The Story Collider is headed back to Los Angeles with a new show Thursday, August 9th. The show, which was recently named in L.A. Magazine’s ‘4 of L.A.’s Best Live Podcast Tapings‘, has a mission to bring true, personal stories about science to life. The idea is that everyone’s life is touched by science in some way and that we all have a story about its singular effect. The show showcases all kinds of storytellers – researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious. They’re all true and all very personal.
The upcoming L.A. show is at 8pm, August 9th at The Lyric Hyperion, The theme of the evening is Battles and the line up is, as always, spectacular and boasts storytellers from the worlds of science and entertainment.
The evening will feature the stories from:
FON DAVIS is the founder/creative director of Fonco Studios and appears on Battlebots, Cake Masters, Superfan Builds, an instructor at the Stan Winston School, a guest host on nerd shows and a content creator. In his three decade career, Fon has worked on over 40 feature films. As a alumnus of the Industrial Light and Magic Model Shop, Fon has worked on Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Pearl Harbor feature films, as well as the Star Wars, Matrix, Terminator, Mission Impossible, and Jurassic Park franchises. In addition to his work in visual effects, Fon has also worked in Disney’s art departments as a concept designer/model maker, and on several stop motion projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. More recently, Fon directed Emii’s Wait Music Video and worked on Academy Award winning Interstellar.
COLTON DUNN is a comedic improviser and actor. An alumni of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, he wrote for Key and Peele and currently plays Garrett on NBC’s Superstore.
JENNIFER LANDA is an actress, host, and crafter. Her work and YouTube videos have been featured on sites such as BuzzFeed, Craft Magazine, Huffington Post, LEGO.com, and more. As an actress she’s appeared in various commercials over the years and on tv shows like ABC’s Better Off Ted and MTV’s Awkward. As a host, she has appeared on Collider’s Jedi Council, Fusion’s Star Wars: A New Gaming Era, OraTV’s Dweebcast, and more. Currently, she cohosts ForceCenter, a Star Wars podcast dedicated to celebrating all things in that galaxy far, far, away. Jennifer is also a DIY contributor for the official Star Wars blog on StarWars.com. She sometimes goes by the nickname of “Landa Calrissian” and if you haven’t guess by now, Jennifer is really into Star Wars.
JOEY SLAMONhas worked as a writer and producer on shows such asArrested Development, Those Who Can’t and Bobcat Goldthwait’s upcoming Misfits and Monsters. She is currently working on season two of I’m Sorryfor TruTV. Despite no formal training, she will happily give you medical advice if you ask for it.
EVELYN VALDEX-WARD is an undocumented, Latina, scientist and PhD student at the University of California, Irvine. For her thesis, she studies the impact of California’s drought on the ways that plants and their soil microbes (fungi and bacteria in the soil) communicate and interact with one another. In addition to doing research, she’s extremely passionate about advocating for undocumented students in STEM. She recently published her story “I’m an undocumented scientist fighting for my Dream” in Science, and was invited to speak at the March for Science rally in DC to advocate for Dreamers in STEM. She has been awarded a UCI’s Dynamic Womxn’s Award for Outstanding Social Justice Activist, and the Svetlana Bersahdsky Graduate Student Award for her lobbying and advocacy efforts. She plans to continue lobbying and fighting for her undocumented community after graduating, and work in science policy, where she can continue to advocate for both science and minorities in STEM.
AUDREY KEARNS: Audrey Kearns is a writer, actor and producer. She founded the influential pop culture website, Geek Girl Authority for which she is editor-in-chief. She hosts and produces the podcasts Booze and Phasers, Kneel Before Aud and 5 Truths and a Lie. She also wrote, produced and acted in the successful one-person comedy Obsessively Okay which somehow managed to combine her battles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with her love for Star Trek cosplay. If that’s not nerdy enough for you, then just ask her to show you the two separate inhalers she carries with her at all times.
JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW: Joseph Scrimshaw is a comedian and writer once described by a fan on Twitter as “geek flavored.” Joseph has written for Adult Swim, Screen Junkies, Comic-Con HQ, and RiffTrax, Joseph has also written and performed for the public radio show Wits, the satirical news show WTFark, and more. As a comedian, Joseph has performed stand-up, sketch, and improv at the SF SketchFest, Jonathan Coulton’s JoCoCruise, appeared on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop, as well as conventions, bars, and festivals all over the country. His comedy album, Flaw Fest, was released in November 2013. John Hodgman calls it “very funny.” For more info, visit Joseph’s website, here.
Don’t miss out on this truly one of a kind and fun storytelling experience!
WHERE: Lyric Hyperion, 2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
WHEN: 8 pm (7:30 doors) Thursday, August 9th
Don’t live in Los Angeles? See if The Story Collider has show where you live, check storycollider.org for more information.
Read L.A. Magazine’s 4 of L.A.’s Best Live Podcast Tapings, here!