Awkward Moments Read Out Loud

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For years, the Mortified stage show and podcast has brought people together from all walks of life to share their most painfully awkward teenage moments. The concept is simple -- participants open up their diaries to a packed theater and recount their most embarrassing stories, like a failed first kiss, an unrequited love, or a nightmarish prom date.

What would compel someone to reveal their past humiliations to a room full of strangers? Mortified founder Dave Nadelberg says the experience can be both cathartic and validating.