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The more I worried I was taking a risk with a story – because it was too emotional, too provocative, or just too nuts – the more the audience lit up." In August of 2009, host Kevin and producer Michelle Walson started the live show RISK!
, "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public" at Arlene's Grocery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Stories ran the gamut from the sacred to the profane, the hilarious to the horrific – and for the audience, it was a chance to re-connect with the things that make us human. Many remarkable people have shown a side of themselves on RISK!
It's still just about the most cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes kind of smorgasbord you're likely to see anywhere. live show, winner of an ECNY Award for Best Variety Show, now lives at The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City and the Nerdmelt Theater in LA. that you probably haven't seen elsewhere, like Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, R.
Ben Garant, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Michael Showalter, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Lili Taylor, Adam Mc Kay, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Joe Lo Truglio, and more. – also hosted by Kevin Allison – premiered online in October of 2009. shows in Hollywood are hosted by Beowulf Jones at the Nerd Melt Theater. team created The Story Studio, at a school dedicated to teaching people from all walks of life to turn their most meaningful experiences into powerful self-expression.
Founded in 2009 by Kevin Allison of MTV's legendary sketch comedy show, The State, RISK! , started his comedy career on the legendary sketch series The State on MTV. "I was doing a solo show out west, playing characters as usual," he says.
has been downloaded tens of millions of times and has featured incredible true stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Michael Ian Black, and regular folks from around the world. "jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching." RISK! "Afterward, Michael Ian Black [also of The State] said, 'I kept hoping you'd drop the act and tell some of your own stories.' I said, 'Yikes, that just seems so risky...' But even as I said it, I could feel in my gut that that kind of risk could lead to the best stuff." The very next week, Kevin was on stage telling his own stories.
also puts on live shows for sold out crowds internationally. "Suddenly, I was looking right into the eyes of audience members. After the show, people didn't just say, 'That was funny,' they said, 'Thank you.
That really got to me.' I was finding the meaning in my own experiences and the people listening felt like they'd lived through these things with me.
The podcast includes not just the best stories from the live shows but also "radio-style" stories and interstitial music and comedy from artists all over the world. "Practically anybody will benefit from this training," Kevin says.
Most episodes of the show are free and easy to download from i Tunes and other sources. podcast is the winner of an ECNY Award for Best Podcast, and has been downloaded tens of millions of times to date. "We always say that, from the bar to the boardroom, a good story well told is what leaves a lasting impression." New workshops through The Story Studio start each month and corporate workshops can be custom-tailored to a company's needs. is a labor of love, a communal groundswell, and a start-up with one hell of a future in the works. Or, as Kevin ends every episode of the podcast saying, "Folks, today's the day. "Comedian, host, dj, content creator, and more, Amanda Seales doesn't just want to make you laugh, she wants to make change!
With an uncanny knack for taking serious topics (racism, rape culture, sexism, police brutality, etc.) and with humor,making them relatable and interesting, she combines intellectual wit, enigmatic silliness and a pop culture obsession to create her unique style of smart funny content for the stage and screen.