VIDEOS: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with sad and funny tales of ‘Heartburn’ from Scranton StorySlam
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the love of your life… or a time to curse those who broke your heart over the years. No matter which way you feel about it, the stories from last year’s Scranton StorySlam will warm your insides on this cold winter day.
Each Scranton StorySlam, where performers have only five minutes to tell a true story off the top of their head with no notes, has a theme they must stick to, and the competition held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Ale Mary’s in downtown Scranton had the theme of “Heartburn,” promising “tales of love stories gone awry, first dates, bad dates, and maybe a few happy-ever-afters” that ranged “from pants-peeing hilarity to soul-wrenching heartbreak.”
Most of the performers are chosen beforehand, while one is drawn from a hat that night. The winner, Steve Clark, is a two-time Grand Slam champion at First Person Arts in Philadelphia.
“In seventh grade, my first kiss went so poorly and I knew so little of what to do with my mouth parts that the next week at school, the girl said it was so bad it would not count as my first kiss,” Clark recalled.
Filmed by Big Idea Photo and Video Productions, the videos from this StorySlam were just recently uploaded to YouTube, so if you missed this event last year, you can fall in love with these stories this year.
Master of Ceremonies Conor McGuigan:
Winner Steve Clark:
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.