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New York Society Library

53 East 79th Street

$20 – Reservations Required 

Hors d’oeuvres, desserts & wine will be served

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Tom Perrotta’s exquisite sense of humor is at the heart of his fiction, which includes best selling novels and comic short stories. Two of his novels, Election and Little Children, were made into Oscar-nominated films, and his novel, The Leftovers, was adapted into a critically acclaimed Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His other books include Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher, Nine Inches and Mrs. Fletcher. Described as “an American Chekov” by The New York Times, he is now a screenwriter and producer as well as a much-loved fiction writer. 

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Sloane Crosley’s humorous essay collections include The New York Times best sellers, I Was Told There’d Be Cake (a 2009 Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist), How Did You Get This Number, and Look Alive Out There (a 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and others. She is featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and in The Library of America’s 50 Funniest American Writers. Her new novel, Cult Classic 

will be out from FSG in June 2022.

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Patty Kiernan is a recent convert to comedy and she’s off to an amazing start, with appearances at the New Talent Showcases of the Gotham Comedy Club, the West Side Comedy Club and Caroline’s. Her comedy performances build on her previous career as an actor, which she launched in her first acting job at the precocious age of twelve. She has appeared in numerous movies, including After Midnight and American Southern, and on the TV series, Another World. The multi-talented New Orleans native is also the author of an award-winning screenplay.  



Joan Juliet Buck's 2017 memoir The Price of Illusion is the hilarious, heartbreaking story of her lives in Paris, London and New York, where she wrote for Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and others. As the editor-in-chief of French Vogue, she lived in a haunted apartment. Post-Vogue, she writes, acts  (Madame Brassart in Julie and Julia) and tells her stories for The Moth, where The Ghost of The Rue Jacob is a perennial hit. She wrote parts of her first two novels in a New York Society Library attic office. 

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on Keyboard 

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 founded Uptown at Night in 2016. She 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.

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.

To contact us and receive email alerts about future shows
If you're interested in performing at a future show, please submit this form or email Sydney@UptownAtNight.org

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