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Is simply hearing Ira Glass’ voice not enough for you? Do you have the strange but understandable urge to peer deep into his eyes while he tells you a story? Well, there’s good news for people who’d like visuals to accompany their favorite radio show. On May 10, This American Life will be recording a special episode at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City, and the whole thing will be broadcast in movie theaters across the country. You can find a list of participating Milwaukee-area theaters here.
The event will feature stories from the likes of Canadian expat David Rakoff, who specializes in sickly detailed and hilarious essays that often underline his own anxiety and overly conscious view of himself, as well as comedian Tig Notaro, and radio host Glynn Washington. There will also be a short film from sleepwalking comedian Mike Birbiglia, music by OK Go, and at least one special surprise guest. (One special guest is David Sedaris. So, in other words, the two funniest gay essayists named David will be in attendance.) Last time around, the event sold more than 50,000 tickets throughout the country, which is why a second showing of this event will be offered at some theaters May 15.
This will be the first high profile TAL gig since the Mike Daisey incident a month ago, which forced Glass and company to retract an entire episode all because someone had a tiny problem telling the truth.