Andrew Orvedahl, the host of a local storytelling show, says it's true: everyone has a story to share.
"I think everybody does have a story," Orvedahl said. "It's just finding out what that story might be."
The show Orvedahl hosts is called "The Narrators." It's a monthly event where people from all walks of life tell stories to friends and complete strangers. The show always has a theme to help the participants. Themes have been everything from stories about fears, to stories about poverty.
"I just try to pick from a wide variety of themes that I think most people would have a story about," Orvedahl said.
All of the stories told during the show are true. Some are funny, some are not. Orvedahl said his favorite stories are a little bit of both.
"I think the complete story is one that's funny and entertaining, but underneath all of that it's moving too. It's not just funny," Orvedahl said.
Orvedahl, a local comedian, says a lot of the storytellers come to him through word of mouth. He also finds participants in his comedian colleagues, local writers and business people.
"I try for as much of a mix of people as I can. I don't want it to be just comedians," Orvedahl said. "This is not a competition to be funny."
You can check out Orvedahl's show the first Wednesday of every month at Paris Wine Bar in Denver. The show starts around 8 p.m.
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