for the Denver Film Festival. This is Yvie before Ru—an artist on the brink of big fame and international attention—speaking frankly about their life and their art. The theme of the evening was "Making a Scene."For the latest information about our live shows or special events, please check our Facebook page.A very special thanks to Nathan Hall, who provided the outro music for this episode. As always, you can find The Narrators wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9mins

28 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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151: Mona de Vestel, “Two Children”

Mona de Vestel is a writer who grew up in Brussels and now lives in San Diego. She told this story on 12 December 2017 at Tiger!Tiger! Tavern. The theme of the evening was "Chance." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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189: Brian Kramer, “Taking My Health Into My Own Hands”

Episode 189: Long-time listener, first-time caller Brian Kramer shared this 'touching' story of a Planned Parenthood visit on 17 April 2019. The theme of the evening was "Nailing It."A very special thanks to Cities of Earth, who provided the outro music for this episode.As always, you can subscribe, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts. What's your favorite podcast app? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

31 May 2019

Rank #20