STORY SALON began in a North Hollywood coffee house in 1996. The rules of the show are simple: Five to seven minutes of original material performed by the writer. This open policy, embracing a sort of 'free-range' writing, results in one of the most eclectic hours of performance available. THE MARIO SESSIONS The nineteen stories recorded especially for this CD are a sampling of Story Salon's wide range of performers, everyone from Emmy winning writers to novices. The result is a unique blend of memoir and observation; sometimes funny, sometimes confessional, always unique.