The Monkey Story

January 29, 2010

I was kidnaped by a chimp one time. It happened a little more than ten years ago and the story has as you can well imagine coalesced into something of a dinner party standard. In its natural environment it meanders a good bit and profits mightily from interruption and digression, especially from others. When at a recent book club meeting a friend noted that a footnote in the book we read described chimpanzees smoking cigarettes and asked whether anybody had ever heard of such a thing, I made the obvious response. The host of that month's book club mentioned the story to Jeff Polish, organizer of "The Monti," a live storytelling event in Durham, NC, and Jeff invited me in. The rules of The Monti require a story to be 12 minutes long, so what you hear in this podcast is sort of the express version. You can hear the local if you buy me a beer, but you will be expected to contribute.

Whatever you do, you should keep checking in to The Monti ( for more great storytelling from the Triangle in North Carolina.


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  • Jeff Polish

    What an amazing story, Scott!

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm
  • Virginia

    Fab! About 35 years ago, when my brother was 12, he got bitten by a monkey. He was just out playing in the neighborhood in our home town of Shreveport, LA, which is not their natural habitat, so it is still a bit of a mystery where it came from.

    Mar 29, 2010 at 6:49 am