Why talking to a stranger on Muni isn’t always a bad idea

Always terrible with his sense of direction, comedian Tirumari Jothi takes the K instead of the M, and suddenly finds himself at Balboa Park station at 1 a.m. A conversation with a stranger helps him find his way back home to Park Merced, but not before the chat involved topics he never thought he’d hear.

Tirumari has been performing comedy for six years, with stand-up as his first love, but he also loves improv and sketch acting . You can find him either performing with the geeky comedy group he co-founded, Komedio Comedy, or acting on stage with Killing My Lobster (find him at Sketchfest 2018). You can find him on Twitter @tirumari.

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B is for Burning Man: How Stuart learned his SF ABCs


Who gave you your first “San Francisco education”? Broke-Ass Stuart tells us that his city primer came at the age of 23, when he was living on Golden Gate Avenue, in a house full of artists, thinkers, and some of Burning Man’s original participants.

The house on Golden Gate was a short-lived experience for Stuart, because six months into living there, the housemates were evicted. Never a group to go out with a whisper, they put on a “rent party,” where throngs of people showed, three bands played, and, at some point, an art car rolled by.

As short-lived as it was, Stuart says that this house was extremely important to him—and to our whole San Francisco community:

It was the spiritual home for so many people. Living that house prepped me for San Francisco because that place embodied all the things I love about being here. It was weird, it was a collection of all different ages, queer and straight…it was art for art’s sake and that’s the thing I love about San Francisco. It was weird for weird’s sake.

I’ve always been attracted to the other…all of a sudden I was in a house of people who lived that way. Their religion was, “Why Not?”

It was a primer for me into learning what San Francisco meant as an idea, a concept, a feeling.

Listen to Stuart’s entire story in today’s podcast:
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Stuart’s housemate P Segal ended up writing a series, The City That Was, about this period in their lives and the budding Cacophony Society. Read more

Muni Diaries is now a podcast!

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We have some very exciting news to share: Muni Diaries is now a podcast! For awhile now, we’ve wanted to create a podcast from all the great stories that riders like you have submitted to us. Well, we did it!

On the Muni Diaries Podcast, you’ll also hear great Muni stories you might not have heard before. The show features stories from Muni Diaries Live, stories from our archives, and some other great content in the future. To subscribe, find us on iTunes, Google Play, or use this RSS link.

On MuniDiaries.com/podcast, you’ll find the latest episode and episode extras. For this week’s episode (which you should totally listen to), we have a photo of Chris O’s record collection.

We’d like to thank our awesome podcast producer Peter Clarke and J. W. Friedman for writing, playing, and recording the music in the show.

We hope you’ll subscribe to the Muni Diaries Podcast. New episodes will drop every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe. If you like what you hear, share it with all your podcast-listening friends.
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