Tasty Words

Tasty Words is a twice monthly long-running spoken word salon created, hosted, and curated by Wendy Hammers. Now in our 13th smash year, and having presented over 100 original evenings of story and music, Tasty Words serves up hilarious and horrifying real life stories read and performed by the people who wrote them.


NEW TASTY SHOWS!


The Sexy Beast Shows - A Sex Story Palooza
Two Enticing Shows/One Hot Night

Thursday, July 17th at 7:30PM - SOLD OUT
Sexy Beast
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Thursday, July 17th at 9:30PM
Sexy Beast
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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For the past two months, the Santa Monica shows have sold out quickly, so advance tickets are strongly suggested.


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Dear future Tasty Storytellers....

Here, as promised, are the themes for Tasty Words™ 2014 Season. The order is subject to change, depending upon availability of certain artists. However, these themes are locked in.

To submit for consideration, please submit a story of 1,500 words or less. I like jpegs, pdfs, or in the body of the email. Make sure that the theme is mentioned in the subject line and your name is in the body of the submission. I can't count how many times I've received a story with no name in the body of the email.

Finally, if I don't know you or your work, and you have not seen a Tasty Words™ show live, that is the first step. Come see what it is all about and shake my hand or give me a hug and introduce yourself after the show. That's how I roll. Thanks for all.

Can't wait to hear your stories.




  • February - Love Train: An Evening of Love Gone Right and Love Gone Wrong Stories
  • March - The Kindness of Strangers
  • April - Poetic License (Honoring National Poetry Month - An evening from the poets among us)
  • May - The Amy Show (You guessed it - an evening of amazing writers - all named Amy) &
    Gigabyte Me: Stories about the Technology We Love/Hate/Can't Live Without
  • June - Pretty, Witty, & Gay (Our Annual Tribute to Gay Pride Month)
  • July - The Sexy Beast Show (Sexy Stories - Juicy/Nasty/Sweet or Real Deal)
  • August - The Magic Show (Magic - Literal and Figurative)
  • September - The Tasty Anniversary Party: Celebrating 12 Years of Stories
  • October - Ooh La La! We'll Always Have Paris (Stories about Paris)


The Tasty Story

On September 11th, 2001....well, we all know what happened on that tragic, tragic day.

A year later, my dear friend Judy Toll passed away, having lost her nearly five year long battle with cancer.

A month later, I separated from my husband of 14 years.

And a month after that, in August of '02, I created Tasty Words™, a spoken word salon. After the events of the previous year, I felt if I didn't have a place to get onstage and tell my stories, my head would explode. And I knew I wasn't alone in this. I started inviting other writer/performer friends to come and tell their stories. Real, hilarious, horrifying stories. We did a show. I can't even remember now what the first one was about. I just know it spoke to enough people that we did it again. And again.

And now we have done...I'm guessing here...easily one hundred shows. All amazing. And different. And moving. And funny. And real.

I must use this opportunity to thank my wonderful friends Lee Cohen and Lois Sarkisian, the amazing and generous owners of Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery, where it all started. They were our gracious hosts for many years, and I am fairly certain that without them and their magical gallery, Tasty Words would not exist. Thanks to the support of all the fabulous Tasty Word fans, our show has grown to include events at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, the Celebration Theatre, and Writer's Bootcamp at Bergamot Station. Our new homes are the Santa Monica Playhouse and Flappers Comedy Club. We've got you covered in the (310) and (818) - yo yo!

Finally, the audience. The folks that show up and laugh and cry and revel in these extraordinary artists each month (you know who you are). Thank you. Thank you. For digging this work as much as I do. I am committed to continuing to present writers and tellers who will knock your socks off for years to come.

Tasty Words happens one Wednesday a month (occasionally more) at the Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery in Santa Monica and from time to time, in other cool places, too.

You can read an article about Tasty Words from the Examiner here.

Here's what one reviewer had to say about a Tasty Words she attended: article.


Here are some of the fab folks who have told their tasty stories...

Steve Bluestein, Elayne Boosler, Dylan Brody, Kelly Carlin, Cindy Chupack, Wayne Cotter, John Ciccolini, Dennis Danziger, Charles Freericks, Amy Friedman, Betty Goldstein, Annie Korzen, Carlos Kotkin, Carol Leifer, Nikki Levy, Mark Lonow, Arlene Malinowski, Anne Meara, Robert Morgan Fisher, Taylor Negron, Laraine Newman, Julie Newmar, Elizabeth Payne, Ann Randolph, Jonna Tamases, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kira Soltanovich, Monica Piper, C. Brian Smith, Sonya Sones, Lynne Stewart, Lyena Strelkoff, Greg Swartz, Suzanne Whang, Larry Wilmore

And the amazing musical guests:

Tracy Newman, Robert Morgan Fisher, Eric Schwartz, Holly Long