Produced by Brooklyn Reading Works' Louise Crawford, Funny Pages promises an uproarious evening with some very funny people.
A detailed lineup:
- Henry Alford has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, and has appeared on National Public Radio. His books include Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?; How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They are Still on This Earth); Municipal Bondage; and Thurber Prize winner Big Kiss.
- New Yorker and former lawyer Karen Bergreen is a stand up comedian and author of Perfect is Overrated and Following Polly, a novel.
- Journalist Billy Frolick has been published by The New Yorker, Movieline, Premiere, and The Los Angeles Times. His screenwriting credits include DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar. His 2003 directing debut, It Is What It Is, won the Audience Award for Best Picture as well as Best Screenplay and Best Directorial Debut, at the New York International Film and Video Festival. He wrote and is preparing to direct Low Notes, a comedy. His 5th book-length parody, Downtrodden Abbey was released in December by St. Martin's Press. His first, the national bestseller Ditches of Edison County (Plume, 1994), appeared in several foreign editions.
- Marian Fontana has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Salon.com, and The Guardian, among other publications. Her prize-winning memoir, A Widows Walk, was published by Simon and Schuster, and her essays have appeared in Money Changes Everything, The Time of My Life and My Apocalypse.
- As half of the duo Two Chicks and a Casio, musician, actress and dancer Leah Gray Mitchell released two albums. After the second, Back2Bitter, was released, the duo played numerous New York City venues, including Joe's Pub, and toured the West Coast. A performer in numerous film and theater projects, she now runs a ballet school in Staten Island.
- A Baltimore Magazine 2013 pick for "Best Humorist", Marion Winik, a professor at the University of Baltimore, has authored eight books of creative nonfiction, including the New York Times Notable Book First Comes Love and the Glen Rock Book of the Dead. Her most recent books are Highs in the Low Fifties and Guesswork. She is a columnist at BaltimoreFishbowl.com, and has appeared in the New York Times, The Sun, and Salon, among other publications. She reviews books for Newsday and Kirkus Reviews, and her commentaries for All Things Considered are collected at www.npr.org.