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First Person Arts Presents

Our America Now: Speechless GrandSlam

Saturday, June 29, 2024
Doors: 5:30pm | Show: 8pm

This event is FREE, no tickets required! Reservations are highly encouraged.

Who is the “Best Philly Storyteller”? Find out at World Cafe Live!
This season, these Philly storytellers wowed us with tales about being Haunted and Lit! They shared the highs and lows of online dating and dished  about sex and their exes. They told amazing stories of faking it, quitting, and never saying sorry for who they are. Now, itʼs time for them to compete for $250 and bragging rights for the year!

Join our host Betty J Smithsonian and our regular guest judge Lamarr Todd for a fun night filled with the best stories in Philly. 

This event is FREE and is presented as part of the First Person Arts Festival.


  • You must make a table reservation to guarantee seating. Without a reservation, seating will be first-come, first-served if available. There is standing room by the bar area.
  • The Lounge is a full-service restaurant – our full food & drink menu is available when doors open.
  • If you require accessible seating, please contact us at or 215-222-1400 prior to the show so we can best accommodate your needs.
  • Join the WCL Fan Club for priority entry, food & merch discounts, exclusive offers, and more. Mega & Ultimate Fan levels include 24-hour presale access and no ticket fees.
  • World Cafe Live is a nonprofit independent venue where artistry meets social impact. Every purchase helps support our music education & community programs.
  • See FAQ for more information.

First Person Arts includes storytellers practicing across multiple disciplines such as theatre, memoir, visual, arts, spoken word, and dance. In documentary art, the message is more important than the messenger. We promise, with each story you tell and/or hear, the more connected you will feel. The act of making oneself vulnerable through storytelling breaks down barriers. Our unique and shared experiences will bring our communities closer together. You are not alone.