At StoryNights, talented performers, actors, comics and writers take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. Sometimes touching, sometimes inspiring, sometimes embarrassing but always real; these stories won’t shy away from true grit.
StoryNights host, David Nihill (Founder of FunnyBizz) and world-class storytellers perform 10 minute true stories. Tonight Nihill is joined by storytellers Omar Qureshi, Heather Gold, David Nguyen, Scott Sanders, and Tony Cyprien.
MEET THE STORYTELLERS
Raised in rural Missouri, Omar Qureshi is a muslim comedian and law student based in the Bay Area, California. Omar’s one man show “Mad Metaphysical” has played to sold out audiences in LA and Chicago. He tours nationally with The Moth. He has performed at comedy clubs across the country, and in 2016, he took first place at the San Francisco Funny Fest competition. Omar is also an accomplished storyteller—he has won three Moth StorySlams. During the day, he is a third-year student at Stanford Law School.
Heather Gold: Geek comedian. Relentlessly honest. Created interactive performance by mashing up theatre, stand-up and the Net. Heather has also appeared in: NPR boingboing.net, TechTV, Air America, WIRED, Yahoo Financevision, The Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The San Jose Mercury News, WHERE Magazine, shift TV, Fortune.com, thestreet.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Curve, Backstage Pass, the Austin Chronicle and CBC Radio.
David Nguyen is a writer and comedian currently writing and comedianing in California’s Bay Area. One half of The Colossal Show, San Jose’s premier independent comedy showcase, David is a mainstay both in the local scene and comedy clubs across the state. David was a finalist in the 2011 Rooster T Feathers New Talent and 2012 Battle of the Bay comedy competitions, and has opened for Carly Aquilino, Pete Davidson, Kevin Shea, Sheng Wang, Phil Palisoul, Dat Phan, Marc Ryan, John Henton and Robin Williams.
David Nihill (host)
Leaving Dublin, Ireland, where he was born and raised until the age of 22, David got drunk on travel and never quite hit the sobriety of it. A bestselling author, David has been featured in Inc, NPR, Huffington Post, Forbes, Lifehacker and the Irish Times, and was recently part of the Irish Kings of Comedy Tour, SF Sketchfest, the Ventura Comedy Festival, Ukiah Comedy Alley, and the Kansas City Irish Festival. A multiple Moth Storyslam winner, Grandslam finalist and occasional host David has also told tales at Porchlight, The Naked Truth, Fireside and Litquake. Always a funny storyteller, these days he calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit.
Scott Sanders is an ex-actor / ex-New Yorker who moved to the left coast 15 years ago and is still wrestling with cross cultural challenges. Scott introduced graffiti / urban tagging to the Inner Mongolian territories. He’s participated in multiple Moth GrandSlams and told tales for NPR’s Snap Judgement, Fireside, Porchlight, BustingOut Storytelling, StorySlam Oakland and LitQuake. He’s proud to have told his stories at multiple Moth Mainstage events.
Tony Cyprien Born and raised in Watts, California, Tony now lives in Berkeley. He has won a Moth StorySlam, performed at two Moth Mainstage events, and has also performed for Marin Shakespeare’s Social Justice Troupe and Marsh Theater’s Monday Night Marsh.