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wgbh studio performance

Stories from the Stage

On Monday, October 22, 2018, at 9:30 p.m., World Channel TV with its 350 syndicated affiliates, among them Boston's premier PBS station, WGBH, broadcasted worldwide George from the Bronx performing his award winning story, "Larry is Evil!" The 30 minute show, Stories from the Stage, had as its theme "It's All Relative." The worldwide viewership of all affiliates is 16 million.

Larry Is Evil!

Vendura's tale is from his memoir Bronxcapades about growing up Italian in the Bronx with a spoiled brother and wooden-spoon- wielding Momma.





other live performances

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MY FIRST JOB, THE BRONX ZOO!

Teller: The Gallery at Village Works, Acton MA


All of a sudden screaming people were running past me. It was a lion!  And it was out of its cage coming down the path!

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SIBLINGS AND ROOMMATES

 Mass-Story Winner: Doyles Cafe, Jamaica Plain MA


And as soon as Mom left the room the little creep poured my strawberry ice cream down the drain and did his victory dance while wiggling his fingers in his ears. 

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FIRST DAY AT PENN STATE

Featured Teller: St. James Library and Center for the Arts, Norwell  MA


Lost!  Lost in the middle of this godforsaken rectangular state, desperately searching for Penn State, but all I see are cows!

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BROKE

Massmouth Winner: Club Passim, Cambridge MA


I was peanut butter and jelly poor. Things were so bad that I slept in a car without a brake or a gas pedal.  

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TOY BUSTER

Mass-Story Grand Slam Finalist: Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA


Then the devil on my left shoulder began to whisper in my ear, and I started nodding, "Yeah...Yeah...Yeah...."

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ROTTEN BROTHER

 Massmouth Big Mouth Off Finalist: Artists for Humanity,  Boston MA


Any moment now Momma was convinced he was going to die, so she let him get away with murder and he knew it!

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CRAZY LADY ON A PLANE

Featured Teller: Story Space, Cambridge MA


Her eyes were popping out of her head as she twisted my arm. "I'm going to crack again! Make the pilot stop the plane. I just got out of a mental hospital!"

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CUT-THROAT SCRABBLE

Teller: Club Passim, Cambridge MA


A friend? No, all of a sudden his eyes disintegrated into evil slits. So, this game was not just for fun. he was out for blood!  

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OSCAR'S COMING

Teller: Doyles, Jamaica Plain MA


I didn't even shave yet, but they dressed me up like a doctor and sent me to work in the emergency room!

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CANARY AND PARAKEET FREQUENT FLYERS

 Featured Teller: Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham MA


If they have two nostrils and they're breathing air, they're $60 each!

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I HATE PHYSICISTS

 Teller: Doyles Cafe, Jamaica Plain MA


You think you have it tough?  Every day I'm surrounded by physicists!

STORYTELLING MENU: 235 OF 799 TITLES

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Story List

                        STORY TITLE/FILE #

  1. 3 am in the Coliseum /3
  2. Hungarian Smugglers /4
  3. Train Conductor and the Stamp /9
  4. Three Travelers, Five Languages /17
  5. Please Don't Pass the Cheese Platter! /21
  6. Employee of the Month /24
  7. Banished by the Great Doctor Henderson! /30
  8. Mormon Crystals /31
  9. London "Honeymoon" /33
  10. Two Engines Out Over the Atlantic! /34
  11. 10,000 Pollywogs /42
  12. Three Cases of Hummus /43
  13. Match Sticks /45
  14. The Wooden Hammer and the Concrete Wall /46
  15. Food! Free! /47
  16. Quaker Psychiatrist /48
  17. My Twenty Minutes in the Peace Corp /49
  18. "What Eye Chart?" /53
  19. Hearing Test Phone Booth /54
  20. "Pay When You Graduate" /56
  21. "Excuse Me, Sir, But Your Bus Is About To Leave." /57
  22. Near Death in 12 Feet of Snow /60
  23. Bear Tree /62 
  24. "You're Suspended!" /70
  25. The NYC Track Star /74
  26. Deadly Waltz with the Giant Ice Cube /75
  27. "The Big Blow's Coming!" /77
  28. Mazzullo's Rear Axle /78
  29. Only Nine Laps to Go! /82
  30. Subway Rescue - "Oh I Haven't Seen You Since Graduation!" /83
  31. "All the Dairy Products You Can Eat!" /87
  32. Kak Vasha Familia? /90
  33. 400 Years in 30 Minutes /92
  34. Blueblood M&M's /93
  35. My Love Affair with Rocks /96
  36. 3000 Miles Without a Starter Motor /98
  37. Rest Stop In Iowa /99
  38. Robin Hood and the Xerox Key /103
  39. Moving Pass Required! /104
  40. Mules Have the Right of Way! /105
  41. Petty Cash Petty Confrontation  /106
  42. How I Became a Professional Photographer /107
  43. Teaching Those Rice Bugs a Lesson /108
  44. French Fried Vendura /109
  45. Earthquake Bells and Screaming Lovers /110
  46. "What? Me Memorize 64 Security Badges?"  /111
  47. Sponge Cake /112
  48. Weight Watchers in Taiwan  /113
  49. Na Pali Coast and the Plastic Sleeping Bag /114
  50. "Sorry, Mrs. Holland. You're House Is Condemned." /119
  51. Bedtime with Beverly /121
  52. Hitchhiking Encounter outside Philadelphia /123
  53. "Can You Get Anything There?" /124
  54. Sister Mary Dorothea and the Lawn Detail /125
  55. Uncle Sam and the Never Never Dowels /130
  56. Mom's Coffee Cake /134
  57. "But Uncle Sammy Can't SwIm!!!" /135
  58. My Visits to Hewlett and Packard  /137
  59. "But Do They Have Free Donuts?" /40
  60. "You Are Hereby Accused of Sexual Harassment" /143
  61. Dead on Arrival /149
  62. Sex Trade Via Gerbils /151
  63. No Russian Spoken Here! /153
  64. 169 Milk Cartons and a Sports Car /163
  65. Pizza, Extra Crispy! /165
  66. "Doctor" Murphy and the Sex Bomb Oscilloscope  /168
  67. Brother Bullen and How to Use a Key /170
  68. The Boron Moron /171
  69. "You Remind Me of My Ex-Husband!" /180
  70. "He's Coming and He Has a Gun!" /192
  71. Snow White and the Seven Hoods /193
  72. B.C. and the Buttercup /194
  73. Faster Than Rabbits, Dumber Than Turtles /195
  74. Slave Cabin /198
  75. The Bad Boy Who Hid the Communion Wafer /199
  76. "You Have Three Mothers." /200
  77. The Alphabet Circle /201
  78. Homeroom Teacher Late Again /205
  79. Birdhouse Tree /206
  80. The Catholic, the Protestant and the Jew /213
  81. "No, Yankee, Them’s Oil Wells!" /215
  82. "No Discharge of Firearms in the Dorms." /216
  83. Trapped in the Oklahoma State University Library /217
  84. "Got a Map?" /318
  85. Fateful Phone Call to the Great Doctor Adler /222
  86. "Now Don't Get Riled, This Is a Tape Recorder." /223
  87. 72 Blurred Photos of Cow Behinds /224
  88. "My Car's Disabled." /225
  89. Sleeping in Joe Paterno's Office /228
  90. /Sandy McBride Stops Smoking /231
  91. Windshield Wiper and the Penny /233
  92. The 80 Pound Pendulum and My Teeth in Braces /236
  93. "Now Make Me Another Batch By Tomorrow." /237
  94. "Oh, and on Your Way Back, Pick Up My Conference Slides." /238
  95. "Hi! I'm Taking a Survey!" /240
  96. "You're Under Arrest, and, No, You Can't Kiss Your Mother Goodbye!" /245
  97. 3 am Epiphany - Physics, Chemistry, Math - All One /249
  98. The Theoretician and Jumper Cables /250
  99. "I'm working on Chapter 7." /253
  100. "You Don't Belong in This University." /254
  101. Thomas Edison Made This Phonograph /258
  102. The Key to the Diploma Room! /259
  103. Instant Student - Registration to Graduation - in 10 Minutes  /260
  104. "You Can't Outrun a Rabbit!" /261
  105. Lawn Mower "Accident" (Twice!) at the Sewerage Plant  /262
  106. Coke Stain on the Gymnasium Floor /263
  107. Fiberglass Curtains /269
  108. The $6,000 Chandelier /272
  109. "No, I Won't Take Still Photographs with Your Movie Camera." /274
  110. Two Germans and a Christmas Tree /282
  111. White Lab Coat and a Clipboard - How I Infiltrated the Nuthouse /287
  112. Cousin Richie and the Starter Motor /290
  113. Everything that You Are Dying to Know about the George Washington Bridge /291
  114. Pee Pee and the CIA /292
  115. Obama's Podium /293
  116. Two Gerbils in a Mayonnaise Jar /298
  117. The Moonies Kidnap Dr. Dick! /304
  118. Lap Nap /305 
  119. Bear Attack in Yosemite Park! /306
  120. Gold Mine Trespassing in Rhyolite, Nevada /307
  121. "Where's the Toilet Paper?" /309
  122. "I Do Not Like These Figures on Your Expense Report." /310
  123. "Doctor Josephson Is on the Phone? The Doctor Josephson???" /311
  124. "Your Satellite Is Falling Out of the Sky!" /313
  125. The Penalty Is Death, You Handsome Guy!" /314
  126. Signature Required before You Get a Copy." /317
  127. "Are You Recording Me?" /322
  128. Alligators and Chickens /326
  129. Rita's All-Day Bronx Zoo Interview /328
  130. The Best Pizza in the Whole World! /330
  131. Oil Gasket Blown in the Middle of the Mojave Desert /332
  132. Wealth, Stored, Life and Energy /334
  133. Golden Rule /337
  134. Parents, Government. Church  /338
  135. I Hate Physics /340
  136. Who's the Idiot? /343
  137. Quiet Room, Four Walls /347
  138. Sun, Energy, Wealth, and Time  /348
  139. Dukakis, Stephanopoulos and Seven Continents /349
  140. Briefcase Full of Money /352
  141. "May I Please Borrow Your Four Tires Again?" /353
  142. "Don't Step on My Conference Table!" /355
  143. Five Levels of Desk, Five Levels of Chairs /356
  144. Petty Cash Crisis, What Are We Going to Do? /358
  145. Wine Tasting and the Credit Card /365
  146. Cute Forest Ranger and the Great Doctor Shockley /369
  147. "No, I Don't Want a Plastic Window." /386
  148. Hot Lava on the Road Directly Ahead! /392
  149. Canada's War Museum /398
  150. Oregon Trail  /399
  151. Oregon Moonscape  /400
  152. Yellowstone Winter Wonderland  /404
  153. "Any Jerk Can Do This in the Daytime" /407
  154. Biagio's Three Wives /410
  155. "But Aren't You Going to Visit Your Relatives?" /411
  156. Don't Tell Mom: Our Secret Bastard Line /412
  157. I Am Here as a Result of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation  /414
  158. Grandpa and the Mule /415
  159. Biagio’s Suicide /416
  160. The Problem with Maryland  /424
  161. Say Nothing; Do Nothing; Be Nothing /427
  162. Dad and the Horizontal Throne /429
  163. Jeannie's Easter Basket /439
  164. The Four Letter Word /444
  165. Doctor Newnham's Secret Assistance /445
  166. "How Much of the Bonus Do You Think You Deserve?" /446
  167. "You Got Him!" /450
  168. "These Are the Keys to Every Laboratory in MIT." /451
  169. Our Two TV's /460
  170. Mom's Bra Money /463
  171. Dark Side; Light Side /465
  172. All of a Sudden, I'm an Antique Dealer /476
  173. Gold Shavings /478
  174. Mrs. Weiss's Upstairs Tenants /480
  175. Mom and the Ensenada Door Buster Line /486
  176. "All the Chicken You Can Eat." /487
  177. Firing Buckley /494
  178. Greg Johnson's Astronomical Promotion /495
  179. Dr. Cannom's in Love with My Wife! /503
  180. You Have Attention Deficit Disorder /505
  181. Indian Reservation /506
  182. The Boss Tried to Commit Suicide? /507
  183. Counseling the Boss's Wife /509
  184. Native American  /517
  185. "I Hate New Yorkers!" /518
  186. My Alien Sister-in-Law /519
  187. Debbie's Sheer Nighttime /520
  188. Shortened European Trip /523
  189. Mom and Dad's Earthquake Visit /525
  190. Earthquake Movie Editing  /526
  191. Eye-popping St. Tropez /531
  192. "How Do You Say Deodorant in French?" /536
  193. Bronx Draft Office Visit /543
  194. "The Man Born Yesterday" /553
  195. "I Have a Cosmetic Defect" /554
  196. Ain't Easy to Catch a Train /557
  197. Mike Becomes a Gun Fanatic /559
  198. My Love Affair with Black Widow Spiders /561
  199. Cultural Entomologist? /563
  200. The Bishop's Blessing - Applesauce Garcia III /564
  201. St. Francis Blessing - Bruno and the Student Pastor /565
  202. Kitchen Grape Arbor /566
  203. 93 Year Old Sex Maniac /568
  204. "Your File Cabinets are Functional" /569
  205. "What About My $6,000 Chandelier?" /570
  206. "Left at the Dishwasher!" /586
  207. Greek Wreck and Pretzels  /591
  208. Octopi! /592
  209. Crow Trial  /598
  210. Truck Load of Liquor /599
  211. Why the Draft Age is 18 to 26 /602
  212. "You Don't Know Anything about Baseball!" /603
  213. Cleaning Lady Turns Princess /604
  214. "Put That in Your Resume!" /610
  215. Cinderella Story: Chemist Chrysalis to Physicist Butterfly /611
  216. "What's Your Price? Everybody Has a Price." /612
  217. "By the Way, Where's the Nearest Home Depot?" /624
  218. The Two Wine Glasses /634
  219. "Not a Dime More Than $25,000, Doctor Spear!" /644
  220. Mormon Mini Golden Parachute /645
  221. "You Never Signed My Vacation Request?!?!" /646
  222. "You Can't Play in My Sandbox!" /648
  223. Block Party Time! /657
  224. Hitchhiking with Doctor Dick /666
  225. Because My Friend, Carlo, Says So!" /685
  226. Bathroom Embarrassment  /690
  227. "Lady Bugs, Father, Lady Bugs." /693
  228. Grandpa's Photo /704
  229. Aunt Theresa's Shattered Head /705
  230. A Cradle for Lauren /705
  231. California Post Office Confrontation  /707
  232. My Speech Before 200 Guineas /711
  233. Ten Pounds in 5 Days /721
  234. My Letter to a Dead Man /731
  235. Bingo Photo! Alex Haley Moment /734