Storyteller Doug Motel

"Doug Motel makes "conscious comedy". He makes me laugh and he makes me think." 
-Marianne Williamson
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Upcoming Live Performances!


Our most inspired ideas and healing come when we are “in the moment”, but how do we access and utilize the power of the present?

A hybrid of Performance and tools for positive change

Doug Motel is an award-winning artist who has been helping creative people to live more presently for more than 20 years.

Participants will have a first-hand experience - as a group and individually - of the very source of their creativity.

The workshop consists of lecture, storytelling, writing and drawing exercises, paired sharing, improvisation games, chanting & singing, guided visualization and experiential exercises all in a lively and fun-filled environment.

Workshop Format

Writing and Drawing
Guided Visualization
Often drug abusers are unable to clearly see their problems and fears. Your performance helped them identify situations in their lives in a humorous setting. There has been nothing but praise and enthusiasm from the residents and staff. I hope you continue to present your wonderful talent to other recovering individuals and return to our Recovery House.

Los Angeles Centers For Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA) - Elinor Gilbert, Executive

Doug has an unusually sensitive and compassionate manner with persons dealing with life-threatening illness or grief. His ability to use humor as a healing tool is evident. We are encouraged by our clients’ response to Doug’s work and intend to offer his workshop again this fall.

Los Angeles Center for Living –Jody Schor, Ed.D, Clinical Director

On behalf of our Social Medicine staff here at Kaiser Permanente, I would like to thank you for your excellent presentation and performance of “MIND SALAD.” It was just what the doctor ordered!

Social work staff members have commented very positively on the workshop – “thought-provoking, very funny, carrying a meaningful message, assisting in transition, stimulating, invaluable, life-enhancing.”

We hope that many an audience will be able to enjoy your talent to use humor as a tool for healing.

Kaiser Permanente - Annemarie Westfall, MSW, Medical Social Worker

It has been a long time since we’ve had such a quick response to one of our offerings…The evaluations turned in by the volunteers were unanimously positive. I am going to recommend that APLA include your and your workshop in a future employee training. Because of you, a group of volunteers has experienced a way to live life more fully. That is a special gift. You and your workshop had the highest possible ratings. The comments included:

“Highly Evolved” “Doug Motel was very caring and a great speaker.” “Inspirational.” “The speaker’s use of humor while helping me to reach inside in regards to the inner voice was most helpful.” “It was a great help to my life.”

AIDS Project Los Angeles - John Sallot, Program Manager


Mind Salad

Nominee: Best Solo Performance - LA Weekly Awards

Shiva Arms

Winner: Theatre LA Ovation Award: Best Writing of a World Premiere Play
Winner: Best Solo Performance - LA Weekly Awards
Nominee: Best Actor Theatre LA Ovation Awards
Nominee: Best Production Theatre LA Ovation Awards


"Like Lily Tomlin, is one of those rare comedians who creates and becomes totally original characters."
-The New York Post

"At once uproariously funny and poignant"
-Daily Variety

"Channeled through writer-performer Doug Motel's quick mind and extraordinary characterizations...Motel animates each of his characters, who illustrate serious flaws in the human condition, with a full personality, his specialty being a perfect ear for dialects."

L.A. Weekly Award Nominee - Best Solo Performance
Pick Of The Week

"Doug Motel thinks funny and that's the first requisite for creating humor....He's a master of dialects...Motel's art is portraiture, and his likenesses are often startling, vocally and visually...His black drag queen guardian angel sparkles, like most of his juicy creations...A delight."



Mind Salad Performance 

The Arts Foundation - Sofia, Bulgaria
August 19th | 8:00 pm

Mind Salad Performance & Playing the Game of Life Workshop

Rowe, MA, Aug. 256, 26 & 27

Mind Salad Performance 

Joshua Tree, CA, Sept 7


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