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  • Bad Faith

  • By: Mike Daisey
  • Narrated by: Mike Daisey
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Bad Faith

By: Mike Daisey
Narrated by: Mike Daisey
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About the Creator and Performer

Mike Daisey (Writer and Performer) who has been called "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by The New York Times, is the preeminent monologist in the American theater today. He has toured for two decades across five continents, ranging from remote islands in the South Pacific to the Sydney Opera House to abandoned theaters in post-Communist Tajikistan to Broadway. Over dozens of monologues he has reinvented the form, from his critically acclaimed 29-night live theatrical novel, All the Faces of the Moon, a forty hour performance staged at the Public Theater, to The Last Cargo Cult, where he gave away his entire fee every night as part of a performance on the economic collapse, to his eternally evolving series All Stories Are Fiction which he has been creating and performing since 2004.
As a playwright, his transcript of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs was downloaded over 100,000 times in its first week. Under a revolutionary open license it has seen hundreds of productions around the world, been translated into six languages, and years later there are productions being staged every night from in Germany to Sao Paolo to mainland China. His prescient monologue The Trump Card predicted Trump’s rise to power and was staged by over thirty theater companies across America as a national piece of political theater, and performed by Daisey himself on an eighteen city whistlestop tour that culminated in him bringing the show to Broadway.
He’s been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as a commentator and contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, NPR, and the BBC. In a brief, meteoric career with This American Life the two full episodes dedicated to his work are among the most listened to and argued about in that program’s history. He is the only storyteller in America who was written into another playwright’s play as a central character, for which he then won an Obie by proxy. He has also been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama League Awards, and is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, six Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation’s Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship.
He is currently performing A People’s History, a show that covers all of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States mixed against the US history textbook he was taught from at sixteen. It is a twenty-eight hour show performed in eighteen chapters, covering five hundred and twenty eight years of American history. You can listen to his podcast All Stories Are Fiction where you can hear many more of his stories.

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Good will versus Bad faith

I loved this intersection of the personal, political, and professional. The humor and insights play well of each other. Thought-provoking--you will think about it after it's over.

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enjoyable.

thought provoking, humorous, insightful,
sad and heartwarming; i completely related to the devastation of going thru a divorce.
it was the most difficult experience i have ever gone thru..but i came out on the other side. how mike daisey describes his journey, was completely parallel. we are so
much more resilient than we give ourselves credit for. and he brought that back to my mind & spirit. which gives me continued courage and strength. thanks mike!! 🙏🏻

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Amazing!

I highly recommend this to any one who has had any amount of anxiety because of our current political situation.

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This is the monologue for our moment

A darkly comic meditation on the personal and political act of self gaslighting, how we deny reality to keep going in a most alarming and uncomfortable time. Funny and moving.

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Interesting listen

I liked the author’s story. He told very personal stories about his marriage and divorce which had to be hard to share. I liked how he tied that in to the bad faith arguments in politics.

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