Muni Diaries Live: Turn up the volume

Twice a year, we take Muni Diaries out of the interwebs and into real life at Muni Diaries Live. If those stories, told to a packed crowd at the Elbo Room last Saturday are any indication, Muni is still the spot to mine storytelling gold.

Comedian Tirumari Jothi, whose tale of an out-of-this-world conversation (rings of Saturn included) had the crowd in stitches. You can see him this Friday, Nov. 10th, and the Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue.

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What could go wrong on your first Muni ride?

So you decide to take a visiting friend on her first Muni ride, promising that nothing will go wrong. And Muni is basically like…”LOL.”

In this week’s podcast, storyteller and reigning Muni Haiku champion Baruch Porras-Hernandez shares his story of what happened after his innocent promise to a friend. You can see him at Muni Diaries Live this Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Elbo Room. Tickets are at

Listen to his story here:
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If you like what you’ve heard on the Muni Diaries podcast, please share and rate it on iTunes so other people can find it, too. And we hope to see you this Saturday at the Elbo Room to watch Baruch go head-to-head with new challenger, Alexandria Love!

Four more days! Muni Diaries Live is Saturday, y’all.


Twice a year, like parents gone wild, Muni Diaries leaves its forever-LOL social channels and website to fend for itself for a few hours so we can hit the bar: the Elbo Room, to be exact.

We have a really great reason to do it, too: bringing IRL storytelling to the Muni-riding masses. Muni Diaries Live is where we can all laugh, cry, and commiserate over the daily sensory overload that is San Francisco’s colorful public-transit system.

We are swooning over our stellar lineup. At our recent rehearsal, we shed tears of joy, of WTF OMG, and of poignancy — all fantastic signs of a fabulous show to come. Our performers run the gamut of “Hella SF”: from a rising star in drag, to bastions of print media, to self-proclaimed political geeks (just in time for Election Day!), they’re all bringing it on Saturday. And by “it,” I mean cool stories and unique perspectives on our fair city.

So, who’s in?

Future you will thank planning-ahead you for getting tickets ahead of time! They’re available now on Eventbrite, so get ’em while they’re hot.

Muni Diaries Live
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016
Doors: 6 p.m., show: 7 p.m.
Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St. stations

Photo by Right Angle Images

Muni Diaries Live is back on Nov. 5!


Our favorite evening of the year is back, when riders pack the Elbo Room for a little camaraderie about San Francisco life. Tickets are on sale now, so grab yours soon!

Riding the bus with a black crow on your shoulder? Eating a pint of ice cream with the butt end of a lighter on the N-Judah? Exchanging the fine points of making a perfect lumpia with your bus driver’s mom? These are just a few of the everyday delights/weirdnesses that actually happen on Muni. Come celebrate all the hilarity that can happen on public transit between Point A and Point B.

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What do Muni drivers really think of you? Find out at Muni Diaries Live!

Every day, you help us document a slice of San Francisco life here on Muni Diaries. And twice a year, we bring your stories live to the stage. Come celebrate all the funny, sweet, and weird things that happen in our city at Muni Diaries Live next Saturday, Oct. 10.

For this show, we’re welcoming back Driver Doug (above), who’ll tell you what Muni drivers really think of us. At the last show, he told us about secret hand signals, tricky fare boxes, and how a Muni driver can tell whether you’re really ready to get on the bus. Get ready for even more behind-the-scenes tales from the driver’s seat.

Doug will be joined by the rest of a great lineup: storytellers Cara Tramontano, Jerry Lee Abram, Kristee Ono, and Gabriel Armstrong. And you just cannot miss a Muni haiku face-off between Baruch Porras-Hernandez and reigning champion Ronn Vigh. Musical guest Satellite High wrote an entire rap album based on Muni stories—you can’t get more San Francisco than this.

Pro tip: Unless you really love standing in hella long lines, advance tickets are the way to go.

Muni Diaries Live
Sat., Oct 10, doors: 6pm, show: 7 p.m. Tickets: $16.
Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations

Video: Country band sings the tragic tale of Charlie and the SFTMA

At April’s Muni Diaries Live, Mesquite and Mustard sang the tragic tale of Charlie and the SFMTA and what happens when the bus fare jumps up just a little more than you realized. Look closely: The band also has the most amazing Muni-themed shirts (and bolo tie!) west of the Mississippi.

The band also impressed all of us with some awesome fiddling, mixed in with funny (and nearly real) Muni stop announcements. Bet you never imagined this!

This performance was recorded at Muni Diaries Live at the Elbo Room on April 18, 2015. More from that night:
Muni driver Doug reveals behind-the-scene stories
SF native Yayne Abeba’s childhood on the bus

Follow Mesquite and Mustard on Twitter @mesquitemustard.

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