The DC Science Writers Association‘s Science Comedy Night, May 2015.  A story about surviving grad school.

Storytelling show via SpeakeasyDC in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival.  A story about my secret double life as a fake rabbi.

Storytelling show via Story League at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  A story about my inability to select Christmas presents.

SpeakeasyDC‘s annual My So-Called Jewish Life show at 6th & I Historic Synagogue.  A story about being the only Jew on the Evangelical Christian ski trip.

SpeakeasyDC‘s 2nd Tuesday show, May 2013.  A story about my first time trying stand-up at, as it turns out, the wrong kind of open mic night.

SpeakeasyDC‘s annual Top Shelf show, showcasing the best eight stories of 2012.  A story about deviousness in the world of competitive Scrabble.  (This story was selected for SpeakeasyDC’s Storycast podcast, which you can listen to here.  It was also made into an award-winning short film by Big Honkin’ Productions, which you can watch here.)

SpeakeasyDC‘s open mic showcase, April 2010.  A story about surviving grad school.

Better Said Than Done‘s monthly storytelling show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA.  A story about my uncle who likes the woods–and my parents who don’t.

Story League‘s “Story League Stands Up” show featuring stories from stand-up comics at Busboys & Poets, 2011.  A story about how I’ve gotten in trouble at nearly every writing job I’ve had.

Story League‘s “Sophomore Outing” show, 2011.  A story about the joys of working at an indoor amusement park in Delaware.

Valentine’s Day storytelling show via SpeakeasyDC at Dance Place, 2011.  A story about my inability to select Christmas presents.

Story League presents “Sins of Youth,” 2011.  A story about my fourth-grade class election.

Joint show between DC’s Story League and Brooklyn’s Story Collider (“The Politics of Science”) at Artisphere, 2011.  A story about my ambivalence regarding working with lab mice–plus, unrelated, an audience member is taken to the emergency room in the middle of my story.  (He’s fine.)

Reston Nature House fundraiser, 2010.  A story about my ambivalence regarding working with lab mice.

Reston Nature House fundraiser, 2011.  A story about a stuffed animal smuggled into summer camp and the worst decision I ever made.

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