Comedian Tom Papa to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/29/2018


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Comedian Tom Papa will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Authors Harrison Scott Key and Chris Erskine will also appear.  

Papa (“Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas”) is a comedian known for his work in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. He is the head writer for “Live From Here,” as well as a regular performer on the legendary radio show, which reaches 2.6 million fans weekly. He has recorded three stand-up specials that are all currently streaming.

Key (“Congratulations, Who Are You Again?) is a contributing editor for the Oxford American and a professor of writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. His humor and nonfiction have been featured in “The Best American Travel Writing” and numerous magazines.

Erskine (“Daditude: The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood”) is a longtime humor columnist who mines the rich worlds of fatherhood, marriage, and suburbia; his columns are featured weekly in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and they also appear sometimes in many papers, including the Buffalo News, Orlando Sentinel, Arizona Republic, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The father of four is also a staff editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, as well as the author of two previous books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia.

Paula Poundstone has been a stand-up comic for nearly 25 years. She was the first woman to perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Paula voiced the character “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. This summer, she voices the character “Paula” in “Summer Camp Island,” a new animated series for Cartoon Network. Her book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search For Human Happiness” landed #1 on Amazon’s best sellers lists in Humor in Hardcover, Audible and CD within its first two weeks of release. Her long list of successes includes HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two Cable ACE Awards, and an America Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. An outspoken advocate for libraries, she has been the national spokesperson for United for Libraries since 2008.

Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow. Advance tickets to “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Ingram Content Group, cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries personal members (event code UNI2). Onsite tickets (if available) cost $65. Early ticket purchase is recommended, as the event often sells out. For more information about United for Libraries events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

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United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.