Maria Keenan

A Funny, Little, Weekly Event Round-Up

Babies laugh, on average, 400 times a day; people over 35, only 15.

- Alison Beard for Harvard Business Review

For me, the end of the week is usually a blend of exhaustion and euphoria; I've cleared a lot off my plate and am about to reach into the infinite potential of two days that I haven't made a schedule for. 

Friday, in short, is a time where my brain can only really process tying up loose ends, planning the bulk of what I need to do the next week, and finding terribly great jokes on the internet. 

Why don't you join me?

Grown-Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids

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Image Source: Kids Write Jokes on Twitter

A Canadian podcast crew with the catchy initialism of GRTTWaK or, as I pronounce it, “Grittwhack” are one of the best sources of humour on the event scene, and my Spotify playlists. 

Described by their enigmatic host as "weird, wonderful, and [ready to] remind us of where we came from," their live events are as described: they're places where grown-ups read things they wrote as kids. 

Expect entreprising letters of bribery written to the toothfairy, a child's perspective on the Apollo missions, and revenge poetry.

Err on the side of caution, though. GRTTWaK usually sells out minutes after their live events go, well, live. Though you can always join a Waiting List (by the power of Tito *cough*) on the event site.

And, if even that fails, their podcasts are available at any time on their website, Spotify, iTunes, and Radio Public.

Dates: Ongoing, but the next installment will take place in Toronto on October 12th.

Story Party

Parallel lines have so much in common. It’s a shame they’ll never meet.

- Someone who has since deleted their Reddit account.

If there is a universal language, surely, it’s the language of love.

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Image Source: Story Party

Storytellers gather at Story Party to share their tales of love and loss. But only the hilarious ones. A self-proclaimed Tinder-alternative, they even (pretended that they) had Louis C.K. at one event. 

Singletons are welcome to meet each other at the bar before hearing other people recall times they've been dumped, ghosted, or otherwise screwed over by love.

Early booking advised.

Dates: Again, ongoing. Story Party is an international phenomenon with iterations all over the place. The next rendition will take place in Hamburg on the 3rd and 4th of October.

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