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July 8: Michael Ian Black and Mo Rocca

Friends Michael Ian Black and Mo Rocca joined us for a Thalia Book Club in celebration of Black's memoir Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's, which I know sounds weird). As the book jacket warns: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll call your mom."

June 17: Isaiah Sheffer reads Harry Matthews

Isaiah Sheffer gives a hilarious reading of "Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double)" by Harry Mathews.

May 27: Uptown Showdown - Flight vs. Invisibility

The comics of Uptown Showdown present hysterical and surprisingly compelling arguments on the relative merits of flight vs. invisibility. Trust us—there are sides to this argument that you have not considered. Featuring Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer), Joel Kim Booster (Matt, Joel, and the Next Elle Woods), Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), Dana Gould (The Dana Gould Hour), Akilah Hughes (What A Day), and Myq Kaplan (Broccoli and Ice Cream).

May 20: Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and George Saunders

In 2018, one of comedy's greatest power couples graced our stage alongside one of literature's most lauded writers—and the results were pure magic. For this week's Hump Day Laugh & a Half, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally share The Greatest Love Story Ever Told with George Saunders.

May 13: Wyatt Cenac reads Simon Rich

Hump Day Laugh & a Half takes on new meaning this week as The New Yorker favorite, author Simon Rich, gives voice to an unexpected object in his story “Unprotected.” Comedian Wyatt Cenac’s hilarious, lovable reading will have you cheering for this object to remain safe in his owner's wallet.

May 6: Uptown Showdown - Books vs. Movies

This week, the comedians of Uptown Showdown, our comedy debate series, take on a subject near and dear to our Symphony Space hearts: Books vs. Movies. We imagine you have a pretty firm position on this subject, but James Adomian (The Underculture), Joe DeRosa (Wet Hot American Summer), Aparna Nancherla (BoJack Horseman), David Rees (Election Profit Makers), and Brooke Van Poppelen (Side Work Podcast) just might have you questioning your pastime of choice.

April 29: Eric Idle and David Hyde Pierce

In this week’s Hump Day Laugh & a Half, Eric Idle reminds us to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. In 2018, we hosted Eric, in conversation with the wonderful David Hyde Pierce, to celebrate his optimistically-titled memoir. Lose yourself in their hilarious, candid, and sometimes musical conversation.

April 22: Christine Baranski reads Thomas Meehan’s “Yma Dream”

Thomas Meehan’s utterly hilarious short story “Yma Dream” is one of our perennial comedy favorites—especially in the hands of the incredible Christine Baranski. Tune in to join this absurd dinner party of Meehan’s imagination and delight in Baranski’s masterful delivery.

April 15: Uptown Showdown: Breakfast vs. Dinner

In this week's Hump Day Laugh & a Half, comedians Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club), Joe DeRosa (Wet Hot American Summer), Dave Hill (The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Jen Kirkman (Having Funlessness), Sheng Wang (Fresh Off the Boat), and Brooks Wheelan (Entry Level) pit filet mignon against french toast; dinner dates against brunch; fresh out of bed against ready for a night out, in this heated verbal sparring match of Breakfast vs. Dinner.

April 8: John Hodgman and Elizabeth Gilbert

This week for your Hump Day Laugh & a Half, we’re inviting you in on a Thalia Book Club with the one and only John Hodgman. You probably already know him as a comedian, but do you know him as an author? (Hint: he’s still funny.) Last fall, we were thrilled to host John in celebration of his book Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms, a hilarious and candid memoir that chronicles his career from an aspiring literary agent to a busy actor. His friend and beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert (City of Girls) joined him in conversation for a night of laughs, insight, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you’re on the inside of an inside joke. And now you can be on the inside too.

April 1: Uptown Showdown - Millennials vs. Gen X

For this week’s Hump Day Laugh & a Half, we’re featuring our popular comedy debate series Uptown Showdown with one of our most contentious throwdowns: Millennials vs. Gen-X. Rosebud Baker (The Ringers), Ronnie Chieng (The Daily Show), Jessica Delfino (Funny Songs Festival), Christian Finnegan (60% Joking), and Yedoye Travis (Dark Tank) will have you questioning your generational loyalty in this hilarious head to head.

March 25: Uptown Showdown - The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones

For our first Hump Day Laugh & a Half, we bring you our popular comedy debate series Uptown Showdown with one of our classic throwdowns, The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, featuring Karen Chee (Late Night with Seth Meyers), John Fugelsang (Tell Me Everything), Peter Grosz (The President Show), Dave Hill (The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), and Carmen Lynch (Inside Amy Schumer). Decide for yourself who the winner is as two teams hysterically duke it out in the ultimate battle of the bands.

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