It seems Bootown's "Grown-Up Storytime" just gets more popular with every reading. The monthly event that usually takes place on the second Tuesday for some reason wound up happening on a Monday this time, but that didn't stop a crowd from practically filling the upstairs room at Rudyard's Pub. If you haven't experienced the delightful spoken-word/stand-up comedy/indie-theater hybrid, the setup's simple: Writers submit stories to Bootown artistic director Emily Hynds; she selects the program and recruits readers for the event. Usually, readers have no clue who wrote the story, and they're even encouraged to edit and customize--all at the last minute. (Readers receive their stories with only a few days to prepare, which keeps things spontaneous and raw.)
It's always fun to guess which story was written by Hynds. She usually contributes a frank and confessional tale about bodily functions or sex. We'll take a shot and say it was the story titled "Asshole Bleaching." Hynds' content and tone is beginning to ring familiar.
Other standouts included "NY Diaries," read by Timmy Wood, in which the writer lists, among other things, his top 10 most inspirational films. Wood steadily built the laughs as he announced the list--all but one directed by Tyler Perry.
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And though "Grown-Up Storytime" doesn't usually include sketch comedy, Bootown cross-promoted the Darewolves, who performed a hilarious scene in which the President reveals himself as an alien invader, LeBron James gets stabbed by a unicorn, and Bill Pullman shows up to save the planet.
Art Attack even stepped up to the mic--the night's lone attempt to "get serious." Every night's gotta have one.
Video of last night's event is soon to come at Bootown's website, but here's one from last month's event: co-founder Philip Hays reading "Zees Ees Preezon."