Story Pirates ★★★★
Story Pirates is a hilarious family-friendly show where a group of talented actors and comedians re-enacts a made-for-radio version of a story submitted by a kid. The stories I’ve listened to have been from kids between ages 4-9, and I would listen to these stories either with my 4-year-old or without him, because most of the stories are hilarious. On one of the episodes, the host said that they do this because kids write really funny, imaginative, creative stuff-often even funnier than something an adult could imagine, because it’s just silly stuff that is in the mind of a kid.
In each episode, the host first tells us a little bit about the writer, and then reads the original story. Then the actors perform the story, complete with some great sound effects and staying true to the nature of the story, and finally the host interviews the writer. Each episode is 15-20 minutes long.
Here are the guidelines for kids submitting their stories (via storypirates.com):
“1. Stories must be totally original. We aren’t able to perform stories that are inspired by or include characters and plots from movies, television or books. Use your imagination!
2. Stories should be in kids’ own words. Adults can help kids get their stories down on paper, but there’s no need to edit or correct spelling or grammar.”
The second guideline is why I think this show is so excellent. Not making any sense when writing a sentence is always highlighted by the actors in a very respectful yet silly way. One of the story titles is “The Chris Allergic to Garbage Cans” – not the kid named Chris, but just “The Chris.” I love this silliness and authenticity to how the kids really tell the story.
My son’s favorite part of the show is when the hosts interview the young writer after the performance, and they ask them what they thought of how their story was interpreted. Their honesty makes me want to be a kid again. Some of them love the performance, others want to talk about what they did at school that day-it runs the gamut and it adds to the silliness. This show always makes me feel light and happy, which I need sometimes in the middle of all the serious stuff I listen to.
Here is a 3-year old clip of what Story Pirates is all about, with Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien:
There are also a few clips on Story Pirates’ YouTube channel that show some of their performances, which typically occur in either New York or LA. You can attend these performances which seem to be quite frequent, several times a month at least.
You do not need to be a kid or with a kid to enjoy this podcast, you just need to suspend your serious side for a few minutes and revel in what it means to tell a silly story. I promise you’ll be transported to magical lands if you just let yourself imagine!
What do you think of this podcast? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (2 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (4 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
Moves fast, and although formulaic, is well put together and never has a bad segue.
Humor (5 / 5)
Investigation (3 / 5)
The host often investigates why the writer told the story and whether they liked the rendition, so I say that’s fine investigative work!
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Kids tell the best stories.
Makes Me a Better Person (4 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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