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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Apr 27, 2015

Guest Jill Howe, storyteller extraordinaire!  She can be found at:,,,, and


2:53 - How did Jill get into storytelling? Routinely asking for stories as birthday presents tends to help.

5:53 - Two year anniversary this month for Jill's storytelling group: Story Sessions!

7:41 - Jill's first “Story” story was about finding her home 

12:11 - The power of Yes and the power of “No Frog”

18:41 - We don't have a lot of financially successful models for storytelling, unlike comedy and writing.

22:49 - What is “corporate storytelling?” A example:  "Get Storied” 

32:10 - Laura felt free to tell a story about her grandma's underwear and masturbation at Loose Chicks, produced by Roberta Miles and Jillian Erickson

33:19 - Jill started a writing group, Friends With Words, about two and a half years ago

38:56 - What does Jill look for in a storyteller as a producer?

44:29 - Jill’s story at Mortified  from her teenage diary.  BTW:  The drummer in her Mortified story is the same as the first one in her story on

49:51 - Jill produces story shows at campfires at The Little House of Glencoe

52:45 - Jill's experience as a high school English teacher in Chicago Public Schools.  Read about her teaching experiences on

58:26 - The next Story Sessions performance will be on Wednesday, April 29th, with the theme of "All In" and it is their two year anniversary!

59:23 - Nilsa's next reading of her solo show, "The Care I Need," will be June 1st 2015

1:00:21 - Laura is excited about taking "Punk Grandpa" to: Planet Connections in New York in June and at Three Brothers' Theatre in Waukegan on July 17th and 18th


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Edited/Notes by Laura and Jake Scruggs. Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?” - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "The Devil Is In The Beats” - The Chemical Brothers