In the past couple of years storytelling has become a necessary part of any standup comedian's repertoire, a needed tool for any writer wishing success, and has gained it's own crowd and scene of people claiming their artform to be simply "storytelling." And yet everyone is quick to remember that this is the oldest artform in existence. In this discussion we seek to find what has made these last couple of years different in the meta narrative about storytelling, and what that says about the art of the soloshow. There is a one person, long form, personal narrative piece that has existed forever but has a modern version that has captured our culture's attention. We will analyze what makes this era of Spalding Gray and Mike Birgbiglia different and where are we going next.