Judd Apatow and Dave Eggers Host
An Evening of Music and Comedy to Celebrate the Release of the Anthology:
"I Found This Funny"
and many more guests soon to be announced...
Writers Guild Theater
Friday, October 29, 2010, 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
All proceeds go toward 826LA’s free student programming
Judd Apatow and Dave Eggers host an evening of music and comedy to celebrate the release of I Found This Funny, a collection of humorous writing edited by Judd Apatow, with work by some of his favorite authors. The book will be released by McSweeney’s on October 22, 2010, and showcases many different styles of writing, from fiction to short humor to essays to comedy sketches to poetry. Featured writers include Nora Ephron, Paul Feig, Jonathan Franzen, Steve Martin, Lorrie Moore, Conan O'Brien, David Sedaris, and many more. Proceeds from the book will go to 826 National, a non-profit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in eight cities across the country.
All proceeds from event ticket sales will benefit 826LA. Now in its fifth year, 826LA’s fundraising events have established a reputation for being completely unique nights, filled with impressive lineups and side-splitting laughs. On this special evening, laughing at lowbrow (and highbrow) humor benefits the greater good, as the show’s proceeds directly fund student writing and tutoring programs at 826LA.
VIP and General Admission tickets are considered a tax-deductible donation. Adults only (18 and over). www.826la.org/ifoundthisfunny
About the Hosts:
Judd Apatow was co-creator and executive producer of The Ben Stiller Show and Undeclared; co-executive producer of The Larry Sanders Show; and executive producer of Freaks and Geeks. He’s produced many of the most successful films in recent years, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, which he also wrote and directed. Most recently, Apatow released his third directorial feature, Funny People, which the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair included on their lists of the top ten films of 2009.
Dave Eggers is the author of seven books and two screenplays, including Where the Wild Things Are. His book What Is the What was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Etranger. Eggers’ most recent book, Zeitoun, was awarded the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. 826 chapters have now opened up in eight cities, including Los Angeles.
826LA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Its services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. In its fifth year, 826LA currently provides drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners and assistance with student publications. Drawing from a volunteer base of more than 1,600, which includes many teachers, writers and journalism professionals, 826LA unites eager students with eager helpers. All of 826LA’s programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently and in his or her individual voice. 826LA’s Echo Park Time Travel Mart store serves as a gateway to the community and offers all of its proceeds in support of student programming. www.826la.org