Porchlight Storytelling Series


Selected stories from Porchlight, San Francisco's longest-running storytelling series, hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories wi...Show More
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Porchlight's 15-Year Anniversary Show-tacular!

1:12:25 | Oct 13th, 2018

It's our 15th birthday and we're putting on a killer storytelling show to celebrate! BACK IN THE DAY will feature true tales from a stellar assortment of humans including: Muni Diaries founder Eugenia Chien Lawyer, activist, and artist Matt Gonzalez ...Show More
Porchlight + Sketchfest! Bombs Away! Night 1

1:03:55 | Aug 16th, 2018

Porchlight and Sketchfest present: BOMBS AWAY! Stories of Implosions and Explosions With Dana Merwin, Eddie Pepitone. Erin Foley, Karla Martin and Mike Phirman
Annual Litquake Show! Life During Wartime

1:05:14 | Mar 9th, 2018

Every year, we join forces with the amazing Litquake Literary Festival to bring you a night of stories told by authors and writers. Our theme for this show is ripped from the Talking Heads song “Life During Wartime,” and involves tales of explosive s...Show More
14-Year Anniversary Romp: Identity Crisis!

1:24:44 | Mar 5th, 2018

Who am I? It's a queston that never fails to amuse, confuse, bewilder, and humble us as we plunk along our journey on this earth. To what end, no one knows. To paraphrase Oliver Sacks, it is an enormous privilege and adventure to be a sentient being...Show More
Porchlight + Greenhouse: JOBS

39:20 | Aug 1st, 2016

Porchlight partners with Greenhouse, a software company that optimizes hiring practices, for a show of stories about JOBS. Our storytelling superstars for this special edition include writer/musician Eric Shea, HIV educator Ed Wolf, and producer/come...Show More
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

1:19:56 | Jun 29th, 2016

Porchlight returns with a Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution edition featuring Wavy Gravy, Bob Barsotti, Eric Shea, Deanne Franklin, Bart Davenport, and Lorrie Murray. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on May 12, 2016 at The Contempora...Show More
Kitchen Confidential 2016

1:10:47 | Jun 4th, 2016

Kitchen Confidential is back! Hear some of SF's finest onstage with their insider stories about food, restaurants, kitchens, customers, and the vagaries of having a life in the service industry. Writer and restaurant person Karen Leibowitz. Natural f...Show More
You're Doing It Wrong: SF Sketchfest 2016

1:18:00 | Mar 10th, 2016

You're Doing It Wrong: Stories from Porchlight's annual SF Sketchfest show featuring Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte with guests Iris Haas-Biel, Moshe Kasher, Jackie Kashian, Kyle Mizono and Aparna Nancherla and songs by Bart Davenport. Hosted by Arlin...Show More
Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Art of Starting Over. Porchlight + Litquake 2015

1:17:45 | Dec 15th, 2015

Litquake’s edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight series (15 years!) returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers, telling tales on the theme of “Kill Your Darlings.” Featuring stories by Heather Mackey, ...Show More
Flip The Switch: Stories of Change In An Instant

1:06:19 | Nov 18th, 2015

It seems like only yesterday that we got some friends together at the Hemlock Tavern to tell us their stories and now BAM, it's somehow 13 years later! Arline, Beth, and Marc celebrate the thrill again as some of our favorite Bay Area storytellers de...Show More
Last One to Leave Please Turn Out the Lights

1:24:25 | May 12th, 2015

A very special edition of the Bay Area’s longest-running storytelling series, now in its 13th year! An evening of unforgettable stories by a stellar cast of feisty San Franciscans who are STILL HERE. So you know: This show is not meant to be a bummer...Show More
Kitchen Confidential 2014

1:24:32 | Mar 20th, 2015

Kitchen Confidential, Porchlight's most anticipated show of the year. Get all the dirt from the top food people in this unapologetically food-obsessed town, as stories from the kitchen, the front of the house, and the food truck are told onstage. Sto...Show More
Comics Take the Stage: SF Sketchfest 2015

1:24:13 | Feb 17th, 2015

For the fifth year in a row, Porchlight teams up with the San Francisco Sketchfest to bring you a rollicking night of storytelling by a line-up of people in the writing and funny business. Working with the theme FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT, six super...Show More
Porchlight Open Door: Scary, Creepy, Not OK!

58:59 | Dec 23rd, 2014

Porchlight Halloween show. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle on October 27th, 2014 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern
Brushes with the Other Side of Fame. Porchlight + Litquake 2014

55:21 | Nov 25th, 2014

This installment comes from our collaboration with the yearly Litquake Literary Festival. The theme of the evening was brushes with the other side of fame told by Jennifer Longo, Antonia Crane, Caitlin Doughty, Joshua Safran and Owen Egerton along wi...Show More
Bay Area Love Stories

1:16:55 | Oct 21st, 2014

Stories about love and the Bay Area told by Chinaka Hodge, Thao Nguyen, Anthony Bedard, Dana Merwin, John Reichmuth, Hiya Swanhuyser and music by Carletta Sue Kay. Hosted by Arline Klatte & Beth Lisick on September 4, 2014 at the California Academy o...Show More
Long Walks On The Beach

59:05 | Jun 3rd, 2014

Stories about dating told by David Jordan, Russell Gonzaga, Rachel Balik, Heather Marlowe, and Al Luhan.   Hosted by Beth Lisick & Arline Klatte on February 17, 2014 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.
Too Hard To Keep

51:13 | May 2nd, 2014

Stories about times it was too hard to keep it together, too hard to keep a secret, too hard to keep thinking about, and too hard to keep up.  Told by Michael Bunin, Suzanne Kleid, Brian McMullen, and Rick Oginz. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Kla...Show More
Idol Worship. PL Open Door

1:14:03 | Mar 9th, 2014

Stories of Fans, Stalkers, Acolytes, and Zealots. Hosted by Arline Klatte on February 24, 2014 at San Francisco's Hemlock Club.
Heartbreak: Porchlight Open Door

53:33 | Feb 16th, 2014

Broken hearts on the stage at Porchlight Open Door. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spotswood on February 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.
Tough Crowd

1:11:20 | Feb 1st, 2014

PL+Sketchfest 2014 Stories from comics Nick Thune, Kevin McDonald, April Richardson, Anthony Bedard, Anna Seregina, & Caitlin Gill. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 26, 2014 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
Porchlight Open Door: Feast or Famine

56:17 | Dec 15th, 2013

Stories of appetites, obsessions, and hunger pains.  Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spottswood on November 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.
There Will Be Blood: The Family Show

1:05:57 | Nov 27th, 2013

Extra helpings of family secrets, evil step-grandmothers, famous fathers, and horrible dinner table conversation will be served.  Stories from: Sean Keane, Marianna Cherry, Christopher Caen, Jay Beaman, Karen Duffin and Ali Liebegott.    Hosted by Ar...Show More
Comics take the stage: Sketchfest 2012

1:02:48 | Nov 12th, 2013

Etiquette advice for stalking celebrities, becoming a man through Bar Mitzvah and phone sex, how breaking bones can be good for your health, and why sometimes you really need a BB gun to take down the Xmas tree.  Stories from: Bobcat Goldthwait, Mos...Show More
Sometimes It’s Hard To Be A Writer. Porchlight + Litquake 2013

52:17 | Oct 28th, 2013

Stories about Doubt, Debt, Drugs, and Determination:  What to do when your writing session is interrupted by men with guns, how a writer shouldn't plan for her retirement, a writer’s life in the porn industry, and one of Oprah's favorite things that ...Show More
Exit Interview: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Ass

1:08:08 | Oct 9th, 2013

Stories of making an exit from: Mike Morasky, Brittney Gilbert, Michael Ching, Broke-Ass Stuart aka Stuart Schuffman, and Kelly Beardsley. Special musical performance by Carletta Sue Kay. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on September 16, 201...Show More
Double Dare: Two Storytellers, One Story

1:08:12 | Sep 21st, 2013

Adventures and escapades with friends and lovers.  The do's and dont's of vacationing with your S.O (platonic or romantic), including what to say when a Guatemalan judge asks you, "Do you know Michael Jordan?"  Also, helpful notes for finding love in...Show More
Back To School! Porchlight Open Door

1:00:43 | Aug 18th, 2013

Get schooled with these stories from teachers, students, and people learning (or not learning) formative lessons.  Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jack Boulware September 24, 2012 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
As Luck Would Have It. Porchlight's Eleventh Anniversary Show!

1:10:46 | Aug 4th, 2013

STORIES FROM: Normal 0 0 1 32 188 1 1 230 11.1539 0 0 0 British bookbinder—Dominic Riley Writer—April Sinclair  Literary superstar—Michelle Tea YA author and Mr. T. Experience frontman—Frank P...Show More
Ready to Wear: The Fashion Show

1:09:15 | Jul 23rd, 2013

Mom, philanthropist and former model--Paula Williams Fashion blogger--Adelle McElveen Crafty lady and "What Not To Wear" victim--Pam DeLuco Interior designer--John James Former model turned writer--Meghan Ward Author, teacher and performer--Richard...Show More

1:16:18 | Jun 30th, 2013

Stories of lies, deception, and trickery from: The Roxie Theatre's--Mike KeeganArtist and radio producer--Stacy BondAuthor and Litquake co-founder--Jack BoulwareSan Francisco real estate agent--Steve MavromihalisMills College professor--Maura Finkels...Show More
Kitchen Confidential 2013

1:14:05 | May 25th, 2013

Misbehaving bar patrons, a trip to Mexico to unlock the secret recipe of a magical tostada, harrowing tales of restaurant openings, hitting rock bottom as a waitress, celebrities and reservation booking madness from inside one of New York's top resta...Show More
Law & Order. Porchlight Open Door.

1:01:22 | May 11th, 2013

Stories of parents and drug dealers, and parents who are drug dealers, an M.P. guarding high value detainees in Baghdad, how not to get into Egypt, lawlessness in Cambodia, spanking, late night run-ins with campus police, what to say when a cop wants...Show More
Porchlight + Quiet Lightning

1:05:55 | Apr 27th, 2013

A Porchlight show unlike any other.  Storytellers and readers take the stage for a unique literary, storytelling, and musical mixtape.     Hosted by Arline Klatte and Evan Karp.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.  From April 15, 2013 at San Francisc...Show More
A Brighter New Tomorrow! From the PL Main Stage

1:27:53 | Apr 13th, 2013

Stories about getting over it and moving on from: Deputy Chief of Staff for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom--Deirdre Hussey, writer and comedian--Miles K., high school teacher--Karie Rubin, writer and performer--Kurt Bodden, and surprise stoytellers! Hosted b...Show More
Law and Order: Stories from all sides

1:00:59 | Mar 30th, 2013

Stories from: Criminal defense attorney--Renee Paradis Comic and union organizer--Nato Green San Francisco Poilice Department Sergeant--Carl Tennenbaum Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit--Alex Kozinski Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spotswood.  Po...Show More
It's Not You: Stories about Heartache, Heartbreak and Break-Ups

1:04:20 | Mar 16th, 2013

Porchlight and SF Sketchfest present stories from: Soccer journalist--Alan Black Stand-up comedian--April Richardson Zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist--Nicole Georges Comedian, actor, musician, and host of “The Dave Hill Explosion”--Da...Show More
Bright New Tomorrow! Stories about getting over it and moving on. Porchlight Open Door

53:56 | Feb 25th, 2013

Stories about mormons, stoners, sailors, families, a Civil War in West Africa, and Walt Whitman. Brave stories from courageous storytellers at Porchlight Open Door. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spotswood. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.   From ...Show More
The One That Got Away. Porchlight Open Door

1:01:01 | Feb 9th, 2013

Stories about lost soulmates, painful geography lessons, Mexican prostitutes, an Afghani girl who wanted to become a pilot, Christian lesbian rappers, as well as insider tips for playing the slots in Vegas.  Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. P...Show More
New! Improved! Attempts at Better Living Through Change.

0:00 | Jan 26th, 2013

Stories From: Ethan Waters - Author of Urban Tribes, co-founder of the SF Writers' Grotto, contributor to print, radio, and TV Kelly Kegger-Beardsley - BART train operator, tour and school bus driver, and storytelling star Veronika Cauley - Activist...Show More
Tales from the Green Room: musicians tell stories of being on the road and behind the scenes

1:02:09 | Jan 12th, 2013

STORIES FROM: Davy Vain - heavy metal legend Chuck Prophet - singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Eric Shea - writer and musician Anthony Bedard - musician, band booker, and co-founder of the Coalition of Aging Rockers Brian Gorman – Musician,...Show More
Porchlight & the Litquake Literary Festival present: Dog & Pony Show

1:15:53 | Dec 8th, 2012

Stories from: Tom Rhodes - comedian, actor, and travel writer  Tamar Adler - chef, teacher, author, and editor Lyrics Born  - rapper, producer, songwriter, and epic tweeter   Caitlin Myer - novelist, playwright, and founder of the literary reading ...Show More
Busted! Epic tales from Porchlight's 4th Anniversary Show.

1:13:38 | Nov 4th, 2012

Stories of getting busted: rock stars, famous actors, car thiefs, truth-seekers, and more. Stories from: *SF Film Festival programmer, SEAN UYEHARA *Legendary music journalist, SYLVIE SIMMONS *BART train operator and tour bus driver, KELLY BEARDSLEY...Show More
Double Dare! Duos take the Porchlight stage.

1:02:50 | Oct 20th, 2012

Stories of babies in bar fights, how not to prepare for a pitch meeting with a TV show, what to do when someone orders you to “Pickup the gun!” and behind the scene secrets from a diet and fasting clinic. Invaluable lessons and incredible storytellin...Show More
"I Do!" The wedding show. Porchlight Open Door

45:13 | Oct 5th, 2012

Stories from the worst and best wedding guests, a newlywed, and a runaway bride. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.  From June 25, 2012 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.
The Grand Finale! Part four of Porchlight’s 10th Anniversary Show Extravaganza

1:02:52 | Sep 15th, 2012

With music from singer/songwriter VIRGIL SHAW.  And stories from: designer and metal fabricator, KYLE METZNER, master bookbinder, DOMINIC RILEY, performance artist, BEN MCCOY, stand-up comedian, ANNA SEREGINA, and Kasper Hauser sketch comic, ROB BAED...Show More
Shine On! Part Three of Porchlight's 10th Anniversary Show Extravaganza

54:18 | Sep 5th, 2012

Part Three of our four part 10th Anniversary Show Extravaganza   Stories From: BART train operator and tour bus driver, KELLY BEARDSLEY, author and funny lady, CASSIE SNEIDER, managing editor of The Rumpus and co-founder of Pen & Ink,  ISAAC FITZGERA...Show More
Part Two of Porchlight's 10th Anniversary Show Extravaganza

1:01:33 | Aug 18th, 2012

Part Two of our four part anniversary show extravaganza! Stories from the founder of the San Francisco Food Adventure Club BETH PICKENS, rocker and skater ERIC SHEA, filmmaker VERO MAJANO, author, publisher and California Native American and Bay Area...Show More
Shine On You Crazy Diamond! Part One of our 10th Anniversary Show Extravaganza.

56:12 | Aug 2nd, 2012

Stories from NY Times crossword puzzlemaker Andrea Carla Michaels, fashion blogger Adelle McElveen, singer/songwriter Sonny Smith, San Francisco scene king Anthony Bedard, DJ and Reverend Bertie Pearson, and author Tamin Ansary. Hosted by Beth Lisic...Show More
Law & Order

1:08:01 | Jul 7th, 2012

Stories from Juror #7 Kevin Wofsy, Public Defender Matt Gonzalez, Exoneree Maurice Caldwell, Performer and Sex Worker Kirk Read, and the very honorable Judge Vaughn Walker.   Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte.  Produced by Briana Breen. From Ma...Show More
I Surrender: Stories about Giving Up, Giving Out, and Giving Over

58:10 | Jun 12th, 2012

Stories from singer/songwriter Chris von Sneidern, BDSM educator/actor Mollena "Mo" Williams, writer/performer Les Milton, and tech faerie Dennis Collinson. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte.  Produced by Briana Breen. From May 21, 2012 at San ...Show More
More Young Love

57:38 | May 20th, 2012

Stories of being young and in love from Porchlight's main stage at the Verdi Club.  Stories from Suzanne Kleid, David Berkeley, Elise DiCharry and Isaac Fitzgerald. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen.  Produced by Briana Breen. From February 20, ...Show More