Cat is Man's Best Friend

After performing this story at Shout Storytelling, I was invited to compete at my first storytelling event in Oakland.

Every third Thursday at Awaken Café, Story Showdown hosts slam style storytellers for a $400 cash prize! :money_with_wings:

I went woefully overtime with my story about my violent cat, Trudy. But, the experience was fantastic and it was my first time feeling so confident stepping on stage.

Free Hamsters

Since moving to Oakland, Shout Storytelling has been my go to for quality stories and relaxed atmosphere for telling.

They take place the second Mondays of the month at the Coffeeshop Perch at 440 Grand Ave. To tell you simply pitch them your idea beforehand. Otherwise, you can put your name in the hat for a random drawing throughout the show.

For this show, I decided to tell an old favorite story from our family. This is one of those family-lore type tales that gets inevitably retold at the dinner table come the holidays.

Despite having a pretty strong anti-pet policy at the Wolfe household, my Mother came home one day with hamsters for her four boys to raise. Take a listen if you have a few minutes, it goes to show that no pet is ever free. :hamster:

Accidental Arsonist

The day of my Brother's wedding, I unwittingly admitted to committing arson with my Father.

I was trying to calm my brother-to-be-wed's nerves. As his Best Man, I felt it my duty. I didn't realize that I would be revealing a family secret, my Dad hid from his family.

I Won't Tell Anyone

When one of my oldest friends, JoEllen, asked me to visit Fredericksburg, VA to tell a story about my family, it wasn't a question of "if" but "which one."

My family lives to share stories. When we're together, we gather for multi-course Vietnamese meals, and relive our childhoods. And though I loved performing, and also listening to storytelling podcasts, I had never gone on stage to share. It was one of those: one of these days I'll do it. But after years of waiting for the right opportunity, I realized it'd never come if I didn't go up and try myself. It didn't hurt, that my friend JoEllen saw that too.

So, the first time I ever went on stage for a storytelling event was at the (now radio show) Tell Fredericksburg.

This story in particular was for a SHORT-storytelling competition where all the competitors had to keep their story under 2-minutes. It was the first time I ever won a cash prize for performing on stage.