Nikki Starr has appeared on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” VH1’s “World Series of Pop Culture,” and the very first Tell Me More… Live Storytelling Night.
That night she shared a story about what her 14-year-old self expected of her 30-something-year-old self. Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned. Fast forward more than a year later.
For this storytelling night, Nikki and four other storytellers will tell stories inspired by the word “Indulgences,” a theme a lot of people shied away from this month.
Her story, however, isn’t directly related to indulgence. It’s more about the time she dated a rock star. He isn’t exactly a heroin addict or even a heavy drinker, but rock stars always make you think of indulgences, right? That’s a-c thinking, e.g., “indulgences” to “rock star” to “That guy in that band you or your older brother drunkenly sang along to in college. Yeah, I dated him, and here’s what happened…”
Much like the years between her 14 and 30-year-old self, things didn’t go quite as planned. You’ll have to come out to the Push Comedy Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday to find out exactly how.
NIKKI STARR’S Q&A
Name: Nikki Starr
Location: Norfolk, baby!
deb: Who are you?
Nikki Starr: I’m an extremely social weirdo that loves to make people laugh. I try to bring positive energy everywhere I go.
Where do you come from?
Well according to my mom ,I was found on Diana Ross’ tour bus so I’ll go with that.
How might people know you?
People might know me from Plan B Improv or my long tenure as a service ninja at No Frill Grill!
How long have you been with the troupe? What’s the best thing about being a part of the team?
It has brought me the greatest joy over the past few years. I’ve been with the group since its inception. The best part about being in this group is the people. I love these people. They are positive and smart and funny and I’m proud to be among them.
When you were growing up, did you think you would be a rock star, a stage diva or television and film star? Which do you wish you were now?
I thought I would be all three! That was the goal that I didn’t work toward in any way. I wish I was all three of those things, and I will begin actively pursuing the dream.
How were you drawn to improv and comedy?
I’ve always loved comedy but it was never something I saw myself getting into. My lady love, Lauren Rodgers, told me about a new group having auditions and she said I’d be perfect. I was skeptical but I went and thank goodness I did. She talked me into auditioning and it was absolutely the right thing for me.
Do you (still) date creative types – artists, musicians, poets, stand ups? Why or why not?
I date guys, and if they happen to be a creative type it’s just a bonus. I have dated mostly musicians. As with any relationship, sometimes it went ok and sometimes it was garbage. Just because a past relationship turned out horribly doesn’t mean that I don’t give new people a chance.
Who is your ideal man? What makes him so ideal?
I’ve actually met my ideal man a couple times but they were both involved with someone else. That was not ideal.
What have you done in the name of love?
What have you done in the name of self-love?
Less foot stuff.
What is it about storytelling? Would you encourage others to try it? Why?
I love storytelling so much. Hearing snippets from a moment in other people’s lives has always been so fascinating to me. I would absolutely encourage everyone to give this a try. It’s so freeing and at the same time you feel included in the human journey. We’ve all been through things and I want to hear about you.
When and where else can we see you on stage in the coming months?
I will be performing with Plan B at the Zeider’s American Dream Theater this Saturday, May 14, and we will have a six week run of show there every Friday and Saturday night for the months of July and August!
Tell us the story of your live in seven words or less:
Hopes to bring joy everywhere she goes!
SEE NIKKI ON THE TELL ME MORE… STAGE
Nikki will join Tell Me More… Live Storytelling night at 7 p.m. this Sunday, May 15, with Jake Hull, Caswell Richardson, J.T. Williams, and Ashley Hall, who joins us again this month because a number of people couldn’t indulge in the theme.
Each third Sunday of the month, Tell Me More… Live Storytelling hosts storytellers sharing personal stories based on a one-word theme, which is a hat tip to improvisational comedy taught at the Push Comedy Theater. This month the word is “indulgences.” Admission is $5. For more information and updates on Sunday’s show, follow the event on Facebook.
Interested in giving storytelling a try? You can find a list of themes and find out how to pitch a story for an upcoming show on the Tell Me More… Live Storytelling site.
Most stories from the live show are recorded and shared as episodes on the Tell Me More… Live podcast. Last month’s most popular episode tackles a controversial subject. Please be warned: It is not a light trip. Danielle Stern made a very difficult decision while suffering perinatal panic disorder.