A Night of World Class Storytelling at Folktaile Winery in Carmel
Folktale Winery, 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
We’re excited to introduce another night of world class storytellers!! These storytellers include bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment, and accomplished comedic voices.
Storyteller hopefuls, you’ll have the opportunity to join the all star cast on stage to share YOUR story! Volunteer names will be drawn from a hat and one lucky person will get to tell their funny story.
Here is the lineup:
Brian Copeland is an award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talk show host based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a standup comedian, Copeland has opened for such legendary performers as Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, Ringo Starr and Gladys Knight. In 2004, Copeland debuted his first one-man play, “Not a Genuine Black Man” at the Marsh in San Francisco. This show went on to become the longest-running solo show in San Francisco theatrical history with over 800 performances. In 2006, he published a best-selling book based on Genuine. To date, Copeland has written and performed three subsequent critically acclaimed solo plays including “The Waiting Period” (2015 Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play) and the hit Christmas show The Jewelry Box and The Scion (PBS affiliate KQED’s Best New Play of 2014). His new play, “Grandma & Me: An Ode to Single Parents,” opened in San Francisco in the fall of 2017. In addition to his stage work, Copeland is a fixture in Bay Area broadcasting where he has hosted programs on just about every television station including KTVU (a five-year stint as cohost of Mornings on 2), ABC7 (host of the Emmy award-winning 7Live) and KNTV (the hit 2015 late night special “Now Brian Copeland”). He has also performed on MTV, A&E, NBC, VH1 and Comedy Central.
Margot Leitman is the author of the best-selling book “Long Story Short: the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need,” “What’s Your Story,” and “Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase.” She has written for DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel, and the Pixl Network and worked for “This American Life” as the West Coast story scout. She is the founder of the storytelling program at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and is a five-time winner of the NPR’s the Moth Storyslam and a winner of the Moth Grandslam, receiving the first ever score of a perfect 10. She travels all over the world teaching people to tell their stories.
Doug Cordell is a comedic storyteller and performer, NPR radio essayist and Emmy-nominated writer. His true-life radio stories air on NPR’s Snap Judgment, APM’s Marketplace and WLRN’s The Public Storyteller. He has been featured at theaters and clubs across the U.S. and abroad, and has led workshops on story, narrative and performance in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Marrakesh, Morocco. A member of the Writers Guild of America with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University, his television credits include PBS, Disney and Nickelodeon
Imran G is a NASA rocket scientist by day and comedian by night Imran has been a semi-finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and the NBC Standup Showcase. He took 1st place in the Walk the Plank Comedy Competition and the Moth San Francisco StorySlam. He hosts the Moth and Speechless Live in San Francisco and co-hosts the Bad Asians podcast. When not doing comedy he enjoys doing cartwheels and acting like he knows how to breakdance.
Dave Nihill is a bestselling author, NPR featured storyteller and TED speaker, Dave is also the winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition and the first ever Irish Comedian to have a special on DRY Bar Comedy. His work has been featured in Inc, NPR, Huffington Post, Forbes, Lifehacker and the Irish Times. A multiple Moth Storyslam winner, Grandslam finalist and occasional host he calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit.