Muni Diaries Live: Hot Night, Hotter Tales

All images by Kevin Wong/Right Angle Images

On Saturday night we packed the Elbo Room to listen to stories about the random, unbelievable, and hilarious things that can happen on public transit. We heard tales about the one ride that made you see life in the city differently (or at least made you never touch the hand bars again). Here’s how it all went down:

Comedian Kate Willett lit up the room with her story about how a passing comment from a stranger on Muni can make you realize that being in love with a girl is totally okay.

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Found: The Most Appropriate NSFW Muni Shirt


This shirt by The Tens is open to interpretation. This Saturday, tell your own two-minute story of fuckin’ Muni, fucking on Muni, or any variation thereof, and you can win this shirt and the love of our entire audience at Muni Diaries Live. Theme and variation, folks. Theme and variation.

Take a good look at this handsome shirt.


You can totally rock this shirt. If you’re not the lucky/talented winner of the audience storytelling contest, don’t you worry. The Tens will be on-site selling shirts for $15.

Join your fellow Muni riders for a night of stories that can only happen on Muni! Muni Diaries Live is back this Saturday night at the Elbo Room. Avoid day-of hassles and get your tickets here.

Video: BART Operator Shares Story on Scatology

BART operator Kelly Beardsley has had many odd jobs in his life, but we’re pretty sure that driving a BART train is probably the quirkiest of them all. Here he is at Muni Diaries Live last year telling a story about a disturbing and hilarious behind-the-scenes tale from the driver’s seat.

Kelly will return to the stage Muni Diaries Live this Saturday with another insider story on the insanity that can only happen on public transit.

Get advance tickets today to save you and your friends a spot. See you Saturday!

Muni Haiku Battle Showdown this Saturday!

This Saturday marks the return of our Muni haiku battle between reigning champion Jesse James and first-time challenger Ed Casey of @BARTDiaries. Will Ed’s 17 syllables include the material from naked twerking on BART? We can only hope.

Here’s a video from the last Muni haiku battle, where two-time champion James Nestor battled Jesse in a very close fight.

See the battle go down this Saturday, April 5, at Muni Diaries Live at the Elbo Room! Get your advanced tickets.

Muni Haiku Battle is a spawn of Tourettes Without Regrets. If you haven’t seen Tourettes, you gotta go!

Muni Diaries Live Full Lineup Announced. Get tickets!

muni diaries live crowd and sal castenada
Photo by Kevin Wong

It’s time to pack the Elbo Room and celebrate everything unexpected that can happen on transit from point A to point B! We’ve got the full lineup for the April 5 Muni Diaries Live, and it’s a really, really good one. Have you gotten your tickets yet?

Our storytellers:

Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes entertainment features, movie reviews, and a lot of Bay Area nostalgia. He is also the editor/founder of The Big Event blog on Hartlaub grew up in Burlingame, where he was a Chronicle paperboy and dedicated SamTrans rider. His favorite bus-themed movie is Speed. His favorite bus in popular culture is The Catbus from “My Neighbor Totoro.” His favorite Muni line is the 77X-Candlestick Express. He commutes from Oakland, where he lives with his wife and two young sons. Follow him on Twitter @PeterHartlaub.
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