True Storytelling Events in Oakland


"Ethnically Ambiguous"

About the Show:

StorySlam Oakland is Oakland’s longest-running true storytelling show, where people tell short and true stories from their lives. Or just listen and laugh. The theme changes every month.
This month’s theme is:

“Ethnically Ambiguous”


When: Wed. June 19th

Where: The Sound Room, 3022 Broadway, Oakland

Time: Doors open at 6:30PM, show begins at 7:30.

There is excellent food and drink available from the Sound Room cafe.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. There will be one intermission.

Featured Storyteller: Don Reed

Don Reed

Don grew up in Oakland and has been an actor, comic, show producer and storyteller. He has been honored as NPR Snap Judgment Storyteller of the Year. He worked at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for many years as the opening act – warm up comedian – yes, he was essentially the fluffer. He loves dogs and cats. 

Heck, just Google “Don Reed Comedian” and you will be sufficiently impressed.

How The Show Works

Anybody can put their name in the hat for a chance to tell their true, personal story on the theme.
We present one pre-booked Featured Storyteller from our wonderful storytelling community. These are people who have won awards at various shows, or just are known to us for their great storytelling style and charisma. The Featured Storytellers tell true, personal stories, but a little longer than the open-mic stories. They normally close out the show.

Sometimes people show up in the audience who we know are really fun storytellers, and we may pull one of them up as a “special guest” and bypass the hat. All the other storytellers are pulled at random from the names in the hat. We usually have time for 8 to 10 storytellers at each show.

StorySlam Oakland rules for storytelling:

  • Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell
  • Stories must be about YOU
  • Stories must be TRUE
  • Keep it short! Length should be about 5 to 6 minutes, but no longer
  • Stories must be told aloud, not read and NO notes! Tell it just like you’re telling friends around a dinner table.

No pressure! Just have fun. There is no voting and no judging.