Real Characters

A humor series featuring New York's best storytellers, humor writers, memoirists and comedians

Hey, what are you guys up to? You saving dates? Oh, then you should save this one: SEPTEMBER 10 at 7PM

We have another terrific REAL CHARACTERS humor and storytelling show coming up, with readings and pieces by:

Adam Wilson (The Paris Review, author of Flatscreen: A Novel)
Kate Greathead (The Moth Story Hour, The Hairpin)
Isaac Oliver (Ars Nova, Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot)
and
JiJi Lee (Split Personality, How I Learned)

Hosted by Andy Ross

Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, SoHo
Free

If you’re looking at these photos and worried you’ll be the only one there without glasses, we’ll have lending glasses on hand, like blazers at a supper club. See you there!

Announcement:
Hey, so there’s no Real Characters show for August, but we will be back on September 10 with a terrific lineup of readers.
Until then, please enjoy this adorable photo of our July guests. They were so great! Thank you to Jen Doll, Alena Smith, Paul Laudiero, and George Gordon for being so terrific and funny.

Announcement:

Hey, so there’s no Real Characters show for August, but we will be back on September 10 with a terrific lineup of readers.

Until then, please enjoy this adorable photo of our July guests. They were so great! Thank you to Jen Doll, Alena Smith, Paul Laudiero, and George Gordon for being so terrific and funny.

Although he’s not on tomorrow night’s show, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that past REAL CHARACTERS guest David Rees has a new tv show premiering on NatGeo tonight at 10:30pm EST called “Going Deep with David Rees.” It looks hilarious. Click above to see a clip.

Although he’s not on tomorrow night’s show, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that past REAL CHARACTERS guest David Rees has a new tv show premiering on NatGeo tonight at 10:30pm EST called “Going Deep with David Rees.” It looks hilarious. Click above to see a clip.

The Jen Doll interview

Here’s a terrific interview with upcoming REAL CHARACTERS guest Jen Doll over on zulkey.com.* In it, Jen talks about her new book Save the Date, weddings, friendships, YA novels, and even dreams. She’s charming and funny throughout, just like in all of her writing.

Super excited to have her at the next REAL CHARACTERS show.

Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYCFree!

(*Claire Zulkey’s reading series in Chicago, Funny Ha Ha, was a big influence in creating Real Characters. If you’re in Chicago, you should definitely go. She’s a delight.)

Super excited the have Alena Smith, the playwright, screenwriter, and creative mind behind the great twitter feed @tweenhobo at the next REAL CHARACTERS.

Come see her read from her new book Tween Hobo: Off the Rails this Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYC
Free!

Excited to have Paul Laudiero read from his book Sh*t Rough Drafts, based on his hilarious tumblr, which you can see here:
shitroughdrafts:

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen. 1811.

Come watch Paul read at the next REAL CHARACTERS!
Tuesday, July 15 at 7pmMcNally Jackson Books52 Prince Street, NYCFree

Excited to have Paul Laudiero read from his book Sh*t Rough Drafts, based on his hilarious tumblr, which you can see here:

shitroughdrafts:

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen. 1811.

Come watch Paul read at the next REAL CHARACTERS!

Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYC
Free

I’ve posted this before, but I love this video of upcoming REAL CHARACTERS guest George Gordon being interviewed after eating a hot pepper. He’s the best. Come see him tell a story.

Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYCFree!

Save the Date - Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm

For the next REAL CHARACTERS featuring humor reading and storytelling by:

Alena Smith (playwright, author of Tween Hobo: Off the Rails)
Jen Doll (author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest)
Paul Laudiero (UCB, author of Sh*t Rough Drafts)
and
George Gordon (standup & storyteller, Bridgetown Comedy Fest)

Hosted by Andy Ross.

July 15, 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, SoHo
Free

Yikes with that all-star lineup! Can an evening be too delightful? It’s a hypothesis we’re willing to test out. I don’t want to skew the results, but my guess is that this show will be crazy delightful.

Two Huge Shows Tomorrow

Reminder: We’re doing two amazing shows tomorrow.

REAL CHARACTERS
Wednesday, June 11 at 12:30pm
Bryant Park
Free

We’re doing a special afternoon show as part of Bryant Park’s Word for Word Series with three of our all-time favorite authors: Courtney Maum (author of I Am Having So Much Fun Without You), Dave Hill (author of Tasteful Nudes, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), and Rosie Schaap (author of Drinking With Men). Hosted by Andy Ross.

REAL CHARACTERS
Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30pm
McNally Jackson Books
Free

Then, we’re back at McNally Jackson with stories and readings by: Diana Spechler (author of Who By Fire and Skinny), Lisa Kirchner (author of Hello American Lady Creature), Jim O’Grady (The Moth, WNYC), and Colin Nissan (McSweeney’s, The Paris Review). Hosted by Andy Ross.

So, there’s your reminder. Pack a lunch and sit in the park. Or, come by after work to a fancy bookstore and drink free wine. I mean, that’s the whole point of living in New York—so you can do stuff like this. Right? People say it’s the pizza, but it has to be more than just pizza.

REAL CHARACTERS AT BRYANT PARK

Save the date - June 11 at 12:30pm

Real Characters has been asked to put together a special afternoon show as part of Bryant Park’s Word for Word series. That’s huge. C’mon, that’s huge, you guys. So, we’re pulling out all the stops with three of our all-time favorite authors.

Courtney Maum (author of I Am Having So Much Fun Without You)
Dave Hill (author of Tasteful Nudes, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show)
and
Rosie Schaap (author of Drinking With Men)

Are you kidding me? This is going to be an amazing show. Take a long lunch. Call out sick. Do whatever you have to do. Coming to this show is your Ferris Bueller on the parade float singing Danke Schoen.

The Bryant Park Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL on 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room.

Oh, and then come to our regular show that same night at McNally Jackson. (Info below.) See you there!

Save the Date - June 11 at 6:30pm

Real Characters has another incredible show coming up featuring readings and storytelling by:

Diana Spechler (author of Who By Fire and Skinny)
Lisa Kirchner (author of Hello American Lady Creature)
Jim O’Grady (The Moth, WNYC)
and
Colin Nissan (McSweeney’s, The Paris Review)

That’s a great lineup. That’s talent. Look at that talent right there. Oh, and charm. I mean, it’s all well and good to be amazing writers, but this is a live show. Let’s throw in a ton of charm. It’s going to be—dare I say—a delight.

June 11 at 6:30 pm (note, a little earlier than usual)
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, SoHo
Free

Our Real Characters show awhile back at BRIC House was incredible. Thank you to Micaela Blei, Bob Powers, Chris Gethard, Katie Rose McLaughlin, Mike Doughty, and everyone at BRIC.

(Photos by Alease Annan via BRIC’s Instagram)

Chris Gethard and I went on BK Live this afternoon to talk about tomorrow night’s Real Characters show. Also about Chris’s cable access show and storytelling in general. It’s very pleasant. Maybe watch and then come to tomorrow’s Real Characters.

REAL CHARACTER Comedy & Storytelling
7pm
BRIC House
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Free

More info here.

FUN ANNOUNCEMENT!

There’s a super special REAL CHARACTERS show coming so save the date:
April 29 at 7pm
BRIC House
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

We’re presenting a special Real Characters show as part of the Stoop Series at BRIC House with an all-star lineup, including:

Mike Doughty (musician, author of The Book of Drugs)
Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Central Presents)
Micaela Blei (The Moth Radio Hour)
Bob Powers (The New Yorker, Steamboat Reading Series)
and
Katie Rose McLaughlin (choreographer, Walker Arts Center, Redmoon Theater)

If you’ve never been, BRIC is the non-profit behind Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell and Brooklyn Independent Media (Brooklyn’s public access). They have an amazing gallery and performance space in downtown Brooklyn of Fulton. Past Stoop Series events there have been amazing, so we’re really excited to be there.

Here’s more information about the show.

See you April 29!

Hey, last Wednesday’s Real Characters show sure was fun. Terrific readings and stories by Teddy Wayne, Aaron Wolfe, Julia Wiedeman, and Sara Barron [not pictured but still great!] Thank you to everyone who came.

Hey, last Wednesday’s Real Characters show sure was fun. Terrific readings and stories by Teddy Wayne, Aaron Wolfe, Julia Wiedeman, and Sara Barron [not pictured but still great!] Thank you to everyone who came.