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You Can Have Them Anywhere…

Hosts and guests of “Stripped Stories” let it all hang out in confessional showcase.

Pictured: Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman.

Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi, the hosts of Stripped Stories, a monthly series featuring the most risqué true-life stories of comedians or performers, request that the show be a safe zone, enjoining bloggers from relating the exploits described, which makes reviewing the show a difficult proposition, but we’ll give it a go while respecting confidentiality.

Of the two comedians at the January 10 edition, one male and one female, who did relate stories, the male one captured an incident with a great sense of the absurdity of a clandestine interfaith gay hookup (by a friend, he said) in the most improbable location -- Jerusalem. Take a wild guess which two faiths…

The female comedian told a less unbelievable tale, just an embarrassing incident that happened around the couple who were her landlords as she lived in the basement apartment in their house.

But the final performer, Wendy Ho (a stage name) can be written about in more specifics. She had a truly side-splitting, laugh-so-hard-it-hurts act, singing profusely profane R&B songs, both hip hop and a ballad, in the style of Erykah Badu or Mary J. Blige. The songs are about using cocaine, saying no to anal sex (“it’s about boundaries,” she said, introducing the song) because of, well, the runs; and finally, simply, the power ballad, “Fuck me,” the absolute funniest of the three -- full of crescendos with lyrics like “You can fuck me in Pakistan/You can fuck me like the Taliban.” Just imagine that delivered Mariah Carey-style.

The hosts each shared a story as well -- nothing really too embarrassing or intimate, but still funny -- Leitman about being broke while living in London and partying; Rozzi about an overzealous married guy hitting on her. Well, there was one thing Leitman said she did, but … that was the only thing.

This show has now been running about every month for a full year now, and it’s hard to know how good the stories have been from month to month, but if this performance was any indication, the hosts and their guests are serving up unique material you won’t get to hear anywhere else.

“Stripped Stories” returns to Comix on Wednesday, February 13 at 8 p.m.




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