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The Lit/Comedy Roundtable: Brooklyn Edition

Dec 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Curbside Splendor Publishing and WORD host The Lit/Comedy Roundtable: Brooklyn Edition, a moderated panel discussion exploring how (or if?) literature and comedy inform each other.

Featuring the leading lights of New York’s comedy, literary, and literary-humor scenes, including Katie Rich (Saturday Night Live), Mike Sacks (Vanity Fair) and Sam Weiner (BuzzFeed).

WHAT: Author Dave Reidy has assembled a panel of comedy people who appreciate books and book people who appreciate comedy to kick around the question of how literary writing and comedy intersect. Panelists’ books will be available for purchase & signing after the discussion.

Admission is FREE! So bring a friend, buy a book, and dive into a discussion of two of Brooklyn’s favorite art forms!

Moderator DAVE REIDY’s fiction has been published by Granta and other journals. His first book, a collection of short stories about performers called Captive Audience (Ig Publishing: Brooklyn), was named an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association. Keegan-Michael Key said Reidy’s forthcoming novel The Voiceover Artist includes “the most accurate depiction of the Chicago improv world that I’ve ever read.” Kirkus Reviews calls it “rich and varied” and Booklist calls it “moving and honest.” Reidy lives in Chicago.

KATIE RICH received her BS from Northwestern University before traveling with The Second City Touring Company for 5 years. She was then promoted to the Second City Mainstage where she wrote and performed 3 reviews, including the critically-acclaimed “South Side of Heaven.” Katie has improvised at iO Chicago, The Annoyance and UCB in New York. She currently lives in New York City and writes for Saturday Night Live. Follow her @katiemaryrich.

MIKE SACKS has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Funny or Die, MAD, Believer, and Salon. He is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair. Sacks published a collection of humor pieces called, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason, which contains pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, and other publications. His most recent book, Poking a Dead Frog, contains interviews with Mel Brooks, Jim Downey, Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Diablo Cody, Kay Cannon, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, George Saunders, Tom Scharpling and many, many more.

SAM WEINER is a staff writer for BuzzFeed (formerly of the Onion News Network), a contributor to NPR’s Marketplace, and the co-author of the book How to Win at Everything. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Splitsider, and he has written, performed, and directed dozens of comedy shows at Chicago’s The Annoyance Theatre.


Dec 2, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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