Lauren Weedman, Comedian, Performance Artist and Author of Miss Fortune

Hosted by Joe Donnelly and Slake Productions

What if you’re living what should be the good life in sunny Los Angeles, with plum roles, an adorable baby, and loving spouse but everything is not okay? In her new book of comedic essays, Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay, now a Los Angeles Times bestseller, the extraordinary Lauren Weedman gives us her singular and brilliantly funny perspective on how having it all can go haywire. Enjoy a reading, book-signing and conversation by tinsel town’s master of tragic-comic storytelling.

Hosted by award-winning journalist and writer Joe Donnelly Sunday, May 15th at 6 p.m.

Miss Fortune.jpgAfter a gig as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Lauren Weedman scored parts in blockbuster movies, which led to memorable recurring roles on HBO’s Hung and Looking. She had a loving husband and a sweet baby boy. In these comedic essays, she turns a piercingly observant, darkly funny lens on the ways her life is actually Not Okay. She tells the story of her husband’s affair with their babysitter, her first and only threesome, a tattoo gone horribly awry, and how the birth of her son caused mama drama with her own mother and her birth mother with laugh-til-you-cry wit and a powerful undercurrent of vulnerability that pulls off a rarely achieved balance between comedy and tragedy.

“Miss Fortune is.. gloriously smart, deeply funny…a thrillingly unabashed voice that’s as charming as it is insightful…I fell in love with Lauren Weedman and the raw and complicated truths she so honestly explores on every page of this absorbing book.”

—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Lauren-Weedman-2.jpgLauren Weedman played Doris on HBO’s dramedy Looking, for which she earned a Critic’s Choice nomination. She was a regular on NPR’s national political satire show, Rewind, and appeared in her solo show, Homecoming, Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. Her first book, a collection of comedic essays, A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body (Tales from a Life of Cringe) was named a Top Ten Indy Book of 2007 by the Kirkus Review.