Tell The Bartender - A Storytelling Podcast

This very special episode doubles as a birthday present for a dear friend of The Bartender. Chemda Hennessy just celebrated a huge birthday, so Katharine put together stories and messages from some of her many friends, co-workers and admirers. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEMDA!

Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GOT TELL THE BARTENDER FEATURED ON NPR’S EARBUD.FM!

Direct download: ChemdaBirthday_1.mp3
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Due to popular demand, here is the Serial parody The Bartender made with her talented friends!

Every year we get together to celebrate the Scottish tradition of Burns Night, which honors poet Robert Burns. There is haggis, scotch, tartan, scotch, poems, scotch and toasts. This year Forest Ray was given the task to tell the “Immortal Memory” which revolves around a very naughty poem by Burns. So he wrote a spoof of the popular and awesome NPR podcast Serial.

Direct download: Episode_74__Return_To_Burns_Night.mp3
Category:Storytelling -- posted at: 1:56pm EST

In this Episode:

The universe works in mysterious ways. Just ask Rosa. In a single night, Rosa was able to overcome feelings about something from her past, impress an idol, and get some sweet, sweet action. She also blows The Bartender's mind when Rosa's story ties into something very intimate about Katharine.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GOT TELL THE BARTENDER FEATURED ON NPR’S EARBUD.FM!

Music suggestions this week from Naz T. Nate! Check out his work here.

Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars! PLUS since everyone says her voice is soon soothing, if you tip The Bartender $10 or more she will send you a personal audio message of a bedtime story of your choosing (you supply the text). With a donation of $25 or more, The Bartender will record a holiday song of your choice! 

Direct download: TheUniverse.mp3
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In this Episode:

How does one break their vagina? Daniella shares with us the intimate details. And Danny tells how he ended up in "conversion therapy" after his very catholic parents found pornography in his room.

 

 
Direct download: LooseningUp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EST

In this Episode:

Lana recalls a very special night that made her an honorary New Yorker. It's also a PSA on why you should never share towels. Then Wali talks about growing up Muslim, why he stopped practicing, and how he told his family. Then he and The Bartender tell stories (and secrets) about some of the shenanigans that went down on the Keith and The Girl tour (Wali was the tour bus driver).

Direct download: Relationships_and_Rumblestrips.m4a
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In this Episode:

Meredith hadn't had much luck with online dating. This is the story of one date that turned into a shitstorm. Literally.

Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars! PLUS this month, since everyone says her voice is soon soothing, if you tip The Bartender $10 or more she will send you a personal audio message of a bedtime story of your choosing (you supply the text).

Direct download: MeredithZ_-_10_21_15_1.32_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

In this Episode:

"Nixon", our anonymous guest, tells The Bartender about the time she started seriously dating a woman whose cancer had just returned. Nixon tried to be a supportive girlfriend during this difficult time, but for some reason all of her efforts fell flat. Turns out there was a totally reasonable explanation.

ALSO, The Bartender is going on tour with the comedy podcast Keith and The Girl in October! See show dates here.

Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars! PLUS this month, since everyone says her voice is soon soothing, if you tip The Bartender $10 or more she will send you a personal audio message of a bedtime story of your choosing (you supply the text).

Direct download: NixonFiles.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

In this Episode:

Ever found yourself completely out of your element? Shari shares her experience with auditioning for American Idol... four times. And Micah and Dan tell us about some otherworldly experiences they both had. It involves an ouija board, American Horror Story, and mushrooms. Not in that order. ALSO, The Bartender is going on tour with the comedy podcast Keith and The Girl in October! See show dates here (more TBA). 

Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: In_Another_World_-_9_22_15_4.22_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34am EST

In this Episode:

New York native Anthony survived the devastating LA earthquake of '94. But he soon found out the damage wasn't nearly done. And The Bitchy Waiter is back to tell us what happened to him hours after the last time he was on the show... he isn't proud.

PLUS listener shout outs, and The Bartender is going on tour with the comedy podcast Keith and The Girl in October! See show dates here. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: ShakenUp_-_9_8_15_12.08_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

In this Episode:

Ever had to make a life changing decision immediately? We hear from two people who didn't have a lot of time to make an important choice. First, Luke talks about finding himself face to face with someone from his past (who happens to be a member of his church). And then we hear from Jan, a sergeant in the NYPD, who had to bend the rules a bit to help someone in need (it involves a Winnie The Pooh Piglet doll).

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Steve tells us about the time he was inspired to play music after meeting his idols, The Flaming Lips, who he eventually toured with. That's also when he found out some dreams aren't meant to be followed. And Niabi shares with us why she eventually quit a job as a knife thrower's assistant for The Great Throwdini. Also, The Bartender is going on tour with the comedy podcast Keith and The Girl in October! See show dates here (more TBA). Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: ShowBusiness_-_8_13_15_10.02_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EST

In this Episode:

We hear three stories about some very awkward moments. One of them involves Arianna Huffington, another involves peach schnapps and the cops, and the last involves karaoke, because of course. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: Awkward_-_7_30_15_11.29_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EST

In this Episode:

Jim educates us about "Devil's Night" (the night before Halloween), and how a prank he played on a neighbor went terribly, terribly wrong. Then things got worse. 

And The Bartender recalls the time a joke she made got taken a little too seriously. It involves playing in a punk band called "Bitch Chicks On The Rag". 

PLUS a listener shout out! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: Pranks_-_7_15_15_2.23_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

In this Episode: 

I'll Accept The Charges: Very recently Clementine got a collect call from a correctional facility. It was her long lost uncle asking for help. But as time went on, the only things that started to add up in his story were the phone charges. Then things got weird. Clementine is using her real name but all other names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent - and the guilty.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Jackson found out the hard way - the very hard way - what happens when you throw a little party in your boss's house while they're away and put the invite on Facebook. Again, Jackson is using his real name but others have been changed to protect a certain restraining order. 

Direct download: BreakingTheLaw2_-_7_1_15_11.39_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EST

In this Episode:

In a world where it's easy to lose faith in humanity, The Bartender sat down with two people who are making big changes with small actions to help others, and themselves. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: Inspirational_-_6_17_15_10.02_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EST

In this Episode:

Survival jobs - that thing you do while pursuing the other thing you do that doesn't pay all the bills yet. Here are stories from unique individuals who have been there and done that. We hear from a kids soccer referee, a personal assistant, a UPS employee and a bartender from a "Coyote Ugly" type establishment. PLUS listener shout outs! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am EST

In this Episode:

Vegan drag queen Honey LaBronx (AKA Ben Strothmann) just moved into a gorgeous, affordable apartment in Manhattan. How he got it is another story. It involves negotiating with the IRS. 

PLUS a fellow podcaster shout out! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Genevieve found a purse on a train and hoped to return it to the owner. What she didn't expect was to become deeply entwined with the subjects of its contents. You can read more stories about magic on the NYC subway at her awesome blog, Subway Subculture.

PLUS listener shout outs! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: SubwaySubculture1_-_4_22_15_8.55_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

In this Episode:

Zhu Yi was unable to be in her home country when her grandmother died, but first she had to find out about it after the fact. Zhu talks about how her eccentric family has influenced her, inspired her, and like many families sometimes had the cops called on them.

Then Kerry joins The Bartender for the first ever "Tell The Bartender Theater" segment where they do a dramatic reading of a series of unflattering text messages about Kerry, accidentally sent to Kerry, from a (now former) friend of Kerry.

Direct download: GoodbyeBadbye_-_4_7_15_2.00_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

In this Episode:

"Tyler" tells us the best gift to bring for the host of a private sex party. Hint: it's homemade. Then Keri recalls some shitty dating experiences. Unfortunately, that's literal. Also, have a band or write songs? Submit your own music to be featured on future shows! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: TTB_-_3_24_15_11.35_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

In this Episode:

Mike tells a story that he has never told anyone (even his wife) and The Bartender is, for the first time, at a loss for words. Then Tommy talks about the idea of "casual racism", which culminates with a story about what NOT to do when you "see something" suspicious on the train. Like the show?  Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: MT2_-_3_10_15_10.37_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am EST

In this Episode:

The Bartender is joined by Norm Lewis and The Bitchy Waiter for another wonderful live show. PLUS a listener shout out, and we play Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice with Jordan McDonough! Recorded at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: ShowFinal2_-_2_23_15_9.20_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

In this Episode:

We hear stories from people who have loved, lost, and been punched by strangers. PLUS buy tickets now for Tell The Bartender LIVE on February 18th with Norm Lewis and the Bitchy Waiter! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: HM2_-_2_11_15_12.57_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

In this Episode:

The Serial parody you’ve all been waiting for! Every year, The Bartender’s friends celebrate the Scottish tradition of Burns Night, which honors poet Robert Burns. There is haggis, scotch, tartan, scotch, poems, scotch and toasts. This year Forest Ray was given the task to tell the “Immortal Memory” which revolves around a very naughty poem by Burns. So he wrote a spoof of the very popular and awesome NPR podcast Serial. Here it is! Conceived by Forest Ray and Jordan Kraft, written by Forest Ray, with the vocal stylings of Forest, Jordan, Sharda Sekaran, Suparna Mukherjee, Alex Kveton and yours truly, Katharine, doing her best impersonation of the host of Serial Sarah Koenig (who Katharine just found out is her cousin).

PLUS listener shout out and news about the SECOND AMAZING GUEST for the next Tell The Bartender LIVE! Also, a new episode of the advice show The Bartender co-hosts, The Struggle Bus, is up. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

Direct download: ImmortalSerial_-_2_4_15_11.55_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

In this Episode:

Andrea recalls a series of events that lead to a major life change, and Forest talks about performing what should have been a simple procedure during his time as an Army medic in Iraq.

PLUS listener shout outs and news about the next Tell The Bartender LIVE! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

 

Direct download: AandJ_-_1_21_15_10.04_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am EST

In this Episode:

Frankie joins The Bartender to talk about when she first realized that maybe you shouldn't answer the door when you live alone. Even if it's the lead paint inspector.

Then Liz tells a very touching story about what she learned from her first love. It also involves a filing cabinet.

PLUS listener shout outs and news about the next Tell The Bartender LIVE!

Direct download: FL3_-_1_4_15_1.30_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39am EST

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