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Want to see LA's top storytellers compete in front of celebrities for the chance to pay their rent with a story? If this sounds good, then Story Lotto is for you. It's "American Idol" meets the "Moth," a cutting-edge crowd sourcing event that allows entrants to submit a five minute story and have a chance to fund their writing careers. Authors of the top ten entries will compete to win the event profits (hopefully at least $1,000) in front of celebrity judges! See LA's best compete in the "Hunger Games" of storytelling sans bloodshed. The person who brings the most people to the event also will get a special prize (have your friends mention your name in their Brown Paper Tickets form).

Story Lotto
Friday, August 8, 2014
8:00-10:30 PM
Cost: $10 (includes snacks and beer)
Location: WeWork, 1st Floor, 7083 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Celebrity Judges: Bob Carlson (KCRW's Unfictional), Cameron Esposito (Maron), Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
MC: Brian Finkelstein (The Moth)

Musical Performer: Allie Goertz

Contestants: Ali MacLean, Alessia Costantini, Ashley Friedman, Christopher Horan, John Grady, Kevin McGeehan, Terri Mintz, Zachary Ross

About Bob Carlson:
Bob Carlson an award winning audio producer, musician and broadcaster.  He's the host and producer of UnFictional, a weekly program of unusual stories and compelling personal documentaries airing on KCRW radio, and podcast on During his long career at KCRW, he served as director of production and shaped the station's unique sound as a music engineer, DJ and radio drama creator. His work has also been heard on NPR, the BBC and many other places.

About Cameron Esposito:
Cameron EspositoScreen Shot 2014-07-02 at 7.24.15 PM is a talented LA-based writer/performer/comedian. Most recently, she appeared in a fantastic profile piece on LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY. Cameron was named one of the 25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know by Flavorwire. She made her memorable late night debut on CBS' The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, in which Craig Ferguson and guest Jay Leno called her "the future of late night comedy". Cameron recently recorded her comedy album for the legendary record label Kill Rock Stars that will be released later this year. She's a recurring panelist who appears frequently on Chelsea Lately, as well as TAKE PART LIVE on Pivot. She will soon be seen on the TV show MARON on IFC, and she recently voiced a character on Cartoon Network's ADVENTURE TIME. She's also appeared on LOGO, NPR, at TBS' Just for Laughs Chicago, SXSW, the Aspen Rooftop & Bridgetown Comedy Festivals (Portland Mercury Best of the Fest). Cameron has been named one of the top 12 LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013 by LA Weekly, a Best of 2012 by LA's, and Advocate's Comedians We're Proud Of. She moved to LA in late 2012 from Chicago, where she immediately took over the famed Tuesday 8pm slot at UCB Theatre with her very popular stand up show "Put Your Hands Together" (which she created/hosts/produces), replacing Comedy Bang Bang, that was just named by ROLLING STONE as one of the Best Comedy Podcasts. She is also the host/creator of the Wham Bam Pow action & scifi movie podcast on the Maximum Fun network. Cameron can be seen headlining comedy clubs across the country as well as touring with Anthony Jeselnik.

About Amber Benson:
Amber Benson is a writer, director, actor and maker of things. She wrote the five-book Calliope Reaper-Jones urban fantasy series for Penguin and the middle grade book, Among The Ghosts, for Simon and Schuster. She co-directed the Slamdance feature, Drones, and (co-wrote) and directed the BBC animated series, The Ghosts of Albion. She and her co-writer, Christopher Golden, then novelized the Ghosts of Albion universe in two novels for Random House. As an actor, she spent three years as Tara Maclay on the hit television series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Her latest book, The Witches of Echo Park, comes out in January from Penguin.

About Brian Finklestein:
Brian Finkelstein is a regular performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the host of the LA Moth Story-slams. He has performed his 8 solo shows to packed houses in a variety of venues from the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen to the 2012 Summer Nights Festival in Perth, Australia. He's also an Emmy-nominated writer for his work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Currently his screenplay, Good Grief is being produced by 72 Productions and he's touring with The Moth. Currently he writes for TV and film in LA, tours with the Moth, and is getting ready to perform his solo show, First Day Off In A Long Time, at the Steve Allen Theater (September 2014).

About Allie Goertz:
Allie Goertz is a comedic musical performer, whose hit song Comedians" was featured on the front page of Reddit, tweeted by Patton Oswalt, and picked up by the Huffington Post. Her work can be seen on Cossbysweater channel, where she has gained over twelve thousand subscribers and one million views. Allie also created a full 13 track collection of her nerdy love songs, the Cossbysweater album.  Allie has performed at the Largo as well as the SF Sketchfest.
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7083 Hollywood Blvd., 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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