Talking about your sex life can be hard. Talking about it in front of an audience is harder. For the women of the New York-based storytelling show “Awkward Sex … and the City,” it’s business as usual.
Instead of shying away from the embarrassing aspects of their sex lives, performers Natalie Wall, Ginny Leise, Jamie LeeLo, Carly Ann Filbin, Meghan O’Malley and Emmy Harrington own them, sharing stories of their most humiliating conquests with crowds across the country.
A typical “Awkward Sex” story might involve a terrifying encounter, like Leise’s run-in with bears during an Alaskan camping romp. Or it might detail something creepier, like the time Filbin discovered a stalker had left a racy note on her fire escape. Ultimately, the goal is to find the humor in the horror.
After a sold-out show at the Bier Baron Tavern last August, the group returns to the venue on Friday for another round of sexy stories. If these salacious stories put you in the mood to share your own someday, follow this advice from the show’s performers:
“The truth is always the funniest,” Leise says. “There are so few moments in our lives in which people are completely honest with one another. So there is high premium for complete vulnerability. That vulnerability resonates.”
“The people you’re telling a story to know that you’re not looking for condolences,” says Wall, the show’s founder. “They want to laugh with you. There’s no shame.”
“People pretend to be offended or shocked, but people love it,” LeeLo says. “And always remember that someone has a more horrible or embarrassing story than you.”
“Pretend you’re at a party,” O’Malley says. “I like to make eye contact. Treat them like they’re your friends.”
“Anyone can tell a story, but the thing that makes it so special or relatable are those little tiny details that might call back something that’s similar for someone else,” Harrington says. “Those little details really bring it to life.”
Be confident. “Trust your gut,” Filbin says. “Trust that people will laugh at what you think is funny. We all have a story. Be confident in yours.”
Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW; Fri., 9 p.m., $15.
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