Louis CK: I said hello to him at The Moth Ball, an annual fundraiser for The Moth. He was the guest of honor that night.
He nodded in my general direction.
David Blaine: I met David Blaine at The Moth Ball. I told a two minute version of my GrandSLAM winning story, which Blaine later asked me to tell again so he could record it with his phone. Then he did a mind numbing trick for me that convinced me and the New Yorker reporter who was standing beside me that he has made a deal with the devil.
Then he told me that he might want to speak to me in the future and said, "I'll give you my business card."
"Okay," I said.
"You already have it," he said. "Left breast pocket."
Low and behold, it was there, a playing card with his contact information hidden within the details of the card.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer: I met Dr. Ruth backstage at a TED conference in the Berkshires where we were both speaking. I said hello. She asked me how my sex life was. When I said "Fine," she told me that fine is a sad description of a sex life and offered me five tips for improving it.
Steve Burns (The Blues Clues guy): Steve has hosted two of the Moth Mainstages in which I have performed. We spent time backstage chatting before both shows. In all honesty, I never watched Blues Clues, so my friends and my children have always been more excited about me meeting Steve than I have been.
Samantha Bee: Samantha Bee and I performed in a Slate Live Show at The Bell House together and spent time backstage chatting. Her new show on TBS was starting soon, so we spoke at length about what she envisioned for the project.
There is also a group of decidedly less famous people who I have met thanks to storytelling who I was at least as excited about meeting as anyone in the above list. They include
- Author and Moth host Dan Kennedy, who has become a friend
- NPR and This American Life's Zoe Chase, who I've appeared with on several occasions
- NPR's Adam Davidson, who I met at a Slate Live show
- Moth host, author, and comedian Ophira Eisenberg, who has become a friend
- Slate's Mike Pesca, who has become a friend
- The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik, who has hosted two of the Moth Mainstages in which I have performed