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Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling - Fully Registered

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required

***This event is fully registered. Please contact kfricas@nysoclib.org or call the Events Office at 212.288.6900 x230 to add your name to the waiting list.***

Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians including Lisa Birnbach, Annabelle Gurwitch, Maeve Higgins, Chip Kidd, David Litt, and James Harvey on piano.

Lisa Birnbach’s classic New York Times bestseller The Official Preppy Handbook became a tongue-in-cheek reference guide for a generation. An award-winning journalist, she has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York, and other magazines, and has written 21 additional books. She was a correspondent on CBS’s The Early Show. The Lisa Birnbach Show, a daily radio program, won Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Humor Show. Her podcast is called “Five Things that Make Life Better.” (photo by Barry Sutton)

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller I See You Made an Effort, also a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her book Fired! became a Showtime Comedy Special. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. A former host of Dinner & a Movie on TBS, she was a regular contributor to NPR. Her latest book is Wherever You Go, There They Are.

Maeve Higgins is an Irish comedian and author of the best-selling memoir Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else. A New York Times Op-Ed contributor, she also hosts the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL and cohosts the StarTalk podcast and TV show on National Geographic. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and has performed in comedy venues worldwide. She created the audio series Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.

Chip Kidd, the legendary designer of book jackets for Alfred A. Knopf (33 years and counting), is also an award-winning writer. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller; he also wrote Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design and co-authored True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World with Lisa Birnbach. A recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, he reveals his art and philosophy in two TED Talk videos, viewed by over 4.4 million people, titled The Art of First Impressions, in Design and Life and Designing Books Is No Laughing Matter. OK, it is. (photo by Allan Amato)

David Litt, the “comic muse” and speechwriter for President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2016, is the author of Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, a New York Times bestselling memoir and an Esquire Best Book of 2017. Since leaving the White House, he has written for the Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times. His second book, Parties on the Fault Line, will be published by Ecco Press in Summer 2020.

Uptown at Night presents live storytelling and comedy on the Upper East Side. Uptown’s Director, Sydney LeBlanc, will emcee the show.


Uptown at Night is sponsored by The Writing Life. The Writing Life events in 2019 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.


***This event is fully registered. Please contact kfricas@nysoclib.org or call the Events Office at 212.288.6900 x230 to add your name to the waiting list.***

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