They say a good story will take you places, but the storyteller Chris Gethard is making sure of it by loading his audience onto a bus. The comedic oral historian’s fans—those would be Gethard’s “Gethtards”—somehow convinced him that his show, Magic Box of Stories, needed to hit the road. In the Magic Bus of Stories, the writer for Weird NY and Weird NJ—guidebooks to spooky and bizarre local tales—moves beyond UCBT’s black-box and out to the places in New Jersey that shaped his childhood and young adult life, like the dorm at Rutgers where he “got another human’s diarrhea on his chest,” the house in West Orange where he lost his virginity, and the “Weird NJ site where he almost got raped in the woods.” Who says Jersey isn’t awesome?

Sat., March 7, 10 a.m., 2009