What You Missed at the Muni Diaries Reunion Show


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

We picked the hottest day in San Francisco to host the hottest reunion show ever, and we were so glad that so many of you turned out to pack the Elbo Room! Our favorite past performers came back on stage to tell tales out of school, and some brave newbies joined us to share their Muni stories too. To beat the heat, Google Places was on hand to supply the first round. Let’s check out this happy reunion.

Our special guest Anna Conda kicked off the show by reading the winning review on Google Places by PuckPuck (above). PuckPuck’s review was hilarious, even better read by the glamorous Anna! PuckPuck also received a $100 gift certificate to Hog and Rocks.

Rumpus editor and resident hotcake Isaac Fitzgerald returned to the stage to regale us with a tale of why wearing khaki pants doesn’t make you gangster on the metro.

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Photo by Lilah Johnson

(See Isaac’s first story at Muni Diaries Live)

Filmmaker and former Muni troublemaker Vero Majano told a story about Jesus bling on the bus, and how fellow riders “repented him off the bus” for violating a very important tenet of Muni etiquette.


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Newbie alert! Audience member Rajeev bravely signed up to join us on stage to tell his first Muni story where he tried to convince kids on Muni (and the police) that a terrorist would never carry an L.L. Bean backpack.


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

Rachel of Fog City Notes, whom you might remember for her delicious Muni cupcakes, returned to the stage with a story about a public peeing incident that shocked even the fare inspectors.


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

A little girl tested Joyce Lee’s patience on the bus, and she returned to the Muni Diaries stage to tell us how it ends. If you have problem disciplining your children, we know who you need to call.


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

(See Joyce’s first appearance at Muni Diaries Live)

Pam Benjamin, a host of Mutiny Radio, sashayed on the stage to tell a story about having sex (that’s right) at a Muni shelter. Under the bright florescent lights. With people walking by.

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Photo by Lilah Johnson

Oh, hey, look, new Muni Diaries storyteller! Audience member Chris told a story about a hiccuping lady on the bus. “I might be drunk, but I am always on point.” You tell ’em, Chris.


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

Tara Demoulin, our favorite Muni songstress, came back to the show to sing another Muni-inspired tune, this time to the tune of “My Favorite Things.” You’ll never guess what she rhymed with “bukaki.”


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

Plucked straight from the audience of another Muni Diaries Live show, Jesse James returned to the stage, and there was much rejoicing. Jesse told a tale of love and fate that involved a fellow Muni rider who looked a lot like Elijah Wood. I believe that in the photo below, though, Jesse was inviting a certain handsome audience member to see him after the show.


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

We had $50 to give away to the newbies that night. With your applause and the help of Ashley from Google Places, Rajeev was the winner of the cash prize. We had several storytellers who volunteered their tales, but we sadly didn’t get to hear all of them due to our limited time on stage. If you know anything about Muni Diaries, you know we’re dying to hear your stories. So if you signed up at the event and didn’t get to tell your story, please email us and let us know!


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

This was our first reunion show/open mic, and again we were totally energized by the great crowd and storytelling at the show. We’ll have videos of some of the performances for you in the next few days, so stay tuned, and keep the stories coming!

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