The Moth: The Story Behind the Stories

Staff Blog, Festivus

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Here is our pitch to them.


The War on Christmas is soon to rage on, and according to Jon Stewart, I’m General Patton!

My entire life, as an atheist activist, I’ve been fighting for a robust division of church and state, all while stretching the very fabric of the First Amendment. Along the way, I’ve been sued, shot at, threatened to be blinded, tortured, and buried alive, and my dog was poisoned.

One recurring point of aggravation has been my hometown’s installation of religious holiday displays on public property. After years of complaining, I obtained permission for my own local display, and in 2013, received the State of Florida’s okay for a Capitol Rotunda installation.

My Florida Capitol holiday display was a Seinfeld-inspired Festivus Pole, a six-foot tall stack of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans installed right next to the Jesus manger.

Needless to say, all hell to break loose with the religious right.

For three weeks, I was a media sensation, appearing on Colbert, the Daily Show, Fox News, and across the world. Hero to Maddow, pinhead to O’Reilly, I was even part of an off-Broadway production.

In 2015, to celebrate marriage equality, I erected disco-ball topped, gay pride rainbow poles across the land. This upcoming holiday season, to support the marijuana’s growing acceptance, is Rasta Festivus, the Yo Bob Marley edition.