Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp telling a story, looking into the camera with mischievous enthusiasm.

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Sam Payne

A nationally renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil Lepp’s outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, Bil became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age.

a cross between Dr. Seuss and … film noir....” -Charleston (WV) Gazette

Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes. Be it a hunting trip, a funeral, or a visit to the dentist, Bil can find the humor in any situation. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

“Bil Lepp is the Wonder Bra of storytelling. He takes something small and insignificant and pushes it up into something realllly BIG and miiiighty interesting!”    — Barbara McBride Smith

Bil, who lives in Charleston, WV, is the author of six books and sixteen audio collections. His first children’s book, The King of Little Things, won several awards and was chosen to be West Virginia's book at the National Book Festival. Lepp has been featured 15 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and his festival appearances include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 

“With Lepp, the sorry, low-down lie becomes a grand and glorious creation, a verbal sculpture in which a hundred small fibs, stretchers, falsehoods and prevarications are piled together, shaped and molded into one stunning, awe-inspiring cathedral of flapdoodle and bull.” — Bob Wells, Duke Divinity Magazine

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