Win Tickets ($40): RISK! @ Revolution Hall | Real People Telling True Stories They Never Thought They’d Dare to Share

We are giving away a pair of tickets to on September 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 31.


From our sponsors:
September 6, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $20 | All Ages
More info:

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. Founded in 2009 by Kevin Allison of MTV’s legendary sketch comedy show, The State, RISK! has been downloaded tens of millions of times and has featured incredible true stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Michael Ian Black, and regular folks from around the world. Slate calls RISK! “jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching.” RISK! also puts on live shows for sold out crowds internationally.

Kevin Allison, creator and host of RISK!, started his comedy career on the legendary sketch series The State on MTV. But in 2009, everything changed. “I was doing a solo show out west, playing characters as usual,” he says. “Afterward, Michael Ian Black [also of The State] said, ‘I kept hoping you’d drop the act and tell some of your own stories.’ I said, ‘Yikes, that just seems so risky…’ But even as I said it, I could feel in my gut that that kind of risk could lead to the best stuff.”

The very next week, Kevin was on stage telling his own stories. “Suddenly, I was looking right into the eyes of audience members. We were reacting to each other, like friends. After the show, people didn’t just say, ‘That was funny,’ they said, ‘Thank you. That really got to me.’ I was finding the meaning in my own experiences and the people listening felt like they’d lived through these things with me. The more I worried I was taking a risk with a story – because it was too emotional, too provocative, or just too nuts – the more the audience lit up.”

In August of 2009, host Kevin and producer Michelle Walson started the live show RISK!, “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” at Arlene’s Grocery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was an instant hit. Stories ran the gamut from the sacred to the profane, the hilarious to the horrific – and for the audience, it was a chance to re-connect with the things that make us human. It’s still just about the most cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes kind of smorgasbord you’re likely to see anywhere. The monthly RISK! live show, winner of an ECNY Award for Best Variety Show, now lives at The Bell House in New York City and the Bootleg Theater in LA. RISK! also tours to sold out international crowds.

Many remarkable people have shown a side of themselves on RISK! that you probably haven’t seen elsewhere, like Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, R. Ben Garant, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Michael Showalter, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Lili Taylor, Adam McKay, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Joe LoTruglio, and more.

The audio podcast of RISK! – also hosted by Kevin Allison – premiered online in October of 2009. The podcast includes not just the best stories from the live shows but also “radio-style” stories and interstitial music and comedy from artists all over the world. Most episodes of the show are free and easy to download from iTunes and other sources. With new episodes released each Monday, the RISK! podcast is the winner of an ECNY Award for Best Podcast, and has been downloaded tens of millions of times to date.

In 2010, the RISK! live show series went bi-coastal. Monthly RISK! shows in Hollywood are hosted by Beowulf Jones at the Bootleg Theater.

In 2011, Kevin and the RISK! team created The Story Studio, at, a school dedicated to teaching people from all walks of life to turn their most meaningful experiences into powerful self-expression. “Practically anybody will benefit from this training,” Kevin says. “We always say that, from the bar to the boardroom, a good story well told is what leaves a lasting impression.” New workshops through The Story Studio start each month and corporate workshops can be custom-tailored to a company’s needs.

RISK! is a labor of love, a communal groundswell, and a start-up with one hell of a future in the works. Be a part of it all. Or, as Kevin ends every episode of the podcast saying, “Folks, today’s the day. Take a risk!”

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40 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): RISK! @ Revolution Hall | Real People Telling True Stories They Never Thought They’d Dare to Share

  1. Chris Webb August 21, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    Sounds like a good time!

    • KR August 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

      Wow, sounds amazing!

    • bruce carol August 24, 2018 at 7:47 am #

      Oh the stories I could tell!

  2. trena August 21, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    This sounds awesome!

  3. Jennifer August 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    This sounds great. Thanks!

  4. Leigh G. August 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    My partner loves their podcast, so this would be perfect for her birthday!

  5. PoppyFields August 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    As a skilled phone sex operator, I’m all about risky and risqué (!) story telling. I’m always doling it out, so would love to hear the risks others take and make…bring it on…living on the edge is what makes life exciting to live!

  6. Jessica August 21, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    I would love to hear these stories! Pick me!

  7. Byron C August 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    The stories sound really interesting to listen too – thanks for the chance!

  8. Katie August 21, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    This sounds great!

  9. Joseph Coffin August 21, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Sounds squirmworthy! More for the confessor or the audience? I want to go!

  10. Joseph Coffin August 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Sounds delightfully squirmworthy. More fun to be the confessor or the audience? I want to go!

  11. Denise Olsen August 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    Would love to go for my birthday!

  12. Benjamin August 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

    my first week in pdx years back i tried to see risk at the missippie studios but they were sold out. now i can finally fulfil my dream of being bummed, grossed, and scared with hundreds of people.

  13. Alyssa August 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    My sister and I love the podcast. Never seen the show live and would love to!

  14. Jasmine August 22, 2018 at 12:48 am #

    Sounds like such a fun date night!

  15. Paul August 22, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    My SO really loves this podcast, Id love to be able to take her to it!

  16. Christopher Stewart August 22, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    I have followed the RISK podcast for years and would love to experience it live!

  17. Jasmine Jay-Bonn August 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

    I’ve been listening to risk for years, it would be great to see it live!

  18. Rb August 23, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    Pick me! Sounds like a fun evening out.

  19. david August 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    well, i’ve a new podcast on my rotation, thanks to you…and tickets, too?

  20. Megan August 23, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    I would love this!

  21. Lee Widener August 23, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    This sounds like a great experience! I’d love to go!

  22. Sarah August 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    I’m always afraid to take risks. Give me some inspiration to get out of my head!

  23. Ron T August 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    I’d like to “RISK” it. Please pick me.
    Thank you, as well, for the link to I’ve got a story, I just don’t know how to tell it.

  24. AJ August 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    I’m so into this, please pick me!

  25. Barb August 23, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    I’m hooked on the podcast! I would love to see it taped in person. If you haven’t already, listen to the podcast. It’ll keep keep you entertained for hours!

  26. christine August 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

    If no ‘live’ tickets, then it will be a virtual podcast, right?

  27. Teresa August 23, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

    My sister will be in town this night so it would be a great girls night out for a small town girl!

  28. Linda Anthony-Becraft August 28, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    Other peoples risky behavior only encourages mine! So encourage me!

  29. Erin B August 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Would love to go :)

  30. Tara Keitz August 28, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    I would love to take my son to this!

  31. David August 28, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

    This is an amazing event I want to attend!

  32. Jennifer M August 29, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    This is not the Game of World Conquest!

  33. Amy August 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    I’ve got a few stories for the ages…

  34. Lauren Scher August 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    my birthday is the next day. early present?

  35. Faith O'Malley August 30, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    This sounds like a blast!

  36. Heather Jones August 31, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  37. Dan September 1, 2018 at 7:26 am #

    Sounds interesting. Love a good story.

  38. Katie September 1, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    I’m so glad people are okay with sharing personal stories and embracing vulnerability! I’d love to go!

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