Thanks for reading! It sounds like you really admire your friends storytelling ability, why not just tell her that?
I don’t really tell a good joke. My dad has perfect comedic timing, he always gets a big laugh when he delivers a punchline. My dad is funny, but it’s his delivery and sense of comedic timing that will have you in stitches.
Most people will just say he is ‘funny’ which is a shorthand for the things they appreciate about his comedic delivery. In the same way, you could be condensing several compliments into 'articulate,’and I’m glad that you are considering the potential impact your word choice has on your friend. Thanks for engaging with this piece in your own context.