Monday, February 4, 8:00-9:30pm, free!

Three of Cups, 83 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003 212/388-0059

Toy Stories brings together storytellers, sex educators, comics and others to tell true tales of their exploits with sex toys of all stripes. From the ecstatic to the best forgotten, these experiences are offered in a fun, safe environment. Join some of the best storytellers around as they open hearts, minds and toy cabinets to uncover their inner workings.

Hosted by Jefferson (Bare! Spill!)

Carolyn Castiglia (The BEATdown)

Frank Gauthier (The Moth)

Michelle-Leona Godin (The Star of Happiness)

Maggie Nuttall (Roll With It)

. . . and you! Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell your own story.

And more! One lucky audience member will win a sex-toy raffle, courtesy of Babeland.



Jefferson is the curator and host of Toy Stories. A sex educator and writer, Jefferson keeps a pseudonymous blog, One Life, Take Two, that details his life as a parent and pervert. He is a storyteller frequently seen on stages around the city and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of the monthly series Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance and Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance.

Carolyn Castiglia

Carolyn Castiglia

Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian, writer and hip-hop superstar. You may have seen her on Comedy Central’s Atom TV, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Nick-at-Nite’s Funniest Mom in America 3, The Maury Show, ABC World News with Charles Gibson and heard her on Sirius/XM Radio. She is best known for her appearances on VH1/ego trip’s The White Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme as the lovable and hilarious Miss CKC. Her funny freestyle has won her numerous championship titles at The BEATdown, a monthly showcase at New York’s UCB Theatre.

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Frank Gauthier

Frank Gauthier is perhaps best known to regulars of The Moth for the life lessons he imparts as the kindly yet slightly askew “Uncle Frank.” His acting credits include film, television and commercials, in which he frequently plays characters named “Dad.” His theatrical roles in London and New York include his one-man show Ed Sullivan Variety Hour, recently staged at Don’t Tell Mama.

Michelle-Leona Godin

Dr. Michelle-Leona Godin is a writer and performer whose one-woman, two-voice, three-act autobiographical treatment of Helen Keller’s time on vaudeville (it’s true!) is called The Star of Happiness. She received her Ph.D. in early modern literature from New York University’s English Department, where she is a regular adjunct and occasional faculty. She performs at comedy, storytelling and variety shows, including KickAssonance, Sideshow Goshko, The Moth Mainstage, Tell Your Friends, The Liar Show, and at many music venues, both with her former band Gutter & Spine and currently as a solo act which can only be described as an avant accordion brain smash.

Maggie Nuttall

Maggie Nuttall

Maggie Nuttall is a spoken word artist and comedian who regularly performs at the New York Moth StorySlams. She produced her solo shows Roll With It for the 2010 New York City Frigid Festival and By The Seat of My Pants in 2011 at Under St Marks Theatre. She’s not good a writing bios for it gives her a weird sensation.

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If you enjoy Toy Stories, try our other storytelling shows. Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance takes place on the first Wednesdays of the month at Black Fox Lounge in Washington, D.C., and the third Mondays of the month at The PIT in New York City. Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance on final Tuesdays at Public Assembly in New York City and recurring dates at Black Fox Lounge in Washington, D.C.