Hollander: My friends and I are sitting in a room full of normal people. I know that because they have all been married and have children and I know that because that is my definition of normal.
Huitt: My outward appearance did not match my inner yearnings. The face I was born with said to the world that I would be reliable in an office and possibly vote Republican.
On Sunday 11/22 and 11/29 at 3 PM as the winter sun set over a packed Martyrs’ audience of friends, fans, and family gathered to hear the duo-storyteller team of Nicole Hollander and June Huitt share their personal stories on: marriage, bugs, home-remedies, religion, fictional men and loss. All in attendance agreed, Huitt and Hollander’s savory and sweet stories were the perfect digestif for the Thanksgiving holidays!
If you’re a fan of LTAM, you know June and Nicole for their brutally honest, yet hilarious, stories told in tandem with their signature dry wit. If not, you can catch a taste of them on our YouTube channel at: Guilty Pleasures and Normal.
June Huitt is a writer, editor, actress and improviser. Nicole Hollander is famous for having penned and drawn, for over thirty years, the nationally syndicated cartoon “Sylvia” and for publishing over nineteen cartoon collections. (One of the interesting facts we learned about Nicole through this process was that she donated her unique collection of condoms and sex toys to the Kinsey Institute, who were happy to receive them. She still has the thank you letter. Feminist, cartoonist and collector: who knew?) Nicole and June met each other in the GEnarrations Goodman personal narrative classes for seniors. After becoming fans of each other’s writing, June and Nicole were encouraged by an instructor to try working together. As always these ladies were game, and like Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, discovered it’s better with two. Not long after that LTAM producer Kate Hill asked Nicole if she would like to be a part of our monthly LTAM lineup. Nicole agreed as long as she could duo-storytell with June. Huitt and Hollander were our first storytelling team (it’s not as easy as it looks) and an immediate hit with our audience.
We’d like to thank June and Nicole for all the time and energy they put into creating and performing “Sideswiping Normal.” We’re hoping they’ve been good and santa will bring them hot toddies at sunset just like they asked; in return, they should remember santa has a heart condition and a schedule to meet. We’ll miss spending our afternoons with Huitt and Hollander and not just because they are hilarious and have the most interesting shoes. We like to think of these ladies as Steinham and Abzug by way of Rowan and Martin.
If you missed “Sideswiping Normal”, stay-tuned: the show was such a success we’re begging the ladies perform a return engagement.
“Sideswiping Normal: An Afternoon with Huitt and Hollander” was LTAM’s first foray into special event programming: in this case, bringing valued storytellers back to share an hour of stories. IOHO and based on audience response, we think it was a huge success. We’re looking forward to more of these intimate storytelling gatherings with our favorite storytellers.
Do you have a LTAM storyteller you’d like to see host their own afternoon event? We’d love your thoughts. Storytellers, do you have an idea for a solo event? Let us know. As always, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on December 14th for “House of Lies.” As always, it’ll be a great show! We look forward to seeing you there.
Dee, Kate, and Terri