A review of one Flatwater Tales storyteller

Bil Lepp is a five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest, but the wildly imaginative tales he tells to make us laugh have a moral dimension that many would likely accept as truth. You might say he tells funny fables or playful parables. A lesson leaps up from among the laugh lines.

Kim Weitcamp, another former pastor and storyteller at the Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival last weekend at Oak Ridge’s Historic Grove Theater and a former owner of a yarn shop, introduced Lepp, after talking about laps, and said this about his implausible yarns: “Bil runs over the laws of physics with a Mach truck and constantly redefines Darwin’s theory of evolution. It is only a matter of time before the word syndrome follows his name. ” She also mentioned that he has three award-winning albums (CDs) of humorous stories.

Storyteller Bil Lepp's book based on one of his stories, "The King of Little Things."

His first story was about himself as a five-year-old who experienced his “worst Christmas ever” starting at age four in the tiny town of Halfdollar, W.Va. He asked his dad then why he has a bald spot, and his dad character, who also has the liars’ gene, said he heard a noise on the roof on Christmas Eve, and when he left the carport, a reindeer “had licked the hair right off the back of my head. ” He recognized the deer as Rudolph so he told his son, “If I ever see Rudolph again, I am going to shoo him away.” Bil said, “I was not familiar with that expression so when I ran it through my limited vocabulary, I came out with ‘If I ever see Rudolph again, I am going to shoot him, anyway.’ Dad is going to kill Rudolph! ”

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