Sunday, June 23
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, Grand Ballroom North
Event Code: UNI2
Wine and cheese will be served at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s on Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, headlined by comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone. The event will also feature Josh Gondelman, Bobbie Brown, and Gary Janetti. A book signing will follow. Tickets are $60 in advance ($55 United for Libraries personal members) or $65 onsite (if available).
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. She also voiced the character “Paula” in Summer Camp Island, an 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.
Nice Try, Perennial/HarperCollins
Josh Gondelman is a comedian and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Josh has earned a Peabody Award, an Emmy, and a WGA Award for his work on Last Week Tonight. In the past, Josh has written for Billy on the Street. His writing has also appeared in New York Times, New York Magazine, and The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and pug.
Depression: The Comedy, Page Two Books/Ingram
Jessica Holmes has opened for comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Leslie Nielsen, and Ellen DeGeneres, as well as hosted events for such visionaries as Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey. A comedian at heart, she has performed with the Second City and Just for Laughs. Holmes wrote her first book, “I Love Your Laugh: Finding the Light in my Screwball Life,” in 2010.
Cherry on Top: Flirty, Forty-Something, and Funny As F**K, Rare Bird Books/Ingram
July 2019; $27.00; 978-1-6442-8015-7
Cherry on Top, the second book by Sunset Strip video vixen, Ex Wives of Rock TV star and Dirty Rocker Boys author Bobbie Brown, tackles beauty, dating, friendship, motherhood and sex for the single woman from the perspective of one who has seen and done it all—or so she thought. After the publication of her Sunset Strip memoir Dirty Rocker Boys, “Cherry Pie” video vixen, model and serial star dater Bobbie Brown found herself inundated by emails from women of all ages, especially women in their 40s. They asked how she stays looking so young, her sex tips, and shared their own stories about recovery from drug addiction, toxic relationships and motherhood. They begged her for a second book in which she could answer their questions on what it means to be a bad-ass, independent woman on the dating scene today—giving rise to this book Cherry on Top.
Do You Mind If I Cancel?, Flatiron Books/Macmillan
Oct. 2019; $27.99; 978-1-2502-2582-5
Gary Janetti, the writer and producer for some of the most popular television comedies of all time, and creator of one of the most wickedly funny Instagram accounts there is, now turns his skills to the page in a hilarious, and poignant book chronicling the pains and indignities of everyday life.
Gary spends his twenties in New York, dreaming of starring on soap operas while in reality working at a hotel where he lusts after an unattainable colleague and battles a bellman who despises it when people actually use a bell to call him. He chronicles the torture of finding a job before the internet when you had to talk on the phone all the time, and fantasizes, as we all do, about who to tell off when he finally wins an Oscar. As Gary himself says, “These are essays from my childhood and young adulthood about things that still annoy me.”