New York Society Library

53 East 79th Street

$20 – Reservations Required 

Hors d’oeuvres, desserts & wine will be served



Lisa's classic New York Times bestseller The Official Preppy Handbook became tongue-in-cheek reference guide for a generation. An award-winning journalist, she has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, and other magazines, and has written 21 additional books. She was a correspondent on CBS's The Early Show. The Lisa Birnbach Show, a daily radio program won Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Humor Show. Her podcast is Five Things that Make Life Better." 


An actress and author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller I See You Made an Effort, Annabelle is also a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her book Fired! became a Showtime Comedy Special. She has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. A former host of Dinner & a Movie on TBS, she was a regular contributor to NPR. Her latest book is Wherever You Go, There They Are. 


Maeve is an Irish comedian and author of the best-selling memoir Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else. A contributing Op-Ed writer for the New York Times, she also hosts the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL and cohosts the StarTalk podcast and TV show on National Geographic. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and has performed in comedy venues worldwide. She created the audio series Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.


The legendary designer of book jackets for Alfred A. Knopf (33 years and counting), Chip is also an award-winning writer. His first novel The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller; he also wrote Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and co-authored True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World with Lisa Birnbach. A recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, he reveals his art and philosophy in two TED Talk videos viewed by over 4.4 million people, titled The Art of First Impressions, in Design and Life and Designing Books Is No Laughing Matter. OK, It Is.  


The "comic muse" and speechwriter for President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2016, David is the author of Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, a New York Times best-selling memoir and an Esquire Best Book of 2017. Since leaving the White House, he has written for the Onion, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times. His second book, Parties on the Fault Line, will be published by Ecco Press in Summer 2020. 

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            on Keyboards 

A musical comedian, composer, and playwright, James created the one-man show The Bald Faced Truth: Comedy Songs by James Harvey. His darkly comedic musical The Crack in the Ceiling was presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival, where it received the award for Overall Excellence in a Musical.



Sydney LeBlanc is a writer whose books have been published by W.W. Norton and Rizzoli. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. She frequently reads her humorous short stories at The New York Society Library’s "Live from the Library" series.

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There’s a new and different kind of place for humor in New York City’s bubbling comedy scene, as Uptown at Night presents the city’s most fabulously funny people in unique uptown settings.

      Past performers include:

      Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and author

Henry Alford, New Yorker writer, humorist and book author 

Tyler Fischer, The New York Times’  2017 Best New Impressionist

Michael Arkin, actor

Nancy McCabe Kelly and Bruce Jarchow, Second City alums

Jane Condon, NBC’s Last Comic Standing NY Audience Favorite

Jenny Allen, New Yorker humor writer and book author


To see all of our previous lineups, click Past Performers.

Our humorists span standup comedy, improv, comedic acting and storytelling to put on a good show. We like humor that makes us laugh, but also offers something to think about, with wordplay full of surprises and delights.  

Now, humor goes Uptown at Night. And you're invited.