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New York, NY - Fool Me Once

  • Caveat 21A Clinton Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

On April Fools’ Day, join us for 5 true, personal stories of how science fooled us, and how we were fools for science.

Hosted by Tracy Rowland and Paula Croxson. Doors at 7:30pm.

Stories by:


Michaela Agapiou is a PhD student at the University of Leeds, UK, where she studies protein synthesis in the sperm cells of fruit flies. She is currently based in New York City while doing an internship with The Story Collider as part of her PhD programme, having approached them after spending many, many hours listening to podcasts while dissecting fruit fly testes. This is her first job outside of a lab, as she fell in love with science and research at a young age. Michaela hopes to learn more about the art of storytelling and maybe break fewer things than she does inside of the lab.


Keith Ellenbogen is a celebrated underwater photographer working with conservation-based organizations to showcase the visual complexity of underwater environments, from coral reefs to coastal rivers to the wild open sea.  Through his photography Keith seeks to evoke a sense of discovery of fantastical creatures to captivate our imagination and create intimate, personal connections, that inspires positive social change.  Keith is an Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY/FIT; Visiting Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sr. Fellow, International League of Conservation; Fellow, The Explorers Club; Affiliate Partner, Mission Blue - A Sylvia Earle Alliance; the recipient of Hollings Ocean Awareness Award and a TED Residency that included a TED Talk to raise environmental awareness through photography.  Keith currently resides in Brooklyn New York.  To learn more about Keith visit: or LinkedIn


Melanie Hamlett is a comedian, writer, and storyteller who’s been performing in New York City and Los Angeles for the last 12 years and now in Europe, where she currently lives. She’s won The Moth in NYC multiple times, is regularly featured on the Risk! Podcast, and writes for The GuardianThe Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Harper's BazaarPlayboy, and Glamour. Having lived in her truck all over the U.S. for years as an outdoor adventure guide, as well as New York City, Los Angeles, South America, and now Europe, her bizarre, solo adventures often concern the people who love her most (especially her poor mother). Follow her on InstagramTwitter, or her website:


Mia Lipsit is a future expat who just can't seem to quit New York. A seasoned traveler, she has witnessed Blue-footed Boobies doing their mating dance in the Galapagos, bribed her way onto a locals-only bus in Cuba, sang Joni Mitchell to a group of drunk teachers and village mucky-mucks in middle-of-nowhere Vietnam, and gotten herself stranded overnight on an island in the middle of Lake Titicaca. Though Mia usually tells her travel stories on her blog,, confining her live storytelling to teenage diary readings at Cringe and Mortified that still make Rick Springfield's ears burn, she is excited to be making her debut on the Story Collider stage. When she’s not spinning yarns, you can usually find her knitting them into scarves. 


Gabe Mollica is a comedian, storyteller, and educator living in Astoria, Queens. He performs nightly in New York City at venues like QED, Broadway Comedy Club, and the Magnet Theater. His solo show "Gabe Mollica: The Whole Thing" will run this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He's written jokes for the New York Video Game Awards and finished 2nd at the Manhattan Comedy Festival. During the day he's the Writing Center Director at Bard High School Early College, Queens. He studied Music and Comparative Literature at Hamilton College. Check him out at or on Twitter and Instagram @GabeMollica. He does not have a podcast.

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