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A Funny Thing: Melanie Hamlett Nearly Seduced by South American Stilt Clown

Our story this week: Melanie Hamlett, yearning for the endless, intoxicating adventure of South America found herself couch surfing into a house full of clowns. Literal clowns. Bipolar, uncicycling clowns. Always on the lookout for a safe haven from the lecherous man-pigs of the road, Melanie thought she had found her respite from constant sexual harassment amongst those bronze boys of the circus arts. But then came a clown called Blue Angel, and everything changed.

Melanie Hamlett is a comedian, storyteller, world traveler , and two-time MOTH storyslam winner who has written for Marie Claire, Nerve.com, and her  book Leave the Lipstick, Take the IguanaYou can catch her performing in Adventures with [...]

A Funny Thing: Ophira Eisenberg Scrapes the Bottom of the Sex Barrel

Our story this week: Fresh off bombing her stand up set, Ophira Eisenberg was desperate to turn a bad night into a good one. How to do it? By sleeping with the weird, sad headliner, of course. The guy "who's entire wardrobe came from a t-shirt gun." But how weird and sad can things get, really? Very. Things can get very weird and very sad. Mondays, am I right?

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian and storyteller who hosts NPR's Ask Me Another. She has a fantastic new book out this week, called Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. Click on that link to see it on [...]

A Funny Thing #31: A Stupendous Job with Adam Wade

Adam Wade was young man, a fragile asthmatic, unprepared for the rigors of band. He needed a place in the world. Until that is, a kindly, but slow, gym teacher took Adam under his verbose wing and they began their master-blaster-like symbiosis. But could one act of boozy hubris tear young Adam from this protective bosom, or might or hero learn that a helping hand can shake both ways? Adam, your father must be proud of you.

Adam Wade has told every story ever at every place that allows storytelling and has won every storytelling award and accolade for which human beings are eligible. He hosts the great show, [...]

A Funny Thing: Brantley Brice Discovers Himself, Matt Lauer, and the Power of Men's Underwear

Our story this week: Brantley Brice didn't so much struggle with his sexuality as much as he gleefully did the breaststroke in a river of denial of it. His closet was a palace of men's underwear models and sexual aids. But the truth, much like Brendan Fraser in a golden cod-piece, will always out.

Brantley Brice is an actor and comedian in New york. Seek and ye shall find him performing with The Bats, the resident theater company of The Flea Theater, or follow him on Twitter @brantleybrice. He loves dinosaurs.

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A Funny Thing: Kate Tellers Gets Handsy During Thanksgiving Dinner

This week on A Funny Thing, a story from comedian and storyteller Kate Tellers about the time she put on a corset, impersonated an Astor, and tried to give her boyfriend a handjob during Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Just like the pilgrims did!

Kate will be hosting the MOTH slam on Dec 27th. and you can follow her on twitter @katadudle. She told her story at the comedy storytelling stalwart Oh Hey Guys! This week please remember that all of us here at A Funny Thing wish you a happy and safe thanksgiving. HJ's for everybody!

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A Funny Thing #30: Tumbleweave with Nicole Byer

This week, Nicole Byer sidles up to the Genius Bar and walks away with a plate full of hot mess. A whole bottle of Georgi, a tight weave, and an unjustified night of living it up beyond the velvet rope results in the only thing it should, a warm puddle of ignominous haze. Apologies to developmentally disabled cockatiels everywhere.

Nicole Byer is a comedian and actress who continues to burn bridges and break hearts all over New York City. See her be brilliant on stage improvising with Bucky on Tuesdays or with her sketch team Fambly on Mondays, all at the UCB theater in Chelsea. She told her story at the hilarious show [...]

A Funny Thing: Pat Baer Fights Wolves, Finds Love

Our story this week: Pat Baer, creeped out by an awkward drug party around an unfamiliar campfire, escapes into the forest along with the beautiful, straight-edge subject of his unspoken desire. But if there's one thing that history teaches us, it's this: journeys into dark forests produce narrative crisis points via confrontation with representations of the bestial self. Should have seen this one coming, Pat.

Pat Baer is an improvisor and all around great guy who has helped with the production of A Funny Thing since its very beginning. Thanks Pat! He also hosts 404ing it: Breaking Down the Internet, a surprisingly moving love song to all things online at the [...]

A Funny Thing #32: The Old College Try with Jon Gabrus

Jon Gabrus lived the quintessential Hollywood college experience, if Hollywood was the name of an alternate world where everyone thought it was super cool to walk around with a bee on a string, shit your Gap boxer-briefs in front of a freshman co-ed, and drive with your eyes closed, high on stolen, canned oxygen. Make sure you've still got all your teeth and buckle up. Jon Gabrus is taking you to school.

Jon Gabrus can be seen hosting MTV2's The Guy Code. New episodes start this January, but if you'd like to see his cherubic grin right now, just look over your shoulders, or more specifically at mtv2.com.

A Funny Thing #29: The Period Piece with Halle Kiefer

This week, Halle Kiefer yearns for the day when everyone wore a shirt around their waist. A blowout on the L train sends Halle down the crimson gutters of memory lane where she must face the unapproving, capricious whims of Mavis Beacon, the body shame of an adolescent mob, and finally Mr. Dunkle, the human couch, and his gruesome object lesson. Speak friend, and you shall enter.

Halle told her story at Nights of Our Lives, the unmissable storytelling show at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Halle will be hosting a new monthly stand-up show called The Dog and Pony Show at UCB East starting October 16th. [...]