Bil Lepp makes his seventh appearance at the Brandywine Storytelling Festival in 2013. With bail outs, stimulus packages, healthcare and politicians dominating the 24-hour news cycle, even in the dead of June, Bil is actually the ONE liar that you’ll want to listen to. While his stories may not always be completely true, they are always honest.
Of course Bil is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. That’s what gives him his street ‘cred in Beckley. His outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life, from elementary school to veterans' homes, from churches to colleges, from festivals to formal dinners.
Though a champion liar, his hilarious, insightful stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, death, relationships, and human nature.
An award winning storyteller, author, and recording artist, Bil has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2003; and at major storytelling events across the country. Bil’s popular corporate engagements focus on ‘Making Stupid Profitable’ and ‘How To Make Folks Believe Most Anything.’
Says Bil, "Everywhere I slept, I've lied."
We know this to be true. But while he and his buddy Skeeter always seem to find themselves in trouble -- to the amusement of everyone present -- they do so with the best of intentions, if not results. And sometimes, ironically, they even find themselves on the same side as the iconic Officer Hasbrough.
Bil has produced nine audio collections including the brand spanking new: ‘Diablo, Or How I Met My Wife.’ He has also written four books, including the novel: ‘Halfdollar,’ published in October, 2008. His recorded work has received a Parent’s Choice Approved Award and a National Parenting Publications NAPPA Honors Award.
Bil may often be found on the road with fellow Lower Brandywine featured Tellers Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offut Irwin on their ongoing Uncalled For Tour, despite artistic differences, and public outcry. We guess that this makes our festival an unofficial tour stop, and therefore REALLY uncalled for.
Bil lives in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife and two children.