Christianity Today has a good article about the resurgence of true first-person storytelling and how it borrows from Christian tradition.
It isn’t too much of a stretch to say that this is very much what is happening in live storytelling across New York City. Whether the stories are funny or sad, they are always personal and they always contain a narrative arc, some sort of transformation. And because the stories are live, the audience is a participant, learning as much about themselves as about the storyteller. Furthermore, to call stories in which people detail their often-R-rated comedy of errors or sexcapades “confessions” or “defenses” doesn’t feel like an overstatement either.
Mike Daisey, who is referred to as “the master storyteller—one of the finest solo performers of his generation,” was raised Catholic. When Allison, who also has a Catholic background, first saw Daisey perform, he couldn’t pinpoint why Daisey was so effective. “What is it about the beautiful music, the rhythms and volumes and tones of his stories?” Allison asked himself. “And then I realized it’s a homily! It’s in his blood, in his upbringing.”