If you want to get a sense of what the storytelling scene in Manhattan is like, you're in luck! The Moth--the granddaddy of New York storytelling--has now produced a podcast! There are four stories currently available, which you can find on iTunes ("The Moth Podcast," helpfully listed under New Podcasts), or through their website at http://www.themoth.org/
. I strongly recommend that you sign up! It'll be good for them, entertaining for you, and a big bonus to karma all around. All of the first four stories are good, but I admit to being particularly fond of Malcolm Gladwell's story about working certain phrases into major newspaper articles (recently used on This American Life as well), and Dan Kennedy's story about "keeping it real" as a delusional 35-year-old wannabe punk rocker in corporate America.
Also, the next Moth Slam is on March 31st, and the theme is "Fame." I will be competing, and possibly even getting called onstage. So be there! (Details on the Moth website's calendar, which I just gave you a link to in the last paragraph.)
UPDATE: I've now heard all the stories, and I take it back: Alan Rabinowitz's "Man and Beast" is my favorite. A kid with a crippling stutter, who has never spoken a single coherent sentence to another human being until his twenties, gets involved in zoology and...well, it's just a great tale. Go get it. (If there's any way to link directly to an iTunes story--since iTunes is a program, not a web browser--I don't know it. Just search Podcasts for "The Moth.")