by Andrew Crisp
The original Story Story Night series couldn't have handled the R-rated material flung from the stage at Visual Arts Collective July 9 during the third installment of Story Story Late Night. Stories like those on the evening's topic, Bodily Emissions, are the reason the 21-and-older spinoff was created.
The formula goes as follows: one featured storyteller-host opens with brutal honesty to soften the crowd. After that, he or she plucks out names of willing audience members who would like to spin their yarns.
The seats began filling early, with local musician Rebecca Scott onstage armed with an acoustic guitar. The audience had already claimed seats and knocked back a beer before 7:30 p.m., though the show didn't start until 8 p.m.
My two female companions summed up the evening best: There's no such thing as "a lady" tonight. Indeed, inhibitions were cast aside early.
It began with a story about poop. The evening's hostess, Kiely Prouty, told two "sister stories," as she called them, on taking number twos. While Prouty divulged the intimate details of attempting to use her arm as a plunger in a Perkins Restaurant bathroom through fits of giggles, the audience realized that all bets were off.
"I didn't think anybody would come out for this hideous, hideous theme," admitted Prouty. "Sick, sick bastards."
What followed were stories on all manner of fluids. Shame regarding a misplaced condom and an unwitting virgin; another of an older gentleman wearing a maxi pad to deal with a hemorrhoid. And then came another Prouty story, more embarrassing than the last.
Whether it was the booze, the low lights or Prouty's disarming humor, storytellers told their tales as if they'd shared their grossest moments 100 times before.
The next Story Story Late Night will take place Monday, Oct. 8, with host Brandon Follet on the theme Intoxication and Altered States.