A Night of Humor Featuring Satirists from McSweeney’s

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

It's a great undertaking to raise a humor website from infancy to full-fledged adulthood, but with the right editors, impeccable taste, and a dire political landscape, the site will enjoy years of relevance and comic validation and such has been the case with McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Enjoy a night of humor featuring satirists Riane Konc, Brooke Preston, Harmony Cox, and Sara Given who are among the contributing humor writers featured in Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something: 21 Years of Humor from McSweeney’s Internet Tendencya compilation of some of today’s best humor on this pioneering website.

The book revisits the first twenty-one years of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, from the bright-eyed and bewildered early stages to the world-weary and bewildered recent days. Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something is a coming-of-age celebration of the pioneering website and, along with the evening’s four guests, the book features brand-new pieces and classics by some of today's best humor writers, like Ellie Kemper, Wendy Molyneux, Jesse Eisenberg, Tim Carvell, Karen Chee, Colin Nissan, Megan Amram, John Moe, and many more. 

Pieces include:

  • I Don't Hate Women Candidates--I Just Hated Hillary and Coincidentally I'm Starting to Hate Elizabeth Warren
  • It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers
  • On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor
  • The Only Thing That Can Stop This Asteroid is Your Liberal Arts Degree
  • If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women
  • My Coming Out Story, Sponsored by Bank of America
  • I Regret to Inform You That My Wedding to Captain Von Trapp Has Been Canceled
  • Please Forgive Us at Blue Apron for This Week's Meals. We've Been Having a Tough Time Lately

Riane Konc is a humor writer, essayist, and author of Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance. She teaches satire and humor online for the Second City, and has been a contributor to the New YorkerThe New York TimesWashington Post, McSweeney's, Mad Magazine, Reductress, The Cut, and more. 

Brooke Preston is a writer and satirist whose work has been published in The New York TimesMcSweeney’s, Reductress, Romper, and more. She is a faculty member of The Second City, where she teaches Satire Writing. She co-founded The Belladonna, a satire site; together with the other editors, she co-wrote the satire gift book New Erotica for Feminists. She also leads workshops for the Thurber House, MadLab and others.

Harmony Cox is an essayist, humorist, and storyteller. She writes about intersections between feminism, pop culture, and personal experience. Her work has appeared in Narratively, Longreads, McSweeneys, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. Her writing has been selected for Narratively’s Top Ten of 2018, Story Club’s Story of the Month, and other honors. She is based in Columbus, Ohio and is a frequent featured performer at local open mics and literary events. 

Sara Given is a teacher and writer living in Columbus, Ohio. She is the creator of the humor blog, "It’s Like They Know Us" and author of the book, Parenting is Easy: You’re Probably Just Doing It Wrong. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, ABC News, and Huffington Post. You can find out more about her by Googling her name like her middle school students do, and then staying after class because, "you have a lot of questions."