My First Trip to “The Mouth”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Mark Twain House puts on some of the best events in Hartford. For a long time I’ve been trying to get to “The Mouth” — a Moth-like storytelling event — but it seemed that I was doomed to an eternity of being out of town during each event. Then “Fame and the Fame(ish)” came up and my heart did a little flip-flop when I realized I could  go. And I  feel like I probably lucked out by being able to go to this one.

Fellow Nose-panelist Rand Cooper kicked off the night with his story about an encounter with Grace Kelly in a frat house. It involved a water bed, but not in a dirty way…or at least not in a hot/dirty way, but maybe in an actually unhygienic way. Rand is quite the storyteller, even on an impromptu basis, so it was a good one.

But the real highlight of the night was a story from Paul Marcarelli, a director and screenwriter who will forever be known to you and Julie Andrews as the “Can You Hear Me Now?” guy. 

I don’t think I could ever get up on stage without any notes and tell a story from memory, so everyone with the cajones to get up there did great, but Macarelli knows his way around a story. There was something very Sedaris-esque about his tales of air travel with the rich and famous like Posh Spice, Kristen Davis, Minnie Driver, and Mary Tyler Moore… but mostly Julie Andrews.

I couldn’t do his story justice if I tried, so I won’t. Chion Wolf, the host for the evening, says she thinks they may create a “Best Of” recording from the year’s Mouths so be on the look out for that and Marcarelli’s story. And if you’re interested in the next one, “It Was an Accident”, be sure to head over to The Mouth’s Facebook page to figure out how to try out — or just how to get your $5 ticket. Really you can’t beat it. And you should also go out to dinner just up the road. We went to Monte Alban, but you could also get Ethiopian at Abyssinian, pub grub at The Half Door, or vegan Jamaican food at Fire & Spice.