He already took over Lincoln Center for an exclusive screening of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but Ben Stiller is back after the movie's world premiere to talk about the delicate art of satire with celebrated author George Saunders. The two will appear at independent Manhattan bookstore McNally Jackson at 7pm on January 10th to discuss their bodies of work and the craft of comedy in general, with conversational aids in the form of movie clips, readings, and a Q&A with the audience. Admission is free to the public.
Best known for his work in The New Yorker and his bestselling short story collections, Saunders is among the few modern satirical masters, which is no mean feat. Stiller's dark comedies like "Tropic Thunder" (and the rather more lighthearted "Zoolander") also contain intensely wry topical satire. It's a technique that's very difficult to master, as understated satire comes off as wimpy while overstated satire appears to be in poor taste. Saunders and Stiller have successfully navigated this minefield time and again, so those with an interest in the roots of comedy won't want to miss this unique event.
Q&A at McNally Jackson on Saturday the 10th at 7PM