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Based on a True Story

These five events put storytelling center stage.

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The Moth StorySLAM!
Housing Works Bookstore Café; 3/18 at 7 p.m.; 126 Crosby St., nr. Houston St., 212-334-3324
The acclaimed storytelling competition goes another round, this time with the theme "Green." The succinct description from their website says: "10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner." We hope at least one story is about Kermit the Frog.

Service Not Included
Le Poisson Rouge; 3/22 at 7 p.m.; 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St., 212-505-3474
If you've never worked in the service industry, you should probably consider yourself lucky. But if you're still curious, there's plenty of writers and comedians that have, that are willing to use their skills to relay their experiences. Hear their cautionary (and hilarious) anecdotes tonight.

A Tribute to George Carlin
Celeste Bartos forum, New York Public Library; 3/24 at 7 p.m.; Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.; 212-930-0730
Whoopi Goldberg hosts an an all-star tribute to the Grammy Award-winning comedian, famous for his dark humor and his ""Seven Dirty Words" routine. Performers include Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Kevin Smith, Louis CK, and Anne Meara, among others, so get your tickets fast. This one is gonna sell out.

Risk!
92YTribeca; 3/25 at 7 p.m.; 200 Hudson St., nr. Canal St.; 212-601-1000
These yarn-spinners risk their lives (okay, maybe just their pride), on stage and in podcast form, all so you get a chuckle. Created and hosted by Kevin Allison of The State, this week's theme is "Really Hard Choices?" and includes comedian Marc Maron in the lineup.

Jennifer Love Hewitt
Borders ; 3/25 at 12:30 p.m.; 100 Broadway, at Wall St.; 212-964-1988
The Ghost Whisperer reads from her new book The Day I Shot Cupid (subheading: "Hello, My Name Is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I'm a Love-aholic"), a frank look at dating while staying true to yourself, out March 23rd. Expect tales of love, loss, and cellulite.


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