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Laughing At The New Year

Listen New Years Day at noon for the broadcast of Storytellers On A Mission, hosted on VPR by Tom Bodett.

The Hatch presents its second Storytellers On A Mission event Thursday night in Brattleboro.  It's an evening of comedy featuring seven nationally known story tellers  from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, This American Life, Comedy Central and more.  VPR is a media sponsor for the event, which was held November 14 at 7pm at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Hatch was launched in early 2013 to produce entertaining events for the community and donate the proceeds to nonprofit organizations in Vermont.  Storytellers on a Mission will benefit the New England Youth Theatre, offering a comprehensive training program for young people in all aspects of theater arts.  The first storytellers event, held in March, sold out and raised more than $27,000 for the historic Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. With the lineup of performers for this week's event (see below), The Hatch anticipates another successful night of entertainment.

Tom Bodett, a frequent panelist on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, is one of the organizers of The Hatch.  He talked about how Storytellers On A Mission came to be in an interview with Brattleboro Community TV.

Brian Babylon is a Chicago-born comic and radio host. He is one of the newest additions to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and hosts The Moth Story Slam in Chicago.

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s weekly trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another. She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, Comedy Central and VH-1.  She is also a regular host and teller with The Moth.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer and musician who has appeared on HBO, Cinemax, FUSE, Comedy Central and BBC America. He frequently contributes to NPR’s This American Life.

SRSLY is Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson: two actors, writers, producers and best friends who met at New York University.  To date, SRSLY has written, produced and starred in more than 30 digital shorts for several magazines including Glamour, Splitsider and Jezebil.

Returning for his second Hatch event, Adam Wade has been performing in New York City for the past 10 years. A graduate of Keene State College, he is an 18-time StorySLAM Champion at The Moth.  Wade was part of the orginal Hatch event in May.

The evening’s host is Tom Shillue, who has appeared on his own Comedy Central Special, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, and in the feature film Mystery Team.  Shillue is a regular performer on The Moth's Mainstage and Risk!

New England Youth Theatre, is raising money to pay off the mortgage on its property in downtown Brattleboro. Money raised from Storytellers on a Mission was matched by an anonymous donor. Combined, the goal is that NEYT will finally realize its dream.

VPR will broadcast an edited version of the show on New Years Day at 12 p.m.

Franny was VPR's Director of Programming & Production.
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