Can you spin out a true five-minute story — on the fly — prompted by one sentence or word? Throw out the formulas, the practice, and the prep. Someone says, “bag of peanuts” and you tell the world about that time you accidentally became a pirate. Or a zombie. Now, you can tell it all live on a stage at SPOKES Denver, a pop-up live comedy and storytelling event where the audience tells the stories, decides the prompts, and chooses the best storytellers, who win cash and prizes.
Here’s how it works: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Invisible City, and tickets are $10.
When you buy your ticket, you write down a word or prompt for the storytellers. You can also throw your name in the hat to have the chance to tell a story on one of the mysterious prompts that the audience suggests.
At 7 p.m., organizers will pull the prompts and stick them on the SPOKES Story Wheel (a retrofitted spinning bike-wheel that displays 10 prompts at a time). Then, six storytellers from the audience will come and have two chances to spin the wheel and tell a five minute story on one of the prompts.
The best stories (voted on by audience applause) will win $100 plus one month of membership at House of Pod, an audio recording space with production services in Denver. All stories will have the chance to make it onto their new storytelling podcast, SPOKES!
There will be donation-based drinks, a comedy intermission, door giveaways, local Honduran-inspired cuisine by Xatrucho, and more surprises. Tickets are available here. 1545 Julian St., Denver.