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Sunday, April 22 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Story Smash: The Storytelling Gameshow! Live at LA Times Newstory! (Parental guidance suggested), Conversation 2084

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You’ve heard of American Idol and Dancing With The Stars? Now there’s Story Smash: The Storytelling Gameshow! Contestants spin the Wheel of Stories and tell a true 1, 2, or 3 minute story on the topic they land on. Join host Christine Blackburn and 3 expert judges, along with 5 comedians for an afternoon of worthy stories and a lot of laughs! Say it with me- SPIN THAT WHEEL! (Produced by Story Worthy Media and Jon Cohen).
Judges: Peter Mehlman, Kelly Carlin, and Matt Oswalt
Contestants: Paul Shirley, Christopher Rivas, Melanie Maras, and Margot Leitman
Producers: Christine Blackburn, Jon Cohen

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Christine Blackburn

You've heard of American Idol and Dancing With The Stars? Now there's Story Smash The Storytelling Gameshow! Contestants spin the Wheel of Stories and tell a true 1, 2 or 3 minute story on the topic they land on. Join host Christine Blackburn, 3 expert judges, and 5 comedians for... Read More →
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Jon Cohen

Cohen is the Director of Talent at the wonderful podcast company Wondery. In addition to his work at Wondery, he is the producer of Story Smash and writer/creator of “Howard’s Hot Roommate“ and “Howard Gets An Interview.” You can check out both at www.meethoward.com.

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Christina Anthony

Anthony was chosen by TBS & Refinery29 as a 2017 Finalist in the RIOT Comedy Writers Lab. She is a writer/performer/improviser best known as an alum of the Second City Chicago where she co-wrote three original sketch revues. She has appeared on Comedy Central as a series regular in... Read More →
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Kelly Carlin

Carlin is a thinker, writer, talker and doodler. She¹s funny, serious, silly and deep. Sometimes she wishes she were Carol Burnett, other days it¹s Patti Smith, but mostly it¹s Oprah Winfrey. It¹s complicated. Her fascinations range from discovering how to live a true and deep... Read More →
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Margot Leitman

Leitman is a storyteller, comedian, writer and teacher. She is the best-selling author of "Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need" from Sasquatch Books/Random House and the comedic memoir "Gawky...Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase" from Seal Press/ Perseus... Read More →
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Melanie Maras

Maras is a two time Moth StorySLAM winner and the storytelling champion of IO West's Funny Women Festival 2015. She is the host of Shoot 'Em Up, a storytelling show produced by Moth producer Gary Buchler. Melanie's digital series, International Mutt, is currently being developed by... Read More →
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Peter Mehlman

Mehlman is a comedy writer and author who is best known for writing and producing on Seinfeld for nine years. Episodes he wrote or co-wrote on include the “Yada Yada Yadda” episode, “The Smelly Car,” “The Hamptons” and many more. Mehlman also created the series “It’s... Read More →
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Matt Oswalt

Oswalt is a staff writer on Mystery Science 3000 and writes jokes for awards shows. You can follow him on Twitter at @MattOswaltVA and if you like sunsets and hockey feel free to swipe right on Tinder.
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Christopher Rivas

Rivas is a writer, storyteller, activist, and actor. You've seen him on Grey's Anatomy, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls and many other television shows. Find him at christopherrviasstorytelling.com
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Paul Shirley

Shirley is a former Iowa State University and professional basketball player who has played for the Chicago Bulls, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks. He is also a published author. His first book was “Can I Keep My Jersey?” and his latest book, “Stories I Tell on Dates... Read More →

Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3