Risk! The show about true stories you never thought you’d dare to share.
TDW welcomes fellow podcast host Kevin Allison, a storytelling teacher at the Story Studio in New York and a former cast member of the sketch-comedy television show “The State.”
Have you ever met your hero?
Before last September, TDW didn’t even know Kevin Allison existed (or Aya did, via the State, but Jenn is young and Dom is indifferent to all things not BBQ and Muay Thai.) In a very short amount of time, we fell in love with Kevin’s show, RISK!, a podcast about true stories, boldly told.
If you need a way to make your commute fly by, or for your life to seem more normal, or for your fears/hopes/dreams to be validated and reflected back to you in a way that makes you feel wonderfully human, take a listen to Risk. The show is a collection of stories recorded in real time at a series of live events across the nation. Kevin Allison is the charismatic host filled with wild inflections, funny anecdotes, and a warmth that makes you just want to tell him everything. (And people do!)
Kevin got his start in the entertainment world through the sketch-comedy show called “The State.” He loved the feeling of being on stage and being creatively engaged with a group of hilarious people, but when the show eventually ended, he was faced with the sharp edge of reality. For years, he searched for another outlet and met many a dead and empty end. The answer finally appeared in the form of a friend telling him to cut the act, remove the mask, and try acting like himself for a change- to *take a risk.*
Now, Risk is in its 6th year and was named one of iTunes Podcasts’ “Best of 2015.” The stories cover every sort of topic: sex, drugs, recovery, addiction, loss, triumph, pain, success, etc. Kevin is the sort of host we strive to emulate and we loved every instant of this episode.
But unfortunately, technical mistakes happen and we were only able to salvage 30 minutes of our recording, claiming the rest for our individual memories. The other 30 minutes is the story of Jenn’s first time performing at a live storytelling event in Oakland, as well as seeing Kevin live at an SF Sketchfest Show and then exploring the dark details of a restaurant called Opaque.
So, in a nutshell: a circle jerk of affection for Kevin Allison, followed by Jenn talking about her adventures. But what else is new.
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