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Spontaneous Storytelling Online

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Spontaneous Storytelling Online

We’ve converted our hilarious monthly open-mic storytelling show into an online event. Put your name in the virtual “hat” for a chance to tell a true story from your life, 5 minutes or less. For the past 5 years, Spontaneous Storytelling has been one of the most fun, most unique events for connecting with new people in the Bay Area, and now it’s happening right from our living room to yours!

How it works:

  • Check your email (and spam or junk mail folder!) for the Secret Zoom Link, on the night of the show.
  • Spontaneous Storytelling is an open-mic true storytelling night with an icebreaker game at the beginning. All stories are just 5 minutes long and personal and TRUE.
  • Hosted by Julie Soller, creator of StorySlam Oakland, and Inanc Ino, comedian and award-winning storyteller.
  • There is no set theme. The audience will provide suggestions that are optional. Stories will be told by members of the audience, and by the hosts and special guests.
  • We are going to try our famous Icebreaker Game at the beginning of the event from 7:00 to 7:30. Meet new people and learn something interesting about them. The game is also how we warm up for storytelling. We will use Zoom breakout rooms.

It’ll be a huge experiment because we’ve never done this game online before — could be fun, could be a fiasco! We’ll have to try it to find out!

After the game, submit your first and last name via Zoom Chat if you want a chance to tell a true story from your life. Names will be selected by the super fun RANDOM NAME PICKER WHEEL. Or just sit back and enjoy the show.

Sometimes there are special guests like comedians and award-winning storytellers.

You can tell any true story you like — as long as it is TRUE, about YOU and 5 minutes or less. No notes or reading allowed, ever! We’ll have a volunteer timer to let you know when your time is almost up.

Stories are intended for mature audiences and may contain swearing, adult themes, or whatnot. We don’t know until we hear them. Young children and people with sensitive ears are not advised.

***The hosts have the ability to mute and remove anyone who engages in behavior that is disrespectful to others.***

Pay-what-you-can donation based. Your support helps keep independent arts events like this going during the Pandemic. Please donate what you can.

For tips on how to tell a story over Zoom, go to http://www.storyslamoakland.com/zoom.html

For more fun storytelling events, subscribe at http://www.storyslamoakland.com

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Spontaneous Storytelling Online

Update: The event was originally scheduled on Sept 5 but was moved to Oct 3 because of the Labor Day holiday.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


Event Details


Cost: $1*
*Pay as you can, suggested donation $5 to $20
Categories: *Top Pick*, Comedy, Online

Saturday, October 3, 2020

9:00 am   14th Annual SF Virtual Team Hope Walk & Fun Run  FREE*
*Free to register. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.
9:00 am   Reads for the Resistance: A Book Club for Creatives  FREE
All Day   de Young Museum’s Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents  FREE*
*Free general admission to Bay Area residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Advanced timed tickets required.
All Day   2020 San Francisco Neon & Vintage Sign Festival  $10*
*Suggested donation for all-event virtual passport, $10–$50
10:00 am   West Coast Craft Market 2020: 50 Vendors Outdoors at Fort Mason  FREE
10:00 am   Asian Art Museum Re-opens Today (Free Admission Oct. 3-12)  FREE*
*Free general admission Oct. 3-12. Timed tickets required. Please note special exhibitions may require surcharge
10:00 am   “Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle  FREE
11:00 am   SJA Ghosts by Christopher M. Tandy at Glass Rice (Solo Exhibition)  FREE
11:00 am   SF Chinatown “Walkway Weekends” Saturdays & Sundays (Thru Dec. 27)  FREE
12:00 pm   Dan Weber’s “Dreaming City” Art Installation  FREE
1:00 pm   2020 “Bikes to Books” Literary Adventure Ride | SoMa to North Beach  FREE*
*Registration required. Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm.
2:00 pm   Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2020: Online Mini Festival  FREE
2:30 pm   Mission Youth Arts Festival 2020: Pop-Up Dance at 24th/Mission  FREE
3:00 pm   “All Jokes” at All Good Pizza in Outdoor Courtyard  FREE*
*One item minimum
3:00 pm   3pm Show: “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Tiki Bar Night | San Francisco  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two item minimum
4:00 pm   Santa Cruz Comedy Festival “Drive-In” Edition  $60*
*TIckets are $60 per carload with $10 of every ticket being donated to the Ben Lomond Volunteer Fire Department.
4:20 pm   Doug Benson’s Live One-Night-Only 4:20 “Comedy Sesh” Special  $15*
*$15 GA
6:00 pm   Out Front” Community Outdoor Drinks & Dining at The UC Theatre  FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks.
7:00 pm   Sublime w/ Rome Drive-In Concert Night at Alameda County Fairgrounds  $300*
*General Admission Vehicle Pass
7:00 pm   Comedy Oakland Online  FREE*
*Donation is encourage
7:00 pm   Spontaneous Storytelling Online  $1*
*Pay as you can, suggested donation $5 to $20
7:00 pm   The Stud’s “Drag Alive Online” Every Saturday  FREE*
*Free but online donation of $10 appreciated: Venmo: stud_sf
7:45 pm   San Mateo’s Saturday Night Drive-In Movie Nights  $30*
*$30/per vehicle: One Drive-In Movie Ticket per one vehicle. Fit as many people as your vehicle legally allows.
8:00 pm   “Black Laughs Matter” Virtual Comedy Show  FREE*
*Donations appreciated. Any amount helps
9:00 pm   9pm Show: “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Tiki Bar Night (San Francisco)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two item minimum
10:00 pm   Online ArtSpan Presents SF (Open) Studios: Teal Event  FREE*
*https://sfosguide.com/
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