HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

David Crabb

Performer, Author, Teacher, & Storyteller


  • The Art of Storytelling
  • LGBT Issues/Queer Youth
  • Chronic Illness/Chron's Disease
  • Animal Rescue


New York

David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher & storyteller in New York City. He is the co-creator/producer of the live storytelling series ASK ME and has been a host of The Moth Story Slam at events across the nation for audiences numbering the thousands.

Crabb was one of 7 performers chosen by Time Out New York for their 2013 New York Comedy Festival line-up. The Wall Street Journal praised him as a performer capable of guiding a crowd "from belly laughs to pin-drop silence."

Bad Kid (Harper Perennial) perfectly depicts that moment in life when you are suddenly shoved from a safe and happy childhood into the terrifying realm of the teenager. Crabb traverses this new, uncertain world, finding along the way a group of kids who celebrate their differences, and celebrate him, eyeliner and all. Richly detailed with 80s pop-culture, BAD KID is as charming as it is poignant. As he learns lessons of love, friendship, and growing up, Crabb brings the reader along with him through the impossibly comic and shockingly honest moments. His journey through adolescence captures the essence of every person’s struggle to understand his true self.

Currently, Crabb is the lead instructor in The Moth’s High School Slam program. He has coached performers and directed shows at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) & the People's Improv Theatre (The PIT). Crabb has taught storytelling with Kevin Allison's The Story Studio, Manhattan Comedy School, Washington DC's Story League & NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012, the New York Times showcased one of his classes in their Arts Section. Crabb also serves as a writing mentor for veterans across the country with The Writers Guild Initiative's Wounded Warrior Project.

He has been a member of NYC's Axis Company Theatre since 2003, developing original material in New York, Paris and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. This fall he will be hosting the launch of the Moth Mainstage in Australia at the Sydney Opera House. His solo show BAD KID was met with critical acclaim  (Advocate, Village Voice, Flavorpill, NYTheatre) and named a New York Times Critics' Pick. As well, Audible.com will release his original storytelling series, "Stories In Session," this fall, which features stories from and interviews with the nation's best-known storytellers.

Praise for Bad Kid:

"The author's story wonderfully captures the awkwardness, strife, and even terror of his experience as a gay teen; it is also upbeat, endearing, and achingly funny. A vivid and dramatic slice of adolescence."
--Kirkus Reviews

"...engaging memoir...Crabb presents this hormone-fueled roller-coaster ride with humor and sensitivity, and draws moving portraits of the people who provided him with a community. Crabb's exploration of the intensity, and necessity, of teen friendships especially resonates."
--Publishers Weekly

"With just the right mix of humor and pathos, Crabb recounts cringe-worthy teenage milestones like a forced first kiss and the unwanted gift of a car. Not everyone had to face what he did, but all can empathize with Bad Kid."