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Ambassador of Fun

Expect the Funexpected

Storyteller • Comedian • Writer
Host • Speaker • Ice Cream Cake Maker

The supreme queen of salty storytelling
— Time Out New York
“Gelfenbien is beyond endearing. She’s fearless.”
— New York Theater

Robin Gelfenbien is the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Fun and an NYC-based storyteller, writer and comedian. She’s a three-time Moth Story SLAM winner who has performed on PBS, RISK!, Mortified and countless other shows. She’s also shared the stage with comedy greats like Hannah Gadsby, Trevor Noah and more.

Robin is the Host and Creator of the critically-acclaimed storytelling show and podcast, Yum’s the Word, that features her homemade ice cream cakes. It's been a New York Times and Time Out New York Comedy Critic’s Pick and CBS named it one of the “5 Best Storytelling Series in NYC.” Past guests have included Tim Gunn, Joy Behar, Jason Biggs, stars from “Orange is the New Black” and more.

New York Magazine called her solo show, My Salvation Has a First Name (A Wienermobile Journey), “the highlight of the Fringe. She's also performed her original comedy songs at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and on Sirius Radio, and she starred in a commercial directed by Spike Lee.

Gelfenbien tells a riveting story
— The A.V. Club
Gently, but thoroughly charming
— Time Out Chicago



Robin has been a Featured Speaker at New York Social Media Week for a session on storytelling and business. She's also spoken at NYU, The National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists Forum, She’s the First, schools and more. 


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Storytelling Coach & Instructor


Robin loves sharing her passion for storytelling and how it connects people better than any other method. She's taught her Storytelling Fun-0-1 Workshops for Citi, PwC, Meredith Publishing, Momentum Worldwide, NYU, She’s the First and more. 

Not a single moment wasted in this highly engaging, practical and yes, FUN, storytelling workshop. I could have gone on for another four hours.
— Shana Lory, Leadership Facilitator, Citi
I hate public speaking, but Storytelling Fun-0-1 made it easy and accessible.
— Kate S., Account Executive, Momentum Worldwide
I have taken a few storytelling classes before, but Robin’s class was by far the best I have taken to date.
— Meghan D., Producer, SYFY WIRE
Robin’s workshop was refreshing because it was conversational and interactive. It wasn’t the run-of-the-mill presentation.

I liked learning about a skill I’ll use personally and professionally.
— Jessi Russell, Momentum Worldwide