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“Now Or Never,” as heard on This American Life

July 9th, 2010 by Jeff Simmermon

If you’re reading this now, there’s a decent chance that you heard my story on the “Pro Se” episode of This American Life. I’m told it’s being re-run this week, which just tickles me to no end. It was an honor and a thrill to be on that show. When I told my sister about it, she got all stoked and said “That’s right, dog, build the legend. BUILD. THE. LEGEND.”

If you took the trouble to follow Ira Glass’s mention of this blog, you probably liked the story okay. I originally performed it at The Moth’s Grand Slam back in April of 2009. There’s a video of it here, if you want to hear the story again or watch my hands wave around while I tell it or something:

If you liked that one, I’ve got a bunch of other stories that you might get into, too:

‘Roo Shooter
Big Black Bird
Foreign Soil
Royal Quiet Deluxe, Chicken Band
Both Al Sharptons Hate Royal Quiet Deluxe

This list may be fun for you, too. Jessica totally would have written this in grade school, too: Types of Bitches.

Thanks for coming by, and we all hope you’re back again soon.

13 Responses

  1. James Figueiredo Says:

    Your sister is totally right:
    BUILD. THE. LEGEND. ;)

    And I’m SO glad to find out where the blog’s name came from!

    Best,
    J.

  2. altadenahiker Says:

    Bookmarking. Great yarn.

  3. karen marie Says:

    Yay! I heard you when I was in my car earlier today! Congratulations!

  4. rose marie Says:

    Almost made me late for work today. could not turn off the truck and get out until your set was over. funniest i’ve heard in a long time.
    thanks

  5. christina Says:

    So, so good. For real.

  6. nic Says:

    you’re right. i heard you on npr today in the car. came home and looked up your site. awesome story. thank you!

  7. SGM Says:

    I was waiting for Ira to follow up on your sister. Is she still “freelancing”?
    Loved the story. A kiss! Goddamn.

  8. Jen Says:

    I heard this for the second time on NPR this weekend – hilarious. Glad I caught your blog address the second time around. Thanks for the laughs!

  9. kerry Says:

    that’s some mirth you got there. will be spreading the Simmermon goodness.

  10. Lisa Says:

    Listened to this at work today. Your act made my day.

    Thanks!

  11. molly Says:

    i just streamed this american life at work today, you were fantastic! made my day!!! lokking forward to spending some serious time on your blog, thank you!

  12. Joe Says:

    Driving through the mountains of northern California with no radio stations to be had for hours, all of a sudden the station scan pulls in a public channel from Eureka and there you and Ira were. It was a pleasure to hear your story again and in such a beautiful setting, Thanks!

  13. Jeremy Says:

    I heard you on the radio while driving back from VA, had to explain to my wife that it was you from Richmond and there couldn’t possibly be another Jeff Simmermon out there. Great story! Made me remember watching you play the theremin at the Hole n the Wall(?) cafe in RVA.

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