Storyteller Jesse James and his mom visited San Francisco years before he would eventually moved to the city, and Muni was a large part of the impression Jesse was left with. “All of my stories are on the 38, because it’s the lifeblood …”
Put on your earbuds and enjoy his story over lunch…or on your commute home. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live on April 16, 2016, at the Elbo Room. Did you know we’re always looking for storytellers much like yourselves? Pitch your own Muni story at email@example.com.
Last month, Muni Diaries Live audience members were delighted by Wonder Dave‘s various tales of his sex life as it has intersected Muni and BART life. Perhaps these are “do try this at home” types of stories? You decide.
You can see more of Wonder Dave’s storytelling and emceeing skills at Seduction Feroce and Tourettes Without Regrets. This story was told at Muni Diaries Live on April 16, 2016. If you missed the show, check out storytellers Chris O and Mandy Hu‘s videos! We’re always looking for your slice of life in San Francisco, so if you have a story to tell or know a great storyteller, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storyteller Mandy Hu had it down to a science. Not only could she perfectly time walking or running to catch those evening BART trains back to San Francisco. She also had a catalog of other passengers she could reference in order to best navigate the crowds.
Then one night, working late, she was thrown off-schedule by a coworker whose immigrant experience really struck a cord.
Mandy delighted the audience at Muni Diaries Live in April. Watch the video of her story above.
ChrisO is a musician and hair stylist at Honeycomb Salon in Noe Valley who has an impressive record collection. He regaled the Muni Diaries Live crowd a few weeks ago with a story of running into someone he knew from a past life on the bus, and you’ll have to watch the video to see what he found out.
“I was taking the 19-Polk bus for the first time. In 2003, the buses that were used for the 19 line were the most florescent light-flickering, brownish yellowy interior-having, murdery buses in the whole city. They just looked like you were gonna die on them. We all get on the bus and I notice there is this guy staring at me. I thought: Is this like a “Cruising me to have sex thing, or pretending to cruise me to have sex thing so you can kill me?”
Do you have a Muni story of your own or know someone who can spin a great tale? Email us and pitch your story at email@example.com!
What happens when you pack the Elbo Room with Muni riders who love nothing more than a good story? Amazing tales, a new spin on bingo, and an only-in-San Francisco burlesque act that put old paper Fast Passes to very good use. At our 15th show, we were still floored by the enthusiasm and support of everyone who came to Muni Diaries Live, especially our storytellers who really dug deep into their San Francisco experience to share stories that are both funny and vulnerable, and serve as excellent reminders of why public transit is an important part of any urban existence.
We kicked off the show with Muni Diaries Live alum Jesse James, whose friends are constantly amazed at his endless supply of Muni tales.
Where can you find a club full of people who love San Francisco as much as you do, aren’t too snooty to ride the bus, and will cheer at the mention of “Back Door!”? You’ll find good company at Muni Diaries Live this Saturday, where you can raise a glass with your fellow commuters and toast to the hilarity of riding Muni (and BART, too!).
We’ve got a stellar lineup of performers with all the funny, sweet, and sometimes totally WTF stories that happen on Muni and BART. And for this show, we have the lovely Alexa Von Kickinface, co-host of San Francisco’s infamous and beloved monthly burlesque show—Hubba Hubba Revue! Muni plus burlesque? You’ll have to see it for yourself.
Oh, and dust off your bingo daubers! For the first time, we’re playing Muni Bingo, and you can win free drinks at the Elbo Room bar! My hands are currently covered with glue from renaming all 75 bingo balls to Muni lines, so make it all worthwhile and come play Muni bingo with us! There are only a handful of tickets left in advanced sales, so get your tickets soon!
Muni Diaries Live (Tickets)
Saturday, April 16, Door: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m. Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49
Take BART there: 16th or 24th St. stations
Photo of Alexa Von Kickinface by Jessica Lotz