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Live Performance

  • Heels On The Bus.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Mike Birbiglia has this story about a time his good guy-ness was called into question. Mike is ...CityFunnyLive Performance

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  • Car Pool.

    494: Hit the Road 05.03.2013

    Sierra Teller Ornelas tells a story about the time as a 10 year old she went on a very short, ...ChildrenFunnyLive Performance

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  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    A live performance detailing a humiliating love affair. When comedian Mike Birbiglia was in high ...Live PerformanceRomanceTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Ira interviews Ryan Knighton, a blind guy who had a very peculiar experience with a hotel room ...Live PerformanceTelephone

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  • Does a Bear Hit in the Woods?

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Ryan Knighton, who was interviewed in the prologue, tells this story about trying to get his ...FathersLive PerformanceParenting

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  • Groundhog Dayne.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Famous people are supposed to be somewhere else, invisible to us. Comedian Tig Notaro tells ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Stiff as a Board, Light as a Feather.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    David Rakoff tells this story, about the invisible processes that can happen inside our ...CancerLive Performance

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  • Turn Around Bright Eyes.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Ira Glass's sister once met David Sedaris, and commented that he was much nicer than she thought ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Split a Gut.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    One night on stage, comedian Julian McCullough had an intense pain in his stomach, which he ...FunnyHealth Care/MedicineLive Performance

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  • Jesus Has Prison.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Wyatt Cenac tells this story about spreading Christmas cheer in Texas. Wyatt is a correspondent ...HolidaysLive PerformanceMothers

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  • Stocking Stuffers.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Two very, very short stories by Edith Zimmerman. Edith is the editor of TheHairpin.com. (2 1/2 ...FictionFunnyHolidays

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  • Little Altar Boy.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Despite our nation's attempts to make Christmas all about toys and shopping, it is still a ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • One Lord A-Leaping

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Comedy duo Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate disagree about the awesomeness of Hanukkah... and about ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • The Fight Before Christmas.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Stand-up comedian Julian McCullough tells this story about heading to someone else's home for ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • The Best Christmas Song Ever, By Dave Hill.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    We end our program with an original song by comedian Dave Hill. Dave is backed up on guitar by ...HolidaysLive PerformanceMusic

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  • There Go The Neighbor Hoods.

    420: Neighborhood Watch 11.19.2010

    In the midst of a real estate dispute, Jim O'Grady becomes the target of an unusual neighborhood ...FunnyHousingLive Performance

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  • The Invention of Cheese.

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Comedian Kumail Nanjiani makes his pitch for a product you may have heard of. His story was ...DrugsFunnyLive Performance

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  • Error at First Base.

    411: First Contact 06.25.2010

    Ira Glass mentions a very silly mistake he made with a girl when he was in junior high. Then ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • It Was A Dark And Smoky Night.

    395: Middle of the Night 11.27.2009

    Jenifer Hixson tells the story of walking alone at night, and meeting a woman who was out for ...Live Performance

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  • The Italian Job.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Ira reviews some infidelity stats from his mother's book on the subject, Not Just Friends. And ...Live PerformanceRomanceSexuality

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  • Swak Down.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    Jeff Simmermon tells a story from his days as a student teacher, about a time when he decided to ...EducationLive Performance

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  • Beat It.

    384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    Mike Birbiglia explains the chain of events that resulted in him becoming the fall guy for his ...Live Performance

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  • Prologue.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    There's a town in Florida where if you shoplift, and get caught, a judge will send you back to ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemLive Performance

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  • D-u-why?!

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Mike Birbiglia recalls being in a car accident with a hit and run drunk driver. In the weeks ...Criminal JusticeFunnyLegal System

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  • Return To The Scene Of The Scene.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Ira invites Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon to perform a song from his Dr. ...Film/Film MakingFunnyLive Performance

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  • Our Man Of Perpetual Sorrow.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Dan Savage points a finger at the Catholic Church for being the kind of criminal organization ...DeathLive PerformanceReligion

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  • Family Feudalism.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    Sketch comedy troupe Kasper Hauser performs a radio game show, where a race car driver, a guy ...FunnyHistoryLive Performance

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  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    A live performance detailing a humiliating love affair. When comedian Mike Birbiglia was in high ...FunnyLive PerformanceRomance

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  • Tragedy Minus Comedy Equals Time.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia talks about the time he ruined a cancer charity event, by giving the ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Putting The Cart Before The Porsche.

    368: Who Do You Think You Are? 11.07.2008

    Sara was raised in a fancy suburban neighborhood with strict parents who liked to flaunt their ...ActivismChildhoodLive Performance

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  • The Fat Blue Line.

    362: Got You Pegged 08.22.2008

    While riding in a patrol car to research a novel, crime writer Richard Price witnessed a ...Live PerformancePoliceRace

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  • Stranger In The Night.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    Mike Birbiglia talks about the sleepwalking that nearly killed him. It's an excerpt of his ...FunnyHealth Care/MedicineLive Performance

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  • Tough News Room.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

    Malcolm Gladwell is a best-selling author and famous journalist at the New Yorker magazine. But ...EducationJournalismLive Performance

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  • Divorce Is Rrruuffff!

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    What divorce looks like from the dog's point of view. This monologue was performed by Merrill ...AnimalsDivorceFiction

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  • Impeachment Day.

    338: The Spokesman 08.10.2007

    Joe Lockhart was press secretary for President Bill Clinton. He recently told stories from his ...FunnyGovernmentLive Performance

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  • I'm Not A Tv Star, But I Play One On Tv.

    329: Nice Work If You Can Get It 04.06.2007

    This American Life contributor John Hodgman was unexpectedly chosen to be in a series of ...Jobs/EmploymentLive PerformanceTelevision

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  • 29.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    This American Life contributor David Rakoff, who swore off TV in college, returns to it in ...FunnyLive PerformanceTelevision

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  • Turkeys In Pilgrim Clothing.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Sarah Vowell examines what happens when TV takes on a subject it really has no business ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Radio On The Tv.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Ira says a few words about what he learned from working on a television show himself and about ...EducationFunnyLive Performance

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  • Graveyard Shift.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    One Halloween, David Sedaris decided to skip all the fake monsters and ghosts and zombies and ...DeathFunnyLive Performance

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  • The Grandma Letters.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    Will Seymour reads letters he and his grandmother exchanged when he was in high school. He was ...DivorceFamilyFunny

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  • Letters.

    312: How We Talked Back Then 05.12.2006

    Ira and playwright David Hauptschein took out advertisements in Chicago inviting people to come ...Live PerformanceWriting

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  • Internet.

    312: How We Talked Back Then 05.12.2006

    In this show, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ira and David Hauptschein explored this now ...HistoryLive PerformanceTechnology

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  • Bad Morning America.

    306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time 01.13.2006

    Davy Rothbart was on a 136-city tour appearing on morning TV talk shows to promote his book ...Live PerformanceWriting

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  • Cat Got Your Tongue.

    288: Not What I Meant 05.06.2005

    A fable about gossip and the service industry involving a cat and a baboon, by David Sedaris. ...AnimalsLive PerformanceRetail/Commerce

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  • The Spy Who Loved Everyone.

    286: Mind Games 04.08.2005

    A group called Improv Everywhere decides that an unknown band, Ghosts of Pasha, playing their ...Live PerformanceMusic

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  • Take My Break, Please.

    281: My Big Break 01.21.2005

    Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall were a comedy duo back in the mid-1960s, playing clubs around Los ...Live PerformanceTelevision

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  • Repeat After Me.

    277: Apology 11.05.2004

    A story by regular contributor David Sedaris involving his sister Lisa, a secret, and her very ...AnimalsLive Performancesiblings

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  • Miami Vices.

    268: My Experimental Phase 06.25.2004

    A nice Florida girl changes high schools and takes the opportunity to try on a new ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • A Can Of Worms.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    David Sedaris wishes he could take back a wish. He's the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and ...Food/Drinks/CookingLive PerformanceWriting

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  • It's Not Just The Aces That Are Wild.

    240: I'm In Charge Now 06.20.2003

    David Sedaris tells a story about how, as a teenager, he was scared of certain people...until he ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    Host Ira Glass tells the story of Chris Sewell, who was living on the street and yet somehow ...HomelessnessLive PerformancePersonal Finance

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  • Losing It.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    If you're going to do a show about people who are lost, you pretty much have to include a story ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • Teacher Hit Me With A Ruler.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    Sarah Vowell tells the lost story behind a patriotic song, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." ...HistoryLive PerformanceMusic

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  • I Found Your Letter.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    Davy Rothbart reads from letters, notes, scraps of paper and school papers which have been lost ...JournalismLive PerformanceWriting

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  • The Chasm Between Comedy And Music.

    238: Lost in Translation 05.30.2003

    Why is it that karaoke machines only have songs on them? If what they do is take a version of a ...Live PerformanceMusic

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  • The Rundown.

    231: Time to Save the World 02.07.2003

    The story of one girl's mission to bring people together everywhere by eliminating small talk ...Jobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Conservation Of Energy And Matter.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    David Sedaris outlines an experiment he conducted with fluids and a tube and a bag. The result: ...FunnyLiteratureLive Performance

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  • Sheetcakes In The Conference Room, Whiskey After Dark.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    David Rakoff discusses the world of birthdays and other holidays, as they're celebrated on the ...HolidaysJobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Don't They Know It's Christmas After All.

    201: Them 12.07.2001

    David Sedaris reads a new story about what "they" do at Christmas. And by "they" of course, we ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • To Make A Friend, Be A Friend.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    David Sedaris has this instructive tale of how, as a boy, with the help of his dad, he tried to ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • And If That Diamond Ring Don't Shine.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    Ian Brown explains the lengths a normal dad will go to give his daughter a memorable birthday ...ChildrenFathersFunny

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  • Prologue.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    We hear the story of a disastrous birthday party and how it's hard not to see these kinds of ...ChildhoodChildrenFriendship

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  • Pilgrim's Progress.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    Regular TAL contributor Sarah Vowell takes over the family Thanksgiving dinner by bringing ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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  • Kodak Moments Of The Dead.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    The story of Tyler Cassity and how he's trying to remake one of our oldest rituals of ...DeathFamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • Birthday Present.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    On a commemorative day, it can be hard to feel a real sense of the past and of how time has ...FictionHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Accidental Deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    David Sedaris tells the story of a subway ride he took in Paris. Two American tourists mistake ...FunnyLive PerformanceTravel

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  • The Youth In Asia.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    When a pet dies, to what degree can it be replaced by another? And to what degree can pets ...AnimalsDeathFunny

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  • Santa Claus Vs. The Easter Bunny.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Students in a French language class in Paris try to explain holiday customs to a woman from ...EducationFunnyHolidays

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  • Real Love.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    There's The Real Thing when it comes to your idea of what job you want, what house you want, ...FunnyLive PerformanceRomance

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  • Dance.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    What do we do when we're not doing something? Not writing a book, not doing our jobs, not ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Jail Sell.

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    Writer/performer Danny Hoch performs a monologue taken from his one man show, Jails, Hospitals ...BusinessCriminal JusticeFunny

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  • Prologue.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    When Adam and Jamie were kids, Jamie would always ask for Adam's advice, but he didn't want to ...ChildhoodFriendshipJournalism

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  • Sleepless In Seattle.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    What if you asked people for advice and actually took all the advice that everyone gave you? As ...ChildhoodFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Advise And Consent.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks with his mom—a clinical psychologist—about why people seem to rarely take ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Guided Meditation.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Forget all the self-help seminars you've ever heard of or attended. Writer Cheryl Trykv leads ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Host Ira Glass with Cornell University Professor Richard Klein, on how seeing isn't just seeing. ...LiteratureLive Performance

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  • American Goth.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    There are the people who take two hours to get dressed every day, who dress primarily to be ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Lifesaver.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Ira tells the story of Lucia Lopez, a former gang member who would beat you up if she caught you ...Live PerformanceTeenagersTheater

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  • Climb Every Mountain.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Writer David Rakoff travels to a place where everyone seems to be looking at him, a place where ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Durrell was a professional musician. He toured Asia, Brazil, Canada, gigs in Paris. Now he ...ChildrenEducationFunny

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  • Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    A case study of how children are asked to live the unlived lives of their parents. Author David ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Toccata and Fugue In Me, a Minor.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    As a teenager, Sarah Vowell was not casual about music lessons — music became her life. She was ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Writer Anne Lamott presents an example of what we can learn from music outside of formal ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Merci.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    A road trip can be a profound test of any relationship. It can save a marriage or destroy it. We ...FunnyLive PerformanceMarriage

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  • The Feeling You Want, And The Feeling You Get.

    91: Escape the Box 01.30.1998

    David Cale's Lillian. Mild sexual content in this story.See the special advisory we had to send ...Live PerformanceRomanceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    How David Sedaris became a Christmas writer — and how he started writing stories about the ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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  • Front Row Center With Thaddeus Bristol.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    David Sedaris reads this story. A high-powered theater critic applies his critical skills to the ...ChildrenFunnyHolidays

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  • Seasons Greetings To Our Friends And Family!

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    Julia Sweeney reads this story. She's a former Saturday Night Live cast member and star of the ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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  • Based On A True Story.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    A Hollywood TV producer tries to convince a church of evangelical Christians to sell out a ...FunnyHolidaysLiterature

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  • Ghost Story.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    An excerpt from Heather Woodbury's epic eight-hour solo show WhatEver: An American Odyssey in ...Live PerformanceParanormalTheater

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  • Shooter.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Chicago Playwright Bryn Magnus with a quintessential gun story from his childhood in Wisconsin. ...ChildhoodFunnyGuns/Gun Control

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  • Still Life.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    David Sedaris recounts his shameful career as a performance artist. Recorded before a live ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Smuggler.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Writer David Sedaris on an unwelcome surprise in a toilet — a turd. (14 minutes)FunnyLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Host Ira Glass, with a recording of a 1962 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., ...Live PerformanceMusicRace

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  • Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Chicago writer Cheryl Trykv on her own close encounter with Hollywood, the media, and a famous ...FamilyFunnyJournalism

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  • When You Talk Music.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Dael Orlandersmith's funny, moving story from her Obie-award winning show Beauty's Daughters. ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • I Like Guys.

    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

    David Sedaris reads one of his funniest and most affecting stories from his book Naked before a ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • Julia's Brother Gets Cancer.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    Julia talks about her brother Michael's cancer. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, ...CancerFamilyFunny

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  • Julia Gets Cancer.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    In the second half of the show, she talks about her own cancer — cervical cancer that was ...CancerFamilyFunny

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  • Act Five.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    A story by Cheryl Trykv, read by the author in front of a live audience at The Hothouse, ...Food/Drinks/CookingFriendshipFunny

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