Our April Story Slam is themed, "WTF?"

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Our April Story Slam themed, “WTF?,” will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd. It tends to be a packed house and we've been selling out this season, so it’s a good idea to purchase your tickets in advance. Join us at  Zoetropolis; we start telling stories at 7 pm. Grab your tickets HERE!

What type of stories fit the theme of "WTF?"?

We’re looking for stories that illustrate the ridiculous things that occur in our everyday lives that make us go WTF? We’ve all had situations that either shocked or irritated us and made us ask the question. Whatever it is that makes you think WTF, we want to hear your story!

If you have a story, stop by our information desk when you arrive. Remember, we start telling stories at 7pm on Tuesday, April 23rd at Zoetropolis (112 N Water Street).  Click HERE for tickets.

Story Slam veteran Jamie Beth Cohen/Schindler (pictured above) will emcee the evening. Photo credit: Michelle Johnsen Photography

Tony Crocamo Wins our 'Courage' Story Slam!

Emcee Luanne Sims congratulates winner Tony Crocamo for his perfect score and winning the prized pint glass!

Emcee Luanne Sims congratulates winner Tony Crocamo for his perfect score and winning the prized pint glass!

Tony Crocamo was the winner of our “Courage” Story Slam, and was the first storyteller this season to receive perfect scores from the judges! Tony told of how he enlisted during the Vietnam War not because he believed the conflict was right, but because in his words, he “didn't have the courage not to.” Tony’s story shows that it takes courage to resist and take a stand for what you believe. Tony's story won him the prized pint glass and earned him a spot in the 2019 Grand Slam!

Our “Courage” Story Slam was a night of emotional and moving stories with everything from the courage of a young girl facing multiple heart surgeries to the courage it takes to face your fears. Some stories required great courage on the part of the storyteller while other stories recounted courage demonstrated by others. Justin Oberholtzer told a story about the lasting effects of bullying and mental health. John Teske told the story of his father’s courageous decision to attend a civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement and Georgine Wood told the story of how she overcome a speech impediment.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and everyone who came out to laugh, applaud, and be part of our storytelling community. Big thanks to our emcee Luanne Sims who provided some much needed comedic relief.

Our next Story Slam is themed "WTF?" and will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd. We’ve been selling out, so make sure to save the date and order your tickets online in advance!

Check out Tony Crocamo’s winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our March Story Slam is themed 'Courage'!

LInda Peacock was a first-time storyteller on our stage in February. Will you have the courage to tell your story on March 26th?

LInda Peacock was a first-time storyteller on our stage in February. Will you have the courage to tell your story on March 26th?

Our March Story Slam themed, “Courage,” will be held on Tuesday, March 26th. We had a packed house and sold out in January and February, so it’s a good idea to purchase your tickets in advance. Join us at  Zoetropolis; we start telling stories at 7 pm. Grab your tickets HERE!


What type of stories fit the theme of "Courage"?

We’re looking for stories that illustrate the concept of courage or maybe even the lack thereof. Maybe your great big dog, Fido, isn’t quite as brave as he seems? Tell us about that time your best friend stood up for you when the class bully made fun of you, or tell us about a time you wish you’d had more courage. Is there someone you admire because of their courage? Perhaps you have a story that will take great courage to tell?  Tell us your stories about events that have shaped your idea of courage over the years. Whatever courage means to you, we want to hear your story!

If you have a story, see Carla when you arrive. Remember, we start telling stories at 7pm on Tuesday, March 26th at Zoetropolis (112 N Water Street).  Click HERE  for tickets.

Luanne Sims will host the night.

Beth Horenkamp is the winner of our 'Pet Peeve' Story Slam!

Emcee David Smith congratulates storyteller Beth Horenkamp on winning the prized pint glass for her ‘Pet Peeve’ story.

Emcee David Smith congratulates storyteller Beth Horenkamp on winning the prized pint glass for her ‘Pet Peeve’ story.

Beth Horenkamp was the winner of our “Pet Peeve” Story Slam. Beth explained her pet peeve with her husband’s overly cautious nature. She relayed the story of a ski trip and the disappearance of her skis which she’s not likely to live down any time soon. Beth’s story won her the prized pint glass and earned her a spot in the 2019 Grand Slam!

Our “Pet Peeve” Story Slam included stories that encompassed a wide range of subjects from a guitar lesson with “The Boss” himself to questioning one’s faith. Christian Carrion shared his irritation at not being considered a “real Puerto Rican” while John Teske opined on PA drivers. Other storytellers like Justin Oberholtzer and Linda Peacock’s demonstrated that their pet peeves had more to do with their own habits than those of other people. Tony Crocamo explained that while others might consider arguing a pet peeve, he actually considers it a good thing.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and everyone who came out to laugh, applaud, and be part of our storytelling community. Big thanks to our emcee David Smith who successfully shamed reluctant storytellers into sharing their stories with promises of beef.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Courage" and will be held on Tuesday, March 26th. Save the date and don’t forget to order your tickets online in advance. This month we sold out for the second month in a row, so make sure to save the date and order your tickets online in advance!

Check out Beth Horenkamp’s winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to theLancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

'Pet Peeve' is the theme of our February Lancaster Story Slam!

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Thank you all who purchased tickets for our February Story Slam themed, “Pet Peeve,” which will be held on Tuesday, February 26th. All regular tickets have sold and a few standing room only tickets remain.

What type of stories fit the theme "Pet Peeve"?

We’re looking for your stories about the little things that get under your skin. What annoys you?  Maybe it’s the way your significant other leaves their dirty socks on the floor. Or the way Aunt Martha always asks when you’ll be moving out of your parents’ house. Tell us about your “friend” who likes to show up unannounced at the most inopportune times. Here’s your chance to rat out that one guy at the gym who never wipes off the elliptical when he’s done. Maybe you even have some habits of your own that others find annoying. Whatever it is that piques your ire, we want to hear your story.

If you have a story to tell, see Carla when you arrive to sign up. Remember, we start telling stories at 7pm on Tuesday, February 26th at Zoetropolis (112 N Water Street).  Click HERE for tickets.

Barring any flu-like symptoms, Dave Winston (pictured above. Photo credit: Michelle Johnsen Photography) will be our emcee for the evening.

Swapna Deshpande wins our 'Fine Line' Story Slam!

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Swapna Deshpande was the final storyteller at our “Fine Line” Story Slam and her story about karma and the beauty of compassion won her the prized pint glass and earned her a spot in the 2019 Grand Slam!

Our “Fine Line” Story Slam included several hilarious stories covering a wide range of topics including traditions, bartenders who come up with the best lines, and the important difference between being cocky and being competent. Rebecca Thatcher Murcia’s story about receiving a tongue in the mail distinguished between reporting the news and making the news and we laughed as Ashley DeVoe shared a story about an awkward night of blues dancing. Tom Bottiger explained the subtle difference between successfully waterskiing and unsuccessfully waterskiing and Randy Shultz told a tale of walking the fine line between good samaritan and chicken thief.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and everyone who came out to laugh and applaud. Big thanks to our emcee Donna Talarico who filled in for David Smith.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Pet Peeve" and will be held on Tuesday, February 26th. Save the date and don’t forget to order your tickets online in advance.

Check out Swapna Deshpande's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to theLancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our Fifth Season Kicks Off With the Theme 'Fine Line!'

Our fifth season of Lancaster Story Slam begins on Tuesday, January 22nd with the theme of “Fine Line.” Come on out to Zoetropolis; we start telling stories at 7pm. Grab your tickets HERE!

January’s emcee will be David Smith. Photo credit: Michelle Johnsen Photography

January’s emcee will be David Smith. Photo credit: Michelle Johnsen Photography

What type of stories fit the theme "Fine Line?"

We’re looking for your stories about the fine lines in life; times when there was only a slight difference between things. Maybe it was the way you felt about your 2nd grade nemesis - it was a fine line between love and hate. Perhaps when you decided to save money by fixing the toilet yourself, it was a fine line between genius and insanity. Or maybe there was a time when you might have crossed that line between gossip and information on one of your visits to the water cooler at work. We want to hear about your fine line.

If you have a story, see Carla when you arrive. Remember, we start telling stories at 7pm on Tuesday, January 22nd at Zoetropolis (112 N Water Street).  Click HERE for tickets.

2019 Themes and Dates Announced!

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We’re thrilled to announce that Lancaster Story Slam is gearing up for our fifth season! The 2019 season will again take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, but the new season brings with it some exciting changes. This year all events will begin at 7 pm (an hour earlier), and for the first four months of the year, we will be hosting Story Slam at Zoetropolis (112 N Water Street). Tickets for each Story Slam go on sale the day after the previous month’s event and can be ordered by clicking HERE.

Mark your calendars, check out the themes, and start planning your stories! Here are the 2019 Lancaster Story Slam themes:


Jan 22 - Fine Line

Feb 26 - Pet Peeve

Mar 26 - Courage

Apr 23 - WTF?

May 28 - Fast Forward

Jun 25 - Wake Up Call

Jul 23 - Curiosity

Aug 27 - Warning Signs

Sep 24 - Teach Your Children

Oct 22 - Scars

Nov 26 - Grand Slam-TBD


We look forward to seeing you all again in the new year and hearing your amazing stories!


Chris McDougall Wins the 2018 Grand Slam!

2018 Grand Slam Champion Chris McDougall, Carla Wilson, and emcee Melissa Snavely.

2018 Grand Slam Champion Chris McDougall, Carla Wilson, and emcee Melissa Snavely.

Chris McDougall edged out the competition to win the 2018 Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM with his story of getting jumped while living in North Philadelphia. Chris won the coveted trophy and has earned the title of “Best Storyteller in Lancaster” for 2018.

The theme for the night was “Bad Idea,” and we heard plenty of them. David Smith confessed about an epic night of drinking the night before his wedding. Kevin Reinmiller recalled the times he has seen his father cry. Marcus Grimm explained how he broke into the radio business with a spectacular ad. Christian Carrion talked about overcoming his fear of a rollercoaster. Michael Evans explored what community means to a church. Cliff Lewis recalled the greatest Christmas ever. Bret Daniels detailed the mystery of his continually disappearing mini-van. Tony Crocamo explained how, in retrospect, getting married so young and broke could have been seen as a bad idea. Cynthia Angst’s attempt to order off a French menu didn’t end well. And Mandy Mastros talked about the bad idea of online dating and how she has persisted.

Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and everyone who came out to the sold out Grand Slam!

You can watch Chris McDougall’s story below. To watch all the stories told at the GRAND SLAM, click over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel. Or use this link for a playlist of all the Grand Slam stories!

The 2018 Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM theme is Announced!

2017 Grand Slam Champion Tony Crocamo will be competing in the 2018 Grand Slam.

2017 Grand Slam Champion Tony Crocamo will be competing in the 2018 Grand Slam.

Tickets for the 2018 Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM are on sale now!

The theme for the GRAND SLAM is Bad Idea! This GRAND SLAM will take place at Tellus360 on Tuesday, November 27th at 8pm.

The winning storytellers from throughout the 2018 season will compete for the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster. This year’s storytellers scheduled to compete are: Michael Evans, Christian Carrion, Marcus Grimm, Tony Crocamo, Bret Daniels, Kevin Reinmiller, David Smith, Chris McDougall, Cliff Lewis, Mandy Mastros, and Cynthia Angst.

Please note the GRAND SLAM has sold out in years past so please purchase your tickets soon by clicking HERE.

Cynthia Angst wins the final slot in our 2018 Grand Slam!

Emcee Melissa Snavely with Cynthia Angst

Emcee Melissa Snavely with Cynthia Angst

Cynthia Angst edged out the competition at our “Skeletons in the Closet” Grand Slam with her story of battling a mouse. Cynthia won the prized pint glass and earned the final slot in our 2018 GRAND SLAM, which will be held on Tuesday, November 27th. For GRAND SLAM tickets, click HERE.

Our “Skeletons” Story Slam included some heart wrenching stories of family illness and depression, a few coming of age stories, meandering through a real life body exhibit, and securing the starring role in a horror movie, only to find out nudity is required.

Thanks to all our storytellers this season, our judges, and everyone who has come out to cheer on the stories. Grab your tickets for the 2018 GRAND SLAM before they sell out. We’ll see you on November 27th!

Check out Cynthia’s winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our Theme for our October 23rd Story Slam is "Skeletons in the Closet!"

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Celebrate Halloween on October 23rd with our “Skeletons in the Closet” Story Slam! We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive early to get food and drink and secure the best seats. Come on out! Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What do we mean by “Skeletons in the Closet?”

We want to hear your personal secret or your family foibles. Tell us something about your family’s embarrassing tradition or your ancestor’s arrest record. Perhaps you have a fetish or once were caught in a disreputable situation. Maybe you had to divulge your “skeleton” during a job interview or during a date or when you were bringing your significant other home to meet the family for the first time.

Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd for our “Skeletons in the Closet” Story Slam! This is your last chance to tell a story before our 2018 Grand Slam! Grab your tickets by clicking HERE!

Mandy Mastros wins our "Homecoming" Story Slam!

Story Slam winner Mandy Mastros with emcee Luanne Sims.

Story Slam winner Mandy Mastros with emcee Luanne Sims.

Mandy Mastros won our “Homecoming” Story Slam with her tale of growing up in Lancaster and leaving on a spiritual journey before returning to serve her community. Mandy edged out the competition to earn a slot in our 2018 Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam.

The stories this night touched all of our emotions. We laughed about an attempt to regain that high school glory and we pondered a tale of accidentally running into “Mr. Heartthrob” from college. We were wowed with a story about coming home to find parents had moved, and we were saddened by a story about a mother’s death. We leaned into to listen to a story about the potential loss of a love, and we laughed at an embarrassing faux pas during a homecoming trip to campus.

We had so many first time storytellers, which we love! Thanks to all those who told stories, those who were our judges, and all who listened.

Our October 23rd Story Slam is themed “Skeletons in the Closet.” Tickets are available HERE. Save the date and prepare your story.

Check out Mandy’s winning story below. To see other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our September Story Slam is "Homecoming!"

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Our September 25th Story Slam celebrates the age old tradition of "Homecoming." Join us at Tellus360 for a night of homecoming stories, and maybe even tell your own. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What are we looking for with "Homecoming" stories?

Yes, we could be talking about returning to your college stomping grounds, but we also want to hear stories about returning to family and loved ones, or the hope of seeing a prodigal son return. Perhaps you moved away from your home town decades ago but returned recently to where it all started. Maybe this homecoming was rather inconvenient, such as having to care for an aging parent or attend a funeral. Maybe that trip home rekindled a relationship with an old flame or made you feel nostalgic in some way. Tell us your homecoming story!

We start telling stories at 8pm on Tuesday, September 25th at Tellus360. Grab your tickets HERE or pay at the door. If you want to tell a story, see Carla at the foot of the stage!

Cliff Lewis wins our "Beach Bum" Story Slam!

Cliff Lewis and emcee Marcus Grimm

Cliff Lewis and emcee Marcus Grimm

Cliff Lewis won our "Beach Bum" Story Slam with his story of going to visit his grandparents in Florida and ending up leading the local St. Patrick's Day Parade. Cliff won the prized pint glass and earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

Our "Beach Bum" stories were diverse and, shall we say, revealing! We heard about nude beach experiences in Spain and France. Tales included boardwalk fights, drinking with a younger generation, and chumming while deep sea fishing. We also enjoyed stories about dangerous situations such as being stranded on a desert island, being stranded on a sand bar, and running out of air while scuba diving.

Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and everyone who came out tonight.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Homecoming" and will be held on Tuesday, Septmeber 25th at 8pm. To order tickets, click HERE.

Check out Cliff's winning story below. To watch all the stories told this night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel. If you want to see stories told at the HippoCamp Story Slam we held on Saturday, click here.

Our August 28th Story Slam is themed "Beach Bum!"

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To commemorate the end of summer, our August 28th Story Slam is themed "Beach Bum!" Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What stories do we want for "Beach Bum?"

We hope to hear stories about road trips to the "shore," memories of family vacations to the beach, or failed attempts to get to the sea. Perhaps you spent a summer scooping ice cream or serving dinner at a famous crab house, maybe your first fling was under the boardwalk or you had nightmares after getting hit by the tram car. Perhaps you have found a remote spit of sand that has become your personal space, or once had an altercation on a crowded holiday beach. Your beach story might be about the Jersey shore, the Maryland or Delaware beaches, or someplace more exotic such as Maui, Grand Cayman, or the Gold Coast. Certain shore towns instill fierce family memories - some good and some horrible - what's yours?

We hope to see you tanned and relaxed from your summer vacation when you come out for our "Beach Bum" Story Slam on August 28th at Tellus360. We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive early for dinner and/or drinks. Grab your tickets HERE.

Chris McDougall Wins the "Fast Lane" Story Slam!

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Chris McDougall was the final storyteller at our "Fast Lane" Story Slam, and his story about an epic rowing meet won him the prized pint glass and earned him a slot in November's Grand Slam!

We heard several excellent storytellers on the night from returning storytellers and a few first-timers also. Grand Slam Champion Cliff Lewis returned with an excellent story about attending a fireworks show where everyone was on edge. We heard Marcus Grimm tell a story about a classic high school prank. First-timer Rachel Prensner talked about her first foray into online dating. Eileen Joyce told us about living life in the fast lane with her cat. Phil Broder talked about the miracle cash he found when he was most in need. Laura Heller told us about her summer road trip. Diane Yannick explained how she hopped on the fast lane when her first marriage fell apart.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and everyone who came out to laugh and applaud. Big thanks to our emcee Donna Talarico, who is busy putting the finishing touches on the 2018 HippoCamp Creative Writers Conference taking place in Lancaster in August. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Beach Bum" and will be held on Tuesday, August 28th. Save the date!

Check out Chris McDougall's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our "Fast Lane" Story Slam Is July 24th!

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Step on that gas pedal! Our July 24th Story Slam is themed "Fast Lane!" Tell us your story or just come out to listen as people share their tales. Grab your tickets HERE.

What do we mean by "Fast Lane?"

We want to hear stories about the fast life in all aspects. Did you once own a bitchin' Camaro? Were you fast-tracked in your career? Were you living a fast life that ended in a crash at rehab? We want to hear about that vacation where you received multiple speeding tickets, or the time you ran with the bulls in Pamplona, or the time you won your local 5K by mistake. Perhaps you made a decision to get out of a certain situation and then put your efforts into the fast lane to get off at the next exit. Have you ever been in a dangerous car or boating accident or lost a friend who lived fast and died young. Tell us about your life and times in the fast lane.

We'll see you on Tuesday, July 24th at Tellus360 at 8pm. Grab your tickets HERE.

Dave Smith Wins Our "Father Knows Best" Story Slam!

Dave smith poses with emcee Melissa Snavely.

Dave smith poses with emcee Melissa Snavely.

Dave Smith's story of scaling a rock wall while his son watched on was the winning story at our "Father Knows Best" Story Slam. Dave won the prized pint glass and has earned his slot in the 2018 Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

We heard several touching stories recalling the love and idiosyncrasies of dads. Whether bonding with dad while building a pinewood derby car or nervously waiting for dad to reply to the news of a pregnant daughter or watching dad rummage through cushions for spare change, we learned about the dedication and wordless love of fathers. 

Join us for our next Story Slam, themed "Fast Lane," which will be held on Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm. You can order your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can watch Dave's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our June Story Slam: Father Knows Best!

Our Story Slam on June 26th is "Father Knows Best!" Tell your favorite Dad story or come out and listen to other people tell their remembrances of fathers, substitute fathers, and other mentors. Perhaps you want to get your dad tickets to the Story Slam and then surprise him by taking the stage and telling your story! For tickets, click HERE.

What type of stories do we want to hear?

Let's hear about your early memories of dad or your lack of memories of dad. How did your dad influence you either through genetics or through their passions in life or their mistakes in life. Did you get your love of reading, or sports, or fishing, or sense of ethics and responsibility from your own dad? Perhaps you had a surrogate father or were adopted and have a special relationship with a father figure. Maybe your grandfather was the dominant figure in your life or maybe you just became a father yourself and have first-hand thoughts on the trials and tribulations of raising your own children. We want to hear about rich dads, poor dads, good dads and struggling dads.

Come on out to Tellus360 on Tuesday, June 26th for our "Father Knows Best" Story Slam. for tickets, click HERE. We start telling stories at 8pm, but arrive early for the best seats, some food and drink.