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Stephen Merchant to Join Colin Hanks, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Retta & MORE!

Stephen Merchant Brings Wealth of Talent to Storytime for Grownups

Colin Hanks Hosts KCRW Show at Riot LA Comedy Festival

SANTA MONICA, CA., September 14, 2012 – KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is excited to announce that Stephen Merchant will join their comedy showcase, Storytime for Grownups, which takes place as part of RIOT: LA’s Alternative Comedy Festival. Merchant, the co-writer and co-director of the British sitcom The Office, is also known as the co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show and was formerly the co-writer, co-director and a co-star of Extras. Merchant will share his own 7-minute story at the special benefit event, hosted by actor Colin Hanks.

Unlike traditional stand-up shows, Storytime for Grownups is a unique evening of comedic monologues, in a format similar to the popular storytelling series The Moth. An eclectic mix of guests take the stage including WTF podcast host ,Marc Maron Indoor Kids podcast co-host Kumail Nanjiani, Parks & Recreation actress Retta, Maria Bamford star of Comedians of Comedy and many more. Each will share a personal, funny and often touching tale with the audience.

Tickets to Storytime for Grownups, sold separately from RIOT LA festival passes, also include access to THE LOT, an outdoor food and vendor market. KCRW Presents THE LOT which will host LA’s favorite food trucks and provide free beer to entrants. Dozens of local vendors will also set-up in THE LOT selling hand crafted and vintage jewelry, clothing, accessories, art, knick knacks and numerous other indescribables, all carefully curated by the Tin Box Of Curious Artifacts. THE LOT will also feature giveaways, activities and surprises from RIOT LA sponsors.

RIOT: LA’s Alternative Comedy Festival, is a celebration of the underground comedy community and all that makes it unique. The first of its kind in Los Angeles, RIOT LA was born out of the need to share LA’s vibrant comedy scene with the world.

For more information on the event, including a full list of presenters and to purchase tickets, please visit www.kcrw.com/riotla. Proceeds from Storytime for Grownups ticket sales will benefit KCRW.

For more information on RIOT: LA including schedules, please visitwww.riotla.com

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