Comedian and author Samantha Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She joins us for a livestreamed conversation—along with Seattle-based writer Angela Garbes—sharing a rip-roaring, edgy, and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays in her book Wow, No Thank You.
Irby recalls leaving her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, publishing successful books and being friendzoned by Hollywood, and moving into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. She tells stories of bad dates with new friends, spending weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “tv executives slash amateur astrologers” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,” who still hides past due bills under her pillow. Sit in with Irby and Garbes for an unflinching, riotous, and relatable collection of confessional stories drawn from the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s new life.
Samantha Irby is a Chicago writer and comedy juggernaut who writes a blog called bitches gotta eat, and co-writer (with Ian Belknap) of the comedy advice blog IrbyAndIan.com. In addition, she co-hosts “The Sunday Night Sex Show,” a sex-positive live lit show, as well as “Guts & Glory,” a live lit show with Keith Ecker. Her work has appeared on The Rumpus, In Our Words, and Jezebel.
Angela Garbes is a nonfiction writer and the author of Like a Mother, an NPR Best Book of 2018. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, and featured on Fresh Air. She was a staff writer at Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger and lives with her family on Beacon Hill.
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