Stories Found

Stories Found

Stories Found features funny stories, plays, and sketches from some of the most talented humorists in the country. Every other week, we offer a new hilarious episode featuring the work of an emerging comedy writer and we chat with them about their background, their writing process, and how they find their stories. Stories Found offers comedy fans and an opportunity to peek behind the curtain to hear how a script came to life and then a chance to sit back and enjoy a high-quality audio production of the script performed by professional actors and recorded and edited by a professional audio engineer. We're elevating audio theater and offering a digital stage for comedy performances. About Your Hosts Ava Love Hanna is a professional writer, published playwright, and award-winning speaker and storyteller. She is continually amazed by how often she is mistaken for a real grown-up. Paul Hanna is an audio engineer, musician, and performer in Austin, Texas. About Stories Found Stories Found is a theatrical production company located in Austin, Texas focused exclusively on producing comedies and creating opportunities for emerging voices in comedy writing. We want your stories found.

Episodes

November 29, 2023 20 mins

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​This ​week on Stories Found, ​we're ​talking ​to ​one ​of ​our ​favorite ​playwrights, ​Clinton ​Festa, ​and ​then ​hearing ​his ​surreal ​comedy, ​The ​Experience. The play follows a couple dining at a restaurant with a twist - instead of food, they serve emotions. Frustration, rejection, nostalgia - it's all on the menu. With snappy dialogue and excellent pacing, Clinton creates a surreal world where feelings ...

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Welcome to Stories Found Micro Monday. This week we've got the one-minute comedy, Burger Bard by Patrick Bates.

About the Playwright

Pat Bates has been writing plays since he was a kid. Now, he's written for stage and screen, optioned a screenplay, and won some awards along the...

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November 8, 2023 27 mins

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This week we're talking to Mark Gifford and hearing his hilarious story, The Brink of Chaos.

About the Storyteller

Mark has been a full-time professor of composition and rhetoric at The University of Texas at San Antonio for 18 years and counting. He is also a producer for Test...

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Welcome to Stories Found Micro Monday -- Halloween Eve edition. This week we've got a special treat, the one minute dark comedy, The Palatka Museum of Natural History by Kimberly Murray-Patel.

The Palatka Museum of Natural History recently won the coveted top honor at the Whiskey Theater Factory's annual one minute play ...

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October 25, 2023 20 mins

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Thanks for joining us for our special Halloween edition of Stories Found! This week we're talking to one of our very favorite playwrights, Brian Rust, and then hearing his eerie dark comedy, Spam Calls from Hell.

About the Playwright

Brian Rust (he/him) is a Boston-based actor and writer who makes chocolates and searches for cryptids in his spare time.

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Welcome to Stories Found Micro Monday --  Spooky Edition. This week we've got the eerie 1-minute play, A Foggy Day in a Certain Part of Scotland by Mark Harvey Levine.

About the Playwright / Storyteller

Mark Harvey Levine has had over 2000 productions of his short plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London. His plays have won over 45 awards and been produced in more...

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October 11, 2023 46 mins

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This week we’re talking to the uber talented Austin writer and storyteller, Jeff Knight, before hearing his fantastic story, Bella and Blue.

About the Storyteller

Jeff Knight is a storyteller, poet, songwriter, and aspiring novelist in Austin, Texas.

He is currently working on a murder mystery set in the world of craft beer, and featuring an intrepid Great Dane as part of a heroic crime-fighting duo.


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October 2, 2023 3 mins

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It's Micro Monday! This week we've got the hilarious one-minute play, Dog Park, by one of our very favorite playwrights, Bethany Dickens Assaf.

About the Playwright / Storyteller

Bethany Dickens Assaf is a freelance playwright, dramaturg, and theatre artist and a co-founder of Whiskey Theatre Factory. As both a writer and producer, she is obsessed with plays that deconstruct and take unusual...

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September 27, 2023 27 mins

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This week we're featuring Christian Missonak and his hilarious ten-minute play, A Great Fall.

About the Playwright 

Christian Missonak is a NYC-based playwright originally from Chicago, where he was a graduate of Columbia College and The Second City Conservatory.

Plays: Sheridan (Madlab Theatre), Save Ferris (Under the Gun Theatre), Cooperative (Metropolitan Playhouse). Audio: Banana Bread ...

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September 18, 2023 3 mins

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It's Micro Monday! Just in time for Talk Like A Pirate Day on the 19th, we've got the hilarious one-minute nautical adventure, Color Guard by Ned Eckhardt

Make sure to catch our full episodes every other week featuring some of the most talented humorists in the country. Next week, we've got a fantastic full length episode featuring the ten-minute play, A Great Fall by Christian Missonak.

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September 13, 2023 33 mins

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This week, we're excited to welcome the amazing storyteller, Ladi Loera, and then listen to his hilarious true story, 5 Calls.

About the Playwright / Storyteller

Ladi Loera is an artist, animal lover and award winning storyteller.

He won the Moth with a story about sympathetic nausea and what it teaches us about love and connection.

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This week, we're excited to welcome the very talented and funny Jonathan Wickremasinghe-Kuhn and then listening to his hilarious story, Off-Target.

About the Storyteller

Jonathan Wickremasinghe-Kuhn grew up in Selma, Alabama and attended the University of Southern California, where he received both his BFA in Writing for Screen and Television and his Master of Professional Writing degree.

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In this episode of Stories Found, we’re talking to one of our very favorite playwrights, Bethany Dickens Assaf, and then listening to her ten-minute comedy, Bird Girl and The Hammer.

About the Playwright

Bethany Dickens Assaf is a freelance playwright, dramaturg, and theatre artist, and a co-founder of Whiskey Theatre Factory and the Fragmented Theatre Festival. As both a writer and producer, she is obsessed with...

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February 14, 2023 2 mins

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It's a special Valentine's Day themed Stories Found Micro Monday! Today, we've got the one-minute play, CRIME of PASSION by Ava Love Hanna

About the Playwright / Storyteller

Ava Love Hanna is a professional writer, published playwright, and award-winning speaker and storyteller. She is continually amazed by how often she is mistaken for a real grown-up.

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January 30, 2023 2 mins

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Welcome to Stories Found Micro Monday -- take a super quick break with us to kickstart your week with a laugh. Today, we've got the one-minute play, Lying in a Pine Forest by Greg Romero

About the Playwright / Storyteller

Greg Romero is originally from Louisiana, Cajun blood on both sides. His plays, site-specific projects, and sound-art collaborations have been presented in performance spac...

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January 9, 2023 2 mins

Welcome to Stories Found Micro Monday -- take a super quick break with us to kickstart your week with a laugh.
Today, we've got the one-minute play, Living a Lie by Max Langert

 


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January 2, 2023 1 min

Welcome to our very first Micro Monday -- a quick laugh to brighten the start of your week! Every other Monday, we'll be offering up a short play, story, or sketch in under 5 minutes. 

Today, we've got the one-minute play, The Murderlators by Ava Love Hanna

 


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December 19, 2022 19 mins

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It’s time for a special Christmas episode of Stories Found! In this episode, we’re talking to the charming playwright, Brian Rust, before hearing his hilarious ten-minute play, Under a Christmas Moon.

About the Playwright

Brian Rust (he/him) is a Boston-based actor and writer who makes chocolates...

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In this special holiday episode of Stories Found, we hear the hilarious ten-minute play, A Very Special Hanukkah Special by Mark Harvey Levine.

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October 30, 2022 25 mins

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In this special Halloween edition of Stories Found, we’re chatting with the multi-talented playwright, composer, director, and performer, Fred Tacon and then listening to his hilarious and spooky ten-minute play, Rent-a-Stiff.

Rent-a-Stiff – Mr. Ut, the proprietor of a human taxidermy rental company, is at risk of losing his livelihood due to aging inventory and new competition. But, he makes shocking di...

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