Dwayne Perkins’ comedy special, Take Note, debuted on Netflix to rave reviews, and his Comedy Central TV show was voted one of the top 25 comedy specials of all time. A Brooklyn native now based in Los Angeles, he has also appeared on the Conan and Jay Leno shows and has headlined at comedy clubs in New York, Los Angeles, and around the world. Dwayne has also been named one of Rolling Stone’s “Five Comics to Watch.”
Helen Ellis elevates the time-honored tradition of southern storytelling to hilarious new heights. An Alabama native happily transplanted to New York City, she is the acclaimed author of Southern Lady Code, Eating the Cheshire Cat, and American Housewife, which Margaret Atwood called her favorite book of 2016. Helen’s latest essay collection, Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light, was a New York Times New and Notable Book. Her popular tweets can be found on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay.
Patricia Marx, the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon, now writes for The New Yorker, where her comic pieces about shopping and fashion are iconic. A former Saturday Night Live writer, she is also author of several books, including two Thurber Prize finalists. She has taught humor writing at Princeton, NYU and Columbia and received a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her latest book, with Roz Chast, is titled You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples.
Sybil Sage was one of the first women to write television comedy, starting with episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, Alice, and Barney Miller, and later for Magnum P.I. and Northern Exposure. She has also written for print publications, including The New York Times. Sybil still writes comedy material for Lily Tomlin and has presented her own humor pieces at New York City venues, including In Your Face New York.
Laurie Rosenwald is a writer, painter, designer, and animator. Her animations include David's Diary, an app created with the humorist David Sedaris, and her drawings have appeared in The New Yorker and in The New York Times. “How to Make Mistakes on Purpose,” her popular workshop, has been held for many companies, including Starbucks and Google. Her most recent book is titled “All the Wrong People have Self Esteem.”
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.
Uptown at Night is unique on the humor scene in New York City. Our shows take place at The New York Society Library, where you'll be entertained by the city’s wittiest humorists, including award-winning writers, Thurber Prize winners, and verbally gifted comedians and storytellers. While our humorists are up to the minute, our beautiful old-world setting envelopes you in the glow of New York's unrivaled literary past. There's simply nothing else in town like Uptown at Night. We hope to see you there!
Past performers include:
Sloane Crosley, named one of America’s 50 funniest writers and author of Cult Classic
Annabelle Gurwitch, actress and author of You're Leaving When?
Henry Alford, New Yorker writer, humorist and author
Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and author
Michael Arkin, actor
Nancy McCabe Kelly and Bruce Jarchow, Second City alums
Lisa Birnbach, best-selling author of The Official Preppy Handbook
Tom Perrotta, best-selling novelist with screen-adapted books, Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers
To see all of our previous lineups, click Past Performers.
Sydney LeBlanc founded Uptown at Night in 2016. A former design writer, her 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.