The Laugh's On Us, sponsored by Ingram Content Group

Sun., June 24
5:30-7:30 p.m. (shuttle service will NOT be available following the event)
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, St. Charles Ballroom
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries personal members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI2

Paula Poundstone will headline this event which will also feature Tom Papa, Harrison Scott Key, and Chris Erskine. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow.



Paula PoundstonePaula Poundstone

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Hapiness, Workman
May 2018 (paperback); $16.95; 978-1616208066

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. She has made several TV appearances, including several of her own HBO specials, as well as starring in her own ABC series, The Paula Poundstone Show. 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.



Tom Papa (photo credit: Sam Jones)Tom Papa

Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan          
Jun 2018; $26.99; 978-1-2501-4438-6         

Tom Papa is a comedian known for his work in film, television and radio, as well as on live stage. He is the head writer and regular performer for Live From Here. He has recorded three stand-up specials that are all currently streaming. When not touring the country, Tom lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and family.




Harrison Scott KeyHarrison Scott Key      

Congratulations, Who Are You Again? Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins
Nov. 2018; $15.99; 978-0-0628-4330-2                   

Harrison Scott Key is a contributing editor for the Oxford American and a professor of writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children. His humor and nonfiction have been featured in The Best American Travel Writing and numerous magazines.        




Chris ErskineChris Erskine      

Daditude: The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood, Prospect Park/Ingram Books          
April 2018; $18.95; 978-1-945551-30-7

Chris Erskine 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 in many other papers nationwide. The father of four and resident of a quiet L.A. suburb, Erskine 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.