The Laugh's On Us, sponsored by SAGE

Sun., June 28
5:30-7:30 p.m. (shuttle service will NOT be available following the event)
Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Golden Gate A
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI1

Comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone will headline this evening featuring bestselling authors Charlyne Yi, Aaron Karo, Alexandra Petri, and David Crabb. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow. Purchase tickets early to this event, which is always a sell-out.



Paula PoundstonePaula Poundstone

I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston

Comedian and author Paula Poundstone is a frequent panelist for NPR's Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, where she matches wits with some of the nation’s leading pundits.  The show is a winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence. Paula was the first woman to win an ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy performance, and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents dinner.  She has starred in solo specials on HBO and Bravo, and made frequent TV appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.


Charlyne Yi (photo credit: Jet Elfman)Charlyne Yi

Oh the Moon, Harper Perennial/HarperCollins
Nov. 2015; $16.99; 978-0-06236-329-9

Charlyne Yi is struggling poet, comedian, musician, painter, and writer. She can do 10 push ups a day. She was the writer and star of the fictionalized documentary Paper Heart, for which she won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance. She has also been in Knocked Up, This is 40, and House.



Aaron Karo (photo credit: Riker Brothers)Aaron Karo

Galgorithm, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
May 2015; $17.99; 978-1-48144-063-9

Aaron Karo is an author, comedian, and screenwriter. His books include Lexapros and Cons, I’m Having More Fun Than You, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, and Ruminations on College Life. He was born and raised in New York, currently lives in Los Angeles, and always pays on the first date. Find him on Twitter @AaronKaro.


Alexandra PetriAlexandra Petri

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, NAL/Penguin
June 2015; $25.95; 978-0-45146-960-1

Since 2010, 26-year-old Alexandra Petri has worked as a full-time humor columnist and blogger for the Washington Post. In her spare time, Petri is a playwright, storyteller, and stand-up comedian. Her plays have been produced in California, Bermuda, New York City, and multiple venues across the Washington, D.C. area, from the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to the Capital Fringe Festival. She has a growing online platform, with thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook. She is the daughter of Congressman Tom Petri of Wisconsin.



David Crabb (photo credit: Julia Gillard)David Crabb

Bad Kid, Harper Perennial/HarperCollins
May 2015; $14.99; 978-0-06237-128-7

David Crabb is a comedian, storyteller, and host of The Moth.  He is a three-time Moth Slam winner. His solo show Bad Kid was met with critical acclaim from the New York Times, MTV, Flavorpill, New York Metro and many others, and named a New York Times Critics' Pick.




Mamrie Hart (You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery) is unable to attend the event, but free copies of her book will be provided courtesy of Penguin Publishing.