Welcome to the Bad Date Great Story Talent roster of writers and performers:

Hey!  Have you checked out the hand picked writers and performers that Bad Date Great Story is proud to call its alumni roster…

Keep coming back we’re constantly expanding our list of lovelies!

 James Alexander is a New York based comic who has appeared at Laughing Devil Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and Broadway Comedy Club. He has headlined the Comic Diversity Show at the Laurie Beekman Theater. You can see him Live at the Thunderbird Comedy Show on May 5th. This is a monthly show he co-produces at Grisly Pear on MacDougal Street.

Diana Cage’s first “real” job was as editor of the notorious lesbian sex magazine On Our Backs. Five years in she decided porn was boring and moved to New York to become host of The Diana Cage Show on Sirius XM. That lasted a few years, at least long enough for her to date a Penthouse Pet, come to her senses, and fall in love with a handsome butch English professor. She is the author of several books on sex and dating, and Seal Press has just published her most recent book, Mind Blowing Sex. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Pratt Institute.

Anthony Cimino: During the day Anthony is a principal at Cynical & Sons, and at night he tells jokes in New York City.

KATINA CORRAO is an actress, comedian, and writer living in NYC. She is currently the warm-up comic for The Jenny McCarthy Show and a writer for The Newlywed Game starring Sherri Shepherd! You may have seen Katina on Comedy Central, OWN, HBO, College Humor, Late Night Republic, and on VH1‘s Big Morning Buzz Live and Best Night Ever. For more, please visit

Liz Days has an unexplained and sometimes frightening amount of natural energy!!  The product of a loving multicultural home, Liz is a long-time renter in NYC, has performed as a comedian & actor all over the city, and is the co-producer of Liz & Missy’s Comedy Party, a monthly show on the LES.

Comedian Joe DeVito has appeared on The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central. He is also a regular panelist on FOX News
Channel’s Red Eye and other programs favored by basic cable subscribers with sleep disorders.

Kelli Dunham is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic and the co-founder and co-host, with Genne Murphy of Queer Memoir. This September, she will be releasing her third comedy CD “Freak of Nurture: Why Is The Fat One Always Angry. Find her at

Will Garre  is a New York City based comedian and writer who performs stand-up at Broadway Comedy Club and co-produces the Thunderbird Comedy Show, occurring monthly at the Grisly Pear in the West Village.  He writes and performs video sketch comedy for Channel 101, NY, contributes feature articles to, and recently won the April Moth StorySLAM in New York City.  For his performance schedule and other info, please visit

Lauren Holmes has a perfect dog named Tallulah and a sadistic cat named Vince, and is looking for dates who aren’t allergic and like being bitten (not in the sexy way).

Jefferson is a  writer, sex educator and storyteller who documents his life as a parent and pervert at One Life, Take Two ( He is the curator and host of Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance ( and Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance (, each monthly in New York and Washington DC.

Alison Leiby is a stand up comic and writer in New York.  She began her performing career in storytelling, appearing on Risk! and The Moth but has moved into stand up, mostly writing jokes about how everyone is just the worst.  She produces and hosts a combination stand up and storytelling show at UCBeast called “It’s a Long Story.”  As a writer she has contributed to VICE, The Onion A.V. Club, and several other publications.  Additionally, she co-authors the comedy-fashion website Heavy Browsing, which has been featured on Buzzfeed and Refinery29.  The Huffington Post and Time Out New York both think she’s pretty good at Twitter.  She is single.

Charla Lauriston has performed at the Charleston Comedy Festival, The Cape Fear Comedy Festival, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, and was a featured headliner at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. She performs improv at the PIT every Wednesday with her team Grounds for Divorce and co-hosts Show Show: A Show! a monthly stand-up showcase at Beauty Bar in Brooklyn. She tumbles at

Emil Kim is a teacher, a writer, and a comedian. Recently he became a father to a little girl. He also has an expired scuba diving license and very small hands for a man his age. If he were asked to describe his comedy in one word, he’d refuse to do it because its stupid. Emil produces a show called Thunderbird with a few other comics that happens every second Saturday of the month at the Grisly Pear in the West Village. You can catch his stand-up there or at many other clubs and bars around the city.

Maddog Mattern is a high energy, crowd working, ad libbing comic. If The Beastie Boys and Don Rickles could have a kid it would be him. Originally from Las Vegas, Mattern moved to New York in 2006. Since then he has been a regular in NYC comedy Club scene as an emcee. And on the road as a headliner. In 2011 he started touring with “The Ronnie Mund Block Party.” In 2013 he appeared on the “Artie Lange Show” on Directtv.
And since 2006, he has had Many appearances on Howard 101 on Sirius Radio including the Scott Ferrall Show” “The Jay Thomas Show” and “The Miserable Men.”

Matt Mercier is a writer and storyteller who frequently performs at The Moth, The Liar Show, Story Collider and other venues. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College, where he currently teaches Children’s Literature and Fiction writing workshops. He is currently finishing up a novel about Edgar Allan Poe, sort of.

PE Nolan has developed a reputation as a theologian and subversive due to her blog, Menopausal Stoners. She contributes to the websites Roundtree7and Worldwide Hippies, and she reads regularly in the humor series Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB Bar. One of those appearances resulted in a clause in her divorce decree that requires her to write under a pseudonym, so she decided to name herself after her Granny the Ho, who had five husbands. Tricia has been teaching preschool for more than twenty years and holds Masters Degrees in both Early Childhood and Secondary Education.

Rachael Parenta is a published author, stand-up comedian, video-short producer, Emerson graduate  resides in undisclosed location. Co-founder of the comedic, artistic movement known as Emotionally Inappropriate Comedy. She’s played all over the USA including Klamath Falls, OR. Impressed?

Samantha Rayman  is a New York based textile and graphic designer with a passion for eating, design and all things funny. She is renowned for her outstanding restaurant recommendations and ridiculous dating stories.

Jordan Rockwell is the host of the “Sensitive Nice Guy” Show, which can be found on Itunes, the Stitcher network, and Twice a week, he does his very best to help women avoid assholes and help men avoid bitches. He knows that honesty and sincerity will always trump political correctness and stupidity, and welcomes your questions and insults at

Giulia Rozzi, comedian, actress and writer who can regularly be seen on Vh1’s The Greatest and has appeared on MTV, TLC and CNN. She co-hosts the long running sex/relationship themed storytelling show Stripped Stories at the UCB theatre and the bi-monthly comedy show Dive Comedy at Freddy’s in Brooklyn. She’s written for the MTV series Girl Code and Silent Library and has contributed to Playgirl, BUST, xoJane, Huffington Post, Hello Giggles and more. Giulia is also a Moth GrandSLAM winner and is currently working on her first book. Visit or follow her on Twitter @giuliarozzi

Jason Salmon (and his mustache) has appeared at clubs and colleges in and around NYC and also the part of the country that drives. He has also been on 30 Rock, and MTV and just got back from the Dallas Comedy Festival. His website is

Eric Silvera has been published in Underground Voices, Shelf Life Magazine, The Promethean, and his poetry was shortlisted for the 2010 Matrix Magazine LitPop Awards. He’s currently an MFA Creative Writing candidate at the City College of New York. He also performs stand-up comedy in clubs and dive bars throughout New York City and works as an ad executive to pay the bills.

Vanessa Schuh currently works for a production company to support her writing habit.  She received her MFA in creative writing from Hunter College and is working on a book about growing up in fundamentalism in a small Wisconsin town. She spends the rest of her time taking photos of daily occurrences she finds pretty and trying to figure out how to grow basil year round.

Yolanda Shoshana (“Shoshi”) is a Lifestyle Provocateur & Seduction Alchemist. Shoshi is the founder the School of the Courtisane Moderne, a modern day courtesan school that teaches love, pleasure and the art of seduction and is the seduction alchemist of her own aphrodisiac seduction scents called, Modern Courtesan by YS.  Editrix of, Modern Courtesan Magazine, an online destination which swirls sexuality, sensuality, and spirituality. She has spoken and lead seminars/workshops to diverse audiences. Some of her workshops include topics about love, sex, food, empowerment, and laws of attraction. She has also produces and host her own talks show, Luscious Life Radio on and a new weekly lecture series on Google+ and YouTube.

Michelle Slonim is a comedienne, Producer, Social Architect. Check out for info on upcoming social events and performances.

Kimberly Spice is freshly divorced and pushing thirty, Kimberly Spice challenged herself to go out on one hundred first dates in one year. She has been featured on Scallywag & Vagabond, as well as the Comedy Point radio show. Recently, Kimberly contributed to Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, and The Katie Show with Katie Couric. Kimberly Spice is the proud author of the award winning blog, 100 Cups of Coffee. She’s dating the losers so you don’t have to!

Alison Griffin Vingiano graduated from Bates College in 2011 and now writes and performs in New York City. She studies improv & sketch comedy at UCB and Magnet Theater and has published her work on Thought Catalog, among other websites. For a good time, follow her on twitter @agvnotes and tumblr at

Sasheer Zamata is an actress, writer and comedian based in NYC. She performs sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and stand up around the country. She hosts a weekly variety show at UCB called School Night, every Wednesday at 11PM, and you can see her dressed as a pilgrim on the Cooking Channel’s “Back in Time For Thanksgiving” special.


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